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August 2nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Are Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's the media's fault... or at least that's where politicians like to lay the blame for almost anything that goes wrong.

Enter Sarah Palin... the former half-term Alaska governor is blaming her poor approval ratings among Independents on... you guessed it - the media.

Palin told the F-word network, where she's a paid commentator, that:

"I don't blame people for not really knowing... what I stand for or what my record is because if I believed everything that I read or heard in the media, I wouldn't like me either."

Palin didn't want to talk about what she calls "fickle" polls...

That's probably because recent polling shows while Palin remains popular with the Republican base, most of the rest of America doesn't like her.

She gets an "unfavorable" rating from majorities of Democrats, Independents, people in urban and suburban areas... along with those in the northeast, midwest, and west. Kinda tough to build a coalition with those numbers.

So what about 2012? Palin insists that's not where her focus is right now.

Meanwhile - Palin is stepping into the immigration debate... saying that Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer has "the cojones that our president does not" when it comes to securing the country's borders.

Palin is blasting Mr. Obama for suing Arizona to block its controversial new law while not going after sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens and, like our federal government, refuse to enforce the nation's immigration laws.

As for the economy, Palin says it's "idiotic" to consider letting the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans expire in the current economic climate.

Here’s my question to you: Are Sarah Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Michael in Texas writes:
It's not all the media's fault; she deserves credit for giving the media something to work with.

Ron in Indiana writes:
The Urban Dictionary defines Ditz as: A superficially dumb valley chick, with no common sense whatsoever. Usually of white race, rich, and pretty. Often uses words such as "like", "oh my gosh", "oh my goodness", and "dude". I'd say her low approval rating is due to her being a Ditz and nothing more. The media had nothing to do with it.

Jackson in Rome, Georgia writes:
Sure, Jack. If documenting her incoherent, buzzword and dog-whistling filled ramblings counts as "fault", then surely the media's at fault. I can't throw a dart at a newspaper without hitting a story about what the "Maverick Pit Bull with Lipstick, Grizzly Mom Straight Shooter" is having for breakfast.

Charles in Lawrence, New Jersey writes:
Yes, because without the media she could appear to be whatever her handlers and coaches deemed necessary, instead of the functioning lunatic she is. Fundamentalist Christians make scary politicians, which is why the 1st amendment chopped them off at the knees rather than risk theocratic sedition.

Jeff in Sarasota, Florida writes:
Of course, the media ARE at fault. It's never Sarah Palin's fault. Whatever you may think about Sarah Palin, you have to give her credit for having no shame whatsoever.

Julio writes:
No. Anyone who's half-smart understands that Palin is milking her 15 minutes fame for every penny she can get. All the media are doing is keeping her in the limelight, making her richer. She should be grateful.

Don in Colorado writes:
Jack, Every time you mention her name, your eyes bug out, your face gets purple and tiny bits of foam appear on your lips. We watch you and fear her instinctively.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Karen Rubin

    Absolutely not! Sarah doesn't need the media to put her foot in her mouth...........she does it all by herself. Just listen to the woman speak on any given day. Her latest comment about 'coyones (sp?) says it all! How could a woman like this be a leader of our country?

    August 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Ray

    Well, can't say she has not put her foot in her mouth a few times. But if it were not for the attention she demands from the media no one would know. She scares so many people in so many ways.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  3. el

    Palin's ratings are low because her "cojones" arent big enough! snicker snicker. Seriously though, if she blames the media for low approval ratings, she only has herself to blame as she is a media ho.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  4. David Word

    Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy.....the media just reports her repeated gaffes. To blame the media for her stupidity is just wrong...she is the one with the big mouth, but with the intellect and IQ of a tree frog....There is nothing worse than a listening to a fool.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  5. Johnny L Hatfield

    Palin's approval ratings are her own fault God help anyone that would vote for Sarah Palin.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  6. Uncle Sam in Florida

    Sarah does a fantastic job of making a fool of herself without the help of the media or anyone else. If you can make sense of what she is trying to say after listening to her for three minutes, you are not what I would call normal.....

    August 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  7. Jane (Minnesota)

    Her low ratings are a direct product of what comes out of her mouth or on her Tweets, Jack; it's as simple as that. There's a line from Forest Gump that pretty much says it all...."Stupid is as stupid does". There's not enough makeup that can cover it up.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Stuart Groten

    Palin's low ratings are a result of the public finally waking up to the fact she has nothing to say. I admire her ability to rebrand herself into an individual who has her public in her hand. However, if you listen to her speeches they are filled with disjointed "no-sense".

    August 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  9. Ralph

    She doesn't have the Cojones to admit her ratings are her fault -not the media's.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    August 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Good Lord Jack, she wants all that publicity. Her low approval rating is due only to herself. Ms. Open ones mouth and puts proverbial foot into it. She has set the feminist movement back - no true woman in charge wants to act like Sarah Palin. I don't want grizzlies greeting foreign dignitaries at the White House, why she doesn't understand the word "protocol" means.

    Barbara
    Norfolk, Virginia

    August 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  11. Greg M.

    Jack,
    Sarah's low ratings are far from the media's fault.She quit her own post to begin with.The more she speaks,the more Americans see what she is really like.Give Americans some credit Jack,they are not as stupid as this woman actually is!By the way,TP is for the bathroom,not political platforms.
    Greg M. Largo,FL

    August 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  12. altaloman

    Not at all, Jack. She can take all the credit for this reality on her own. She deserves everything she gets.! ~ Mike in Anaheim

    August 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Is this a trick question; or are you, mayhap, unfamiliar with the Ms. Palin? How could anyone on the planet misconstrue her idiosyncratic pearls of wisdom...Democratically speaking, of course.
    Dallas Tx

    August 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  14. John from Alabama

    Jack: Sarah Palin's rating are not low because of the media. Sarah Palin's ratings are low, because she lacks experience, she is a quitter, and everytime she opens her mouth her foot gets stuck in it. Palin's problem stem from her unsucessful bid for Vice President or do we have to show her interview with Katie Curaic of CBS News.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  15. Melvin Dunn - Florida

    Aug. 2 Gallup Poll – 76% of Republicans approve of Sarah Palin. Yeah, she's doing horrible.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  16. Jayne

    No. But I'm sure she'll try to blame you.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Palin's low rating are of her own doing. The media did not write anything for her, she authored it all by herself As the paraphrased saying goes, " ...keep your mouth shut and don't remove all doubt" She's probably suited to be on what is commonly called "reality TV" 15 minutes has turned to 2 torturous years.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  18. Sam

    This has several angles, Jack. For one, who says Palin has low approval ratings? Republicans and the tea party love her. Unfortunately everyone else, namely Democrats, can't stand her. But she'll remain divisive because she IS divisive. She's a strong headed, strong-willed, outspoken fighter. She believes in herself and her ideals. She really isn't a good politician. She is, however, a great spokesperson for conservative causes in this country, and she often says what needs to be said but others are afraid of saying. So if she has low approval ratings, it's not anyone's fault but her own and the people who listen. The fact is, not everyone is going to like what she has to say, and that will always be true.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  19. Ashley

    Most things are related to media influences, from politics & voting to music & entertainment. We live in a technologically based world now and unfortunately for some people, the varying forms of international media are the only forms of information these days. I am not a fan of Sarah Palin by any means, regardless of what the media says and I am not going to be swayed to like her even if her approval ratings reach 100%. I bought and read her book and am still not at all intrigued by her. She is still a disgrace to the politics of this country.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Palin is the media's target, even more than Obama, in politics.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  21. Tyrone, Schenectady, NY

    Stop playing! Palin is to blame for her low approval rating. She has went from the average Joe representer to an Elitist with a Million dollar book and trips across the world. Man I could swear she used to say President Obama was out of reach. I'm sure while she be in Hawaii on vacations. Alaskans now say the same about her, and are happy she is not Governing there. By the way I never remembered seeing a cry for her to NOT step down. Maybe Alskans already knew she was a fraud and were happy for her to take her show on the road.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  22. gordon

    Of course. If the media would stop reporting the facts and start editing our the things she says that are detrimental to her popularity, she would have much higher approval ratings.

    Las Cruces, NM

    August 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  23. Steve,NY

    Jack, why are you keep on bringing Palin up all the time? You must be infatuated with her.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  24. Peter

    Jack
    Of course it's the media's fault . Just ask her!!
    Peter

    August 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  25. southerncousin

    This is the most maligned, demeaned and degraded woman in the world, the conspiracy to destroy her by Journolist and the left wing media has been well documented. That she is as popular as she is after sustaining that kind of an onslaught is absolutely amazing. Look what they did to Bush. They destroyed the vitality of the country to get to both Palin and Bush. Then they have the absolute gall to demean and degrade FoxNews as biased.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  26. Scott Adelmann

    Quite the contrary, Jack. The media is at fault for them being as high as they are. She was a failure as a governor and she was a failure as a candidate for Vice President. She hasn't even done a very good job endorsing candidates. Without the media, she probably wouldn't have sold half as many books. There is absolutely no reason people should be paying any attention to Sarah Palin. In fact, just answering this question, I have done a grave disservice to the public discourse.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  27. Pete in Okotoks

    Yes Jack, the media is to blame and we thank them for enlightening us about Sarah Palin, but you haven't nailed down "why" she thinks the way she does. It a chemical imbalance, isn't it?;o)

    August 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  28. Arlene, Illinois

    Please Sarah just look in the mirror.

    Please , please Jack no more Sarah sightings, your only
    giving Fox news more of what they want.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  29. JR MULE' GREENVILLE, SC

    This is one time the media can be commended. So, please revise the question to read: Are Sarah Palin's low approval ratings due to the media's clear and unfiltered reportage? The Answer: A resounding YES!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  30. jim in seattle

    Well Jack You know. Sarah Palins problems are due to well to Sarah Palin.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  31. keith

    No, Sarah Palin's, ratings are do to herself. She like our President. They both like attention, want to be celebrities. She has made to many racial comments, does not believe in equal rights for all Americans. She thinks she's better than other people. I'm a conservative republican. But unlike her I believe in the constitution of the United States. She makes a joke out of everything and puts others down. To my opinion she no better than Nancy Pelosi. They both came out of the same mold. Both think their the greatest, neither care about the American people.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  32. Mysterious, Chicago

    Great topic. It depends on what part she played in the matter. She played several parts:. Childish, demogaguery, mean-spirited, uninformed, quitter, always playing the victim, dishonest, divisive.

