and why … I admire this woman so much. Who among us could withstand the constant barrage of smarmy and obviously jealous insults that not only she but her family continue to endure? Obviously smart and capable (she wasn’t just a Governor, she was a crusader who energetically took on the culture of corruption that Alaskans knew so well), she has, somehow, thrived.
Via Instapundit, John Ziegler, who knows her as well as anyone outside of Wasilla, writes:
You would think at this point it would be impossible for anyone (especially me) to be stunned or outraged by anything the news media tries to pull when it comes to Sarah Palin. After all, once you have been exposed to a year-long brutal beating, one tends to become numb to a simple low blow. However, the news coverage of her Hong Kong speech still managed to spark the senses on several levels.
The initial element that shocked me about the coverage of this Hong Kong event (other than its magnitude) was that, at first glance, the reporting left a remarkably positive impression of the speech. The New York Times in its second paragraph reluctantly admitted that those in attendance thought, “she was articulate, well-prepared and even compelling.” You can almost see the Times reporter and editors cringing at having to allow the Old Grey Lady to be soiled by such blasphemy to the modern liberal as the acknowledgement that Palin is not a complete dunce.
The AFP service’s first quote in their article was, “She was brilliant,” though they added the caveat that this assessment came from a delegate who requested their anonymity (presumably to protect the ability to make future dinner reservations in New York or Los Angeles). Meanwhile, Bloomberg, after quoting someone who left the speech early as calling it “boring,” at least allowed the head of the sponsoring group to call it “a great speech.”
But a closer look at the coverage reveals that Palin Derangement Syndrome is still a robust strain within the news media and that the rules for reporting on her are completely different than anyone else in public life.
The column is a testament to Palin’s star power for sure … it is also an indictment of a liberal media that just can’t believe a country girl could possibly have anything worthy to contribute to society other than “dinner”. And trust me … it’s precisely what these elitists are thinking.
The Times actually deemed it appropriate to publish: “Mrs. Palin was faulted during the campaign last year for her lack of foreign policy experience and expertise. As the governor of Alaska, she said in her own defense, she had a unique insight because ‘you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska’ — a remark that was widely lampooned.”
This is simply a stunning statement coming from the newspaper of “record.” Palin “was faulted for her lack of foreign policy experience and expertise”? By whom? For what reason? The reality is that Palin’s foreign policy experience, while meager, was still greater than our current President whose nonexistent credentials (little more than a mysterious college trip to Pakistan) were never remotely questioned by the media, and a rudimentary examination of the Vice-Presidential debate reveals that it was Joe Biden who made all the significant foreign policy blunders.
As it turns out, Palin wasn’t the one we had to worry about when it came to foreign policy. It was the One. Had the press actually pressed the Messiah on some foreign policy points we wouldn’t be facing down the barrel of Iran’s nuclear “over/under” … and trying to deal with our newest “friend”, a potentially sanction busting Chavez. What’s more I can assure you she would not have given up the missile defense in Europe without something in return. Come to think of it … she wouldn’t have given it up at all.
Read it all Palin fans. It’s worth it.