Saturday, August 30, 2008

A New York Times Compliment Sandwich for Sarah Palin

Normally a compliment sandwich is a compliment, a criticism, and a compliment to soften the blow of the criticism you wanted to deliver in the first place. The Times version is three layers of criticisms and no apologies.

The Times ran their Women in the News piece on Sarah Palin. They went to great lengths to find people who admired hate Sarah Palin. From political roadkill to the neighbor who doesn't like her party pastries, we learn that there are a few people in Alaska who don't like Sarah Palin.

Not one mention of her historically high approval rating. Even her winning personality is turned into a negative.
“She wouldn’t have articulated one coherent policy and people would just be fawning all over her,” said Andrew Halcro, a Republican turned independent, who along with Tony Knowles, a Democrat, ran against Ms. Palin for governor in 2006. “Tony and I looked at each other and it was, like, this isn’t about policy or Alaska issues, this is about people’s most basic instincts: ‘I like you, and you make me feel good.’

Then there is this: Her husband works for BIIIIIIIIIIG OIL.
In addition to Ms. Palin’s $125,000 state salary, Mr. Palin earned $93,000 last year running his own commercial fishing business and working part-time at BP’s oil production facility, according to her public financial disclosure reports.

Although Ms. Palin once said that her husband would quit his job at BP if she were elected governor, she later backed away from that. He took a leave from the company after she won, but went back to work there last year, saying his family needed the money.

We get the beauty pageant picture. We get the list of evil conservative policy ques. And near the bottom of the article, we find out a little about her as a person, but by then the good readers of the Times know that they should already despise Sarah Palin.

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