    I've go to get back to work. Next?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  33. Virginia - Atlanta

    Her low approval ratings are her own doing, that she has any ratings at all is because the Media finds her comments so bizarre that they give her exposure, we watch to see what dumb thing she will say next. Lets hope no one thinks that she is smart enough to hold public office. A vulgar mouth is not the same as "saying is like it is."

    August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    No, she does it to herself. She told Katie Couric she reads "all of them" when asked what newspapers and magazines she reads. She told Glenn Beck she likes "all of them" when asked who her favorite founding father was. She doesn't have an original coherent thought and I even wonder if she has read her own book.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Paul Austin, Texas

    Do pigs wear lip stick? No, Sarah Palin and her blind followers fail to see that she is at fault with her ratings and drivel that she spouts. Maybe just maybe the general public now is begining to see her for what she is a person out for herself intrest.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  36. Bill

    Sarah has no one to blame but Sarah! She has no clue of the issues and has nothing but a pretty face. She is in over her head! She is the one who gives the mediea what they need. She is a puppet for the do nothing party and all she can do is point fingers and has no answers. She is a pretty lady and is funny to listen to! She needs a talk show because all she can do is talk and when she opens her mouth the media has a blast. All they do is report what she says. God help us if the bull dog loses her lip stick! We have enough clowns and bull slingers in Congress now.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  37. Olga O. Pina

    Actually, she just opened her mouth and confirmed her ignorance...no one's fault but her own lack of wisdom.

    Austin, Texas

    August 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  38. sandi foster

    Are you kidding me?? Palins low approval rate is the result of people hearing her speak. She's an idiot and more people know it now, Jack.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  39. tom winn

    the only reason mrs. palin's is not ranked at the top is the media's callous treatment of her. unlike the polliticians the news media is use to, mrs. palin is honest, open and speaks her mind. no double talk, innuendos' or inferences. just plain talk in plain english. that leaves the media confused and angry. how can they say what she meant to say if she already said what she meant! talking heads see their job in jeopardy!!

    tom winn
    baton rouge,LA

    August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  40. bud rupert

    I guess we have to give the American people some credit for seeing Ms Palin for what she appears to be. A person who tries to use her charm to carry the day. That may work in lower level politics and maybe even within some states (Alaska is proof of that) but when it gets to the big time. The Peter Principal takes over.

    No, it's not the media's fault. She's simply an "empty suite" and anybody with a brain knows it.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  41. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Jack, Palin has HIGH approval ratings in Arizona and LOW approval ratings in New York. So, the media does not determine her approval ratings, geography does.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  42. James in Idaho

    Jack,
    Palin's low approval ratings have nothing to do with the "media" reports of her. What's causing Palin's low approval ratings are Palin's ignorant comments.

    I feel bad for her though, and I'd like to give her some helpful advice: It's better to remain Silent and be thought a fool, than to open your lipstick encrusted mouth and remove all doubt.

    Hope this helps.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  43. Gene

    Sarah Palin's poor approval ratings are the result of the dumb garbage that she says. She is a living, breathing joke, that doesn't speak well for the collective IQs of the voting population of Alaska.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  44. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    No Jack it's not the media. It's Palin. Enough said on that.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  45. Lyn

    No. Palin did it all by herself. The media has been very fair with her. She has been on the air more than anyone else and just stands and spouts not even knowing what she is saying.
    She definetly needed to stay in school and pay attention.
    She has no idea how to be a President or anything else. She would have to have someone sitting there 24 hours a day to tell her what to do and say.
    We don't want just a window dressing running our Country. She needs to go to Hollywood to be seen as she likes to parade around in front of the camera.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  46. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    I don't think the media is at fault, after all they just repeat what she says. Like those right wing talk show hosts on TV and radio she seems to throw outrageous comments against the wall whether she believes them or not. Like those right wing talk TV and radio hosts, she too is getting rich saying stupid things.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  47. Jester Jersey from Pittsburg, CA

    I would say that the media is certainly a big factor in Palin's low approval ratings, but mostly because she is misunderstood by the media. Unfortunately, I beleive her approval ratings would have been much higher had she been in the vice-presidency right now. I am fully confident that a half term governor would be more fully competent to tackle many of issues that the Democrats in office right now are having trouble extricating themselves from. As for her comments on immigration policy, I support Arizona's stance on illegal immigration. I applaud Palin's courage to say what most Democrats refuse to say about the way the nation is handling the immigration problem.

    Jester Jersey,
    Pittsburg, CA

    August 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  48. Richard, in Kansas

    Her ratings are low because we are not stupid.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  49. Melissa

    Not in the least. Failin' Palin is probably one of the very few things the media has been honest about. They don't need to make it up because she's stupid all on her own.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  50. Patsy, Texas

    Actually, Jack, her low ratings are due to her low intelligence, her inability
    to speak with clarity, her inability to know the facts on most subjects,
    and her all around crude use of words. I have no clue why some like
    her, and hope her ratings continue to decline. Her "idiotic" (her word)
    rhetoric is so confusing and fraught with half-truths, yet, she doesn't even
    know the difference. People are realizing that this woman is a
    money grubbing, self centered, arrogant dunce and they don't want her
    anywhere near Washington, DC, much less the White House. Of
    course, if you listen to Faux News (which I do not), or read the
    CNN Ticker, (which I have abandoned), you might think this person has
    some credibility. I would rather listen to someone that I respect, that
    has a clear vision of what America's people need and deserve,
    not because she wears two inches of make-up and greasy
    lipstick.
    No, the media is not to blame but, some could quit giving her the
    free publicity, even though the more she rants, the worse she gets.
    Did I mention illiterate? Thank you.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  51. Steve H

    Sarah Palin's defense is not the 'media' as she tries to spin it knowing many are shocked what's happened in media. No, her problem for low ratings is she doesn't know what she is talking about - and she really doesn't have a heart or gut 'knowing' of what really matters to the moral majority!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Dan Louisville, KY

    It is true that the media loves to play "gotcha" and exaggerate political flubs, like Gerald Ford falling down, Clinton with the ladies, W. mispronouncing words. But exaggerations usually work when they bear some component of the truth. Sarah Palin is an attractive icon to profess conservative talking points, and fortunately for her, it is now making her rich. Please Sarah, don't confuse this success with political wisdom or with governmental credentials.

    As for "idiotic" expiration of Bush tax cuts, I saw Alan Greenspan on Meet the Press yesterday, and he said let them expire. He said you do not stimulate the economy by borrowing money to cut taxes.
    Who is the economic idiot? Mr Greenspan or Mrs Palin?

    August 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  53. Mike North Port, FL

    The media distorts everyone's views depending on the political slant of the nertwork! Palin is as much a victim of MSNBC as Obama is of FOX!

    August 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  54. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    NO, Jack.

    you guys just report what she says and the public decides. her low ratings just shows that the average American still has some common sense.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  55. David Gerstenfeld

    Well Jack, she can't blame any of the magazines she doesn't read.
    And of course she wants to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy now that she's part of them (thanks to the media).

    David, Las Vegas

    August 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  56. Pat Curley

    No, People are finally waking up.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  57. naqibham

    As a conservative I hope she isn't the nominee come 2012.
    She isn't what we need...

    August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  58. don

    No,have you ever listened to her she does it to herself

    August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  59. Amy

    Jack,

    Palin's approval ratings are down due to her own demise. The media's job is to report to the people what is happening around our country. How can she blame the media when they are reporting what she is saying and duing? She chose to leave the Governor's office to go on speaking tours and do political fund raising. We blame others to take the blame off ourselves.

    Amy

    August 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  60. Kevin in Dallas

    Partially. What questions are asked, and how much time is devoted to a person or topic influences public opinion and priorities. After all, if you guys didn't cover the oil spill, odds are, people who don't live on the gulf coast wouldn't know about it. Take when Couric asked Palin what newspapers and magazines she read, for example. Does that matter? Those are virtually dead forms of media anyways. But based on the delivery of the question, she might as well have been asking Palin what her favorite coloring book was. Having said that, Palin needs to be aware of how different things can be interpreted, and stop blaming the world for being the way it is.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  61. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    I believe Ms. Palin's poor ratings are based on Ms. Palin liking the sound of her own voice. Although she has improved somewhat in her speaking (her sentences now often sport both a subject and a verb), she still rambles. Rambling doth not problems solve.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  62. Paul P.

    I'll agree with Mrs. Palin on one thing, polls ARE fickle. But as far as her low approval ratings go, I hope she'll pull out a page out of her conservative dogma handbook, the part on 'personal responsibility' and place the blame on the words she herself puts out to the public. After all, the media also made her popular in the first place, didn't it?

    August 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  63. Rev. Dr. Ken New Baltimore

    Who cares! I'll bet that her ratings are higher than all of Congress, which last I heard was 11%. Divide that up between all House members and it ain't all that good is it.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  64. Walter Kurtz

    To quote Jack: "Palin told the F-word network..." Hmmm, mama told me vulgarity was the last refuge of the humor impaired.

    Walter Kurtz
    Portland, OR

    August 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  65. Milton Dern

    If Sarah Palin is so unpopular, why are 8 out 10 of the candidates she endorsed winning?

