Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Media Should Apologize to Sarah Palin

By way of the KC Red Star's Prime Buzz blog:

On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.

On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her?

And was she his first choice?

Bad questions. Bad media. Bad.

Really? That's what the media has been asking? Really?

Then how come we are reading questions like these:

"Should Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — a mother of five children, including a special-needs infant — have accepted the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket?"
- Colleen O'Connor, The Denver Post

"[T]he younger Palin's pregnancy and its implications should be discussed publicly and openly
- Andrea Kane, CNN

"[I]f she's such a good mom, she should stay home with her family rather than run with McCain."
- The Chicagoe Tribune

"I was a bit nauseated by the DailyKos report. They didn't have the facts, they were just reporting rumor, and that was a thin basis for putting a 17-year-old girl's sex life up for national scrutiny... Is this an appropriate topic for the news? I have to hold my nose and say 'yes.'"
- Mitch Wagner, InformationWeek

"The icing on the cake has now become Governor Sarah Palin's "Baby Mama Drama!"... It's time to take into account the mental health issues regarding Governor Palin's 17 year old daughter Bristol"
- Leslie Seppinni, St. Louis Examiner

"[A]sking questions, no matter how outrageous or offensive have merit."
- Dan Amira and Chris Rovzar, New York Magazine

"Governor Palin, how do you propose to take care of your five children, particularly an infant with special needs, while preparing your daughter (who is a child herself) for motherhood, nurturing your own marriage and life while you RUN our country?"
- The Examiner

"On April 20, 1989 – less than eight months after they eloped – their first son, Track, was born. I think I can guess the real reason why they eloped, and it wasn’t to save money on an expensive wedding."
- Alan Colmes

"[H]er fifth child, born in April with Down’s syndrome, was actually her 17-year-old daughter’s."
- The London Times

"Show us DNA"
- Michael Moore

And these are just the questions and statements they chose to publish. There have been allegations Palin has been asked for the name of her OB/GYN, to submit to paternity tests, if she took her prenatal vitamins, and more.

So, yes, the media certainly should apologize.


Chimpo said...

If she has a problem with the media, tabloid or not, doing their job, she shouldn't have run for public office. VP of the United States gets you a little more exposure than being mayor of town the size of a small college.

James said...

No doubt. The post is really more of a commentary on the media acting as though they have been completely above bored and have only asked the questions relevant to her experience, the vetting process, etc... as stated in the MSM article being quoted.

I just thought it necessary to point out that was a total lie as evidenced by the quotes I pulled from the MSM in just about 20 minutes of searching.