Why So Mean and Nasty?
You’d have to live on Mars to believe that the mainstream media, i.e. Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, New York Times, CBS, ABC, and NBC
isn’t biased to the left. But generally, they are smart enough to keep
their bias within the bounds of reason and common decency. That being
the case, why did they react so intensely and unreasonably against the
selection of Governor Sarah Palin to be John McCain’s running mate?
Their attacks were not only irrational, they were downright mean and
nasty. What gives?
Some laid it off to the
media being caught by surprise, but the mainstream media has been caught
by surprise before and hasn’t reacted with such venom. Others said it
was the Governor’s lack of experience, but at minimum, Sarah Palin has
as much experience as Barak Obama. Still others said it was John
McCain’s failure to conduct proper vetting, but after all she is a
sitting Governor and it turns out that the vetting process was actually
So the attacks began...
"She’s too inexperienced." Or, "She has five children, one with special
needs which precludes her from having enough time to handle the
responsibilities as Vice President." In their panic to gain traction
with any attack, they tried every possible approach.
Why the gutter level attacks?
not about experience. It’s not about her being distracted by her
family. It’s not because she was not properly vetted. It’s not because
she is a woman (although it does rankle them that the first woman
President might not be named Hilary, but Sarah). It’s not because her
daughter is pregnant out of wedlock.
So why have the attacks on Governor Palin and her family been so vicious?
answer is that the mainstream media is still living in the 1940’s and
1950’s when the Eastern liberal establishment was able to control the
selection of both political parties. It’s the same reason their attacks
on Barry Goldwater were so outrageous and over the top. The Goldwater
campaign put the Republican Party firmly in the hands of conservatives
and because of that, Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United
Just a couple of weeks ago the
liberal news media thought they were back in the driver’s seat. It was
1950 again and they were serving as "king maker" in choosing the
Republican nominee. They had already gotten their pick for the head of
the ticket, John McCain, and they thought that they had secured the
second spot for liberal Democrat, Joe Lieberman.
was Nirvana! At the top of the Democratic ticket was a US Senator with a
very liberal voting record and a personal background complete with
radical leftists. In the second spot, they had another reliable liberal
Perfect! No matter who would win
the White House, they would have been successful in driving those hated
Reagan conservatives from power. Even better, there would be no
conservative star on the horizon.
plan to act as "king makers" of the Republican Party failed and they are
outraged. Not only is it now possible that the Republicans will triumph
in November, but worse yet, a Reagan conservative is waiting in the
wings (win or lose)! How could John McCain be so stupid?
Governor Palin had to be driven off the McCain ticket. She and her
family had to be destroyed. And that’s exactly what they tried to do for
a few furious days.
It was a high risk
gambit, because to fail would be to lose further credibility with regard
to any semblance of objectivity. Throwing caution and common sense to
the wind, they went all out, but they forgot several things.
First, Americans cherish fairness above almost anything else and their low level attacks were anything but even handed and fair.
it’s not the 1940’s, 1950’s or even the 1970’s anymore. The Eastern
liberal establishment no longer has the power to act as "king maker"
when it comes to choosing the nominee of the Republican Party. The
mainstream news media no longer has a stranglehold on the news. That
monopoly was broken long ago by talk radio, by the Internet, by FOX
News, and by independent minded newspapers like The Washington Times. The mainstream media no longer has the ability to limit the American public to hearing only one side of the story.
they lost. They lost big time. As a result their readership will
continue to decline, viewer numbers will continue to drop, and their
influence will continue to wane. The power of the so-called "mainstream
media" has hit the skids.
Palin gambit backfired. Ironically, their unfair attacks have offended
fair-minded Americans and unified the Republican Party, thus boosting
the chances of the McCain-Palin ticket winning in November.