    Milton Dern
    Duluth, MN

    August 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  66. Dave Duncan

    Tipton, Indiana

    Sara Sara Sara. I honostly believe she loves the sound of her own voice. The reason Palin looks so naive in the media, is simple. She is that naive in real life.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  67. Bob Fleming

    If it weren't for the media, especially Fox, her ratings would be worse.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  68. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It is blatantly obvious, based on Sarah Palins' own words during speeches and/or interviews which were covered by the media, that "she doesn't know and doesn't know that she doesn't know" what she is talking about on a variety of domestic, national or international topics. What is puzzling is that the media gives this woman the time of day. She always blames the media or reporters for her own shortcomings. (Remember Dick Cheney?). The media should take the hint and just stop covering her all together.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  69. MDM

    It is refreshing to me that Americans are waking up to the fact that this women is as dumb as a bag of rocks, she needs no help from the media to prove this fact.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  70. Brent

    Hell no! Her choices have made her millions of $ and have done nothing but stir the pot. She has done nothing to become a qualified choice for anything other than a talking head on the Full-Of- X network.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  71. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Well of course they are – along with her decision to quit half way through her term as governor, her keeping vigil against Russia from her front porch, her inability to answer simple questions that any three year old can answer with ease (such as what do you read?), her inability to raise a functional family (as in family values), her constant money grubbing appearances, her refusal to be interviewed by the press, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nausea. If the media had just left her alone no one would even know who this air headed space cadet was – and we would all be better off for it. Please ignore her and stop giving her so much free publicity. That’s the one area where she has outsmarted the media – you dopes continue to get suckered by mother moose every time. I have to change the channel each time she pops up.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  72. Marlene

    The only way Sarah communicates with the media (other than Faux), is through Facebook posts. If anything the media helps her by keeping her in the spotlight. She wouldn't have nearly the money, attention and fame without the media reporting her every little "key stroke", book signing appearance, or Bristol story. SO, Sarah should be thanking the media for the unprecedented coverage of a Governor that quit, a Former VP candidate that lost and the proud 2012 candidate (or non-candidte) that won't meet the press. Marlene in Mich (where last week a Mama Grizzley killed a Michigan man)

    August 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  73. Donna Hunter

    Dear Jack,

    Placing the blame for Sarah Palin's low approval ratings on the media is not unlike shooting the messenger. More accurately the blame belongs to her and/or the person(s) that foolishly believed that she had anything of intelligence or value to say. I listen to her speak and I can't help thinking of the sign at the old Cleveland Agora which aptly stated "There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action".

    Donna
    Brunswick, Ohio

    August 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  74. David Scott Doherty

    I think That palin's low approval ratings lie squarely on her own words and beliefs, the media just reports what she says in her own moronic language. Why would anyone support someone that quits her only job that would give her any credibility as a politician so she could make more money on book deals and be part of the F-network. When She compares her gibberous to Shakespeare it's time for America to collectively stick their fingers in their throats and gag!
    Dave from New Hamshire

    August 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  75. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    The media has nothing to do with how, or why, I don't want to see Sarah Palin run as a Presidential candidate. It's my belief that she's the wrong person to choose as a possible Presidential/Vice Presidential candidate.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  76. Bizz Quarryville,Pennsylvania

    Jack, I don't see how her low ratings can be the media's fault. She does not give interviews to the media in general. She gives interviews to the F network where she is worshiped over from people like Glenn Beck who cannot sleep the night before knowing he is going to interview her the next day. Her low ratings are her own fault because, [and I mean this in the most serious matter] she shows little knowledge of national and world affairs. I'm sure she would be welcome on The Situation Room or any of the other networks to discuss what she stands for. But first she needs to know what she is talking about.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  77. Tina Tx

    No the media could stay away and Bush with lipstick is her own worse enemy. I pray that this woman does not become president. We thought we got screwed under Bush just wait.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  78. Janet K Cary NC

    No. Blame it on her mouth. Every time she opens it STUPID comes out

    August 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  79. Loren, Chicago

    I personally don't care for Palin, but the media came hunting for her right away and focused on every verbal gaffe she made, givng her none of the slack that President Obama continues to enjoy for his silly statements. So, yes, the media is to blame for Palin's low approval rating, just as they made President Obama into an overnight media darling.

    The reality is that the major media, the majority of over-the-air TV and most major newspapers and magazines are spreading a message that is not representative of the political leanings of the overall American populace. If the news media doesn't take her seriously, their viewers tend to think the same.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  80. Chris - Las Vegas

    I would like to think it’s not the media’s fault and American’s actually I more intelligent that I previously gave them credit for. But then again the F-Word network has a lot of viewers and you never know what’s going to crawl out of the gutter with their help.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  81. Linda DFW

    No, it's not the media. Some people aren't as stupid as they one might think.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  82. Jim S

    No Jack. Palin's own lack of knowledge and her inemptness on National Television and in the media has made her a target of criticism. Anyone who presumes to have political ambitions such as her, should expect media scrutiny and criticism. If she can't take that kind of heat then how would she survive the white house.?

    August 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  83. francap

    Only if you blame the media for reporting every ridiculous lie she tells. She is like the wound up energy bunny that can't shut up.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  84. Ed in Harrisburg

    Sarah Palin's low approval ratings are her own fault and not the media's. The media simply reports what they see and what they see is an undisciplined, highly manipulated, loud-mouthed, semi-attractive laughable, but dangerous characature of all that is wrong with American politics.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  85. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I wouldsay some of the low approval ratings can be contributed to the liberal media,but mostly it's just that she tells it like it really is,and most people just can't handle the truth!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  86. Mike

    If Sarah Palin was a democrat and had low approval ratings, it would be because she was vapid, insipid, unqualified and had been riding on the coattails of an adoring public. Since she is a republican, though, it is likely the result of the liberal slanted media.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  87. JoycieT in Canada

    Palin's low ratings are solely because of Palin herself. It's easier to play the victim and blame everyone else for her low ratings, than to take a good hard look at herself. In fact, the media has done a very poor job reporting on her as they don't point out a lot of her twisting of the truth, of her changing her opinion to suit the situation, of her lack of maturity in dealing with the least bit of criticism. They take everything she says as the truth, no checking. Perhaps your question should be "Why is the mainstream media playing softball in reporting on Sarah Palin?" Get some cajones MSM!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  88. Mr D

    I hear that she is popular above the Arctic Circle. As far as the lower forty eight-forget it. Since when did she start giving physicals to politicians?

    August 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  89. carlos Magallanes

    Mr. Cafferty,

    Sarah Palin's ratings are low because
    1. She's Sarah Palin
    2. Most Americans are not stupid and they know when to "refudiate" a scam artist when they see one.

    C. M.
    Pasadena,Calif

    August 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  90. Kathie

    No way. this woman is out for herself and her stupidity shows every time she opens her mouth.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  91. Ken

    Sarah's low approval ratings are the media's fault. If it wasn't for the media sticking a microphone or camera in her face we wouldn't have gotten to know and despise the train wreck that is Sarah Palin.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  92. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    The media built her up, and the media takes her down. It wasn't her political skill that made her famous. She took politics into the entertainment arena without much regard for policy. She made her campaign into another American Idol show, and her songs are falling flat. She is known as Lady Blah Blah for her inability to go deeper than platitudes and cliches. If it weren't for her remarkable imitation of Tina Fey she would never have made it on the TV. It is time now for her to go.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  93. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Yes. At the time the liberal media was doing a dig-every-dirt possible on Palin, the media made Obama look like a star.

    With only 2 years of Senate experience, Obama was never qualified for the President's job. But the media never asked him any tough questions.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  94. Kevin of SD CA

    No! She is what she is. We need a real constitutionalist leader to lead us out of the mess that the right and left have put us in! Palin is just more Republican double talk. On top of that when are you going to face the fact that until women shed as many gallons of blood on our battle fields as man have in 2o years, none of them deserve to be Commander and Chief of our Military; I don’t care how much the media over emphasizes women’s contributions to the military or society!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  95. Jane in CA

    It is the media's fault. They give her air time. Every time she opens her mouth, it is incoherent rambling, made-up words, fact-free statements or just plain mean spirited narcissism, with an occasional Republican talking point (if it isn't garbled beyond recognition) thrown in for substance. Most of America does not live in the delusion Sarah thinks is reality.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  96. Jessie Meehan

    Sarah Palin's ratings are not low because of the media. Her ratings are low because of her mouth. When someone who has no idea what they are talking about rambles on and on, people are eventually going to catch on.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  97. Gail, Plano TX

    The darling of the Tea Party has no one to blame but herself and her MOUTH for her falling approval ratings amongst independents. Her comment about the immigration issue today, in regards to the President of the US is disgusting. A woman with a filthy mouth is not what Americans want to hear in political dialogue. I am embarassed beyond measure to hear her speak. In my household, 2 grown sons would never think of speaking as she does. She needs to have her mouth washed out with soap!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  98. Kevin of SD CA

    No! She is what she is. We need a real constitutionalist leader to lead us out of the mess that the right and left have put us in! Palin is just more Republican double talk. On top of that when are you going to face the fact that until women shed as many gallons of blood on our battle fields in the last 250 years, none of them deserve to be Commander and Chief of our Military; I don’t care how much the media over emphasizes women’s contributions to the military or society!

    August 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  99. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    I believe Palin's low opinion ratings are due to her own never ending quest to prove that the cavity where her brain should be is filled with hot air.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  100. AzRose

    To some degree I do believe that the media had a lot to do with her low approval ratings. They did not let up and I do believe the media was especially unfair to her children, they should be off limits.
    She does speak her mind and I must confess I would not vote for her as president but I do believe that she does have a voice that attracts a lot of people. She needs to gain more experience.

    August 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  101. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    No, the more people listen to her, the more they realize she's as stupid as a suitcase full of rocks. I'm not implying stupidty can't be marketed for a profit, the Three Stooges made a fortune.

    Ed
    Port Aransas, TX

    August 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  102. fred penick

    I wouild use a much stronger word than "fault". It appears to me that the media is afraid of Sarah and like to trivalize her and her opinions. Should she run in 2012? I dont know. Is she qualified? More than some who got elected to the presidency. I don't know how she can neutralize the media. I think she is like a fresh breeze.

    Fred
    Calhoun, Georgia

    August 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  103. Karen-Missouri

    Let's get real...Palin is the ONLY person responsible for her low ratings. This time the media didn't have to do anything except turn on a camera and Palin damages herself with her stupidity? Palin doesn't know ANYTHING she just mimics what Republican PARTY wants to whine about.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  104. Lois, Ont., Canada

    God, No!
    Welcome back.You & Wolf are the best of the best!!!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  105. j

    oh my gosh, i haven't been to this website i probably 6 months cuz you ask too many questions about sarah palin and since your audience is all liberal i just thought just stay away and don't get upset so today, i said well lets check cafferty files and low and behold there is a sarah palin question. unreal. leave her alone. your audience will never say anything nice. guess i will stay away for another 6 months or more.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  106. John Thomas

    NO!!!!!!! She is just stupid and likes to hear herself talk.
    Couldn't handle being Mayor of a do nothing go nowhere town and couldn't handle the office of Governor of a state that only has 750,000 people in it.
    She is shallow and I personally think she should run for President in 2012. That would be the best sure way to keep a Democrat (OBAMA) in office.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  107. j

    oh my gosh, i haven't been to this website in probably 6 months cuz you ask too many questions about sarah palin and since your audience is all liberal i just thought, just stay away and don't get upset so today, i said, well lets check cafferty files and low and behold there is a sarah palin question. unreal. leave her alone. your audience will never say anything nice. guess i will stay away for another 6 months or more.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  108. Donald.Smallwood, Cameron, NC

    Sarah Palin is not NEWS!!!!

