Sarah Palin delivered her farewell speech as she officially resigned during the annual Governor's Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. (PHOTO CREDIT: ERIC ENGMAN/GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
While stepping down as Governor of Alaska - Sarah Palin is blasting many who she sees as critics, including the news media.
In the kind of speech only Palin can give, she said freedom of the press was an important right... and one that soldiers have died to protect... adding, "So, how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up."
Palin also said, "Our new governor has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone."
The former governor didn't elaborate on her criticism of the media... but in the past she's talked about her and her family being unfairly treated by reporters and bloggers. However, she didn't seem to have a problem with the media when she was using her family to try to get elected last fall.
Palin also criticized so-called Hollywood starlets who are active against gun rights, along with the "partisan operatives" who filed ethics complaints against her. She even went after one undefined group who she said, "seem to just be hell-bent on maybe tearing down our nation, perpetuating some pessimism and suggesting American apologetics." ... Say what?
As for Palin's future - she's being equally vague... Concluding yesterday's campaign style speech by saying only: "Let's all enjoy the ride."
Palin has plans to write a book and campaign for other Republicans. Some think she'll end up hosting a radio or TV show or hit the speaker's circuit. Others say Palin has her eye on the White House in 2012.
Here’s my question to you: Has Sarah Palin been treated unfairly by the news media?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Mack from Michigan writes:
Jack, It's not the media's fault that Sarah Palin's family resembles a cast of characters from some nonsensical sitcom about life in a trailer park. It's also not the media's fault that she will respond to the simplest of questions with a rambling, incoherent, confusing bunch of incomplete thoughts and sentences that make absolutely no sense! It was her choice to step into the media spotlight and the media has every right to do its job.
I believe she has been treated unfairly in respect to the fact that she has worked her way up from simple beginnings to become Governor of Alaska. No one has given her credit for her hard work and perseverance to achieve her success.
Palin is not being unfairly treated by the media. She likes to complain because she gets air time each time she moans about the supposed bad treatment. It is clear to me that her value orientation is that of a good Republican but her intellect and knowledge base are not up to the task. The media is more than aware of this and reflects it in its coverage.
Yes, she has been made fun of and her kids have been maligned, which should never have happened. She can fight for herself, but they can't and shouldn't have to.
The press held up a mirror to Ms. Palin and she did not like what she saw: reflections of a self-absorbed, attention-seeking ninny, ignorant to six decimal places.
The news media reports exactly what she says and does. The reason she comes out looking like a cartoon character and a weirdo is because "the news media reports exactly what she says and does". Sarah is a dingbat. She gets away with being a goofball is because she is hot looking.
Jack, Being the fair, measured and objective journalist you are, why don't you answer that question?
No, but if I'd said haf the stupid stuff she has that was broadcast, I'd be hiding my head in shame. The thing is, the Media let her say whatever came out of her mouth. Unfortunately, that was nothing but dribble. She has no one to blame, but herself. I for one, am glad to be rid of her.
News media coverage in the US has morphed into an amalgam of sound bites repeated to the point of generating screams of anguish from listeners. News reports are interspersed with a few actual facts mixed in with a plethora of personal opinions or side comments by reporters that are really not part of "the news." Reporters' personal opinions must show through to gain viewership ratings. Sarah Palin and her family have been subjected to an overabundance of such reporting tactics so, yes, she has been treated unfairly as have many others who are not pleasing to the views held by reporters and producers.
"She's fair game...therefore they hunt." Now this gal is DEEP!
The media have been more than fair with this Wasilla resident. Neither questions about her reading habits nor inquiring into the details of her views on abortion are out of bounds, given her billing as a social conservative. The incoherence of her answers on both topics show that America dodged a bullet last year.
Palin,Palin Palin. I sick of hearing about Palin. It's like being force fed the same food all the time. She has lost her zest.
Palin is no longer palatable and yes the media helped put her there. Did the paparazzi treat Princess Diana unfairly? Depends who you ask.
I bet John McCain wishes he picked Aimee Teegarden (Miss Teen USA South Carolina, who is looking better & better with each passing Paline sound byte) as his running mate.
lat Fall, it was probably McCain's "debate prep team" that coached Sarah Palin about key phrases like "I support our troops" and "our enemy is the mainstream media" can bve used to ignite support from the Republican base. So, like a grade 7 essay writer–though I'm just assuming Sarah passed Grade 7–she is faithfully just stringing the phrases together for maximum "point value," not realizing her total lack of grammar, sentence structure,and actual meaning. I guess that's something the Alaska school system is not teaching.
Sarah Palins future will be as a "teachable mistake" in picking a running mate or talking point, right up there with Joe [not] the Plumber.
It is better to be quiet and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. She needed to regroup long ago, who can resist a spectical
Who cares. If she quit as governor of Alaska, who is to say she might not quit as president?
Warner Robins, Georgia.
Palin has been given too much media attention. She wants to play the victim, argue in public, and prove what she is.
I'm reminded of the 1863 E. Everett Hale short story, "The Man Without A Country." She has slanderously said that the media makes up stories! Makes up – no, embellishes – maybe.
Just as the man in the story said, "Damned these United States" and was forever banished from what he came to regard as his dear country, I suggest that Sarah Palin, her spokespeople, children, extended family and ex-son-in-law-to-be have their names forever banished from all mass communication systems including Twitter.
No what she got she insighted herself.
she has been up a creek without a paddle since November.
The news media has treated her fairly but she hasn't treated them fairly.
You bet'cha ... just kidding. When Sarah was brought out at the Republican National Convention to boost Sen. McCain's sagging populartity ratings, she had her infant son stricken with Down Syndrome up well past his bedrime, and showed America what was really important to her, advancing her political career.
Poor, poor, Sarah. Are we supposed to pity her now? I think not. She is the one who jumped in with both feet apparently having no idea of how to swim.
No, Jack, she has not been treated unfairly. If you want to play with the big boys in politics, you have to take it like the big boys. After all, the parodies of her were actually her own words (SNL) and she seemed to have had no trouble slinging around the slander herself ("terrorist", etc.). If she isn't brave enough to stand up to the justly deserved ridicule and unwarranted praise heaped on her by the media, she sure isn't fit for public service. Oh, yeah...she walked away from public service didn't she.
Jack: Sarah Palin has been treated more fairly than perhaps she deserved. She is just not up to the media exposure that she craves. She also proved to be a largely untrainable wannabe. Unfortunately, her behaviors give a diminished view of professional women in general. She'll probably have at least 5 more incarnations before we get to 2012. Pity the GOP media machine!!
The media treats her no differently than any other political figure. It is a shame I have to describe her as political when in reality her persona is pure opportunist without a hint of public service.
From day one, the media sought to tear her down. The prrof is in the headlines and the stories and I defy you to prove to me otherwise. It's one thing to be criticized publically, but quite another to endure all manner of personal attacks simply because you're a conservative and a woman. The media does not treat Democratic women this way.
Yes she has. I think she wants tem to just report her words NOT her actions.
I find this woman a very outspoken and straight to the issues type a gal but as far as the media is concerned, it seems it's only she who thinks she's been unfairly treated or probably she is still upset with the interviews she gave and the David Letterman comment.
No, she has not been treated unfairly. when she first came on the scene, she came out attacting the media.
