Sarah Palin’s best friend: liberal media

Commentary: They can’t help making her even more famous

By Jon Friedman, MarketWatch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Now more than ever, in the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, Sarah Palin should thank her lucky stars for the ever-attentive liberal media.

You read that right.

The left’s criticism of Palin has made her rich and famous — and influential — beyond any reasonable expectations. The barbs strengthen the resolve of her core base and keep her name in the news at a time when practically any other former losing running mate or ex-governor of a remote state would be long forgotten.


Sarah Palin speaking at the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference.


Her constituents thrive on the criticism of their favorite daughter, the same way the “vast right-wing conspiracy” of the 1990s made President Bill Clinton more popular with his base.

It is the height of irony. If the liberal wing wants to cut down Palin once and for all, it is going about the task all wrong. Instead of talking or writing about her, the liberals should simply ignore her. Don’t mention her.

The more attention she receives, then the more important she will seem. It doesn’t matter if she is cast in the role of a buffoon or one of Tina Fey’s punch lines on “Saturday Night Live,” either.

Obama emphasizes unity

Speaking at a memorial service for those slain in an assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, President Obama encouraged Americans to “make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Palin’s supporters — and there are millions of them out there, folks — will always rally to her side during an attack, just as President Barack Obama’s followers will do his bidding when the right wing blasts him.

Thanks to Palin’s fame, she will continue to be a conspicuous presence on the national scene. She can have an impact on politics even if she isn’t going to be a candidate for the White House. As long as she retains her celebrity status, she will have a strong influence on the American conversation.

Left-leaning journalists can’t do without Palin for very long. Whether you view her as their favorite pinata or punching bag, it makes no difference to Palin. And no matter what the issue is at hand, the liberals find a way to work Palin into the conversation, inevitably putting her down.

Consider this: When I searched on “Sarah Palin Tucson” in Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) , there were 38.4 million references. When I put in “Barack Obama Tucson,” I got 14.2 million mentions.

She is truly the politician that liberals love to hate. Once upon a time, it was Richard Nixon. Now it’s Palin. I have never met her, but I would reckon that Palin must be laughing all the way to the bank. Every time someone in the media rips her, she hears the sound of ka-ching.

Remember, Palin isn’t a politician at the moment. She’s a media personality and reality-TV star. She’s completely inaccessible and only communicates on her own terms and through her own outlets. Obviously, she has learned her lesson well in national politics.

 Palin has emerged stronger than ever as a national presence. Ironically, so has Obama, whose stirring speech after the Tucson massacre elevated — or, actually, re-elevated — the POTUS to the exalted status he enjoyed during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama deserved credit for his stirring speech, calling the nation to act less divisively and try to attain a tone of increased civility.

Understand, we all recognize that Palin also finished herself off as a candidate for the 2012 race by any reasonable measure. Her unfortunate, insensitive comments referring to “blood libel” showed an irresponsible side that trumps whatever irrepressible charm she conveys at her best.

The large body of “undecideds” are likely to shift away from Palin now, making it all but impossible for her to expect to win in 2012.

Still, I contend that Palin emerged as a winner after Tucson. She is more famous than ever, and fame is the name of her game.

Palin had better be careful about being too controversial. She may reach a point of no return, in which she feels a compulsion to top herself each time with some sort of outrageous comment.

If all she hoped to do was shock people, she’d find herself in the ranks of Ann Coulter, a virtual cartoon character who will say anything to get a reaction and make her self seem more famous, for the moment.

Palin’s danger is that her supporters may someday tire of her antics. When that happens, Palin has lost everything.

But for now, based on what we saw coming out of Tucson, Palin continues to ride high.

MEDIA WEB QUESTION OF THE DAY: Did her comments after Tucson help or hurt Palin in the long run?


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Another housewife
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 15:54:04

    Are you joining the February black-out?


