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Once thought of as a journalistically proper publication, Newsweek stooped to a new low this week by featuring a 4-month-old Runner’s World photo of Sarah Palin along with a nonsensical headline on its cover.
“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah?” the headline alongside a gym-shorts wearing Palin reads. The sub-head, also with a negative spin, says, “She’s bad news for the GOP — and for everybody else, too.”
I have a question for Newsweek editors, “Who said Palin was a problem?” Maybe in your minds, but not in the thinking of a huge chunk of the population. “Bad news?” You’ve got to be out of your mind. She is the best news for conservative thought in a long time.
Journalistically speaking, where is your sense of balance, Newsweek?
You may be able to pass this kind of weak crap on your National Enquirer fan base, but not here… not to the Tea Party crowd, which you so easily dismiss. I see now why publications like yours are tagged by media analyst Bernie Goldberg as part of the “lamestream media.” You couldn’t prove your Kool-Aid drinking ways anymore than you did with this cover.
Palin’s response came in the form of this note on Facebook:
The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this “news” magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness – a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.
- Sarah Palin
Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham told Yahoo! News that the photo choice was simply the “most interesting image available”:
“We chose the most interesting image available to us to illustrate the theme of the cover, which is what we always try to do. We apply the same test to photographs of any public figure, male or female: does the image convey what we are saying? That is a gender-neutral standard.”
Illustrate the theme of the cover? What are you doing? Decorating a bedroom? You are certainly not being journalists.
How do you solve a problem like Newsweek?
Read something else.
Don’t Get It!
Sarah Palin has been out of the limelight for more than 9 months now, but late-night host David Letterman can’t seem to satiate his appetite for using her as comedic fodder.
Having had to fill a large hole left in his “creative” repertoire when President George W. Bush left office, Letterman’s hate for all-things-conservative now blossoms with any news sound byte about Palin. He salivates when anything, just anything breaking about the former Alaska governor can be used as monologue material … tired monologue material. After all, Letterman has a whole host of Palin haters in his New York studio audience that co-sign his Palin bashing with big chuckles and applause.
Why not keep dipping into the well? Eight years of “George Bush is dumb” as the premise for a huge chunk of Letterman’s nightly humor became so old for some us that it could only be labeled as a liberal mantra. Besides, Palin is so easy. It’s so easy to bash a woman of such chutzpah, such simplicity, and such wisdom … that’s right, wisdom!
What’s wrong with Palin? Everything in the eyes of liberals … barely anything in the eyes of most with conservative thought.
So, go ahead Letterman and gang, keep “joking” on Palin. We are not offended, just amazed at your lack of understanding about what’s truly dumb and laughable: your liberal arrogance.
Letterman has a brief moment of clarity in introducing his Top Ten List: Questions To Ask Yourself Before Spending $63,500 On Dinner with Sarah Palin
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Progressives see progressivism as an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs. liberalism, and as an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive dichotomy. – Wikipedia
Many self-proclaimed progressives and liberals turned ugly in the afterglow of the rally against out-of-control government spending in Washington D.C. Sunday, calling those in attendance “racist.”
While crowd estimates and reports range from 60,000 to 1.5 million, the event was significant enough to garner heavy Internet coverage, including a flowing stream of posts on Twitter. Tagged #912DC, the subject became a Twitter trending topic for most of the day.
However, while those in attendance and bloggers following on Twitter posted messages reflecting joy, pride, and excitement about the event also known as the “912 Project,” a flow of racist charges and sophmoric name-calling was evident.
It was not only “progressive” bloggers playing the race card. In one segment on CNN, the newsroom and bottom screen graphic asked viewers, “RACIAL UNDERTONES? with the subhead, “Tea Party rallies.”
But, perhaps nowhere is the ugliness more evident than on Twitter.
9-12 protesters=old white racists who like to bitch about big “gubment” from their federally funded hoverounds. – Sloopydrew
I thought it was really horrible, Beck using 9/11 to promote his own cause. It looked like a Klan or a Hitler rally. – RaiderNader
… libs think that thinking is important. Conservs want slavery returned & civil rights eliminated. – JimPolandcom
And so it went and so it goes … progressives being not so “progressive” after all. In fact, many in the anti-conservatism crowd have fueled any existing racism by perpetuating what most of us have always despised or eliminated years ago: lumping an entire group of people in a hateful way.
The ongoing chatter between so-called progressives had one Twitter member come up with a new “dictionary” definition for the online combatants:
Racer: (rā’sər) n. One who makes false claims of racism in order avoid answering legitimate arguments.
Progressives and liberals have always made us well aware of the hypocricy often found in conservatives’ alleged claim to the “moral highground.” Now, maybe it’s time for those with liberal leanings to abandon prejudice and crawl out of their dark caves.
WASHINGTON — With no commentary heading or tag, the Associated Press (AP) published an apparent “news” story early Tuesday morning countering Sarah Palin’s opposition to the proposed health care bill with unsourced statements.
Headlined, “FACT CHECK: No ‘death panel’ in health care bill” and written by AP reporter Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, the story leads with two opening paragraphs before a Q&A which appears to be a White House talking points post.
The AP piece leads:
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a “death panel.” Federal bureaucrats would play God, ruling on whether ailing seniors are worth enough to society to deserve life-sustaining medical care. Palin and other critics are wrong.
Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. The provision that has caused the uproar would instead authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, if the patient wishes.
Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. AP gives no attribution to the opinion that the health care bill could not play out in the scenario Palin says might happen should the bill pass as proposed.
Instead, the Q&A section mirrors White House talking points on the bill. For example:
Q: Does the health care legislation bill promote “mercy killing,” or euthanasia?
It is not until the last two questions of the nine questions and answers posted that AP gives any attribution to the answers.
The “FACT CHECK” piece ends with the line:
The White House says it is countering false claims with a “reality check” page on its Web site, http://www.whitehouse.gov.
Following the story, another information line gives the link to a White House “Reality Check” page, which reads:
White House site on health care claims: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/
The Associated Press has its roots dating back to a May 1846 agreement between five New York City newspapers to share incoming reports from the Mexican-American War, according to a Wikipedia posting.