Yes...Everyone forgets the way many other candidates have been treated by the media...let's see...Hillary, John Kerry, even McCain. But all seem to help keep the fires going by their statements, or rather mis-statements...If you can't take the heat, then don't run for political office.
I think we all know by now that former Gov. Palin likes all the attention and hoorah over her quitting her latest job. However, I think she has been treated somewhat unfairly; never have I ever seen someone get so much attention for letting down a state in troublesome times. I bet Blagejovich and Spitzer would have loved to have that kind of treatment!
Why is the Press so bad?
Starlets stealing her guns.
Russia watching her porch
where she reads...
Ah, Lots of stuff.
49 Lame duck governors
and the President a terrorist’s pal.
If Palin has been treated unfairly,
What does fair look like?
Her voice is shrill. She has nothing of interest to say.
And yet you all, in the media, keep on talking about her!
No, Jack. The media's not unfair to her. It's -grossly- unfair to us.
Why is the press even covering this woman anymore? She has no bearing on the world. She has no credability. Good riddance. Only an idiot would let her do anything in politics. Wait until all the investigations are over. Then we will see why she really quit.
GONE GONE GO already. Speech class is a must for her.
Where was Palin when Dick Cheney lied to us about the weapons in Iraq?
Sarah Palin needs to look in the mirror if she wants to know why the media "picked" on her. That she feels treated unfairly is only a reflection of an ego that has written a check that it's brain cannot cash.
Sarah, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Jay from MD
Sarah's sad – not too smart and thinks she's a member of Mensa. No, the press has bee fair.
Palin is such a joke...But then, the rightwing Nuts will vote for anything
No. Her lack of common sense and intellect called for the kind of media scrutiny she received
No, She keeps talking and the media keeps reporting........How can us poor viewers miss her if she won’t go away?
I'd rather listen to commercials than Sarah Palin.
Absolutely she has been treated unfairly and I am losing more respect for the media everyday.
The media has been hell bent on destroying Sarah Palin from day one. Hopefully if she runs in 2012 she will be treated fairly.
A candidate is fair game, but when the news media attacked her family, that was out of bounds.
Absolutely not. This woman will go down in history as the most hateful, divisive politician in modern times, with her hate rallies, her “palling around with terrorists” , and the real America vs. the not real America, I guess. I could go on forever. What’s that saying about reaping what you sew? She got what she deserved.
I'd say just the opposite; the mainstream media has been more than fair to Sarah. They haven't investigated her very questionable ethics or abuse of power as Governor nearly enough, For the most part they haven't made much fun of skill with English as a second language and they keep giving her airtime when the majority of us just want her to go away.
Not one female in my family can find anything nice to say
about the " Palinism" lady.
Can't wait for her new TV show, Palin's got talent.
Are you freaking kidding me?! The media actually took her SERIOUSLY, answering her summons to Alaska when it turned out that she only wanted to complain about he media not leaving her alone!
No. She's still on the air isn't she? If she were treated fairly, we'd never hear from her again.
I think the only place sarah and todd are going is to jail for excepting a free house on the lake as a bribe to build a sports complex.
If anything the media has been extremely easy on her. After anyone as crazy as she is should been subject to a lot more scrutiny then she was.
The media could have and should have raked her over the coals.She was completely unqualified to I believe, even be a governor. Or does seeing Russia from you house qualify you for that office?
She puts her foot in mouth to often, and blames everyone else for her problems. I wouldn't vote for her if I was republican
The media has been unfair by being too generous with Ms. Palin
No, she hasn't been treated unfairly by the media. Instead, the media is treating all of us unfairly by continuing to force her incoherent babbling, winking and "you betchas" upon us!
Sarah Palin doesn't need any help from the media, she's her own worst enemy, and she's very good at it too!
Has the media been treated fairly by Sarah Palin..?
Yes, the media has been fair. She can't take criticism so she had better stay out of politics. Of course, she won't.
No...she does it to herself with her McCarthyism style of fear mongering and divide and conquer Republican style agenda. I feel sorry for her!
Jaaaaaack, not Palin again.
Media unfair to her?
No one has been unfair to her.
My having to look at and hear her every... single... day....is unfair to me!
Please, I'm begging you, let her go!
Palm Bay, FL
The only one making up stories is FOX news, and their stories favor Palin. What is she complaining about?
Her remarks are kind of like looking in the mirror, not liking what you see, and blaming the mirror.
Sarah Palin is a quitter.
More at 11pm.
No, she has not been fairy treated by the media.
Not at all.
She consistently complains about the response she gets from HER actions. Nobody told her to lie about many things ("thanks but no thanks", airplane on ebay, etc.) so she shouldn't complain when she is called on her lies. Nobody told her to abandon her job midway so she shouldn't complain when people talk about it.
She is a whiner and I hope she has peace outside of public service.
One word seems to summarize Palin - Flake. I hate to think what that says about her millions of supporters. If it weren't for her many supporters, she would just be noise best ignored. All things considered, the media has treated her very nicely.
Jim, Craig, CO
She's been treated more fairly than she treats the wolves......at least no reporters have taken a shot at her from a helicopter.
To ask the question is to have answered the question.
No more unfairly than Hillary Clinton.
The old phrase, "If you can't stand the heat, don't go in the kitchen," should apply here.
Absolutely not! She gets what she deserves. And More is coming as long as she stays in the public.
I don't think she has been treated any more or less unfairly than any other Political figure has been.
Sarah Palin...treated unfairly???
I'll answer that as soon as I stop laughing.
Yes, she's been unfairly treated, in a negative way, by much of the media. This does not mean that she still wasn't one of the worst vice-presidential candidates in recent memory.
As you said, Jack, she uses the media to her advantage so No, she has not been unfairly treated. She PUT her kids in front of the media and now cannot understand the obsession. If anything, she wasn't pushed hard enough by the media when she coined the phrase – Obama hanging out with terrorists. I hope the coverage for her will finally diminish as she really makes my head hurt. .
Palin generally acts and speaks like middle school class president, it's no wonder the press treats her like one. You want respect? Earn it!
Absolutely not. She doesn't deserve the time of day the networks give her! She is on constant high and should run it off.
Yes she has. She has been correctly identified as a far right winger. She is going to make a play for the whitehouse in 2012.
What the media has not done correctly was to lable the current resident as a lfar eft winger who was wrong on Iran, wrong on Honduras and spends too much time trying to get Chavez and Castro to like us.
Jack - Did we ever imagine we'd ever get such a "complicated woman", to add to the mix of politics in America? It's not about the Media! They have just done their jobs, according to the Constitution, and gave us the information we needed to determine that Sara Palin is a complete "waste"! A waste of the taxpayers money, a waste to the Republican Party, and most of all, a COMPLETE EMBARRASSMENT to America, and those of us who have "common sense",
All the media did to Palin was give her chances to wow the public, which she did...I watched every interview with her said "wow" each time....which grad student was her English teacher?? Did she go to the same school as Bush?
Give me a break! Am I the only one who sees that Palin is suffering from delusions of grandeur???? Her bizarre actions are why the media talk about her so much...like um, I dont know...going on an "I quit" tour.
Yes..I would think so. The media no longer do investigated report. 1/2 is hear say from the friend of a friend!!! I still would not vote for her if she ran for President.
the media gives sarah palin life if they stopped chaseing her for the next wacky republican line she would have been forgotten
If Sarah Palin were not such a rediculous human being, she wouldn't have had so many problems with the media showing her as she is.