    When are you and the other news outlets (?) going to quit giving her free coverage and publicity of each and every stupid uttering from this ignorant woman? Quit trying to make her into something she is not!!!

    Quit covering her and menions such as Michelle Bachman and let them drown in their stupid ramblings.

    There are far more important matters facing this country than two incompetent power hungry, publicity seeking know nothings elevated to their current status by YOU the news media.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  109. sam Dallas

    Jack, you are absolutely right, not only is Palin a quitter, she is bereft of sound reasoning. How can she support Arizona law that tends to subvert the Federal law. How can she support Bush tax cut for the wealthy that never produce jobs, but resulted in the lost of 750,000 jobs a month. Palin should tell us how the middle class Americans faired under Bush/ Billionaire tax cut regime. Infact the media has done a great deservice to this country, by keeping this woman alive in our memory.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  110. Marcel-Windsor,Canada

    Jack

    I dont think she is bright,but if Hillary didnt have a chance because of media,her argument is well founded.
    Look Jack you are guilty as everyone else working for TV.
    Yes she is right but she has to realise she is sometimes way out of line
    Remeber "i can see Russia from my house" and "you betcha' will always be there for you guys to make fun of her.
    I would like to see her run for President and you Jack would wish the same...i know you do.
    Cant wait to see her running for nomination and cant wait for you Jack
    to slam her...go Jack go.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  111. Charles in Lawrence NJ

    Yes, because without the media she could appear to be whatever her handlers and coaches deemed necessary, instead of the functioning lunatic she is. Fundamentalist Christians make scarey politicians, which is why the 1st amendment chopped them off at the knees rather than risk theocratic sedition.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  112. JOE CE

    Yes, th medi reports what she says and does and the hurts her approval ratings. Why are w still talking about Palin?

    August 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  113. Joe Gunther

    There are certain media outlets, whether online or on air that are openly liberal leaning that will occasionally make post or air lies about Srah Palin, so yes they are partly to blame.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  114. dennis

    Minnesota-

    No, her approval ratings are low because she's as scary as almost every other politician regarding her blind faith to her political party. Politicians, for the most part, don't do whats right. They just do what someone told them is "repub" or "dem". You want to keep taxes Low when we're 13 trillion in debt? How does that make any sense at all? Will lowering taxes lower and lower spur the economy? Yes. Will it drive us further into debt? Yes. Thats what people dont get. Bailouts and lowering taxes only works when youre solvent. Its like taking out a loan on a house you cant afford (this sound familiar?) If you pay the mortgage on a credit card, it doesnt mean youre "building equity".

    August 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  115. Rob in Brooklyn

    no-its just from her opening her mouth

    August 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  116. Don from Colorado

    Jack, everytime you mention her name, your eyes bug out, your face gets purple and tiny bits of foam appear on your lips. We watch you and fear her instinctively.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  117. Marc from San Diego

    Jack, are you kidding me? One of the two major national news networks is right wing along with 95% of talk radio, and she is portrayed as a conservative hero more often than not. The "mainstream media" that they are always blaming is far more conservative than liberal, this is just more hypocritical far right conservative's attacking something that doesn't exist for political points.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  118. Bob Mears

    Of course it is the media's involvement in reporting Sara. But as long as she keeps her daily giving away fodder on a daily basis, it is entertainment, just like fox news. Her gaffe's happen daily. Today is no different, using a Spanish slang word to define the President's stand on this alien issue in AZ. A real piece of work.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  119. Mary, Front Royal VA

    Sarah's ratings are Sarah's fault and no one elses. Maybe she's do better if she simply didn't speak.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  120. Jen Smith, Nevada

    "I don't blame people for not really knowing... what I stand for ..." What the heck does she stand for? She has had ample opportunity to spell out her solutions but all she does is unproductive ranting. Palin is going to ride the wave of public attention as long as she can and squeeze the most money out for herself along the way.

    She and McCain were such a bogus ticket, the GOP wanted Obama to win so he could deal with the economic and Wall Street banks disaster they help forge. They cry "Freedon and democracy" but spend their time dividing and deregulating .

    August 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  121. Cheryl, Florida

    The woman still can't put a coherent sentence together, so no, it's not the media's fault for this one. Surprisingly though, I actually agree with her about illegal immigration.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  122. Larry Hill

    Jack, yes Palin's low ratings are the media's fault. When you start asking what did she do for Alaska and what would she do to improve things, it becomces very difficult to find answers. Somehow blame is just another empty promise. Close your eyes and what do you see? The answer is why her ratings are so low.

    Larry
    Bolingbrook, IL

    August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  123. Frank

    She is a beauty queen wannabe who couldn't get out of a broadcast journalism school or work in the field. How dumb can you get. She walked as governor, what is there to find that deserves any approval in this air head?

    August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  124. Julie

    The media is definately unfair to Palin – they tell the truth about her. Keep her in the limelight – sure second term for Obama.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  125. ken, atlantic city, nj

    no, the media has done everything to promote palin because they don't want to discuss real issues like corporate profits rising, salaries declining, unemployment rising, forclosures rising, and the middle class becoming extinct thanks to cheap labor from china , india and mexico.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  126. Ohio Woman

    Sarah's problems are of her own making. If she were to conduct herself differently, leave out the Momma Grizzlie, You Betcha, etc. remarks and speak and have the knowledge like a person who is worthy to be on the National Political stage and without all the useless jargon that she produces, maybe people would take her seiously. That cuteness in Wasilla does not fly outside the area in which Mrs Palin came from. Most people's advice is go back to Alaska and go away.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  127. John Hesselink

    Sarah Palin is the only one responsible for her public image......
    the media cover the news... and when a former candidate for the office of Vice-President of The United States speaks they listen....

    I would have to put her chances at taking another run at the white house
    right next to Snookie. Although in the case of the Jersey Shore star..
    the white house in question is actually the burger joint the White Castle..

    John Toronto.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  128. Eva

    Palin shows herself to be a hollow media creation with little or no original thought about the serious problems facing America. Americans have had her number from the beginning.

    Eva, Texas

    August 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  129. Ann from Charleston SC

    I don't know about other people, but the media has nothing to do with my low opinion of her as a politician and/or government leader. Sara Palin herself is responsible for her low approval rating with me. I am turned off by her inability to construct a sentence that makes sense. Palin's interview with Katie Kuric revealed that she is not well informed. Resigning as governor, then pursuing a very lucrative career as an author and speech maker didn't set too well with me. I don't need the media to tell me Sara Palin has little or no substance. I have never been able to figure out what her fans see in her.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  130. Martha

    no, Saraha Palin's approval ratings is the result of her ignorance about politics, economics, etc, etc, etc. I do not even know how was she ever a Governor.

    She is pretty, that is all and she knows how to be in front of a camera.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  131. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Jack as the old boys in the south say, she is as dumb as a creek rock. If her ratings are low it is because that is where they belong or even lower. I may not be the brightest bulb there is, but she is just plain dumb, to say that she is smart would be like calling the Pope a Jew. She can't make a comment about anything that makes any sense to it, just like the Arizona immigration, I'm surprized she even knows what an illegal immigrant is. Someone ought to ask her if Alaska has illegal immigrants coming from Russia.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  132. Harold in Anchorage

    Of course it is the media's fault.If they did not report what she says, no one would realize how clueless the "refudiater" is.
    If they quit reporting her statements, she would soon(and thankfully) be forgotten

    August 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  133. Buddy

    Jack,

    Are Sarah Palin’s low approval ratings the fault of the media? Of course not. If she wants to blame someone for those low approval ratings, she should look in the mirror. People probably would not think so poorly of her if she stopped saying crazy things. However, she loves the attention so I don’t expect her to stop anytime soon.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  134. ben stockton, calif

    ack, you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned that only a small percentage of americans would vote for her. its as usual ,only loyal followers , some republicans and thats about it. she has no platform to run on and it probably be on ways to circumvent anything obama does. not to say that obama doesnt come clean. mosr americans dont approve of his immigration status and if anything , it will be his achilles heel that spells his doom come election time.the only cajones palin didnt have was to finish her term in alaska. talk about calling the kettle black.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  135. Jon-Delhi,NY

    Ha, that is laughable! Her low approval ratings among independents and democrats is due to the fact that she makes herself look uneducated and (for lack of a better word) dumb. Sure, she has a "folksy" side to her which some may like but I for one(and I'd imagine a majority of other Americans) want a President to look and act "Presidential." I'll be honest and hope it doesn't offend anyone's delicate sensibilities but she doesn't belong on a T.V. unless it is the Jerry Springer show.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  136. JIM El Paso Tx

    Hell no it's not the media's fault Jack that she has low ratings. Every time she opens her mouth that seals it for most people:)

    August 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  137. LilyAnn

    Juneau, Alaska

    Yes, it is the media's fault she has such poor ratings. But it is entirely her own doing that the country's opinion of her is based so strongly off the limelight she is dancing around for. She has made herself a political spectacle to gain favorable attention, probably under the illusion the all press is good press so long as you have people talking. She has asked for the media,she has paraded everything in her arsenal for it.

    I think she'll find when 2012 comes around she's more an MTV gossip topic rather than a legitimate political persona anymore.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  138. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    Sarah Palin's ambitions are monumental now that the cat is out of the bag. She's a big momma grizzly bear whose vacuous mind knows all about the dumbing down of America. She sees a niche in the population and I predict she'll run as a third party candidate (Tea Party?) for president, since, even the crazy elephants in Washington won't touch her with a telephone pole.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  139. Ed from California

    No, I think it's the fault of the entire elitist Republican party showing their true colors. They say, "No" to unemployment extensions. No, to any reforms ie. health care, insurance reform, financial reform etc. No, to any idea that would help the middle class.

    They do say,"Yes" to extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy, Yes, to keep lobbyist money, Yes, to Wall st, the banking industry.

