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A View from the Altar / MSM be hatin’ on Palin
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MSM be hatin’ on Palin

I’m old enough to remember the last forty-odd years of American political history.  In all that time, I’ve never seen the leftists in the mainstream media seek the personal ruin of a private citizen like they’ve sought it for Sarah Palin.  And, yes, private citizen.  She does not hold elected office nor is a candidate for one.  This is a private citizen.

Full disclosure, I am registered in the state of Florida as an independent, so I have no no stake in the GOP primary.  I’m just saying that the level of personal fury directed by the left against Sarah Palin is without precedent.  This is a new thing in American party politics for vast swaths of the mainstream media to go hyena, cutting an individual from the political herd and laboring at length to bring that individual and her family to personal ruin.

I’m at a loss to really explain it.  It’s understandable that members of the extreme political left would attack her beliefs, policies, religion, and whatever else seems to nettle leftists.  It’s understandable that they would view Palin as an adversary and have some politically motivated animus toward her.  It’s even understandable that they would use ridicule and mockery to belittle her and reduce her appeal to conservative voters.  And that’s worked, by the way.  Most conservatives don’t want Palin to be the conservative nominee because they don’t think she can overcome the savagery of the Democrat/media machine.

But what is not understandable is the level of personal hatred manifest in the protracted vendetta that is being carried out against her by the media.  Sending reporters to Alaska to rummage through 24,000 pages of e-mails on a former governor in a sparsely populated state has no comparable phenom in modern media.  I honestly don’t get this.

And I don’t think most ordinary Americans get it, either.  Maybe that’s why public confidence in the mainstream media is lower than it’s ever been in my lifetime and getting lower. People see this, and they don’t like it.  They understand that this kind of hyena behavior by the media is why the public ends up having to choose between candidates they don’t like — because too many good, decent people don’t want to spend their lives fighting these takedown attempts.

And maybe that’s why Palin has survived all the attempts at character assassination — nobody really believes anything the media say.  Says John Hinderaker at Powerlineblog, “Palin has her faults, but she is a serious participant in the national dialogue on the key issues of our time. The New York Times and the Washington Post, in contrast, are frivolous rags with little or nothing of substance to offer.”

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