The smearing of Sarah Palin
By Ted Belman
We know from the JournoList exposes that the leftist media conspired to present Gov Palin in an unflattering light. It all began the day she was named.
Katie Couric, her nemisis, did her part long before the infamous interview. C4P just posted a video of Couric getting ready to introduce Gov Palin to her audience. This is what C4P had to say,
It’s not just what was said by Couric in her discussion of Governor Palin, but also the way CBS framed the narrative of Governor Palin’s life in their story. The script covers moose burgers, her kids, her being a former beauty queen and being on the cover of Vogue.
Sarah Palin was a sitting governor, and at that time, before the Obama campaign and their allies in the press spent months relentlessly smearing her good name, she had the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country. She was also responsible for getting the largest energy project in North American history underway after several decades of interminable delays in Alaska. She was a courageous corruption-busting whistleblower who turned in the leader of her own party in Alaska for his corrupt practices. She was a fiscal conservative who made the largest veto cuts in Alaska history, reined in the reckless waste, cut her own expenses, sold the governor’s private jet, let the personal chef go, and put away billions of dollars in savings for Alaska for a rainy day. She was a tough CEO who went toe to toe with the Big Oil companies and fought to get the best deal for Alaskans, the resource owners she represented. And she did all of this as a woman from a modest background who was entirely self-made – without the benefit of a rich or influential father or husband.
But what in this impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.
By their choice of the framing of the story, it’s evident Couric and CBS had an agenda here: They wanted to diminish Governor Palin because her impressive record of accomplishments towered over the non-existent record of the guy at the top of Democratic ticket.
The left also tries to make hay out of her religious convictions suggesting she is a religious fundamentalist. Alaska is one of the most secular states in the union, and no one seemed to mind her religious convictions. For them it was a non issue. This is another example of negative spin.