Sunday, November 15, 2009

Palin and the press embrace again

The mutually-beneficial relationship that Sarah Palin and the press share with one another continues.

She gets outrage. The press gets attention.

After an AP fact check of Sarah Palin's memoir hit the papers, the author hits back by sending her supporters to a fact-check of the fact-check.


Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released. They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.

We'll keep setting the record straight, and we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of their non-objective reporting. A great, recent post that accomplishes this is a Conservatives4Palin post. It's got some nice fact checking included. As always, they did a great job holding some of the media accountable for spreading more misinformation and for making things up. You can read it here. Enjoy!

Two comments.

1. The AP fact-check did read, in parts, like oppo-research. This bit about a Vogue interview with Palin seems particularly petty.

PALIN: Says she tried to talk about national security and energy independence in her interview with Vogue magazine but the interviewer wanted her to pivot from hydropower to high fashion.

THE FACTS are somewhat in dispute. Vogue contributing editor Rebecca Johnson said Palin did not go on about hydropower. "She just kept talking about drilling for oil."

There isn't another political figure who has his words/motives parsed so closely, and this is one of those unfortunate examples.

2. In her Facebook post today, Palin's "patriotism" has reached a level you couldn't even really parody.

I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you,"Thanks for loving America." I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page – it's dedicated to you – Patriots – who love the U.S.A. as much as I do.... God bless the fight for freedom! Keep up the great work, Patriots who love this country.

Among some political circles, that counts for policy. And among some political constituencies, that counts for patriotism. But in one particular publishing house, that means books sales, and for many Americans who love the country but forget to use "patriot" in every sentence (except while watching Tom Brady), it can seem a crass ploy to build a brand.

[Hat tip: The Blog Briefing Room]