If the Sherrod story can last one more day

Posted: July 22, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, media, opinion/news
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Then it will push any non-fox coverage to Journolist to Friday, the news dump day.

This is a story that has the potential to destroy what little is left of the media’s credibility, the longer they can bury stuff like this:

The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin. “Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation,” wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. “How can anyone logically argue that Sarah Pallin [sic], a one-term governor of Alaska, is qualified to be President of the United States? Train wreck, thy name is Sarah Pallin.”

Not a wise argument, responded Jonathan Stein, a reporter for Mother Jones. If McCain were asked about Palin’s inexperience, he could simply point to then candidate Barack Obama’s similarly thin resume. “Q: Sen. McCain, given Gov. Palin’s paltry experience, how is she qualified to be commander in chief?,” Stein asked hypothetically. “A: Well, she has much experience as the Democratic nominee.”

“What a joke,” added Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker. “I always thought that some part of McCain doesn’t want to be president, and this choice proves my point. Welcome back, Admiral Stockdale.”

Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christia wing-nut a heartbeat away …… bang away at McCain’s age making this unusually significant …. I think people should be replicating some of the not-so-pleasant viral email campaigns that were used against [Obama].”

I don’t think this story is something they want on the air before an election, do you?

  1. Palin does a pretty good job of discrediting herself. I saw her on O’Reilly’s show a week or so ago, and Bill”O made her look bad. I wonder if Roger Ailes decided he needed to send in Bill’O to dampen Ms. Palin’s follower’s enthusiasm……perhaps Fox News would rather have a more mainstream republican carry the banner in 2012.

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