Posted in Current Events

Alaska Dispatch

As you well know, this blog has been Palin-obsessed ever since she hit the national scene.  All ya’ll are sick of me talking about Sarah’s personal life.  So here’s some real moose meat for ya, the Alaska Dispatch.  That article title below?  It’s a link!

Going off the reservation was the last straw?

September 17, 2008

By Amanda Coyne

On Monday, a McCain-Palin spokeswoman in Anchorage, Meg Stapleton, said in a press conference that one of the reasons Gov. Palin fired public safety commissioner Walt Monegan was because he planned to go to D.C. to ask for money to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. It was the “last straw,” she said.

This contradicts what Palin has said in the past.

But even if it is true, admitting that Palin fired Monegan for soliciting for more funds for sexual abuse victims might not be the smartest PR move at a time when Palin’s sympathy for such victims is being scrutinized for the following reasons:

Continue reading “Alaska Dispatch”

Posted in Current Events

The New York Times

I have a soft spot for journalists, true nostalgia for print media (well, I have true nostalgia for a great many things), and a new t-shirt that I’m not sure where to wear.  You see, it’s political, and therefore offensive to some.

I read the New York Times on Sunday.  In the 14 September 2008 print edition, there was a very comprehensive page one story about Sarah Palin.  I thought it was well-researched and fair.  Only one comment struck me as snarky (below in bold):

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Ms. Palin appointed Mr. Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Mr. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

I suppose there was never really a ‘good ole days’ when journalism was completely objective. Can anyone be truly objective? It’s difficult. But when I mentioned this New York Times article about Sara Palin to an educated acquaintance, he derided the paper as a completely unreliable source of information.

Excuse me?  The authors of the Palin article say they interviewed “60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.”  But to Palin supporters, the article is skewed.

Nowadays, we choose our media outlets carefully.  We’re mindful that they’re owned by large corporations (who like anyone else, tend to be self-interested).  But relief is in sight: Sean Hannity is interviewing Sarah Palin at 9pm eastern today!

UPDATE: Here’s one of the best political blog posts I’ve seen to date, courtesy of the brilliant LeahPeah.

Just when you thought this post indicated my Sarah obsession was subsiding just a wee bit — Donald Craig Mitchell: This Week’s Palin Primer from Alaska: Bristol and Levi, Earmarks, Troopergate, More