Sunday, July 12, 2009

Saradise Lost & Found - Chapter Five -- A Palin Third Party -- Beginning To Look That Way

One of soon-to-be-ex Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's foremost advocates is rightwing talk radio and internet personality, Tammy Bruce. On Friday, Bruce had this to say about Palin's upcoming prospects:

Enter now Sarah Palin with very encouraging comments that lead one to believe that she is indeed planning to do what she must: build an independent conservative movement and take this nation back from the liberals which now control both parties.Thanks liberals, for provoking Sarah into the national scene while vetting that family at the same time.

One thing I will say, the Washington Times with their headline for this exclusive interview reveal an anti-Palin stance. She is, don’t doubt, a threat to every existing political status quo. I hope the Washington Times and their editors realize, sooner than later, that the Palin movement is unstoppable and their credibility would be saved simply by reporting the news instead of becoming a GOP version of the NYT.

Here's Bruce's entire rant from Friday:

SarahPAC is carrying Bruce's rant, including her bizarre description of the Washington Times article about Palin attempting to craft some sort of an "independent" image. The Moonie-owned Times is not only uber conservative, it has ties to many strands of the weird American religious sects that are so enraptured by Palin's aura.

Another very conservative newspaper, the Fairbanks News-Miner, has printed the most scathing obituary yet by an editorial staff, on Palin's abdication. I'm going to print the entire editorial, with my own emphases added:

FAIRBANKS — I had written a column that was just about ready for publication when Gov. Sarah Palin derailed it last week with news of her resignation. The column was about my frustrating and fruitless campaign of the past seven months to have the governor speak to the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

I figured the column wasn’t needed any more. Sarah Palin will soon be out of office, 18 months ahead of schedule and of her own choosing, so why bother. And on Monday came the final word, after half a year’s worth of my hopeful cajoling, that Gov. Palin wouldn’t have anything to say to us. “That is correct — she will not be meeting with the board. I apologize for all of the back and forth,” came the e-mail from her spokeswoman.

And yet I have been reading these past several days that Sarah Palin is alive on Twitter and Facebook, maligning the media in her tweets and posts. She won’t meet with us, but she sure will bash us.

She did it again on Friday, posting on Twitter in advance of her appearance on KFAR radio in Fairbanks: “Candidly, I love radio vs some newspapers bc... ‘Most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not, by my definition, they can hardly be good newspapermen.’ W. Cronkite”

Of course, the governor has misinterpreted the quotation for her own use. Cronkite, in the 1973 interview with Playboy magazine, used the
word “liberal” as meaning open-minded.

PLAYBOY: Implicit in the (Nixon) administration’s attempts to force the networks to “balance” the news is a conviction that most newscasters are biased against conservatism. Is there some truth in the view that television newsmen tend to be left of center?

CRONKITE: Well, certainly liberal, and possibly left of center as well. I would have to accept that.

PLAYBOY: What’s the distinction between those two terms?

CRONKITE: I think the distinction is both clear and important. I think that being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, noncommitted to a cause — but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

The governor seems to be offering the misinterpretation of the Cronkite quote as a reason for no longer granting open-ended interviews to us or most any other news outlet.
Her Twitter post is another attempt to divert attention from the real reason she won’t talk, especially since it’s no secret that this newspaper’s editorial page is generally viewed as being more in line with Republican ideas and therefore can reasonably be assumed to be somewhat friendly terrain for a Republican governor.

The real reason Gov. Palin won’t talk is because we and others she won’t talk to actually ask questions that challenge her ideas. She can’t take criticism or anything close to it.

Having someone question her ideas doesn’t fit with her simple media plan: Try to get good news out without risking damage to her national image that could come by talking to reporters and editors about not-so-good news. And when negative news does come out, claim to be a victim of biased coverage by the “mainstream media.”

She cries foul but has done nothing to rectify whatever wrongdoing the media has done to her or that she perceives the media has done to her. What she has done is easily find time for flattering national photo shoots and to talk with non-threatening magazines or commentators on friendly conservative national or local radio and television shows.

Among Alaska media, The Alaska Journal of Commerce noted in a June 19 editorial that “A quick, albeit unscientific survey of the state’s larger media outlets suggests that in the past six months there have been few — if any — one-on-one interviews where more than a couple of targeted questions were answered. Meanwhile, there were at least four exclusive interviews with national broadcast media within a few days of the Exxon/TransCanada (gas pipeline) announcement.” The word from the Anchorage Daily News is that she hasn’t spoken to that newspaper’s editorial board “for a long time.” As for her resignation, she invited some national news networks to Dillingham, gave them 10 minutes each on the beach, and stuck to the same talking points in each of those interviews.

For nearly seven months I have tried, with various degrees of effort, to get the governor to speak with the editorial board of the Daily News-Miner. The last time she appeared in our office was in December for a session consumed largely by comments from people accompanying her. She displayed the same reluctance to talk in an earlier session, preferring instead to ask those around her to answer questions.

I desperately would like the governor to tell me I’m wrong on this, to rip me apart on this or on any other matter — like her two immediate predecessors, Republican Frank Murkowski and Democrat Tony Knowles, would do without blinking. They had no difficulty finding time to come here and sit for an honest, tough discussion of the issues confronting Alaska. And they, not their aides, would do the talking.

Not Gov. Palin.

I wish the governor would have tried to persuade our editorial board where she thinks we need persuading. I wish we could have had the opportunity to tell her we agree with her on Topic A and disagree with her on Topic B. I wish we could have had a civil, respectful discussion of the things that matter. We’ve had our differences, notably on her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, her nomination of Wayne Ross as attorney general and her qualifications to serve as vice president and, if necessary, president. But we’ve also given her support when necessary — most recently in her valid criticism that the ethics complaints filed against her are a gross abuse of the state’s ethics law.