She has been treated more then fair. I just wish she would go away.
very simple, you live by the sword and you die by the sword
You should give her what she wants. NO COVERAGE AT ALL. She's a failed politician who was called up out of desperation by the McCain campaign, and she the reason he lost so badly. Too bad she doesn't realize this in her demented fantasy world. She needs to have her wishes acknowledged and ignore all future ravings from her.
The media was possibly amused by the incoherence of some of Gov. Palin's pronouncements somewhat like when a child spews forth with a silly, illogical comment...
Jack...Treated fairly? She never appeared on any CNN interview, Meet The Press, This Week, etc. She only talked with pals Hannity and Van Sustern (whose hubby runs the Palin PAC), and she brought the scrutiny on herself. At least after her "book" comes out, she will be able to answer the question, "What books do you read?"
The mainstream media news reporting has been fair. It's the newscasters commentaries and blogs that have not been fair.
Sarah Palin did the right thing to resign, she is unqualified to hold any elected position. It would have been scarrier than a Boris Karloff movie if she had been a heartbeat away from the oval office. No, she hasnt been treated badly by the media, she cant stand the heat. She need to go fishing, something she is qualified for.
You, on many occasions, could/should have asked tougher questions, followed up on exactly what she meant by some of her comments and dug deeper into just how resigning versus staying and doing a good job is somehow better for the state of Alaska. I'd like to see old-style reporting where, when someone says something idiotic, they get asked actually difficult follow-up questions. YOU BETCHA!
Palin has got to be kidding. She paraded her children all over hell and back and now she complains? We barely saw Obama's kids.
Of course she has (American Soldiers), how dare the press look into someone's life who has aspirations to the country's highest office. (The Flag) Investigate a person's credentials or ability to do this job is nothing but a witch hunt (red, white and blue). How dare you try to provide relevant information (dead patriots). You should be ashamed of yourselves (apple pie).
She did it to herself!
She has been fairly treated. by the press.
Her problem is every time she opens her mouth she shows how much of a light weight she is.
Sarah Palin makes no sense. Every time she opens her mouth, it is so embarrasing.
Geeze, what a bunch of haters. She quit because she was being hounded unfairly by the press etc and speding all of her time trying to defend herself. As for wanting to be in front of the camera as some would suggest, one only has to look at the fella in DC now who has a monopoly on the press and tv, My God this guy is on tv every five minutes, it would not be so bad if he had anything truthful or newsworthy to say, but it is the same old lies, lies lies.
Sarah, you go girl, there are a lot of people out here who would vote for you in a heart beat, me being one of them.
Oh, yes, boo hoo. Pooooor widdle sawah. I have to go now and wipe my eyes. Oh, by the way, when she says this: “seem to just be hell-bent on maybe tearing down our nation, perpetuating some pessimism and suggesting American apologetics.”, she means this: President Obama and his left-wing elitist cabal are determined to drag our nation down and apologize for everything we do, thus not honoring our boys in uniform, blah, blah, blah. Of course, EXPLOITING our military personnel is her trademark. Ever hear her give a speech without mentioning them? And you never will.
This an easy one, Jack. In honor of our heroic troops, the national media should stop covering Sarah Palin period.
Cathedral City, CA
As she been unfairly treated? NO, if she couldn't stand the heat then she should have gotten out of the kitchen. Oh, she did. It was being a part-time governor and now a lame duck politician. I think her excuses are lame and she should have learned to duck!!
I dont really think the media treated the governor unfairly, they have just reported the fact, how in the world you want to become a US vice president and cant make a difference between africa the continent and south africa the country? come on , this is not the Dan Quayle Era.
Yes, she has been treated harshly by the media. I am not a fan of hers, but she does not deserve the intense scrutiny she gets.
Sarah Palin should rather apologize to the media for treating them unfairly....she is obviously the most divisive politician in recent times. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Yes, generally the media has been fair to Gov. Palin. She, however, has been unfair to herself and her supporters in her public commentary by blaming the media for her bad press. Is there a "witch-hunt" or a media "vendetta" against her? No. There is only Sarah Palin and her continual bungling of speech after speech after speech. And it's a poor workman who blames his tools.
I believe Sarah Palin creates many opportunities for the media to expose her own incoherent comments
Yes, Sarah Palin has absolutely been treated unfairly by the news media. She has been brutally attacked more so than any politician in recent memory. Children and spouses should always be off limits. Criticize her policies and actions, but leave her family out of it.
I personally think the media has glossed over the fact she is incoherent, impulsive and highly uneducated on the domestic and international issues which face our country. The fear of being labeled the "liberal media" has resulted in Palin being given too much slack and benefit of the doubt in her ability to effectively govern FOR ALL AMERICANS. I certainly hope the GOP is foolish enough nominate her in 2012.
Citizen Palin cannot get away with complaining about the news media without telling the American public what the heck she is accusing the media of doing. I am a journalist myself (though been focusing more on sportswriting part-time nowadays while trying to either get full-time work in the field or another full-time job that pays more than pizza delivery), and I would have to take Mrs. Palin aside and ask her point blank: "What has the media made up about you and which outlet made this bit of 'news'?"
And about her family being overexposed and asking the media to keep her successor's kids out of the spotlight, I'd have to tell her this: "Mrs. Palin, the reason your family is in the spotlight is because YOU PUT THEM THERE. You paraded them in front of the American public during your unsuccessful campaign for vice president with Sen. McCain, and now you want to hide them? The reason the media doesn't go after Pres. Obama's daughters is because he and his wife have kept them out of the spotlight after their one family interview last fall."
Quit playing the "it's unfair" card. Unless you know what's fair or not, or unless you make a specific charge, you have no right to make this accusation!
She has been treated more fairly than she has treated the public. Noone lies, uses the media and stretches the truth more than Sarah Palin-well, maybe Rush!
The media has not been unfair to Palin. Palin has been unfair to herself by making comments that are sometimes so bizarrely ridiculous that the media picks it up and runs with it. The whole comment about seeing Russia from her house was so ridiculous it was concerning about her level of competence as a VP candidate.
Sarah Palin has NOT been treated fairly by the media. Rather, it has consistently ignored her stunning ignorance, hatemongering invective, and general incoherence while presenting her to the American public as a viable political figure. That's about as unfair coverage as you can get!
She has been unfairly treated, according to her, by the news media, John McCain, her almost son in law, her state legislature, SNL, unnamed parties, wardrobe providers, universities and/or colleges, moose, wolves, and the Democratic party, notwithstanding Russia. Why pray tell does the media keeping giving this woman the time of day???
No, Jack, she has been treated like anyother polition. That is what the media does. I'm glad they do it. The former govoner created her own problems.
Absolutely, positively, Sarah Palin has been provided a mirror by the national new media. If she's unhappy with what she sees, well...... it's always easier to point the proverbial finger. So, I guess, a big 'ol shame on you, news media, for doing what you ought to always do. For once there was a blanket removal of smoke and mirrors, allowing the public to see the "real" character. Trust me, "real" America thanks you.
When did national politics become junior high? Why is anyone even listening to this whiner? NO, she has not been treated unfairly. You reap what you sow, Sarah, no matter where you are from. If you didn't want your family reported on in the media, you should have left them at HOME to be "normal" children. Yet you act like you should get Mother of the Year awards. Huh? I would love it if you disappeared so the media could stop treating you so unfairly. Buh bye!
