NewsBusters Associate Editor Noel Sheppard finds it remarkable that on the same day news broke of the JournoGate scandal, revealing the smoking gun which provided proof that leftist "journalists" conspired to destroy Sarah Palin, Politico's Roger Simon declared she's at the top of the Republican Party. Simon, unlike the JournoListers, is an old school real journalist with an actual record of accomplishments. The irony of it all was not lost on Sheppard, who detected a pattern and wonders if the leftist media types will ever learn:
Media elites have been attacking the intellectual capacity of Republican presidential candidates for years. According to them, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush were all too stupid to be Commander in Chief.Read Noel Sheppard's unabridged original article here.
But what these so-called journalists have been missing for so many years is that most Americans don't have college degrees and don't necessarily identify with those that do. According to the Census Bureau, only 27 percent of our citizens has a bachelor's degree; only ten percent has a masters or doctorate.
Yet, the elites in the media keep wondering why so-called "intellectuals" typically fare poorly at the polls.
Despite such lack of success, press members continue to bash the intelligence quotients of those on the right.
In 2008, it was Palin's turn, and they've been doing it ever since. These folks had a field day recently with the former governor's new word "refudiate"
To be sure, the attacks on her character, along with a number of disturbingly dishonest press tactics, got Barack Obama elected in November 2008. But in the long run this strategy might have backfired - and badly.
After approaching 24 months of incessant Palin bashing by the media, as Simon noted, her popularity continues to rise. At the same time, polls show Obama and the Democrats hitting new favorability lows.
Irrespective of the press's support for a failing administration, Americans seem weary of this hopey changey thing.
Which bring us to the moral of the story: the more the media denigrate a conservative's intelligence, the more popular he or she becomes.