Who's saying what when.
Ann Coulter calls the MSM on Sarah Palin. Coulter on the MSM's non-story that John McCain's campaign didn't vet Palin: "As this goes to press, the latest media-invented scandal about Palin is that McCain didn't know her well before choosing her as his running mate. He knew her well enough, though admittedly, not as well as Obama knows William Ayers."
Who speaks for the MSM? Joe Klein of Time does!
The second thing is more insidious: [senior McCain aide] Steve Schmidt has decided, for tactical reasons, to slime the press. He wants the public to believe that there is an unfair--sexist (you gotta love it)--personal assault going on against Palin and her family. This is a smokescreen, intended to divert attention from the very real and responsible vetting that is taking place in the media--about the substance of Palin's record as mayor and governor.
Klein is the same brave reporter that asked John Edwards a boatload of questions in Klein's responsible vetting of that then-presidential candidate. Oh, wait...Klein kept his mouth shut like a good little foot soldier. Never mind, just the ultimate MSM insider lapdog, who can't see the forest for the trees.
FEAR and SELF-LOATHING in the MSM
Larry Johnson says Sally Quinn feels guilty about her own situation: that's why she launched her version of the Mainstream Media's Palin attack du-jour.
So what’s her problem? Well, to use her logic, she’s a lousy, irresponsible mother. She was working as a journalist at the Washington Post, had a fling with the boss and married him, and then, at the advanced age of 41, had a child....Quinn wrote about her son and his medical challenges in a 2006 article “What My Son Taught Me About God.” Well, God may have been teaching but she didn’t learn jack.
Community organizers demand an apology from Sarah Palin. To which Charles Johnson responds, "Heh. Good luck with that."
Rasmussen poll: 51% of Americans think the media is trying to hurt Sarah Palin and 39% of them think she has more experience than Obama.
The Nation's proud progressives insist that Palin's speech was a flop. Jonathan Alter thinks Palin "keeps the experience question alive". A journalistic birds-of-a-feather two-fer.
The New York Post says Palin is a "She's a Pit Bull with Lipstick".
Sarah Palin introduced herself to the nation last night with a part-folksy, part-fiery convention speech, tongue-lashing Barack Obama and her critics and saying she's been slammed simply for being a Beltway outsider.
AP apparently considers conservative women a majority of the country: Where are minorities on RNC's prime-time stage?.
McCain's lovefest with the press is now over, according to Todd Warner Huston. If it wasn't before, it is now.
For those who say that the Maverick can’t learn a new lesson, Bloomberg has a story that proves John McCain has at least learned this lesson; the media is not his friend. Pronouncing that McCain’s “longtime love affair” between himself and the media is “on the rocks,” Bloomberg reports on how McCain has been distancing himself from the media of late. Naturally, Bloomberg takes a few shots along the way, too.
Swearfinger swears that Obama's best speech-writer is the Chicago Housing Authority? Who could argue that the Windy City--and any big city--doesn't need "CHANGE!"?
Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick's going to jail and Crippy wonders, "Hey, what's Marion Barry doing these days?"
The AP's already "stretching the truth" on the Palin speech: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth." The AP is that investigative whirlwind that whined it could not report on the John Edwards scandal for ten months because it was too hard to investigate. With Palin, though, it's all about the "fact-checking". Palin's 'Scarlet R' behind her name makes the fact-checking a lot easier for the AP--and more palatable.
Froma Harrop seems down in the dumps: maybe it's the dinner company she keeps?
I had dinner last night with a Republican-leaning independent who was despondent over John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. She had been looking forward to supporting McCain as a fiscal conservative with a deep understanding of foreign relations. But all she could now see was that picture of Palin's pregnant 17-year-old looking defiant and stupid as she held mom's fifth baby.
Harrop's dinnermate wonders, "Don't they have birth control in Alaska?" while the headline on the piece insists that "Palin's Social Views Hurt Ticket". Harrop shows promise as a Real Live MSM pundit: seeking out someone that agrees with her so that she can state her case through the words of a "Republican". Harrop has no qualms about describing a pregnant 17-year-old Bristol Palin as "defiant and stupid". She knows she's safe there: no blowback in the MSM over that. But what would the result have been if Bob Novak would have applied that same label to any of the children human shields--or their parents--the Dems used in the S-CHIP debate?
Roger Simon says the "media should apologize". The lion should lay down with the lamb, while we're at it.
It's all about the GOP's "cheerful viciousness". Vicious, only if you're Glenn Greenwald trying to describe people whose views differ from his own.
Andrew Sullivan got tired of picking on 17-year-old pregnant girls and now is raising the alarm: Wasilla is the Meth Capital of Alaska.
At Slate, John Dickerson explains "why the smiling, sudden, relentless Sarah Palin should scare Democrats":
Drill, baby, drill. Sarah Palin was relentless in her speech Wednesday night. She drilled Barack Obama, elites, San Francisco, the press, and civil libertarians. She even went after Michelle Obama.
And that's a few quick-hitters for September 4, 2008. We're going to try this everyday, schedule permitting.