Jack your kidding right, I cannot remember another time in history when a female candidate for any office was treated by the media the way she has been, unfair is an understatement. The partisans in the left will say she's fair game, maybe so but her family was not, lets be honest and call it what is was, a witch hunt.
Yes the news media has been very unfair to Sarah Palin. I think the liberals must really feel she is a threat or else they would have found something else or someone else to trash
Palin got exactly what she wanted, and when it didn't work out for her she, in true Republican fashion, lashed out at the very people she used in the first place. She pranced around her kids during her campaign like props, which of course they were. She volunteered to do an interview with Katie Couric, then made a total ass of herself. She has no one to blame but herself for her portrayal in the media; after all, she was the one up there in front of the cameras. Prior to that, none of us had ever heard of her.
No Jack, I think Palin has been unfairly treating the media.
-Chris (Orlando, FL)
Poor Sarah. "If you can't suceed, fix blame early."
Yes, just like everyone else. Parts of the media make a decision about a person and that's it. That is what is put out about the person. It begins based in reality and is taken to an etreme level. Ie our president is a socialist. It happens to every one and is no reason to quit the job that will prepare you for the job you said you want.
No, the media has been fair. She is a cartoon figure who shouldn't have progressed beyond mayor of a small town. If she ever tries for politics again I hope the media buries her in her own video clips.
Her kids, perhaps. Sarah and Todd, not at all. If mainstream media is giving you unflattering attention, you have brought it on yourself.
You can't use the media then bash them when you don't need them anymore. Even then I agree with her it's all about the ratings for the media long gone were the days of the honest muckrakers.please go back to exposing corperations and corrupt politicians
No She has not.
She does however need to stay out of the news. She needs to go away.
"Huh?"...is right Jack! As a 50 year old female, I wish she would just go away. I'm educated and I can't understand her, so how can the media? They have NOT mistreated her...she asks for it every time she opens her mouth. I am shocked that anyone takes her seriously and even more shocked that she would ever seek public office again! Ridiculous.
Yes, the press has been unfair ... Not to Palin, but to the American Public.
They didn't really illuminatatehe enough Palin as the shallow person she is, to the degree that Americans would truely understand the disaster she would be to our Country
Jack, If anything the press laid off of her too much. While running for VP, she never did any major new circuits, no Sunday news shows, no real press conferences, just some questions from 2 news networks and some fluff from the Fox entertainment network. She should have been and stil should be held accountable for all her hateful speech and maybe in the name of the soldiers, present some facts that were made up by the media.
Don, Moline Illinois
If Sarah Palin can't handle the hometown national media how would she have handled foreign leaders like Putin and Chavez who are clearly tough customers. She has been unfit from day one and simply needs someone to blame instead of looking in the mirror.
What a hypocrite. She uses her kids and press for her own gains and then claims the opposite. When is the country going to realize she is the mouthpiece for her aid Meg Stapleton?. Palin herself is clueless. Just try to follow the disconnected words and sentences.
Are you serious? Absolutely!
The only real problem with Palin is that the news media allow themselves to get sucked into every breath she takes. It's actually pretty scary.
golly, jack, i'd agree that not ALL the media has been fair to sarah palin.... i mean, didn't she just call out fox news by saying that reporters shouldn't just make stuff up?
cathy in riverside
No! CNN (in their Broadcase perspective) has been a poor bystander like the rest of us. The only unfair thing going on is that we're still forced to listen to her. Hey Palin, I'm sorry McCain didn't let you speak during the concession. Let it go. She proves every time she opens her mouth that the critics are right- she sounds like an uneducated sore loser who has no grasp on the issues facing real Americans. Please! Stop wasting good news coverage time and money on broadcasting her comments and speeches. I'd rather hear from McCain, and I'm a former Marine and a woman, who voted for Obama!
So the ex-Governor wants the media to leave her successor’s family alone and believes that she and her family have been treated unfairly by media. Well, where was Sarah Palin when Rush Limbaugh and others in the media called Chelsea Clinton “the White House dog?” Yes, the media can be biased and vicious – but it is more often than not that the Right-Wing media stoops the lowest. Give it up, Sarah. Maybe one day you will be part of the problem (if you can get a media job you can hold onto, that is).
When you run for office, you will be in the public eye and media. Your life will be scrutinized. Palin wants to write her own press releases and keep reportersout of it. That's what is unfair. She's paranoid or wants to control the press.
All I can hope and prayer for is that the "unfair media and journalists", whom Palin continues to bash, either completely ignores her upcoming book and speeches, or provides a professional critique – i.e. will continue to point out her ignorance, lies and stupidity.
For the record Palin, since when were American Armed Forces sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight for an American's freedom of speech?
No, Sarah Palin only got exactly what she asked for and deserved. Any woman who drags her children, especially young (and even handicapped ones) around for public view is not proving she's a good mother, but merely a glutton for attention.
She is absolutely correct!! No one in the media has suggested what is obvious to most thinking Americans as her hidden talent: that is, stand up comic.
How is it possible to treat someone unfairly, when all the media does is show them constantly putting their foot in their mouth? Give Palin a microphone and she'll speak for hours. Understanding what she speaks about is another question altogether. A lady called in to HLN this morning suggesting Ms. Palin learn how to READ before trying to write. Spot on!
I believe she has not been treated unfairly. Maybe not all coverage has been glowingly approving. But, she threw herself and her kids onto the spotlight to pursue her political ambitions. As a public servant, you should expect publicity, whether you like it or not. Whatever exposure you get, depends on how you conduct yourself. If you don't like it, don't run for office. She obviously loves the spotlight, that's why she's constantly calling attention to herself.
Of course not Jack!!! But just ask any right wing conservative and they will say that she was hounded. If you ask me, she needs to go back to college if she can't even name one single U.S. Supreme Court case.
What we should all be watching for, Jack, is her crushing realization that her fifteen minutes is FINALLY up, at which point she will demand her job back, citing the female prerogrative to change one's mind.
This will be followed by tirades about the press who won't portray her accurately, followed yet again by complaints about the way her children are being treated.
Unless, of course, she chooses to reliquish the title "Mom." since she keeps repeating she doesn't need a title to get her point across.
She should stick to her original campaign strategy and avoid interviews at all costs because they are not helping.
She is being treated as any politician on the news is; with over exposure. I think Michael Jackson has a better argument for unfair treatment than she does.
Jack, she's garnered more press in the past 10 months–most of it fitting for her inability to speak like a normal, educated American–than Mike Tyson got when he and Robin Givens divorced! She is naive and self-serving–not an easy feat for anyone, these days. I think the media has been more than fair to her; she shouldn't have garnered NEARLY as much air time; we'd have been better off trying to solve the country's problems than listening to her grab every opportunity to take the news bytes away from important issues.
No. She has had every opportunity to speak clearly and concisely for herself. The fact that she lacks the ability to do so is not the media's fault. Sarah Palin is a walking Jekyll/Hyde, she loves media attention when it goes the way she likes it and when it's convenient and hates it when she has to answer real questions about her ethics probes and understanding of the world around her. She is no Hillary Clinton and never will be.
If she is a politician, she has to take what every other politician gets......end of story, pro or con. If she thinks that because she's a woman, she should get trated differently, sorry, ask Hillary. You're either in the game or not. If she wants to avoid negativism, then don't say anything stupid.
