Jan
05
2011

New Frontiers in Pretend News About Sarah Palin

This is an actual CNN.com headline:

Palin Re-Tweet Raises Questions

And the actual lead paragraph:

Normally, it's what Sarah Palin tweets that makes news. This time it's what she has re-tweeted.

The "substance" is that Palin retweeted a comment promoting Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal.

The piece ends:

A Palin spokesperson was not immediately available for comment but Rebecca Mansour, a Palin aide, subsequently expressed skepticism on Twitter that the media would take notice of Palin re-tweeting "something that stands [with] gays."

The media not taking notice of something that Sarah Palin said? Don't bet on it.

This reminds of NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell's New Year's Resolution for Palin on this weekend's Chris Matthews Show:

MATTHEWS: And how about a resolution for Sarah Palin? Kelly?

O'DONNELL: Well, I think when people talk about her not knowing enough on big issues…

MATTHEWS:Yeah.

O'DONNELL: …instead of reaching all the way to look like she's worldly and so knowledgeable on big issues, demonstrate competence on smaller issues as they come up, things where she does not already have a wheelhouse, not energy where she was good in Alaska…

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

O'DONNELL: …but new issues. Not reach too much, build a base of people who think she knows what she's talking about.

How about a New Year's resolution for all corporate media pundits and reporters: Don't spend any time talking about what the half-term former governor of Alaska says.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.