Sarah Palin & the Media (by Chan Lowe)
Talk about timing. With former
With his 226-page defense of Palin and slap-down of the media coverage she has faced since being selected by Sen.
If you like Palin, it's a good read. If you don't, well, check it to see what the other side thinks of the potential 2012 presidential candidate. We won't review it here because Whispers just received the book earlier today. But here are some highlights:
The press, duh, didn't like Palin and didn't fact-check all of its stories on her
Worse, writes Continetti, the press had it out for Palin because she didn't fit the image of an
Palin proved that at its root the reaction to these folksy Western politicians is a form of anti-provincialism; revulsion toward people who do not aspire to adopt the norms, values, politics and attitudes of the Eastern cultural elite," he writes.
McCain's aides messed up Palin's debut and campaign
First, the book says that the McCain press office had no biographical information ready when Palin was picked. Not only had the campaign not done its homework to defend Palin, but it wasn't prepared for the media backlash. In their defense, aides note that had the campaign flooded the state with officials snooping for info on their veep pick, McCain's surprise would have been ruined.
Continetti does cite some press tactics that worked, such as the anti-Obama "Celebrity" ad.
Liberal-leaning feminists, especially comic
"Palin's sudden global fame rankled those feminists whose own path to glory had been difficult. To them, Palin was less a female success story than she was the beneficiary of male chauvinism," writes Continetti.
He holds out Fey and her TV character for special
criticism. "It was telling that Fey should be the actress who impersonated Palin. The two women may look like each other, but they could
not be more dissimilar. Each exemplifies a different category of feminism. Palin comes from the I-can-do-it-all school. She is
professionally successful, has been married for more than 20 years, and has a large and (from all outward appearances) happy family.
And while Fey is also pretty, married, and has a daughter, the characters she portrays in films like Mean Girls and Baby Mama, and in
television shows like 30 Rock, are hard-pressed eggheads who give up personal fulfillment -- e.g., marriage and motherhood -- in the
pursuit of professional success," he writes. "On 30 Rock, Fey, who is also the show's chief writer and executive producer,
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