Well, we treat her like any other candidate by inspecting her and her actions and words. The Couric interview exposed that she had very little knowledge of complex topics (bush doctrine, supreme court cases, the right to privacy, etc...). This along was reported (as it should be) along with various other incendiary comments that she made over the campaign and paints a rather unsavory portrait. Now conservatives might think this coverage is unfair but the rest of us can see that she dug her own hole. The media treated her fairly and exposed her flaws and shortcomings like those of many other politicians.
Jack, How would she have any idea that that was being treated fairly or unfairly? As a "journalism" major that can't speak proper English, she is at quite a disadvantage in making a proper appraisal of her treatment.
Of course, Sarah Palin, of whom I have little good to say, has been unfairly treated by many in the media. When "the media" votes 85% Democratic, what else could be expected. We have a plagarist and foot-in-mouth specialist who is second in command now and a man who cannot give a speech without a teleprompter, but that does not seem to be a problem for this media.
I think the media was fair. She was totally unknown when McCain picked her and the media was very curious. That she couldn't name one book or magazine that she reads was her fault, not the media's. On the other hand, Saturday Night Live and late night comedy savaged her for the lightweight she was.
Take any quote from any speech you want. Broadcast it, and sit back and enjoy the laugh. They really need no analysis. For the longest time I wondered if she was the vice presidential or comic relief candidate.
Sarah Palin has used the media from day one only to promote herself and her monetary gains. She has quit the governor's office only to capitalize herself in any way she can. Even she know the chances of her wininng the presidential nomination in 2012 are slim to none. So she has decided to grab as much money she can before her extended 15 minutes are up. One other note I find it completly offensive that Ms Palin speaks of the US troops only to capitalize and promote her montary gains.
I hope now that Sarah Palin is no longer Governor the media will stop reporting on her. Then what will she do. Nothing she says makes sense anyway.
Sarah has been her own worse enemy. The media reported what she has said when she should have kept her mouth shut. I would not want to be a reported or a newscaster asking her a question and wondering if she was as smart as a 5th grader. I take that back – I have just insulted a 5th grader.
Yes, she's been treated unfairly. The news media should never have let her be heard on TV. How unfair was that?
She is angry and inarticulate...thank goodness the country saw thru her. It is scary to think that over 40 million people voted for her and McCain. He is also an angry type. There is no accounting for intelligence in this country. lucky for Alaska, she is gone.
Had it not been the so called "news media" that brought to us the likes of Sarah Palin, we would have never known who she was, whether she like to hunt and eat carribou, and unnecessary personal satire that would have been left alone. She became a household name because she was made the new face of the GOP. So as she goes into retirement instead of complaining about the media she needs to rethink who put her on my news papers, my situation room and magazines; none other than "the news media." We will see where she will go to sell that book.
She took good advice "If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen". This is the only smart thing, that I know of, that she had done in her political career.
Mrs Palin is not being unfairly treated by the media. She likes to complain because she gets air time each time she moans about the supposed bad treatment. It is clear to me that her value orientation is that of a good republican but her intellect and knowledge base are not up to the task. The media is more than aware of this and reflects it in its coverage.
I think Sarah has been treated fairly. She obviously can stand up there and say whatever she wants to say, she's a politician, so therefore she needs not cry about what the media says because it's all politics right? If she doesn't want her family criticized then why does she allow her daughter to be on the front page of a popular magazine in cap and gown with a baby in her arms – what kind of messaage is she giving to our young girls? She likes publicity big time so stop crying about it!
I think Paline has been treated more than fair by the media. Her complaints are reflective of the Republican conservatives' ploy of controlling the media by constantly complaining and charging "liberalism" by the media. This has resulted in the media bending over backwards to be fair to them. As a result, there is a conservative slant to most issues depicted on air and in print.
Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air. Folks on the news think they appear smart by implying she is stupid. Sarah has more experience than Obama and a lot more common sense. Yet the news people aren't happy unless they pretend what she clearly states doesn't make any sense. Sarahs church was burnt by ugly Americans....was that ever covered in the news?
Yes, she and her family have been treated unfairly and very mean by the media.
I'm a lifelong Dem as is my fiance and live in South L.A. I've never seen such blatantly biased coverage of anything in my life. You mentioned twice that Palin "Quit in the middle of her first term" twice in 30 seconds. How many times did you make the same statement about our President when he quit his job in the middle of his first term? She at least finished her campaign prior to quitting. The coverage has been so wicked and slanderous that I might vote Republican out of spite.
No comment on Palin.. she's just not worth the energy needed to type it. Love Jack Cafferty. His dry humor and quick wit are a refreshing change from typical daytime TV.
Anyone that kills The King's English on a regular basis the way she does deserves anything the press gives her.
Ms. Palin put her family out there and what did she expect. I can't beleive she dragged that poor little baby all over the country out of its comfort zone just for her own gains. Maybe she has learned something from this. She did not even finish her oath/commitment to Alaska for her service and walked out on it. What would she do as President!!!!!!
Not in the least. She has been feeding off the media, which has obliged her by covering her small-minded, anti-thinking, un-understandable speechifying tabloid drama. What Sarah and her fans have forgotten is that the Founding Fathers considered themselves intellectuals, and understood that intellect and education are necessary for building a great democracy. I wish her a quiet life, far away from the media she pretends to detest.
Well lets see Jack bombing at numerous interviews, blaming it on the ones interviewing you, not knowing all the issues even when those issues are the ones of your running mate, and refusing to to ingest knowledge because thats the mavericky thing to do then I guess the media is treating you unfairly because they are reporting on those things.
I think the G.O.P. moved her up too quickly. She needed to get a seat in congress and get a few years of Washington under her belt. She has the charisma that the Republicans need, but the last election made her a laughing stock, and I don't believe that she can recover. The press has been accurate, she got slammed too hard by Saturday Night Live.
No...Harry Truman said.." If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen". Apparently, the kitchen of state politics is too hot for Palin. She said in her departing speech that her last year would be that of a lame duck leader. With that behavior in mind, why didn't Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton resign in their last year?
The bottom line is that Palin prefers the excitement of campaigning to the reality of governing. She said, " I will be able to fight harder for you, for what is right, and for the truth". The truth is Palin is too right to be right.
No, she hasn't been treated unfairly. If anything, the media did their best to pretend she was even half-competent. The Katie Couric interview highlighted her inability to handle a standard interview. She made herself look stupid, no one had to do it for her.
If a smart fish got caught by a fisherman, would that same fish go for the bait again as soon as it was released? It seems as if Palin goes right back to the same "criticizing" media just as soon as she finds the right (or wrong) words to say. Once she has to answer the tough, right questions, though, the news media immediately becomes a monster.
If you wanna play your gonna pay. If you're out there you are at the mercy of the almighty media. Palin hasn't been treated any worse than any other political figure. She's using the media to her advantage for more attention. Its so obvious that whether its good or bad publicity - its just that - publicity, and she wants it any way she can get it.
Is the character and intelligence of candidates off limits in politics? We’d like to see candidates for whom such questions are a non issue but I’m not getting in a cab that needs lots of bodywork or climbing a ladder with tape all over it anymore than I can be polite to oblivious want-to-be leadership.
Only Pitbulls with lipstick get a unfair deal from the media.
