Is coverage of Palin legitimate? You betcha
People have been accusing me, and the media as a whole, of going out of our way to keep Sarah Palin in the news and to attack her. Well, there are two factors at work here. First, Palin is a public figure who is looked upon by some right-wing Republicans as the second coming of Ronald Reagan and the future of the party. That, in itself, makes her perpetually newsworthy. Second, Palin, rather than just concentrating on her job as governor of Alaska, continues to thrust herself into the public eye, whether it be by defending the educational pursuits of her grandbaby’s daddy or, most recently, whining about the treatment she receives, as compared with the public and media treatment of Caroline Kennedy, shown above. Palin did a recent interview with conservative filmmaker John Ziegler, who is working on a documentary called “How Obama Got Elected.” Palin told him that Kennedy, who is pursuing the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Hillary Clinton, is getting softer treatment as a Senate contender than she did as a vice presidential candidate. This may be too much for Palin to grasp, but these are two strikingly different offices that are in play. Kennedy is attempting to become one of 100 senators. A senator, on his or her own, has limited power. Palin was attempting to become vice president to an elderly man with a history of cancer. After hearing Palin on the campaign trail, that was a worrisome prospect for many people. Palin also told the filmmaker that CBS anchor Katie Couric and comedian Tina Fey have been “capitalizing on” and “exploiting” her. She also accused CBS of “splicing together” the Couric interview to make her look bad. Poor baby. Here’s the truth. Couric conducted an interview in which Palin was exposed as being unprepared for higher office and seemingly lacking in intellectual curiousity. And Fey has not been “exploiting” you, Mrs. Palin. She’s mocking you. And it’s pretty easy. My advice to Sarah Palin, if she has designs on higher office (and we know she does), is to spend the next few years gaining knowledge about the world beyond the Great White North and what she can see from the tip of the Aleutians.