Friday, October 31, 2008

She Is Who We Thought She Was

More Sarah Palin bashing. Via ABC News, reportedly, in an interview with a conservative DC-area radio program, Palin sees the treatment she's received from the mainstream media as a First Amendment Assault.

"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

However she feels about the way her story has been told in the press, Palin told WMAL she is not discouraged.

"It's sort of perplexing to me, because I'm a practical person and plainspoken also, but just cutting to the chase and calling things like I see them, just like most Americans. But this has not left a bitter taste in my mouth, the bitter shots taken by the mainstream media and by some of the elitism there in Washington," Palin said.

"What this has left me with is a very energized and positive feeling about America, because there are enough Americans who are desiring the positive change that John McCain's gonna usher in."

This is not a slip up like when Joe Biden said FDR went on television and talked to the American people during the Great Depression or like when I heard Ralph Nader on the radio the other day say that FDR's economic policies helped us win the Civil War. I'll avoid the d-word and say that this is just plain uninformed. The press can't violate First Amendment rights. Only those in government, like you Mrs. Palin, actually have that power.

Palin defenders- and Palin herself- continue to raise the specter of elitism, but that's not what this is all about. I dread the world where understanding the First Amendment is a sign of elitism rather than a requirement for holding political office.


Blogger Eric Dondero said...

It's called the Fairness Doctrine. That's obviously what she was referring too. But you all are so blinded by your hatred for libertarians like Palin, that you wouldn't have caught that.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

The Fairness Doctrine is not the same as the First Amendment, nor is the Fairness Doctrine anywhere in the Constitution whatsoever. I highly recommend you and Gov. Palin try reading it sometime, Eric.

1:06 AM  
Blogger lonely libertarian said...

That's funny because she mentioned the First Amendment but never mentioned the Fairness Doctrine. Maybe I should have realized she was talking about what she didn't say, not what she actually said.

As to Palin being libertarian, I just haven't heard it. I haven't heard much in the way of a cogent political philosophy from either her or McCain.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous rose said...

Continuing (give or take) what we've been doing the last 28 years, or centrist rule as you call it, is their political philosophy and that definitely beats the alternative.

You're so wrapped up in McCain and Palin's mediocrity when you're two days away from the possibility our government will go further left than we have in the last 28 years. This will be nothing like Clinton with a republican congress. And the damage done will take a long time to get over.

And as for your take on Palin's comments, can you imagine how frustrated they must be with the media coverage? I'm not a Palin defender ordinarily, but in this instance, I can see where she's coming from. The media consensus was that bringing up Ayers was not only dirty, but racist!

9:42 AM  
Blogger lonely libertarian said...

I'm worried that in a two-party system, the Republican Party is in danger of forgetting it's position as the voice of restraint and the stop sign to big government liberalism.

From Nixon to Reagan to Bush to McCain makes Reagan seem like an outlier in a trend towards big government, not as the face of Republican conservatism he's supposed to be.

And as to Palin, I see where she's coming from and what she's upset about- the mainstream media does suck. But she doesn't help her case with these sound bites.

10:44 AM  

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