No, she hasn't been treated unfairly. My question is regarding the American soldiers, what exactly is it that the media has made up? She has left herself wide open for whatever the media dishes out. Probably a good thing that she and McCain didn't win the election do you think?
Fmr Gov Palin has been treated extremely fair, had her asiprations to be in the White House came true, none of this rhetoric would be a question. Its unfortunate when people in power don't get their way, they act like kids and place the blame on someone else as to why they didn't succeed.. If I were a person that was priviledged to be in office and lost to someone with no experience, I would propably be mad too, but I wouldn't give up. I would take a look at my weaknesses
and build upon them and make myself stronger not give up on those that elected me to represent them since I chose this profession and way of life vice being forced to do so.
"You betcha" Jack: don't you know there has only been one supreme court case Roe v. Wade
I have been a "swing voter" for 40 years and I have never seen a politician treated as roughly and at such an early stage as Mrs Palin. She has been hammered since day one.
Yes, most definitely she has been singled out and treated unfairly.
Jack: You are so, so right! The women USED her children and they had NOT been brought up well. She quit every job she ever had, had a handicapped baby when she was told NOT to get pregnant again and it took her 5 colleges to get a degree. I was embarrased for McCain when he choose her and she causes ALL her own problems. Is it that much different in Alaska? She also never makes any sense. Wish she would just go away! AND I spent 40 years being a republican but NO MORE!!!! I voted for President Obama and am soooo glad I did!!!!
As a republican it pains me to say Sarah Palin has been treated fairly. My first reaction to her being announced as McCain's VP choice was WHO the heck is Sarah Palin? My reaction soon turned to WHY the heck was she chosen? If she would only keep her thoughts to herself, the media would have nothing more to write about. Unfortunately, she can't seem to do that.
Keith – Carrollton, GA
No, the media has treated us unfairly. When someone is shouting things no one can understand, most people cross the street and avoid them not gather around them. Perhaps the media hasn't learned that lesson yet.
As a die-hard Republican, but who winces every time Ms. Plain gets a hold of a microphone, I have to say that the media has been surprisingly easy on her lately. Not sure why, and I'm wondering why the media isn't drilling her on whether or not she'd quit in the last year of her first term as President... Let's hope we never have to find out for real.
She opens her mouth and the most bizarre things come out of it. Does she really think she can give such a speech and not draw critizism? I have to admit, she is good for a laugh and I can't wait for she next bizarre comments!
The press has treated Sarah Palin with as much respect as she deserves.
Speaking of “pressing” questions, who is going to write her book for her?
No, she hasn’t been treated unfairly. If anything, the media did their best to pretend she was even half-competent. The Katie Couric interview highlighted her inability to handle a standard interview. She made herself look stupid, no one had to do it for her.
The news media only quotes her; as they should. She is unfair to herself. If the majority of her statements were logical, then she would have nothing to worry about. She should worry.
She thinks people should have left her kids alone and even on her last hour as Gov. of the state, she drags her kids into politics by having one on stage with her and then "tries" to name all of them and comments, " I THINK THAT'S ALL OF THEM". She dragged them in but does not want the media to harp on it.
I still cannot believe that there are those out there that actually take Sarah Palin seriously. I do not think she would be qualified to run a fast food restaurant, nevermind a government office. (she definitely got lucky winning the election for governor of Alaska.... I can't understand how she could win that one.)
I realize that the McCain campain took her on board just to attempt to pick up the lost female democrat votes when Hillary lost her bid for the white house.
She was a vice-presidential candidate and the teenage pregnancy of her daughter garnered press attention because she has been a proponent of abstinence-only sex education. Palin claimed the press made attacks on her special needs child which seemed unlikely. Her grievances about the unfair press might have held weight if she could give a single example of what the press has made up about her.
Palin don't understand her stupid statements until she see them in print. Then hangs the media out to dry for running with them.
Sarah wants her cake and eat it too!! what a hypocrate!! She has been treated way fairly than she deserved. She craves the media attention and then, when she does not get it, then the media is out to destroy her. If you cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen just like she could not stand the cold in Alaska. If she plans to run in 2012 good luck to her because she is gonna need it and what a way of getting Obama a second term.
Definitely, Sarah Palin was treated unfairly by the news media.
No way she has been given more attention than she deserves!!! Get over yourself lady your blind to the real world move to fairytale land and take rush with you. It could be like Alice in wonderland only we could call it Sarah in Tundra Land, Rush could play the stupid moose and you could go hunting!!!! I think I'm gonna like this story..........
Had it been just Sarah Palin I would have said that she was attacked by the media no more than any other politician. When her children started getting attacked, the media made a field day out of it. They have never done this to male presidential or vice-presidential candidates. The media cannot figure her out. Now that's a smart politician. To Sarah Palin I say, "You go girl."
Absolutely not Jack.She both invited and wallowed in the
attention she got and exploited her own family in the process!!
At this point, whenever she says something that is confusing, I'm with Todd and just say "Yes dear".
Not at all Jack Palin haven't been treated any different than any other high profile politician ,the media goes with the territory actually I feel it's been the other way around Palin has not been very fair with the media nor anyone else ,and I personally wish this Quitter/Whiner would just go away
Absolutley not! All she does is complain about the medias treatment of her and her family, and then drag them in front of the cameras every chance she gets. I mean at her resignation speech she cited the vicious media attack as one of her reasons for quitting while her two youngest children stood directly behind her. Then, the following week she offrers her first interviews to reporters on a "family" fishing trip. Come on! It is all about Sarah all the time!
Sarah Palin has been treated extremely well by the media. No broadcast media has reported on her bloody campaign against wolves and other wildlife, the fact that Alaska has the highest meth addiction and rape per capita than any other state in the US or the fact that Trig is also Bristol's son. The only time that media has been unkind to Sarah Palin was when it let her speak in her own words which was also unkind to anybody within earshot.
WHAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????? She answers to questions any way she wants to- making NO SENSE AT ALL!!!!. The republican party should tell her to go away she is such an unintelligent person and an embarrassment. I have stopped laughing at her- now its painful just to listen to her speak. It is all so sad...........
Palin's a grifter, she conned Alaskans for a better future, we trusted her but to our great dismay discovered we were a pawn to her gathering more loot. Her beauty queen heritage has fogged peoples reality. Her actual intellect is woefully shallow, instead of ginning up discourse she should'va sought a vision for global energy, people in the lower 48's be afraid, be realy afraid.
She has , an all because she is a woman. I am an ex-democrat, now independent !
Yes, Sarah Palin has been treated unfairly by the media.
All politicians make gaffs but it seemed that Sarah was snidely ridiculed for everything she said – even when what she said was true. Unfortunately many of the snide remarks came from men who just didn't want to admit that sometimes women can have good ideas. They did the same thing with Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign. I guess women politicians will have to become like the philandering blowhard men to get respect.
No, Sarah Palin has not been treated fairly. You expose only the negative. If only you had been as careful to expose Obama's mistakes, misquotes, etc.., we might not be in the mess we are today.
I just ask that you put everyone under the same misroscope.
Sarah Palin is a flawed but remarkable woman, if you think about her recent past, who is fatefully easy to pan. What is disturbing is to see the left wing liberal media take such pleasure in continually roasting her. I thought we were above that type of journalism if you can call it that, a style for which we turn to FOX's stable of bully boys.
Who wouldn't prefer to work on a book worth millions as opposed to sitting in on a lame duck governorship? She has two intimate tragedies to deal with, thanks to her abortion stand, and she's a poster child for Choice. She must be exhausted, she's right about the lawsuits, probably more than we know; if she runs again and I wouldn't put it past her, as her constituency has little taste for truth and less retention, and so few Republicans are attractive; she'll probably be nominated... Bush was.
No she has not been treated unfairly. Actually, I am surprised by the media's restraint in exposing what she really is – an incompetent buffoon who has absolutely no business being considered as a serious political leader. She reminds me of the Chaucey Gardner (Peter Sellers) character in the movie "Being There", in which a man who has no other experiences in life other than watching TV, gets taken as a serious polititcal figure by just repeating phrases that he had heard on TV throughout the years.
She should be thanking the news media. I can't believe she still gets press coverage. She loves the attention. If you guys are going to continue putting her on TV, I just wish you would use an interpreter to put what she says in some logical format we can understand.
Yes Jack, she was treated unfairly.
Whenever Tina Fey portrayed her as a moron on
Saturday Night Live,
the liberal news media and liberal internet news sites ran the coverage of SNL endlessly. Clips were showed as if it was actual news. Hussein Obama and Hillary were not subject of such a barrage of insults by a would be comedian. Lets not even get into the hurt we caused this family over their daughter pregnancy by the same liberal news organizations.
No, she has not been treated unfairly. She has brought all her bad publicity on herself. Her unwarranted inflated sense of self-confidence has been her undoing.
Ms. Palin continues to confuse journalists who report facts with editorial commentators who express opinions. Journalists have been relatively kind given Palin's eccentricities and habit of using her personal life to advance her agenda. After she finishes her remedial courses in grammar and syntax and gets a speechwriter....please have her talk with some real journalists. Maybe they can explain the rules to her over a hot bowl of moose stew.
"I eat therefore I hunt".
I think she's been treated just like any other politician on the national stage who lacks substance, intelligence and the ability to articulate their views.
She has been very unfairly treated by the media – especially by involving her children in the coverage. If Obama's daughters had been similarly treated there would be an uproar!
The media has given Sarah Palin a stage that intellectually she does not deserve. Jack Sarah Palin is a nefarious person who is after money. Mark my words, she will have someone write a book and she will put her name on it. She will land a television show that will pay her millions of dollars. She will show the Alaskan people what she is all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$.
If Ms. Palin would shut her mouth, the media would have nothing to report. If the woman wouldn't have paraded her family in front of the media there would be nothing to report, hence the media would leave her alone. Try not covering her...for a change. Maybe, just maybe she will go away. She has been treated just fine by the media. There is an old addage...you get what you reap....
Like it or not when you are in the public eye, every facet of your life is on display. Sarah needs to stop complaining and move on. Unfair or not a candidate has to take the good media with the unfavorable and go forth. She hasn't quit as governor over bad media coverage, she has quit because of media coverage and the new opportunities that have come her way because of the publicity she has gotten.
Some suggest that Paliin will do speeches. How can that be when she can't even complete a full sentence, much less a paragraph? The press has not been unfair to her, as a matter of fact she USED the press in her bid for Vice President. She was flaunting her children with her everywhere for the press and the whole world to see. Back off Palin!
The governor has not been treated unfairly, she's been treated as what she is; She's a woman who's called our president a terrorist sympathizer, and has scared her followers into believing that government is going to take everything away from them. Worst of all, though, she represents the worst hypocrisy of modern conservatism; a desire to seek higher office, while simultaneously claiming that government can't, or at least, shouldn't try to solve problems.
I think she has been treated fairly. She is the one that came across
as if she just woke from a comma or deep freeze. Personally, she should
be thankful she is given any converage let alone to the extent she is getting.
If this is what the republicans are hanging their hat on..God help us...
I thought we just had 8 years or the worst presidency. You mean there's more to come?
sara palin was asked what does the VP do? , she said "They’re in charge of the U.S. Senate" do i have to say any more? Maybe if she just keeps her mouth shut she'll see the media are just doing their job.
Sarah Palin been treated fairly by some the news media while she has been treated unfairly by others. Katie Couric was very fair to Palin so Palin's bad performance was her own fault, not Katie Couric's.
However Keith Olbermann and many others at MSNBC constantly mock, bully, and make fun of Sarah Palin to about the same degree how that Rush Limbaugh unfairly does these kind of things to Democrats!
So Palin has a point about some of the media but definitely not all of it!
The Media did not create what we saw and unfortunately heard from Gov. Palin. She did it all by her sorry self ... She'll have plenty of time now to gather her press clippings while viewing Russia from the front
steps... Maybe she will visit Putin and ask him to not fly over her "beloved" Alasssskaaaa... You betcha!
Palin deserves every bit of criticism she gets from the media. She parades her family around the country promoting her conservative values the president's lack of experience. Now she has a grandchild from her unmarried 17 year old daughter and is quiting her job before the end of her first term.
Palin is a professional victim. She's got nothing but desperate fantasies about all the horrible people being really bad to her.
Poor, poor, pitiful Sarah Palin
In her mind she has.
But I guess if some reporter from the "liberal media" were to ask me what newspapers I read on a regular basis, I would think they were out to get me as well.
She hunts wolves from helicopters, has an teenage daughter who had a child out of wedlock, and she provides sound bites that make George W look like a worldly scholar- how naive is she to think that the media (liberal or otherwise) wouldn't have a field day with any of these topics?
I look forward to her hosting "America's Got Talent" in 2012
Palin has not been treated fairly by the media. Most of her family has even been unfairly treated by the media. It seems as if any conservative leader is fair game when liberals get a free ride. The public, however, is starting to understand that all liberals want to do is spend,spend, spend and tax, tax, tax.
No the media has not been unfair to Sarah Palin. She has caused the media to react to her by talking and acting stupidly. Although I must say that when we found out that her daughter was pregnant, the media did talk about that; but then, Senator and Candidate Obama, did say that the children are off limits. She has forgotten about that ,as she continues throwing gasoline to the fire by her rantings.
Sarah Palin has been treated more than fairly by the press. She is an ordinary woman with blazing ambition and not a lot of smarts. I blanch to think that WE have become so silly that we would consider putting the country even near her hands, never mind in them. Television is the hardest on her, because a coherent, informed and honest sentence does not spring easily to her lips. Do we really want mediocrity in leadership?
Jack I don't think the problem is that Sarah Palin has been treated "unfairly" by the media. The problem, as I see it, is that she has been "treated" by the media.
Unfortunately, the days of reliable and fair play reporting went out the window with the retirement of the late, great Walter Cronkite. Today's media avails itself easily of constitutional rights afforded but fails miserably when it comes to responsible, unbiased non sensationalized reporting. Character, ingtegrity and common decency are an all but dead art in media today.
I miss the Walter Cronkites of the media world who taught us how not to mimic circling shark tabloids who wait without shame for the first drop of blood to be spilled. Best wishes to Sarah Palin and Godspeed from a Democrat who voted for Obama but still believes in human dignity and fairness.
Palin put herself out there with her snarky personality - what did she expect? She was not treated unfairly by the media...she thrives on stirring it up and getting attention and will now keep it up to earn the big bucks.