    Sarah Palin and her friends is what's wrong with the Teaplican party, spoiled, rich, elitist.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  140. katiec Pekin, IL

    Heavens no. The media, and especially CNN headline, support her every day.
    She is her own worse enemy and everytime she opens her uninformed, radical mouth she loses additional supporters.
    Course, the majority of Americans have always shook their heads in wonderment that she is given even a second thought and she would not if she was not the medias empty headed baby doll.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  141. Jackson from Rome, GA

    Sure, Jack. If documenting her incoherent, buzzword and dogwhistle filled ramblings counts as "fault", then surely the media's at fault.

    I can't throw a dart at a newspaper without hitting a story about what the "Maverick Pitbull With Lipstick Grizzly Mom Straight Shooter" is having for breakfast.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  142. ann

    She is just absolutely untollerable. We're in big trouble if this is what our country has to look forward to.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  143. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Palin is Palin's problem with her low approval ratings. I am forever perplexed as to why she is even a part of the national discussion. She has no substantive policy positions other than shallow bumper sticker rhetoric. Sarah is simply a narcissistic entertainer with a biased cable network willing to provide her a stage and a small minority of Americans who have blindly joined the ranks of Palinistas to feed her super ego. She should be thankful the "lame" stream media pays any attention to her at all.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  144. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    You're becoming quite the comic in your old age Jack. You know as well as any intelligent, thinking individual Palin's popularity rating is simply because she's a moron and an a**hole.........plain & simple. Even the least intelligent among us can only be amused by the same train wreck over & over a limited number of times.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  145. Fran Cassanto

    Jack:

    Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy. She does not have any common sense but thinks so highly of herself ; that is why she left the governorship in Alaska. People don't like her because she is self-serving and ignorant.

    Spring City, PA

    August 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  146. Julio

    No...... Anyone who's half smart understands that Palin is milking her 15 minutes fame for every penny she can get,,,,, all the media is doing is keeping her in the limelight,,,,making her richer .....she should be grateful.....

    August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  147. John, Colorado

    Half-Governor Palin's problem is too much "media exposure" as opposed to too much "media bias" as she claims. Each time she gives a speech creating another new word in the English language or making another Katie Couric-style gaffe, everyone with half a brain becomes even more convinced she will probably end up penniless in a homeless shelter. Had she finished out her term as Governor of Alaska rather than going for the big bucks, she might have still been able to fake it as a politician.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  148. Gigi Oregon

    Every time Mrs. Palin opens her mouth and speaks on camera we know exactly who she is. She is her own worse enemy. Her family exhibitions is second to her demise. Most politicians family are quitely in the back ground. Hers' are smiling and bowing to the press constantly being payed for each interview. Is it the media's fault...no it's their bread and butter. Does it it keep her in the head lines you betcha!
    As for the economy, how far in debt would we be in if there had been no tax cuts for the rich... I still have a problem with the Party that ran us into debt...first gave themselves a tax cut.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  149. HypocriCNN

    Oh Please, That's Such A Lame Cop Out!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  150. John from San Antonio

    It would be difficult to say one way or the other since the media does have a great influence on how people think. However in her case it would probably be minimal given her propensity to exhibit her lack of knowledge. All this being said it won't have any affect on her being elected as our next president, which would suggest the American people are capable of exhibiting the same talents.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  151. Susan from Idaho

    Palins mouth is her worst enemy. The only way folks know how dumb you really are is if you keep talking. She speaks and we all shake our heads in disbelief.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  152. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    It's not all the medias fault she deserves credit for giving the media something to work with .

    August 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  153. Karl from SF, CA

    Sara Palin’s low approval ratings are her own fault because she’s basically an idiot, as is the Republican base that idolizes her. Exhibit “A”, her interviews. Anyone with a brain in their head can see through her for the unintelligent cheerleader she is and can’t take her seriously. She can rally up any crowd that is as dumb as she is, like the wing-nut fringe of the Tea Baggers, because she doesn’t have to make sense, all she has to do is repeat their mantras over and over. She’s still the half term quitter from Alaska and always will be.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  154. Steve

    Just maybe the "mainstream media" are reflecting the views of mainstream USA..Her popularity band is pretty narrow, and the majority of the population just doesn't appreciate her semi anonymous Facebook jabs at the people who are trying to improve things

    August 2, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  155. ken from connecticut

    Whether you like Sarah or not personally, she speaks they truth. Many see it, and Know she's right, but maybe don't think she should run for office. And many don't see and will drive her into the dirt. I don't blame the press, But they have a large part for driving her into the dirt. Most of the media ia awful! They know not what they do. They are political, selfish, selfserving and not to be trusted in what they say!! Its so obvious! It tells me that the people are being fed lies, And they believe them. It's so so sad.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  156. Nancy, Tennessee

    I'm suffering from Palin nausea. Jack you must have had a restful time on your vacation to be able to stomach a Sarah Palin question on your first day back. The news media is not driving Palin's ratings down. If the news media gave her the attention she deserves, she would have no rating at all and we would have forgotten her name by now. The woman needs to go back to Alaska and raise her cubs and stay out of politics. She doesn't have the IQ to be a leader nor the ability to even fake being a good leader. She would make a good butcher based on how she hacks our English language.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  157. Marguerite

    From Seattle:

    I think this old saying applies. The fault is not in our stars (or in this case the media) but in ourselves. Most often our problem have to do with our own shortcomings and failings and this is definitely the case with Mrs Palin who from my perspective has little going for her other the foolish press who give her far too much air time. Every time she opens her mouth she quickly inserts her foot.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  158. Jeff In Minnesota

    Is it possible that the American public is finally catching on to the fact that Governor Palin is not the savvy politician people thought she might be? As an independent, I never was wowed by her. I found her answers to be too simplistic. She may still carry weight with "Joe Six Pack", but I think the rest of the country has figured out she's not one of the best and brightest.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  159. Craig Stuart

    Hello Jack

    I thought you were on the side of the citizens of these United States. Presidents Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower deported the illegal aliens so the citzens could get the work. These people are criminals consequently they can never be United States citizens. They should be deported providing this president is really for the citizens and upholding the laws to this country. Remember the illegal aliens in Mexico are deported.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  160. Roy Birdzell

    Jack, without question, the mainstream liberal media has disparaged her, laughed at her statements, and characterized has some backwater hick from way off Alaska. But you know what Jack, she is laughing all the way to the bank. Whatever anyone may think of her, she, mostly by herself, has promoted herself into a bankable commodity whose marketable assets will run well into 2012, and perhaps even further. She is a force within the conservative establishment. She has positioned herself with several future options, from potential presidential or VP candidate 2012 or later, to conservative news commentator, to GOP king maker. Not bad for some backwater hick from Alaska – all thanks to her savvy and to the media who derides her every comment.

    Roy – Jacksonville, FL

    August 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  161. Scott Stodden

    Absolutley Not Jack, Im Tired Of Politicians And Celebrities Blaming The Media For America Not Liking Them, The Media Is Here Not To Bring Us A One Sided Or Partisan Point Of View Which Is Why I Love CNN So Much Because There Fair To Everyone! The Only One That Sarah Palin Can Blame For Her Low Approval Ratings Is Herself, She Is So Out Of Touch With Americans Weather There Rich, Poor, Black, White, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat Or Republican She Has No Clue Whatsoever How To Lead This Country Whatsoever And If She Does Have A Clue About How To Lead Then She Needs To Choose Her Words More Wisely Because She Doesn't Make Sense Whenever She Opens Her Mouth! Sarah Stay With Fox News And Maybe Do Some Reality Shows Because Politics Is Not Your Thing!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    August 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  162. Lynn

    No. It's the media's fault that her 15 minutes of fame has gone into perpetual overtime!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  163. Bill in PA

    Jack;

    You ask " Are Sarah Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault?"

    Absolutely not.

    She took over a town, Wasilla, Alaska that was solvent and left it in deep debt.

    She was governor of state with no taxes but rather multiple millions in oil revenues so every citizen gets money each year from the state. However she could not do that job so she quit.

    She could not remember scripts so was a burden to Sen. McCain and does not fare well in interviews. It may be that she is not the sharpest blade in the knife block but, she sure is great eye candy when dressed well, Photo Shopped and made up.

    Ms. Palin as her daughter got pregnant out of wedlock but now wants to present herself as a lecturer on family moral values.

    No, Jack the media has given her millions in free publicity and she is making lots of cash in book sales and personal appearances. Sometimes it is just too hard to make a silk purse . . . . .

    August 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  164. Ben

    The media is at fault for giving her exposure and airtime. Anyone that is intelligent realizes very quickly that she is not. The media loves to talk about her because she is polarizing and an incendiary topic. Her low ratings are her own fault because she is not an expert on anything besides firing up people who are looking for someone to blame for their problems.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  165. Andrew

    No,

    She is nothing but a political Frankenstein. A wonder to her creators and a monster to everyone else. Republicans,you can not manufacture a leader cut from your "Aww chucks" "common sense" fabric. Common Sense is what leads an eight year old to believe that they can build a space ship in their back yard. Its cute but its not going to get you to the moon.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  166. Steve

    I would like to refudiate that claim.....

    August 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  167. Christopher P. Vaughan

    my sincere apologies but, just who is this Sarah Palin...

    August 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  168. Glen from Williamstown, NJ

    This isn't a yes or no answer. Her low ratings are PARTIALLY the fault of the media as there is no question that many in the media attacked her more viciously than even Bush. That said she has herself to blame for her interview with Katie Couric and her occasional gaffes. Those failures on her part gave the media just the ammunition they needed to destroy her reputation.

    Granted, the media did not use similar ammunition given to them by Obama who once claimed there were 58 states, or Biden with his comments about Obama being the first "clean" and "articulate" African-American.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  169. Matt, Hattiesburg, MS

    Of course it's the media's fault Jack. You guys had the audacity to actually TELL people what Palin said......i mean, how dare you? Tell Americans what a politician said about the issues of the day.....how much more biased can you get?

    In all seriousness, Palin's polls are low b/c of one thing...her ignorance. She's dumber than a brick. If she had the brains that God gave to a centipede, she would recognize the harm that she's doing to this great country...and her own family by using them for publicity. She's a disgrace to all things American and I wait for the day when she is blacklisted from every media outlet except Fox News.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  170. MAlyssa

    Sarah Palins low approval ratings were NOT all based on the media. Palin proved herself numerous times that she is NOT fit to make any decesions regarding politics/ our country. She lacks knowledge that ANY politician needs to have, and I mean common knowledge. Palin is at fault for her low ratings and loss in the election.

