And like any candidate, she made mistakes—although unlike many candidates, she handled brutal treatment from the press with both toughness and grace.
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Nor is my purpose to blame the nastiness on conspiracy theories. There was a time when I would have said that accusations of vast conspiracies, made by the left or the right, are rarely credible, and for good reason. That was before the correspondence among the members of JournoList, the left-leaning e-mail list for high-profile media figures, was published, with all its revelations about various anti-Palin members egging each other on to greater levels of hostility.
Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her: She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. I hope these rumors bring her down. They did not know her. But they wanted to bring her down.
The question that this sort of monolithic reaction raised for many observers was, simply: Why did the majority of the members of the press respond to Palin with such visceral dislike, and act on that dislike to an extent unprecedented in recent history?
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Though Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose professed to know nothing about postmodernism in theory, they and their fellow journalists—along with their counterparts in the entertainment industry and the amateurs who joined in the coverage from the blogosphere—may have understood it better than they realized. I was especially touched by the chapter in which Dalfonzo documents the hateful comments by liberal women, and her effort to explain why Sarah Palin is such a threat to the liberal feminist establishment.
She reminds us that liberals have always been about symbolism, and they rely on clueless Republicans to ignore symbolism. Dalfonzo adroitly points out how George W. Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban surrounded by eight white men, the legislators who worked on the legislation. Unfortunately, the left was able to spin this until the cows came home — ignoring the substance and inherent decency of what Bush did, and focusing on the bad optics. Of course, the left was aided and abetted by backstabbers within the Republican Party. Dalfonzo documents the "friendly fire" quite well also, as well as the despicable tactics of the Alaska Mafia, the bloggers who have been at the heart of nearly every false accusation against Governor Palin.
Gina Dalfonzo has added to the conservative canon with a well-researched history of media bias, illustrating how the growing confluence between news and entertainment served to create a caricature of a dynamic, young female leader. Fortunately, Dalfonzo also points the way to victory in She reminds us that Sarah Palin has chosen to go around the corrupt media and take her message directly to the people.
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A Satirical Journey by Nicole Coulter. LitCrit at Troynovant critiques in and around literary criticism. Utopias at Troynovant utopia in power, or dystopia. Left unanswered because of the time that has passed since the book's publication, is what motivated Palin to flirt with, but ultimately abandon, a Presidential run in , although the personal acrimony against Palin certainly did not decrease through that campaign season. Regardless of your political leanings, this is an invaluable book to read in order to understand just how vitriolic and destructive our political process is at this moment in history, and to get a primer in the ways in which social media is starting to reshape the landscape of campaigning.
If you have been persuaded to feel hatred against Palin by the coverage of her campaign, you owe it to yourself to read this and discover how carefully you have been manipulated. Just finished this book in one day, and I am on FIRE about how well this book lays out how the media, political figures, people in entertainment, and other people with a "forum" went about their campaign to put Obama in the White House.
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Their goal was to "take down" an honorable, intelligent, honest woman and politician who should have garnered respect and admiration across America for her accomplishments in office. I am ashamed that women This book is truly a page-turner, engrossing, and brilliantly written. Not biased, just presenting "the facts" of what really happened.
This book will shock you as it describes the underhanded methods the media used to destroy Sarah Palin's reputation and candidacy for Vice-President.
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You will be completely disgusted with the downright false and misleading allegations some of our most trusted TV news anchors resorted to. As Mark Twain said, if you don't read the newspaper you're uninformed, and if you do, you're misinformed.
This book is an indictment of the lamestream media. Will the book receive the attention it deserves? It has been two-and-a-half years since John McCain announced that his running mate would be the largely-unknown governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin and the mainstream media, enraged that Republicans now had their own rock star--one who would compete with Barack Obama--determined to "bring her down" any way they could. This is the story of the incredible lengths to which they went to achieve that goal.
They lied about her family, they lied about her views, they attacked her children in a way that no candidate's children have ever been attacked before claiming, among other things, that two of her children were drug addicts and that Baby Trig was actually Palin's grandson.
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If you believe that Palin actually said "I can see Russia from my house," blame SNL's Tina Fey, who regularly mocked Palin in the weeks leading up to the election and all the bloggers who put the sentence in Palin's mouth. In the process of demonizing Palin, mainline reporters who, when it came to Barack Obama, collectively felt a thrill going up their legs as Chris Matthews put it neglected the disturbing stories coming out about their dream candidate: This book answers that question.
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