Monday, June 6, 2011

Turning the Tables

“Reporters whining about Palin are like kids who can’t reach the cookie jar because she keeps moving it.”
- blogger Doug Powers
I don't watch TV news anymore. I grew up with it every night as a kid with my dad but today I find it biased and more entertainment than news. There are exceptions like BBC news that report real events around the world as opposed to covering celebrities, politicians, sports stars, and natural disasters. Last Monday, Memorial Day, I was at home at 6:30 pm and CBS news came on - let's watch it, I said, to see how the new anchor, Katie Couric's replacement, is. He was OK but the story that caught my attention was Sarah Palin's bus tour.

A CBS reporter whined about how Palin was stealing attention from declared candidates like Mitt Romney. Absurd! She has no control over what CBS decides to report. They could just ignore her until she declares her candidacy. CBS is complaining that Palin is "newsworthy" and they must cover her.

An editorial in the LA Times says it best, "There is nothing the U.S. media wants more than something it thinks it can't have." Palin is not playing by the rulebook. She won't declare yes or no. She won't publish her travel itinerary. She is not courting the press to cover her. Only Fox News is invited on her bus. CBS News producer, Ryan Corsaro, claimed that the lack of travel information was endangering the dozen competing media vans trailing behind the bus. Corsaro asked a member of Palin's team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. "You're the ones that are trailing us," he replied. How dare Palin “make them follow” her!, quips Michelle Malkin in a clever article titled Chasing Sarah: The Boys Behind the Bus.

CBS News also claims that,
Palin's team isn't just ignoring the press; it's actively trying to misdirect reporters. Tuesday morning, for example, Palin's bus was running out in front of the hotel where she had stayed, prompting a gaggle of media to dutifully gather outside. Palin had already slipped out a side door early in the morning for a visit to the Gettysburg visitor center and battlefield.
Oh, the horror!

Bottom Line

What is Palin's response to maltreating the poor Main Stream Media who has been vicious in attacking her and her children over the years? “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media."

Update

Here's an example of ridiculous and petty reporting that counts as news today. Describing a Pizza Summit between Palin and Trump at a restaurant, "Palin ate her pizza with her hands, the billionaire used a fork, it appears, in photos snapped by NBC."

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