    -Megan
    Austin , TX

    August 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  171. ralf

    My thinking is that its the media's fault that she has any favorable ratings ato all...particularly the F-word network. She's right where she belongs...with the tea bags.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  172. Tom Sacco

    Well of COURSE it's the media's fault. It shows the stupid things she says and does. If she hadn't wandered so far off the reservation, we'd still now know who she was.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  173. mark

    Polls or not, I'd feel a lot more comfortable about this country's future with Palin in the White House than Obama.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  174. Mike

    I'd say that in a way, the media does bear some responsibility. After all, if the media did not cover her, how else would the rest of America ever know how dumb she really is??

    August 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  175. Dan Elam

    I am not a Palin supporter and voted for Obama, but I do agree that the liberal media treats her differently. She was more accomplished than then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton or inexperienced Senator Obama when she ran for VP.

    It is disheartening when I read headlines from both CNN and FOX that clearly have an editorial slant different from the article – and sometimes the facts. It is no surprise that conspiracy theorists and nutjobs are increasing when even the mainstream media ignores attempts at balance in favor of sensationalism.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  176. Chuck

    It all boils down to her being her own worse enemy. I knew it would only be a matter of time when it finally hits the fan. OUCH!!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  177. Jon King

    Perhaps her low ratings are more due to her obvious hatred of anyone who does not go along 100% with the right wing agenda and dares ask questions?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  178. Exiene Lofgren

    I've joked about her several times when updating my Facebook Status. Should I apologize to Mrs. Palin for helping to bring her down .0000004 of a percent in the polls? Cause I won't.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  179. Tom in Iowa

    I'm sorry Jack, can you repeat the question? To be honest I was not paying attention, I was too busy admiring my $150,000 wardrobe.

    Tom in Iowa

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  180. itsmeagain

    It's not the medias fault that Palin's ratings are low, unless you blame the media for reporting what she does and what she says. In short, Palin is the only person to blame for her low ratings.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  181. Mark, New York , New York

    Her rating are due to the fact that most of what come out of her mouth is easily "refudiated" . Sorry Sarah you are no Shakespeare, more of a con woman with her own agenda at heart.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  182. kasyoka

    It,s her big mouth with very few real facts

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  183. Don

    She is disliked because she is so often totally off target, yet still gets media attention. She started off as a loose cannon, and will always remain one. Personally, if America were dumb enough to elect her as its President, I for one would be part of the brain drain. America has been dumbed down enough already. It's time to turn things around and support the progressive that we elected as President in the last election.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  184. Mrs. Philippa Davies

    I see a glimmer of hope for American in her low ratings – maybe more people realize how stupid she is than I had already thought.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  185. James the curmudgeon

    Whatever popularity Sarah Palin HAS is because of the media. Thanks!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  186. Harriet Mandel

    Yes, it IS the media's fault for telling it like it is!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  187. Don

    It certainly is the media's fault, you guys keep reporting what she says.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  188. Joe (PA)

    The media is to blame for Sarah Palin's negative image as much as they are for Obama's. It's a two way street.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  189. Josh

    No, it's not the media's fault; but don't try explaining to her, she would get this either.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  190. maurice

    Jack...I'd prefer a President that's smarter than I but this obviously isn't the case with Sarah Palin...lol!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  191. Tom Frank

    Jack,

    Are Palin's low approval ratings the media's fault? Have you every listened to her speak?

    You have got to be kidding me! Sarah Palin's ratings are her own fault. Leave it to Palin to blame someone else.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  192. Ken Griese

    Most voters are simply selfish and vote for whomever is going to do the most for them. Sarah isn't offering to do anything for anyone so....her popularity is totally her doing. Give nothing and you get nothing!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  193. VegasRouleur

    Isn't it ironic that Palin uses a vulgar Spanish word – cojones – to weigh into the immigration debate on the side of those would oppress Hispanics?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  194. Bob Katz Stamford, CT

    Whatever the media says about Sarah Palin she should REFUDIATE

    August 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  195. Judith

    It is the media's fault we have Sarah Palin inflicted upon us.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  196. Jay

    Uhhhmmm, Jack, let me think.... NO!! It's her own fault. I know it's not likely that she will admit it, but as Congress has gone; well, why am I even THINKING about that 'grizzly' woman??? You almost got me, Jack!!!!

    Jay in Seattle

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  197. Bob in Texas

    Of course it's your fault Jack, you and the other guys keep reporting on the stupid things she says and consequently, she looks stupid. It's a "no brainer" Jack, if reporters would stop quoting her she wouldn't look nearly so dumb. Maybe she should just keep her mouth shut.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  198. Star

    Listening to Sarah is like looking at a car after it's hit by a train. You know it's going to be disgusting, but you look anyway. I'm just waiting to see if the head's dead yet.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  199. Lynn

    Yes, the media, for the most part, has tried to shred Sarah Palin at every opportunity. Your ridicule of her is a perfect example.

    Lynn in Phoenix, AZ

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  200. JJ in Arkansas

    It is part of the Palin entertainment package to be unapproved and she is taking it all the way to the bank.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  201. Dan

    If it wasn't for the media Palin would be just another unknown nobody with no approval ratings at all. She has no valid complaints.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  202. Roger

    The only one who can receive credit or blame for what Sarah Palin says is Sarah herself. The media cannot be blamed for reporting what Sarah says.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  203. Warden

    I hope she doesn't hurt herself, as she pats herself on the back.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  204. Anna in Dallas

    Ms. Palin tends to speak out of turn about topics on which she possesses zero expertise. Her own mouth – and not the media – is her worst enemy.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  205. Ed

    Yes, the media is so far letf they fail to report anything that is not good for the democrats. CNN is not as bad as the other networks. The other networks are a joke!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  206. Viv from NY

    No Jack it is not the medias fault. Finally voters are waking up to Sarah Palin's lies and ignorance. She wears me out and I am sick and tired of her. Please go back to Alaska !
    And keep your kids out of the limelight as well.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  207. David, CA

    no- it's her intelligence (lack of) and her own feet in her mouth.
    It's not like FOX news isn't treating Obama any differently (yeah right)

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  208. Steve

    Absolutely not. They would probably be lower if we didn't see her so much and just heard the "idiotic" things she says.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  209. Lynne Glaser

    It's the media's fault that we have hear anything of or from S. Palin. She's a twit, and not worth the space or time that the media have devoted to her because she is so outrageous, and outrageously dumb. I vote for a Palin-free Day. Please.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  210. Rodrigo Velazquez de Leon

    The only person responsible for her image is all the ignorant rants she makes public on a daily basis, Palin and the Arizona Governor are the same scum that pollutes the minds of Americans

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  211. Gary Las Vegas

    I have to say yes, the media is at fault. If the media did not show what a moron she was, many of us might think she actually has a brain!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  212. jj miller

    Palin can not face up where to place the blame. The women can not put two sentances together without some creazy "gotcha comment" Merry Christmas early Jack ....Palin is the gift that keeps on giving. Enjoy

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  213. DJM

    Let us all stop bad mouthing Sara Palin and encourage her to run on the Republican ticket. Palin 2012 Republican Ticket, go Palin!

    This is how she can best help this country.

    The polls prove that this country is smart enough not to elect another idiot.

    I hope!!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  214. M.S.

    Her rating is low even with one media's fault – F news.

    Michigan

    August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  215. Jack

    Jack...Your a lunatic...you couldn't be more wrong...why are you progressive liberals so anxious to give away our Country?...I guess its something in the water in Washington or a money thing that is all thats important to you elite...for shame in any case.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  216. Don from Canada

    It's totally the medias fault. It was the media that aired her interviews.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  217. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Why can Sarah just face it – people just don't like her! It is not because of the media.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  218. bkind2no1

    For a political quitter, I'm surprised 'politics' is still in her vocabulary. Her base dwindles the more she speaks. Even the average American has more competence.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  219. Jerry

    No. Sarah Palin has made a fool out of herself, all by herself. She has acted like a coward and a traitor, and has accepted support and contributions from known r@cists and big0ts. She deserves whatever h3ll comes her way.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  220. J.

    Jack,

    Palin would be a nobody, except for the gaggle that keeps following her around! Like many other things the "media" considers "news", she is not!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  221. C D Metzger

    Heck no. Her own behavior is. It's obvious she's a media hound, an opportunist, a panderer, and a narcissist. She has not achieved anything except the media spotlight. Give her a chance and she'll do anything for publicity. When asked to say something of substance, she resorts to folksy cutesy sarcasm and illogical utterances. I've disliked her since the first moment i heard her speak; the media has had nothing to do with it.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  222. Tom Churchill

    Definitely – I am a Democrat in NC and do not support Palin but the media does not understand that Palin's positions reflect the majority of Americans' views. Because the media does not agree with her, they try their best to make her look out of touch, when it is the media who no longer comes close to reflecting how most Americans feel.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  223. tobybird Az

    You are bias and all of CNN is. Right now all you want to do is rag on her. Why? She is raising money for candidates at the moment and I hope she raises enough to put all new faces in Washington. The only reason I watch the situation room is because of your commentary which is one that is mostly unbiased. I could care less about Sarah and the Clinton wedding than I do about immigration, radical organizations in the country and a President who doesn't have a clue. Give us a break

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  224. Mac

    Of course it is the media fault. The media broadcasts every stupid and idiotic comment made by Mrs. Palin. It is said that it is better to remain silent and let others think that you're and idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Good advice Sarah. (Of course she is not smart enough to listen to you are read your blog.)

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  225. Robert

    If Sarah Palin believes that it is the media to blame for her low approval ratings, maybe she needs another interview with Katie Couric to remind herself that outside of what her entourage around her have pumped into her head, the fact is that she doesnt that much.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  226. Bruce in Seattle

    Poor ratings???!!! I believe Gov. Palin's ratings would be far worse if it weren't for all the fawning attention she receives from her right-wing media supporters.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  227. DT

    I think Sarah Palin needs to "woman-up" and start to accept responsibility for her own actions. If she sounds stupid on TV by stating opinionated facts versus real facts.....guess what...people that are not as stupid as her are going to realize this....hence...reason for her low approval ratings...Americans are much smarter than SHE gives us credit for.

