Wednesday, June 1, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention Part 291

“Media On a String” Edition

Aaron Goldstein, at The American Spectator:
“Palin's bus tour evokes another Sinatra song. When you consider the behavior of the liberal media in covering her latest journey, Palin is not only resolute in conducting it her way, but in doing so demonstrates that she has them on a string... But the liberal media has a vested interest in covering Palin. They passionately supported President Obama's election in 2008 and will vigorously support his re-election bid next year... If Obama is to be portrayed as hero and champion for the downtrodden, then by necessity there must be a villain who is to be portrayed as a lightning rod of discontent. For the liberal media, Palin is their straw man to be feared, loathed and ridiculed.... But therein lay the contradiction. If Palin is someone who isn't worthy of serious attention then why go to all the trouble of turning her into public enemy number one? ... Palin has learned how and when to pull their strings. If Palin can pull the liberal media's strings, then imagine what she could do with President Obama's thin lines?”
Martha R. Gore, at
“The greatest puppet show going on the in the US today is the one being managed by Sarah Palin. The stage is occupied by politicians, pundits and reporters. As she pulls the strings, no matter what she says or does, she fires up the speculation. And she is literally driving them up the wall.”
Rush Limbaugh:
“The Drive-Bys are trying to figure out what Palin is up to... I just find their reaction to her over the top. They are totally discombobulated. They can't stand it. They can't stand any of it. They can't stand the fact that she's happy, they can't stand the fact she's making money, they can't stand the fact she's got a bus and she's got the family on the bus. She's traveling around, and they can't stand the fact that she's not telling anybody where she's going. They can't stand the fact she didn't call the Republican Party in New Hampshire. They can't stand the fact that she's not a team player. Of course, when she was on the team, where were they? They were doing everything they could... (interruption) They weren't stabbing her in the back, Snerdley. They were stabbing her in the front trying to get rid of her... I tell you, folks: She has rendered them totally irrational. She's making utter fools of these people, as they are plunging to new depths to come up with anything they think is legitimate criticism of her.”
Nancy Morgan, at American Thinker:
“The media is in a frenzy and elite pundits are all atwitter. Why? Because Sarah Palin refuses to let them define her.”
Michelle Malkin, at the Colorado Springs Gazette:
“For more than two years, Palin-bashing journalists (on the establishment left and the right) have mocked the conservative supernova while milking her for headlines, circulation, viewership and Web traffic. They lambaste her as trivial, obsessing over her shoes, glasses and hair — and turning one of her misspelled words on Twitter into Watergate. They label her a grievance-monger for calling out media double standards and then kvetch, moan and wallow in a pool of self-pity when she doesn’t spoon-feed them coveted political scoops... What makes Sarah stand out in the national GOP field is that she is beholden to no one and controls her own destiny. She doesn’t need media kingmakers to make her. They need her. She doesn’t need newspaper or TV producers to drive her story. She drives them. Crazy. The unhinged reaction of the Palin-hating convoy reveals what its attendants fear most: a politician who doesn’t fear them.”
John Sexton, at Verum Serum:
“They’ve been treating her like a celebrity instead of a politician since she hit the national scene, so now she’s treating them like paparazzi instead of reporters.”
J.E. Dyer, at Hot Air:
“As much as they prefer to make and shape the news – to decide what it is, to deck it in themes-n-memes, to determine whose narrative is communicated effectively and whose is to be shipwrecked on ‘beat your wife’ insinuations – they can’t not cover Sarah Palin. They have to be there, because everyone else will be. And everyone else will be because ‘Palin’ sells... Palin is a media factor the media didn’t make and can’t unmake... The press isn’t accustomed these days to not perceiving itself as in control of what the public is interested in. But the MSM is innately more hardheaded about this than niche bloggers and opinion writers, because the MSM is a for-profit enterprise. It has a bottom line... What we are seeing with the press frenzy over the bus tour is nothing more than the free market at work... She really is attempting to ‘do politics’ her way... She is bypassing and ignoring the conventional forms of politics to address a political need as she sees it – to engage the people on the importance of our nation’s founding philosophy and founding documents – on her own terms. The interesting thing, at this point, is that from this unconventional posture, she’s driving the market. The coverage – grumpy, expostulating, reluctant – is following her.”
Darleen Click, at Protein Wisdom:
“How much does Sarah Palin live rent-free in the minds of :::cough::: journalists?”
Alex Fitzsimmons, at NewsBusters:
“MSNBC's Martin Bashir on May 31 insisted that Sarah Palin's bus tour amounts to a ‘breach of a federal law.’ Anchoring his eponymous program, Bashir scolded, ‘In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States.’ In his accusatory ‘Clear the Air’ segment, the former ABC Nightline anchor lectured Palin that ‘standards of respect and etiquette’ discourage using the American flag for ‘any advertising purpose whatsoever.’ She drapes herself in the stars and stripes and makes millions of dollars in the process," chided Bashir. ‘This has got nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets.’ The only problem: the Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment. If flag burning is protected speech, certainly displaying the flag on a tour bus is legal... Where was Bashir's patriotic tongue-lashing for any Democratic politician who has ever flown the American flag at campaign rallies and in political advertisements?”
Ben Barrack:
“Want proof that Sarah Palin's bus tour is driving the left insane? Look no further than the assertion from MSNBC's Martin Bashir, who says she's in violation of ‘federal law’ by having the flag painted on her bus... The more Sarah Palin causes left wing heads to explode, the more powerful she gets.”
Andrew Malcolm, at Top of the Ticket:
“Sarah Palin plays the media like a violin: Her turn now... The media on campaigns is accustomed to being courted, even catered to with assigned airplane seats, meals, transportation to events, seats waiting, transcripts, the upcoming advance schedule, self-serving secrets confided. But now they want/need Palin more than vice versa. They know the ratings when she's on. And they know bosses love ratings. So, they follow along in the exhaust... Who'd have thought going in that a Wasilla city councilwoman would become mayor? Or make such a stir on the oil and gas commission? Or challenge an entrenched aged state Republican establishment and its incumbent governor? And actually win that primary? And then in the general, defeat a better-known Democrat trying to return to the governor's office? And remember too when Palin's surprise gubernatorial resignation halfway through the first term terminated, according to the media, any chance that she'd have any role in American politics ever again? Judging by the attempted coverage of her not-so-secret ‘One Nation’ bus tour this week by the same media, apparently not.”
Patrick S. Adams, at Patrick's World USA:
“How ironic it is that Sarah Palin once called on the press to treat her fairly and to ‘stop making things up,’ and now the press is complaining that she's not treating them fairly. She has turned these once powerful elites into Monty Python's flying circus.”
Peter Hamby, at CNN's Political Ticker blog:
“Her political skills were on display Tuesday during a bus tour stop in the central Pennsylvania hamlet of Dillsburg, where Palin breezed into a coffee shop and happily sat down with two locals. With a common touch that sometimes seems to elude several of her potential rivals for the Republican nomination, Palin got the two men to open up about their personal lives before veering into a conversation about the sluggish economy... Palin has also been at ease with the news media, her sworn enemy, throughout her bus tour. She has confounded both local and national reporters with her stubborn refusal to provide details of the bus’s itinerary, which is being planned out, often at the last minute, by she and her husband Todd. But she has lingered with reporters and television cameras at several stops, ultimately granting more access to reporters outside of Fox News - where she has an exclusive contract as a network contributor - than at any point over the last two years.”
Dan Balz, at the anti-Palin Washington Post:
“If nothing else, she has mastered the art of playing the media.”
Brad Barton, at WBAP radio in Dallas:
“The same mainstream media that only whispered their complaints about the shabby way they were treated by the Obama/Biden campaign, the same mainstream media who don’t seem at all bothered that President Obama is refusing to hold traditional news conferences, the same mainstream media who refuse to make an issue of Obama/Biden holding public and private fundraisers without any credited media coverage, are complaining about having to follow Sarah Palin’s tour bus without knowing where they are going beforehand. They claim that Sarah Palin’s bus tour is endangering their lives! ... It’s hilarious.”
- JP

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