Saturday, December 04, 2010
The not-so-liberal media has avoided dealing with her most egregious failings, although of late, no less than the Kennedys, the Bushs, Karl Rove, and other right-wing luminaries have tried to spread the message: Mrs. Palin, you don't have what it takes to run for President, much less any national political office and probably even state office.
Her reality show is struggling to get back up to its initial ratings. Her latest book is struggling to gain wide acceptance. Her daughter lost her bid to win DWTS, and her PAC is paying more money to her and her foreign "consultants" by far than it is to Republican or TeaParty hopefuls. Sixty-three thousand dollars (wow, that sounds like a lot to me) went to purchasing her own book so it could be machine-signed and given out as a free bonus.
Yet, the media clamors to know if Mrs. Palin is going to "run" for the highest office in the land. Every tweet or Facebook posting draws commentary as if it were something important. It is time, no -- past time -- for our 4th estate to do their job and begin to vet this would-be candidate.
May I recommend Palingates. Mrs. Palin's abysmal history, from when she was mayor of a village of 5000 to when she was appointed as Oil and Gas Commissioner (a job she quit) to when she was Governor (another job she quit) besieged by ethics complaints (BECAUSE SHE ACTED UNETHICALLY!), is out there for all to see. Yet so few seem to focus on these essential flaws. Media, start doing your job. The material is all out there, easy to find thanks to the tireless efforts of bloggers, yes bloggers, some of whom are not even American.
A Palin presidency would affect the entire world, and the world is watching ... and wondering when in hell the American media will begin to do its prescribed duty. Vet Mrs. Palin, please, NOW. Take note of her ties to a secessionist organization. Take note of her fake pregnancy (pdf). Take note of her connections to dominionism and the Seven Mountain proponents. Take note of her abysmal record of raising her own children - one an unwed mother who is likely pregnant again, another a school bus vandal, another yet a house vandal. Take note of her legacy as half-term governor, where elders were abused, where indigenous people were abandoned, where the environment was sacrificed in the name of profits, where ethics and transparency were simply feel-good words and not guiding principles.
A majority of the media along with a sliver of America made Mrs. Palin what she is today. I hold out no hope that her minions will wake up anytime soon, but if the media doesn't hold to its basic tenets (to report the story, not to suck up to someone for access) we will be subject to month after depressing month of shoring up someone who would give Goebbels a run for his money in another era.
Stop pretending this narcissist has anything at all to recommend her as a candidate for US president. It's time, Time. It's time, WashPost. It's time, HuffPo. It's time, NYTimes. It's well past time actually. Pull the plug. The country will breathe a collective sigh of relief, and we all will have a fighting chance again to stop corporations from merging with government to give us our new fascist state.