    Also, if she wants her ratings to rise how about visiting some OTHER areas of the country that are unlike her idea of America...say...like the Urban cities, latino cities, liberal areas...if she wants to let the American people know her vision.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  228. Smith in Oregon

    Jack Cafferty loves Sarah Palin, loves her points and her tea-potty members. What more do you want? Jack gives Sarah as much coverage as he possibly can and then some. I expect a Romney-Palin sticker on Jacks old station wagon bumper!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  229. Max- Utah

    Yeah that's it, the media...they make her say idiotic things and write on her hand.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  230. Judy

    NO. Palin does a fine job with her own words to come across as pretty silly, for the most part. She really does not need the media to help her out.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  231. Austin M.

    Gotta hate that lame-stream media! Quoting her in context and all! How dare they?!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  232. Linda

    The media is responsible for whatever popularity she does have by focusing so much unwarranted attention on her. The real question is 'Does Sarah Palin, the quitter governor, have the cojones to slip back into that quiet obscurity where she belongs?"

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  233. Don in NY

    No, Jack, Sarah Palin does not say anything "noteworthy" but for bottom feeders, such as yourself.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  234. EE Wiese

    Yes ,thanks to the party of NO. Taxes haunt the GOP. Gene

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  235. Mary

    Sarah Palin is right and you just prove her point with your last sentence at the end of your comment. Why cant the media report what she says without adding some comments for the sake of putting her down.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Gary- Utah

    Haha. Ask Hannity if polls are "fickle". He lives and breaths them to further his fat wallet agenda.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  237. Ken G

    Jack,

    Sarah Palin doesn't need the help of any media to lower her ratings. She is doing a good job of that, all by herself. Whenever she opens her trap, it's just garbage that flies out. Nothing intelligent comes out of this woman.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  238. Steve

    Yes, the media has been Palin bashing since she came into the national spotlight. Just the way Jack asked the question proves my point.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  239. l liebelt

    The media is not at fault. Ms Palin needs to take a look at herself, and realize how often she plays the victim.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  240. Jessica

    Oh Jack, Sarah IS the bridge to nowhere. It is not the media's fault. The women is dumb as a box of rocks! Thinking that should could have been the Vice President of our country and thinking about what our country has been through since President Obama took office fears me. I hope that she goes away–she gets too much press!! She should work for the dictionary to make new words–she is good at that!

    Jessica
    Chicago, IL

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  241. John Zimmer

    Blaming the media for Sarah Palin's image is like blaming Mrs. O'Leary's cow for knocking over the lantern....Sarah Palin is a self-serving buffoon whose stupid quotes and comments can be blamed on no one but herself.

    She has terminal foot in mouth disease and she will only continue to polarize this nation with her stupidity. She is trying to push the well meaning elements within the TEA party toward the Republicans and at the same time alienating many of those Republicans as well as Independents. She's a minimally qualified big-mouth, know-nothing who is a prime example why our government is in ruin!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  242. Melody

    In my opinion it's quite the opposite. I believe the reason she has any approval rating whatsoever is because the media pays too much attention to her, and we read the articles, or watch the segments which encourages the media to continue following her.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  243. kim smith , Dodge City, KS.

    You used to have tougher questions, Jack. Palin is a perfect example of what happens when idiots get media coverage. Now she actually believes she is somebody, and unfortunately she is always unavoidable for comment.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  244. Mark

    Sarah's problem is Sarah. She has done herself no favors quitting an elected position (Governor of Alaska.) It was obvious that move was to cash in on popularity gained by a national election run. Why work for a living when you can get paid for speaking publicly. No matter the right wing rant. "Going Rogue" should have been called "Cashing In".

    Fortunately, Sarah is her own worst enemy. Her views, while consistent with the F-networks views, do not resonate with most people. Including many conservatives.

    Personally, I have no respect for a person who quits an elected position before the term expires. She wanted the job. She got it. Her basketball analogy didn't wash. She has fans. But none of real substance.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  245. royrogers

    Sister Sarah, geez what can you say? She is so dumb, does not realize that most people are smart enough to see right through her.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  246. Marco

    not at all Jack...Ms. Palin has turned her back on the good people of Alaska, and on the national stage has made some quite frankly outrageous statements...as a moderate conservative she most certainly does not speak for me

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  247. Mary Thompson

    From the moment there was excitement about Sarah Palin at the Repub. convention the liberal/lefty journo-lists have targeted her in every single way they could. The one thing they've never bothered to report on is her stands on issues. She has been smeared and ridiculed for what? Being a woman with kids and a job? Not going to the elite East Coast colleges? Having a child with Down's syndrome, having a kid who got pregnant–which by the way–if any of the left's kid's have been pregnant–we would never know it would it? They'd just dispose of it like they would late life Down babies.
    Hypocrites– oh my– not even the word for it. Feminism? Say wuh? Only if you are a leftist are you allowed to be a working mother. Message clear.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  248. robert

    Since most of the media is left of center,It seems they are more inclined to jump down the throat of anyone right of center.A democrat has to work a whole lot harder to get criticized.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  249. Jessica Kelly

    Could it be Jack's fault? Of course not.

    While she has catchy catch phrases, the substance and depth of what she says and comments on is severely lacking rational thinking. We've been here before from 2001 to 2008 and we don't need more of it.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  250. Ted

    Celebrity status . . . that's all Sarah Palin is good for. She's Tea Party blowhard.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  251. Arnold MI

    No, I do not think it is the media causing Sarah Palin's popularity to fall, it is Sarah Palin.

    The American public is finally seeing beyond Sarah's smiling face and outgoing personality and looking at her policies and ideas, something I did from day 1!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  252. michael

    Ms big mouth is on almost every media channel and social network page available and glad to be there i think..this women is an accident waiting to happen Jack..michael Montreal Canada

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  253. Peg spry

    Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy. No one has to do it for or to her. Not even the media. Stupid is as stupid does. that goes for not only Sarah, but all those who are dumb enough to fall for her.... and to believe her..... She is more accomplished??? Where are you getting your information? Sad to say so many are ready to believe lies, lies....

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  254. Amarissa

    Welcome back Jack to the "Trash Sarah Palin" segment! I guess vacation does nothing for your grouchy personality. Your sour questions regarding Palin lead me to believe you really have a personal vendetta against her.

    The Aug. 2 Gallup Poll showed 76% of Republicans approve of Sarah Palin, is that a small amount for you?

    In answer to your usual question, yes, the media is at fault. If they would stop editing her sound bytes to make her sound bad, she would have much higher approval ratings than those she has among the liberal like you. But don't worry, November 2010 and 2012 will show you how strong she really stands!

    Miami, Fla

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  255. roger

    Yes, CNN seems to follow whatever is selling news for the moment. If negating Palin is popular then CNN airs it. If providing information that downs BP for the recent oil spill is popular then CNN airs it. Its good business. Please broadcast the good with the bad according to the facts. Poll statistics can and often are skewed, they are not facts. Polls are not to be used as a basis for any one persons character degradation.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  256. Rick Beagle

    I think it is a bit disingenuous of Mrs. Palin to blame the press for her poor brand name. She is a wealthy woman because of the media, but her brand is tarnished because of the content of her character, and her frequent displays of arrogant ignorance.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  257. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Boththe media & Palin have their own problems. Media had an affinity to Obama; all his mistakes are forgiven & virtues are over blown; while they hide his dislike, hatred, political view points...But Sarah Palin is different. Her mistakes are overblown; she is ridiculed, because she is first of all Republican;then a Christian, a womn, a mother...
    Shame on you!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  258. Bertha in SC

    Sarah Palin doesn't need the media's help to produce low approval ratings. My opinion of her is based on what comes out of her mouth. What a ding bat! And she needs to get some class. Cojones?

    She has a "gift of gab" (although it makes no sense), but it appears her intellectual capacity is truly lacking.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  259. S. Volk

    Of course it is. Sarah can do no wrong; just ask her. Her 15 minutes is almost over, thank God.

    Sara in ND.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  260. Jocelyn from Idaho

    Of course it's the media's fault her approval ratings are down, because the media reports what she says! Sheesh Sarah, quit blaming the media. Remember when "What types of things do you read?" became a trick question from the media? Face it honey, you can only blame yourself for what comes out of your mouth.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  261. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Low approval ratings can only be the media's fault if the media present a false negative picture. Today, there is no news monopoly – everyone is covered by every outlet, right,. left, and center. I would argue that any positives she has are due to false representations in a positive light by blogs, talk radio, and Fox News. Palin had a chance to hit one over the fences for Katie Couric, and she blew it. That is Palin's fault, not Couric's! Palin resigned halfway through her term as Governor in the midst of an ethics controversy, about actions by herself and her husband – that is not the media's fault either.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  262. MommaM

    Palin's ratings are her own fault – I am a Democrat and was very interested when I first heard her name – the more I heard – the less I liked about her. Every time she talks – I cringe.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  263. Matt Quebe

    That's like someone in court trying to use as a legal defense "My parents didn't raise me right, so it's not my fault." Technically, yes the parents are to blame for the crime in so much as that person wouldn't have been alive to cause the crime if they hadn't given birth to that person, just as yes it's the media's fault in the sense the media is what SHE uses to spread her dumb around.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  264. Pat

    Are you kidding? SHE is her own fault. She has no business being in the public spotlight wreaking havoc with her hypocritical agenda.....which is like the "gay agenda".........no-one can describe it.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  265. Ted T.

    Palin, should blame herself for being uninformed on real issues. She does not have a single positive thing to contibute in todays political atmosphere. But, I must give her credit or her handlers for dropping out of the governership and raking in millions by being the right wing attack dog. Thankfully, most Amwricans can see right through her. WOW!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  266. John

    It actually speaks more about the republicans that do support her than the masses that don't. What wouldn't they support? How cluesless can a republican be and still be popular with their base? As long as you serve up the standard hate for the rest of America, there does not seem to be a limit on how low the GOP will go.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  267. MD

    Jack – I don't know whether cry or laugh when she opens her mouth. No doubt she is pretty , but sounds like 4th grader and does not have 5% knowledge of any political leaders.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  268. becky

    no, its not the media. it is sarah palin's fault. the problem is, extremists, whether muslim, christian or jewish, are not appealing to most people. palin is a divisive extremist. while she has the passion and energy of a politician, she lacks the diplomacy and sophistication in how she presents her views. she comes across as narrow-minded, divisive and even racist. she presents herself as a religiously fanatic christian, but her approach is not that of grace and inclusive. she is not kind to those who disagree with her. she lacks approachability and likability, because she does not reach out to those people who disagree with her. thus, she remains popular only among those extreme conservatives.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  269. Tina Raleigh, NC

    C'mon, Jack. Her mouth and lack of intellect are the reasons for her low approval ratings. As far as the media is concerned, Palin should be on her knees thanking them for her now well-lined pockets.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  270. Midwestmatt

    I love Sarah.