    • Syrin
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:02:34

      Well, if there is nothing that is being published about Palin in the MSM, I’ll have nothing to post about Palin, I can move on. I welcome that! However, as you know, living here in Wasilla, I think whatever I have had to say about Sarah is quite different than the regular critic/hater out there. Keeping it real, my opinion about her does not really affect the national debate….Honestly, I have to say if something surfaces, I’ll post it.


  2. Vinnie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:37:10

    Any idea what’s up between The Immoral Minority and Palingates blogs? I tried to post a simple link to Palingates on the IM site and it was rejected! I thought Sarah was the only one who felt the need to scrub her comments and that our side liked to practice free speech. 🙂


    • Syrin
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 16:53:20

      Hi Vinie
      No, I can’t say I know what’s happening with the comments on the blogs mentioned. I don’t even have the review before publish feature activated here on my blog, so it’s instant. I can say I’ve had a problem finding my comments often, but I assume they are there!


  3. Vinnie
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:02:08

    Thanks for the answer. It was just surprising to see Sarah-like behavior from people who are trying to expose her.


  4. TS
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 17:23:25

    Couple of points

    If you ignore Mrs Palin, her lies gain traction – the more her lack of knowledge and complete unsuitability for any public position are highlighted – the more likely her political demise

    IM does not link to Palingates – which bears no relationship whatsoever to the removal of all and any comments critical to Mrs Palin by her followers – IM publishes many comments from the Palin followers. You NEVER see Palin like behaviour from IM


    • Vinnie
      Jan 23, 2011 @ 20:24:15

      I simply added a comment on IM that had a link to Palingates. Gryphen wouldn’t even allow that comment to be posted. I find that ridiculous, especially since Palingates has some very interesting posts. And I’m sorry that is ‘Sarah-like’. Maybe there’s some history going on that I don’t know about, but I still find it weird.


  5. ozmud
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:44:34


    Those of us who have ‘taken the February pledge’ do so in the hope that the tantrum-throwing-followers of Ms. Palin will have, for at least 28 days, fewer reasons to point fingers and holler ‘no fair! no fair!’

    Of course the MSM should continue to report on newsworthy Palin antics and of course those who live closest to the Palins should keep blogging.

    I don’t consider myself a Palin-hater, but I do resent the daily news cycles which revolve around her as if she is the earth and everyone else is expected to orbit around her. So – my 28-day boycott is in direct response to the constant attention granted Ms. Palin by a national media for every nonsensical tweet and uneducated FB rant she posts which goes unrebutted by the media because it is a one-way communication – and should never have been considered ‘news’ in the first place.

    BTW Syrin – greats posts. Should probably tell you that more often 🙂


  6. Syrin
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 18:53:17

    …national media for every nonsensical tweet and uneducated FB rant she posts which goes unrebutted by the media because it is a one-way communication – and should never have been considered ‘news’ in the first place.

    Thank you ozmud for your kind words.. ♥


  7. LisaB
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 05:10:04

    Sarah is gold to the media. They know a good thing when they see it. There’s far more money to letting Sarah hang around than putting her away.

    I do think her days are numbered though. Once she stops being the lucrative hit-machine for media sites, they’ll skewer her. *crosses fingers* Please skewer.

    On the PG&IM drama: If memory serves, (and I by no stretch know the details,) there was a kerfuffle a couple of years ago between Mudflats and PG about who broke a story. IM, in a show of solidarity with Mudflats, removed PG from its blogroll.


    • Syrin
      Jan 24, 2011 @ 09:19:26

      Thanks for your comment
      I believe you’re correct about the kerfuffle a couple of years ago between Mudflats and PG..


      • Vinnie
        Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:58:47

        I found a couple of links about the ‘kerfluffle’ and it sounded trivial. I just wish all parties could put all of this behind and cooperate to bring the truth out about Sarah. Palingates and IM both have excellent material on Sarah. It should all be shared as much as possible.

  8. Yawnster
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:24:29

    Sister Sarah is ASKMEN’s # Least Desirable Woman of 2011!


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