Maybe she has been treated unfairly a few times but she didn't think twice about accusing Obama possibly in leaugue with terrorists. What goes around comes around!
I am amazed that she would say it is better to quit and not serve as a Lame Duck Governor. So she promptly leaves the Governorship to her lieutenant in the Lame Governor role. I am not sure how he would like to have that put on a resumé, you know "Served a Lame Duck Governor for more that 2 years" with no real power and having to fix all the ethical problems she has left.
She is a "Quitter" who could not rise above all of the media hypebecause she kept doing stupid things that the media like to report about.
Just watch down the road when transparency catches up with her and her true self is revealled.
Sarah Palin has been treated fairly by the news media.
A better question might be . . .
"Has Sarah Palin treated Alaska citizens and the American public fairly?"
The view in the rearview mirror as she exists tells it all.
Paula DeFries from Pleasanton CA
No, Sarah Palin has not been treated unfairly by the media. If anything, she has used the media to promote herself and character assasinate others. The things she said about President Obama during the presidential campaign, like linking him with terrorists was not only shameful, it was dangerous to him and his family.
She is a con-artist, a quitter and a consumate phony. Can you say Karma Jack?
There once was a beautiful woman who ran for high office. She had not a shred of intellectual curiosity, no expertise in anything other than butchering moose and making babies. She really doesn't know Jack! Unfair? I think not.
Citizen of Wasilla, Alaska
Sarah Palin has risen to the level of a "cartoon" so far and her voice is nothing short of fingernails on a blackboard. Only Bobcat Goldwaith, Gilbert Godfrey and "W" are harder on the eardrums. It's rather stunning to some of us "older folk" (50+) to see this woman actually bring in "support?" money. I believe Palin will be nothing more than a painful eardrum annoyance if she runs in 2012 and Dems will welcome that with open arms...
Media fair to Palin??? She must be kidding!! Wtihout the media, she would have been forgotten and all of us outside of Alaska would be saying Sarah Who???? You (the media) have kept her alive!! Please let her go away!!! Please!
Yes Jack, Sarah Palin HAS been treated unfairly by the media. She's been given way too much complimentary and serious attention.
Now, can you all please give Sarah Palin a rest? It's what she says she wants, and the rest of us would be deeply grateful to be spared further details surrounding this ongoing backwoods soap opera and its marginal cast of characters.
Sarah Palin has been treated just as badly as any other high profile politician. She is the only one who whines like a toddler and insults the media on a regular business. How dare the Media call her out on her hypocrisy and ask her some general world questions.
Yes, Sarah Palin has been treated unfairly by the news media. It would be great if we had true journalism today, and not so much bias.
Sarah Palin is Bush in a Skirt. America do you really want go down that path again she is exactually like Bush. She is creating this fight with the media to gain points it makes her look like the victim its getting old already Sarah W. Bush
Media treated her just like it treats anyone in that position. There were a lot of stories around her and she drew attention of the people so did media flocked around her to report those stories. Unless media culture change in America, this is how it is going to be.
Nuwan from Houston, TX
I believe she has been treated fairly overall by the media. I'm sure there are a few people who wheren't kind to her but when you put your family out there and aren't honest the truth comes out. The bloggers are a different thing they say whatever they want to say and then the internet lights up with stories. Plus she lied about everyone, Obama, Biden, and McCain to be popular, What is that saying Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You would think a Christian would know and practice this. But too many Christians are so unchristian like. Leave her alone and maybe she will get what she says she wants, NO Attention.
Palin has been treated fair. She was totally unqualified to be a vice presidential candidate and that showed with her lack of knowledge on everything. My teenage nieces know more about the world than Palin.
And her comment to the media about leaving the new governors children alone was unneccesary. I doubt that the new governor will use his children as props and then complain when they end up in a news story.
Palin needs to apoligize to her children for putting them through what she has. She used them for political reasons and then cries when they become the topic of a news story.
Palin is all about Palin. Does she not realize that not everyone has her beliefs? Her small town values do not represent all of America. Most people live in urban areas not small towns.
Yes Jack, I believe you as well as others are being totally unfair to Gov. Palin!
I can think of/remember other "'males" within politics who have made far more "challenged"statments, fools of themselves, who have NOT, do not get so much negative press, nor constant TV attention.
Regardless of her addressing the public, she does NOT warrant, nor deserve what is being is "happening' to her.
Sarah Palin treated unfairly by the media? I don't think so, given the right to free speech being what it is, it is also believed that fair is fair. How can they even concieve of treating her that way when what she gives them is the same as what she gives us, lies, inunedoes, conjecture. This lady even goes far as to use the American fighting man as a weapon to prove her point and has little less to go on except the idea that we Americans want to do nothing more than make her life miserable. On the contrary I've got better things to do than to listen to a winey politican who has nothing better to do than make some feeble attempt to manipulate the American public with her unintelligent bantering. Last but not least let's tell her stay at home and do what she suppose to do, take care of her family, it's falling apart.
I completely agree she was unfairly treated by the media who did not help her answer the 8th grade questions she was asked during the campaign, the media that will not discourage her from using her children to score cheap political points and above all, the media that never told her it was wrong to run your state like it was a family business, at least its the kind of business you still get paid your full salary while you spend romantic peak hours with your husband at home.
Sarah Palin is an insult to all women. We all know how she excites
the Republican party and its not with her intelligence. Sarah is dumping Alaska and going for the money! It's all about Sarah, as usual.
Cry baby Pallin is again blaming the Media who obviously doesn't adore her! Why doesn't she Read a book instead writing one? How much narcissism can the nation stand?
Hey Jack, Sarah dished out a lot during the campaign with lies such as Obama pals around with terrorist. Talk about not telling the truth. I heard one service person say, "We can't quit." She is looking a cashing in on her celebrity in the lower 48 and will be looking for the media. Keep reporting on her lack of stewardship, statesmanship, and scholarship. By the way, when you leave a job, you are a quitter.
Palin treated unfairly? Holy sound bite, Batman. The media have treated their viewers unfairly. Rarely has so much press coverage been wasted on someone with so little to say. The media should concentrate on real news and commentary and resist the temptation to turn it into show business.
No Jack,She has not been treated unfairly.That's Wasilly ! she didn't have a problem making up stuff about Prez Obama during the campaign,and she paraded those kids on stage at the rally every chance she got ,I am so tired of this woman playing victim you reap what you sow
You know what really amazes me. Someone like Hilary Clinton, Sonya Sotomayor, and other hard working woman who can take a lick better than most get no public Kudos for their strength of character and tenaciousness. These women have worked hard kept their head down and done the work despite how bad things looked or how hard it may have been, YET, all the attention is on this woman who whines and cries and blames a bagel and cream cheese for her decisions and her life. Its like the child who does wrong and gets all the attention and the one that's doing the right things are ignored. Please give us women something to be proud of not to hang our heads in shame.
Sarah Palin has only wanted more and more media attention. If she wants any respect form the media that her best bet would have been to stop criticizing the media. She enjoys the spotlight and going off on tangents that the media must cover. If she wants to be treated fairly by the media she might as well just step of the political stage. I hope she is not confusing David Letterman with the media.
The only thing wrong with Sarah Palin was that her intellect and experience did not match her obvious ambitions. The only person unfair to her was John McCain for either not seeing this, or ignoring it for potential political gain. The rest she inevitably did to herself.
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