    Especially when she accesuallizes some new verbamonsity that manages to denialize the crazy liberalations trying to ruin this great country.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  271. ThomCA

    Absolutely not.

    If anything the media has propped up her ratings. Sara Palin has little if anything to offer the country in terms of actual solutions to real problems. All she does is play to a base, i.e., a small part of the electorate, who believe that all would be well if there was not government.

    How silly! Who would provide fire, police, and water services if there was no givernment. Who would maintain our roads and decide where new roads are built.

    The ear of the pioneer, who fended for him or herself, is over. The cities are too crowded to let mobs rule.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  272. Jesse Wigfall

    Sarah Palin blames the media for poor ratings. Really Jack, she should blame her mouth thats whats really getting her in trouble.

    J.W.
    Columbus, Ohio

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  273. chris, dayton OH

    Jack,
    This woman is an embarrassment to the United States in just about every way. The fact that some are too dense to realize that she's just a PR queen is an embarrassment too.

    If Americans chose politicians to support based on their knowledge of the issues, their experience, their education, their intelligence level, their capability...this woman wouldn't even be CLOSE to having any kind of base.
    The southern republicans and religious right keep this woman going, sadly. The women want to be her because they see a well put together female who wears expensive clothes and travels the country and the males are attracted to her.
    That's it in a nutshell. That's her only 'draw.'

    And the rest of America isn't afraid to call her out on her inadequacies and her lack of education, skill, knowledge, etc, etc. Every time she steps in front of a camera, it just proves my point even further.
    Having said that, I PRAY that republicans nominate this woman for president. I really do.
    Not just for the laugh factor but because I know she doesn't stand a CHANCE.
    Do it, republicans! Do it, 'baggers! I'm asking as nicely as I can!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  274. chale vale

    Palin criticizing Obama for suing over an issue which has to remain in the Feds corner, lest we have 50 States each with different immigration policies, keeps her in the clueless, dimwit category. American voters are not stupid, they can spot a lemon when they see one.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  275. Judy Dunstone

    Why must we keep discussing this grifter? And why is the media always so enthralled with stupidity? And with liars? Sara Palin is an insult to women – one might say she is a useful idiot for the GOP. I don't usually say things like that about people, but I noticed she never loses an opportunity to slander Democrats and the President, and how much are we supposed to take of her????? Enough!!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  276. jane

    Wow. I can't believe how mean people are here. This country is a mess and getting worse. Maybe you should all look in the mirror. What gives anyone the right to be so critical of anyone they haven't met? Sound bites and edited interviews do not mean you know someone. I think the American public has become rude and ignorant.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  277. Alton E. Drew

    Ms. Palin's relationship with the media is just that, a relationship. There is a give and take between media, the distributor of the message, and a piublic figure, the person who supplies the message. Whatever negative spin the discontinued governor of Arizona perceives she is in receipt of is of her own doing.

    In the end, she controls her message. If she wants the public's perception of her to improve, she will have to express herself as a credible authority on the affairs of our ship of state. America doesn't see her as someone who should be at the helm.

    Alton Drew
    Atlanta

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  278. Robin

    She does enough stupid stuff on her own–the media has nothing to do with it!! I think there is something seriously wrong with her. I DO NOT like her ever since she allowed the killing of wildlife in Alaska. She is an idiot–I wish that she would just keep her mouth shut and disappear into the woodwork.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  279. Steve Handley

    Of course the media is to blame for Mrs. Palin's low approval rating. The same way the media is to blame for incorrect weather forecasts, undesirable baseball scores and overall bad news. If the media would just stay away, her name would be received by applause in tea houses nationwide!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  280. Lori - New Braunfels, TX

    Her lack of knowledge and "small town mindset" are the reasons the polls are so low. She's constantly reminding us why she shouldn't be in any political office with her narrow and short-sighted views. Maybe her ratings will go up if she starts keeping those backward opinions to herself???

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  281. beevee

    I dno't think it is medias fault at all for her low approval. You can tell by listening to her one sentence that the woman is a stupid with big mouth. I hope that she completely fades away from politics. This type of leaders (if they are leaders at all) are really bad for the country's growth and our image outside the US.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  282. Athena

    No, but what I do blane the media is, always reporting on the stupid statement she makes to get on the news, calling the president names like a school girl taking about another girl that is much smarter and popular than she, Palin what to be relevant.

    Please report on people who want to solve our problems.

    and how are you Jack?

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  283. Sam

    Her ratings are low because she's a guttersnipe – exposes her ignorance and nastiness at every turn.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  284. Preston

    Symbolism over substance is the norm for the media with Sarah Palin. If Obama's gaffes and lack of accomplishments were given as much attention as Palin's by the media and a true comparison made between the two, we might be talking about President McCain now instead of the current resident who was and still is given a pass and never subjected to the vicious name calling that Palin has endured. I'd vote for her in a heartbeat!

    Metairie, LA

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  285. David

    Of course Sarah Palin's low approval ratings are the media's fault. The media is also to blame for global warming, the world's economic problems, Pluto being demoted from planet status, and the Boston Celtics losing the NBA Championship.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  286. Ed In Connecticut

    Paranoid, Educationally Challenged, Obstructionist, and quitter. Palin has done a lot to shoot herself in the foot. No intelligent person believes she is smart enough to write 2 books, and also maintain a twitter, facebook, or any other media blog by herself. All Palin has to do is open her mouth and you know she is the puppet and somebody or something is pulling the strings......in her world a higher being perhaps Rush, Glenn, or Billy O.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  287. Mary Mitchell, Seattle

    Sarah Palin should thank the media for having kept her in the public eye so long. It isn't
    that people don't "like" her; it's that they don't like what she stands
    for. Her comments re Arizona's controversial law show that she
    doesn't understand the relationship between the federal govt and
    the 50 states and Dist. of Columbia. Immigration is a national
    issue and must be handled that way. True, the fed. govt has not
    acted in a timely manner, but two wrongs don't make a right.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  288. D.Kelly

    Who cares about Sarah Palin's approval rating?
    I care about our soldiers who are fighting a lost cause and losing time with their families, and losing their lives.
    I care about the millions and millions of tax payer dollars and funds provided to those who were responsible for losing it.
    I care about this country finding a competent leader who can do the impossible while being competent, ethical, moral, intelligent, and honorable.

    Quack, Quack, Quack........

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  289. Ghost

    Who the 'fox news' cares? In the past six months, I've realized that democrats aren't as pretty as they make themselves out to be. I no longer identify myself as a democrat nor a republican, because I have no faith in either side of our corrupt government (Look at who funded BOTH Obama and McCain's campaigns). Still, Sarah Palin is one of the dumbest politicians, ever. Let's not forget she blamed environmentalists for BP's gulf spill.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  290. KS Independent

    If Ms. Palen lived by the old proverb that it's better to be thought an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt she'd be vilified a lot less. She is indeed her own worst enemy.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  291. Renee, Ill.

    Sarah Palin is unpopular because of the nonsense that comes out of her mouth whenever she opens it. But like most politicians she's unwilling to take resposibility for her words or actions. She has to lay the blame somewhere. God forbid she take the blame for her own stupidity or lack of education.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  292. Lisa in Ormond Beach

    Tell her to go cry about it on her Facebook page. Then the rest of us don't have to read or listen to it.

    I certainly don't blame the media for her approval ratings. I DO blame the media for giving her what she wants (attention). Stop covering Palin and her dysfunctional family. Palin's whining is NOT newsworthy.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  293. Ripley

    Not just no but Hell No!!!! She has no one to blame but herself. When it comes down to it, she loves the media attention she receives. If it weren't for the media attention she wouldn't be a part of the national discussion at all and the money train she's been riding would have derailed a long time ago.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  294. Lynne Glaser

    (Need to edit first sentence....insert "to" between "hear" and "anything." As in, ".....have to hear anything...."

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  295. Chris

    Jack, the serious media only cites what she says. Come to think of it even the commedians often quote her verbatim!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  296. Andy Mc

    The media is a friend to no one.

    That said, she resigned as governor. If she quit for the money, then OK but don't expect me vote for a quitter for president.

    As for what she opines, I don't particularly care for it in general but the 1st Amendment gives her and us the right.

    Apparently there are a number of Palin fans. She'll probably make plenty of money on the lecture circuit.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  297. Barry

    The only reason Sarah Palin has any ratings at all is because journalists like you give her attention. Every time you pose a question about her, I'm hoping it will be for the last time. Jack, I'm begging you, no more Sarah Palin.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  298. Floyd

    I'm tired of hearing about her... she was the VP candidate on a losing ticket, a governor that quit her job – what does she do now that makes her so news worthy? She's the Paris Hilton of politics.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  299. Ken from Maryland

    Sarah's ratings are low because of Sarah. If you want a good laugh, just read one of her tweets or facebook postings. Those half-term-and-quit governors say the cutest things...

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  300. Sylvia Yslas

    Yes! Of course Palin's low ratings are the media's fault! BUT! Its not the media faults what Palin's comments are – they only report what she comments and how she reacts to situations! Palin should stick to fishing!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  301. tl123

    Now that she is rich and famous; she wants us to love her too. Just goes to show that money can't buy happiness!!

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  302. Sam

    We don't need to read about what she stands for, or her record – she spews it every chance she gets, from the safe bunker of Fox, Facebook and Twitter. I don't consider any of those to be media.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  303. Tom Casey

    Jack,
    I think Sarah Palin is correct in saying her low approval ratings are due to the media. It seems to me that she has some difficulty with the English language and since the media reports what she says word for word, it causes the listener to interpret what she says as off the wall and idiotic. This, in turn, causes most people to think she is not playing with a full deck and thus give her comments less than full credence. Really, how can you believe someone with her foot in her mouth.

    August 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm |