LA Times Columnist: MSM Goes Easy On Palin Because She’s A “Special Needs Case”

Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters notes that the piece, “Why Sarah Palin Doesn’t Get What She Deserves“,  by Meghan Daum, was written a day before Wonkette’s disgraceful attack on Trig Palin.

In “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Rebecca Traister’s book about women and the 2008 election, Couric says, “During the course of the interview I made sure I was as nonjudgmental as possible, that I had no facial affect, that I didn’t even cock my head when I didn’t understand what she was saying.”

Even Traister, an unabashed liberal and feminist who writes for the left-leaning online magazine Salon, is evidence of the way thoughtful writers treat Palin as a special-needs case...If there was ever a candidate who brought out the worst in people, who encouraged hollow rejoinders but made honest analysis almost impossible, it is she.

Three cheers for Meghan Daum for so boldly and courageously “going there.”  Yes,  the MSM have been way too nice to this “special needs” snowbilly, who don’t know nuthin’ about nuthin’. And she proves it with every twitter typo, and ignorant utterance.
Like… when she called out the ObamaCare “death panels”, and she turned out to be right –it was just a lucky guess. When she called for a “no fly zone” in Libya, (back when it would have made a difference), she was just spit-balling – who could have guessed the Obama administration would finally adopt the idea —(too late).  Liberal elites sneered at her when she criticized the Federal Reserve’s campaign of quantitative easing, saying it wouldn’t work. Guess what? It didn’t work.

The criticism was met with howls of derision, but as this NY Sun editorial points out (h/t reader Jay), has proven prophetic (emphasis mine):

The big question as Chairman Bernanke gets set for his first quarterly press conference is how Sarah Palin was able to figure out sooner than everyone else that the Federal Reserve’s campaign of quantitative easing wouldn’t work. Disappointment in the Fed’s policies is being reported this morning at the top of page one of the New York Times. It reports that “most Americans are not feeling the difference” from the Fed’s “experimental effort to spur a recovery by purchasing vast quantities of federal debt.” It reports that “a broad range of economists say that the disappointing results show the limits of the central bank’s ability to lift the nation from its economic malaise.”

It’s a terrific story, and well-timed, given that on Wednesday Mr. Bernanke will break tradition and meet with the press. It is part of the Fed’s effort to get ahead of what is emerging as a public relations catastrophe, as gasoline is nearing six dollars a gallon at some pumps, the cost of groceries is skyrocketing, and the value of the dollars that Mr. Bernanke’s institution issues as Federal Reserve notes has collapsed to less than a 1,500th of an ounce of gold. Unemployment is still high. Shakespeare couldn’t come up with a better plot. But how in the world did Mrs. Palin, who is supposed to be so thick, manage to figure all this out so far ahead of the New York Times and all the economists it talked to?

Sarah Palin must be some kind of idiot savant, huh?
Meanwhile, the Politico, (part of the MSM that’s going so easy on her….because, well  *you know*) cluck cluck cluckingly reports on the nasty anti-Palin forces out there who are lining up to destroy her ahead of the 2012 elections. Goodness gracious me, but aren’t these people big meanies?! (heehee):

She is a promiscuous, petty and unintelligent, yet deviously conniving warmonger intent on capturing the Oval Office and, from there, the world.

Those are just some of the opinions about Sarah Palin held by members of a small but extremely active network of gadflies, bloggers and authors who have devoted much of the last 2½ years to proving their case to American voters.


A number of forthcoming books promise to delve deeply into — and, they believe, give mainstream credibility to — some of the more salacious Palin rumors and conspiracy theories that have sprouted in the anti-Palin blogosphere and on supermarket tabloid stands but have mostly been rejected by the mainstream media.

“We’re at a tipping point, where her character and her lack of ethics will be revealed on the national stage,” asserted Sherry Whitstine, a 49-year-old grandmother who lives in Palin’s hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, and has infuriated her famous neighbors with blog posts and online comments accusing Palin of being unfaithful in her marriage and corrupt in her political career. (See: Troopergate report: Palin abused authority)

Really Politico? Really? You link to the phony election year “Troopergate” “scandal” of which she was  totally exonerated only hours before the polls opened in November 2008?
Again — REALLY?
They are going to try to rehash that, (with your insidious help)?

Under the guise of reporting on the anti-Palin movement, Politico manages to dredge up almost every crank accusation against Palin.  The fourth word in the first sentence of the article just happens to be “promiscuous.”  How nice.

Of course, “how nice” – she’s a “special needs case”, after all.

Exit question:

If “thoughtful writers”are “too easy” on Palin because of her “special needs” status, what’s their excuse for the sycophantic way they cover Dear Reader?


One thought on “LA Times Columnist: MSM Goes Easy On Palin Because She’s A “Special Needs Case”

  1. Thanks for this post, Deb.

    The scary thing is that MSM reporters/writers think they are being kind and honorable. They really can’t understand how someone they have vilified can really be fully human and deserve even low level fairness.

    Samuel Johnson pointed out the following regarding the unhappy, but it’s also true of those the MSM and establishment hate:

    “The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be super added.”

    They have their reasons.


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