I read the Following article at Politico and just had to reply: [url=http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13143.html]Why the media should apologize[/url]
I thought this was a joke at the beginning of the column. I thought it was a parody of the Leftist arguments in defense of their despicable treatment of Governor Palin. It turns out it’s a juvenile and amateurish attempt at a serious response to Republican complaints of desperate attacks on Governor Palin by the so called “objective media”.
Sadly, it is a textbook example of obfuscation and straw man arguments that attempts to answer arguments from critics that have never been made by a slavish press who has sold it’s soul to the Obama Campaign.
First off…the straw man. “Republicans are saying the press shouldn’t ask questions about, ’who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?’”
We’ve made no such arguments…particularly concerning the first three questions…I want to hear more from the so called “Objective Press” on these questions and would applaud such discussion.
Where questions about her experience are concerned…I’d also like to apply the same question to the person who is running for the #1 position on the Democrat Ticket as opposed to the person who is running for the # 2 position on the Republican Ticket.
Since the press has finally acknowledged that experience does indeed matter and Governor Palin is disqualified due to inexperience because she’s a heartbeat away from being President…Why isn’t it being asked if a person with, at best, no more experience than Governor Palin is qualified not only to be a heartbeat away…but to in fact be President?
The case is that much stronger if you consider the type of experience of both candidates since the person running for #2 has been an executive when the person running for #1 has not! So by all means Mr. Simon…ask the questions but please apply the same standards to both Tickets.
As to whether you should have “stuck to the warm, human interest stuff” about Governor Palin? Well…where are they?
There have been no end of human interest stories about Barack Obama for over a year. Governor Palin has an interesting story. Several bylines could be followed but we don’t see a single one….yet we’ve been spoon fed stories about Barack Obama’s bio and the swooning of followers at his rallies since before this campaign began.
Then Simon fills out the rest of his childish rant with the following straw man rhetorical questions:
Simon: “…we should have stuck to the press release stuff like how she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere (after she supported it).”
Well, yeah…you should have…I don’t like what it says about the Governor…and I believe her explanation for why it worked out that way…but it’s a legitimate story and completely within bounds. NO Republican that I’ve heard has objected to this question or about her accepting contributions from Stevens cronies when she ran for Lt Governor. ( I note Mr. Simon is apparently too uninformed to ask that question in this piece) But Simon and the “so called Objective Press” aren’t asking those questions…they’re parroting the KOS Clowns questions about who’s been pregnant with what baby!
From Simon: “…we should never have strayed into the other stuff. Like when The Washington Post recently wrote: “Palin is under investigation by a bipartisan state legislative body. … Palin had promised to cooperate with the legislative inquiry, but this week she hired a lawyer to fight to move the case to the jurisdiction of the state personnel board, which Palin appoints.”
Uh Huh….you should absolutely be going after these stories because they are legitimate. I haven’t heard a single Republican complain about these stories being told, maybe because there are so few of them…though we have complained that the so called “Objective Press” has never pointed out who was bringing forth these charges and initiating these investigation
At risk of sounding petty, I’ll point out the press never fails to provide cover for high profile Democrats by pointing out those who’ve made any charge against a Democrat as “disgruntled former employees” or “members of the right wing attack machine”…All we’d ask is a little balance…and the same details for our candidates...but never mind….we’re used to it…we can take it.
Oh…and it might be a good idea to look into the Mob connected politics in Chicago and the largess heaped upon Barack Obama by the convicted felon Tony Rezco…his ties to Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Luis Farrakhan to balance things out…but we won’t hold our breath Mr. Simon.
Finally…the crybaby snit Simon get’s in that we think the candidate’s family should be out of bounds.
First off…The biggest thing that burns Republican britches is the question being asked repeatedly by the so called “Objective Press” if Governor Palin can be an effective mother and VP at the same time.
Would Mr. Simon ask the same question were this a Democrat Candidate for VP? Isn’t that a little presumptuous and a snide question to be asked by the Cocktail circuit? Should she be staying home and baking cookies? What would Mr. Simon’s reaction be if this were a question being asked of a successful Democrat woman by Rush Limbaugh…Hmmm? I’m guessing one could likely peruse his earlier ramblings in print and find out!
Secondly…Mr. Simon and the tea sipping, raised pinky crowd have been arguing for months that Michelle Obama should be off limits even though she’s been out there in public…making speeches and controversial statements. But now Governor Palin’s Husband is fair game for a 22 year old DUI charge when he’s stayed out of the public eye and avoided the campaign trail.
On top of that…a 17 year old girl get’s pregnant and the Press has seen fit to question Governor Palin’s effectiveness as a mother when I doubt very seriously she encouraged her daughter to go out and engage in premarital sex!
Oh…and they ran with reports on 9/3/2008 that Governor Palin has been in an extra marital affair with no substantiation, and questioned how effective she could be as VP as the mother of a special needs child…and so on and so on…
Add to that the fact that Governor Palin’s phone number and social security numbers have been leaked to the press and distributed in the leftist blogosphere and I think we can make a good case why we’re so [b]DXXXED[/b] ticked off at the behavior of the press this last week!
Well Mr. Simon…Id compliment you for your excellent writing and reasoning skills if you had any….but I can’t find a good reason to. Frankly it irritates me to no end that such an intellectual lightweight can, not only, make a career out of writing this vapid and empty drivel but continuously be invited around the talk show circuit to display your inferior wit and insights!
As for making the case you attempt in this article…good luck with that…if this is all the formerly great “Objective Press” can come up with…Republicans should have a grand time all the way up to inauguration day!