I also think Gov. Palin wouldn’t and won’t meet with us, or most any other media outlet that doesn’t express adulation over her, because she wants to preserve her “media victim” image as much as possible.

To regularly interact with editorial boards and to engage in substantive discussions with journalists and commentators who could challenge her ideas could undercut that self-made “victim” status. [Bingo!]

And if she really is a “media victim,” shouldn’t she be lambasting the editors and journalists directly, in face-to-face meetings or in on-the-record interviews? That’s what other politicians and state leaders regularly do.

As for me, if the governor had specific complaints with the Daily News-Miner, I didn’t hear about them.

It’s worth noting that she did find time to talk to several News-Miner editors about the issues, for two hours, back in 2006 while she was campaigning for governor.

That seems like a long time ago now.

We haven’t changed much since then, but she sure has.

Rod Boyce
is managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

That's the post-mortem from Alaska's most conservative daily newspaper. This morning, on Meet the Press, Sen. John McCain stuttered through a segment, where he couldn't quite put a reasonable handle on what Palin might be up to:

It is hard for me to imagine the most polarizing person in American politics successfully campaigning for Blue Dogs. She might try that some, but unless she's going to back away from the ideals of her Teabagging, white racist, Christian fundamentalist, homophobic base, she won't be bringing in more votes to any Blue Dog than she would take away from the candidate.

The true reality, recognized by the News-Miner and the Washington Times, and Alaska's progressive bloggers, is that Palin cannot "progress" her agenda in an environment where she has to answer detailed questions, or deal with negative feedback. And not just in her inner circle of sycophants and idolizers; but in the realm of media and public relations. Hence the need for her own political movement.

On another note, here's the take on the third party possibilities by a new Palin commentator, Stranahan (thanks for the tip, Gryph!):


Anonymous said...

There might be some Mullahs in Iran out of a job soon. Maybe they can give some pointers on helping "build an independent conservative movement and take this nation back from the liberals..."

onejrkitty said...

Remember the movie, "Catch Me If You Can?"

It was about a man who was an imposter--on purpose, an important point. He posed as a doctor, as an airline pilot among many other "incarnations."

He was intelligent enough to literally fake his way in these professions UNTIL HE GOT TO A POINT WHERE HE HAD TO ACTUALLY PERFORM AS A DOCTOR, AS A PILOT.

Of course, without the actual education and training he could NOT PERFORM BECAUSE HE WAS IGNORANT OF WHAT THE JOB ENTAILED.

Palin's reasons for quitting-- her real reasons, not those she puts out--are, I think, many. I believe there are more than a few contributing factors--many rumors are out there and some or most are at least partially true.


ONE reason Palin quit was because she finally realized she "could not fly the plane, could not perform the surgery" and was about to be found out.

Can't remember the exact source of the quotes, some from legislators I know, but it was commented on that in meetings, if the issue was something that was of interest or importance TO HER, she would remain interested for about 15 minutes and then would become distracted, scattered, UNinterested. If it was an issue not to her advantage, or not felt to be important by her, her interest waned sooner.


This is not a snakry comment. I mean it very very literally. She was too ignorant of the economics for example, or too ignorant of the factors in play, to intelligently discuss issues.

It has also been reported how she did not care about details, that she was an "intuitive" decision maker. Easy to do if you let "advisors" discuss the issues and get a feel for what is going on and then make a "governor's judgment." NOT taking someone's advice, BUT JUST listening to get a feel for what the issue is all about. ( Also, reason why she would let others answer questions asked of her when she was actually present, and of course, WHY SHE WOULD NOT MEET WITH EDITORIAL BOARDS OR REPORTERS OR BE ON PROGRAMS LIKE "FACE THE NATION" OR "MEET THE PRESS."

People love a confident person and find it easy to hand over their thinking to a "confident" person. Palin's confidence comes from her delusional narcisstic reality bubble, but IF YOU DONT REALIZE THAT, then her persona makes her look like a "confident leader,"

Palin is in many ways just another Jim Jones of infamous Gyana (sp?) suicide of his cult followers.

Palin has all the makings for a cult leader and her followers appear to be nothing but that insecure, scared, resentful, disinfranchised individual that is looking for something, anything to believe in and to save them.


Philip Munger said...


Catch Me If you Can may be my favorite low-keyed Spielberg-John williams collaboration. One of Christopher Walken's best acting jobs, too.

We played the music to it when I directed the Mat-Su College Community Band.

Aussie Blue Sky said...

Everyone knows Sarah Palin's new party is the Pity Party.

"a dwindling white nonurban America that is aflame with grievances and awash in self-pity as the country hurtles into the 21st century and leaves it behind" (Frank Rich)

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with the News-Miner and onejrkitty on his/her post. Palin is a poser. Period. She won't take real questions from the press because she simply doesn't have the knowledge base and answers. She has successfully hidden behind her "unfair media" chant thus far but it can't be sustained if she has plans for higher office. She absolutely needs to be exposed once and for all for the true fraud that she is. The sooner the better. Our country doesn't need the continued divisiveness and ugliness that she promotes.

Star the wonder pup said...

Please start a third party, Sarah, please. I will donate to it; I will work the phone banks targeting area codes of ignorance.

What better use of my time could guarantee the permanent majority of Progressive, or at least Democratic Party politicians.

If she succeeds in siphoning off the deeply disturbed dominionists, then Utah and Oklahoma will be the last remaining red states.

All progressives should encourage this effort.

Anonymous said...

SP is, will always be a reflection on McCain's poor judgement.

Republicans lost b/c of SP they will not win with SP