Battle for the WH: Media vs. Voters

Update 2 (breaking): The Media Strikes back! WaPo & NYT, in the most brazen public stoning attempt I have ever seen in America, ask their readers to help them comb through Governor Palin’s 24,000 released emails and help them “investigate” and “analyze” them. Way to go, media! I am sure you will find proof there that Palin singlehandedly brought down the real estate market, created flawed derivatives and bet against them, funneled money to Wall Street cronies through stimulus bailouts, and gave cover to BP & TransOcean negligence that destroyed the Gulf Coast. I commend the NYT & WaPo for their fearless, tireless journolisticism. This truly proves your unbiased objectivity! No one can ever accuse you of being propaganda machines after this!

Update: posted a video from SarahPAC  summing up the bus tour — looks a lot like a campaign video.

Antescript : I’ve had this post corralled in draft for a while …I thought I would let it loose into the wild. You will notice there are no links in it — I was going to put them in but I thought eh – probably everyone knows what stuff I’m referring to. But feel free to complain in the comments and I will google you a supporting link for whatever seems unclear. Supposed to be 99F here so I am feeling extra lazy.

Everyone not yet under the bus likes to pretend that 2012 will be a typical contest between the Republican Party  and the Democratic Party for the White House. The rest of us know that it is really going to be another battle of the corporate media against the voters. The battle is already underway; the media is on readiness level  SMEARCON  1 – which is full offensive smear readiness alert. Any challenger comes up, the media is ready to cut him down at the knees before he can get started. Let us review, just this year, the media’s shockity awesomey record of victories.

January, an obsessed stalker shoots a Congresswoman and bystanders, and the media rush to blame the WH’s undesirable number one – Sarah Palin. President holds victory rally for raising the unconscious and casting out demonic crosshairs from the internets.

Feb – March, the media is too busy covering up for an absentee President while twisting itself into knots trying not to praise Hillary while the ME explodes to get any domestic political shooting done.

April, Trump decides to attack the President while impersonating a GOP contender. WH & media are stunned at how popular this makes him, and does a a one-two-three punch by historically releasing a document no other citizen has ever been asked to release before, then inviting Trump to dinner, where they roasted him and ate him. The President then celebrated by finally, after them begging him for months, letting the CIA take out the worlds oldest living mass murderer, with the condition that they do it “Chicago style” – “make sure he sleeps with the fishes. That’s how they we do it back home you know, to make anyone else with ideas back off.” Panetta says, whatever, BOss, as long as we shoot him before he keels over. The President goes bounce, bounce, bounce, all around the fundraisers.

May, Huckabee & Trump quit before they start. Santorum and Newt get so excited by this that they both manage to shoot themselves in the foot as soon as they open their mouths. Santorum is small feed and pro-establishment, so the media generally ignore him, but Newt has two things going against him — bigger name recognition and the sin of going against the robber baron’s shiny boy wonder Ryan, so the media make him grovel. The media studiously ignore Mittens except for when it pretends he is the front-runner, making it clear that Mittens is their approved pinch-hitter in case the President manages to lose the election in spite of all the game-fixing.

The reality of how much the President owes the media is evident when he goes into an arena where the US media is not in complete control. He took a cocky premature shot at Israel, and before he could blink, Israel’s Prime Minister did a Krav Maga counter attack that had him neutralized and on the ground. He quickly ran away to friendlier shores, but too much Guinness had him making historically embarrassing gaffes. We only know about this because it happened where the non-USA media could see it first hand and report it.

Now Sarah Palin shows us how to she intends to make the media irrelevant. She’s cut them off from the “special access” they feel so entitled to and it’s making them crazy. She secretly (and I am very impressed at how well they kept the secret) has a documentary made to tell her story and her record, and she is torturing the media by simply hopping on a bus and taking a road trip without telling them where she is going. Beyond that, and this I think displays real mastery of “new media”, she goes directly to the public. All her media interaction is in front of real-time bystander witnesses. They have to behave fairly to her when interacting with her and she rewards them by answering their questions. When they try to slant their coverage by creative editing, they have to know that raw videos are right out on youtube. In addition to that, she appears to be trying to establish rapport with local reporters by giving them the exact same access that previously would only go the big network names (Williams, Couric, Sawyer, O’Reilly, etc). This gives us the hilarious spectacle of the media making public fools of themselves by chasing Sarah Palin around while they talk about how irrelevant she is to 2012.

Regardless of whether Palin wins the nomination or the election, she’s already done a huge public service by exposing the media’s ridiculous circus act.

More first-hand evidence Palin’s strategy of running against the media:
SarahPAC just posted a video montage of Palin’s bus tour with SP voice-over titled “The American Spirit (Unfortunately Missed by the MSM)
The blurb beneath includes this paragraph:

Even though the media too often sadly chose sound-bites over substance, they did get lots of substance during our “One Nation” tour from the nearly two dozen opportunities I got to speak candidly with them and talk about policy, politics, history, and everything in between. More importantly, I got to talk with countless everyday Americans who want to get our country back on the right track.

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81 Responses to Battle for the WH: Media vs. Voters

  1. votermom says:

    So how hot it is in your backwoods today?

  2. Mimi says:

    96F with a 1000% humidity. The Texas Gulf coast is not pretty in the summer. I am currently feeding about 200 hummingbirds and their nectar turns into rum in about 24 hours if I do not change it. No drunk hummingbirds allowed.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    It’s been unseasonably hot in our area for June which makes me dread July/August now.

    Ooooh, I’m so going to try Mimi’s rum recipe 😉

  4. Valissa says:

    Great post votermom! It’s supposed to get up to 97F here in the Boston area today. We don’t usually see weather like this until late June or July-August. We just put the last two air conditioners in a couple of days ago. Woke up this morning to pouring rain and a bit of thunder. Finally got most of my gardening done this last week so appreciate the rain.

    • votermom says:

      I am trying to figure out what I can plant in my little veggie plot. I usually put in tomatoes but I am so behind; I only have a few pepper plants now (which are loving the heat, btw).
      Any suggestions?

      • Valissa says:

        Typically I do my main gardening from late April to early June, with the second half of May as the main planting time. Between a rainy May and some health issues I am planting later into June than usual (I still haven’t put annuals in yet and I’m usually done with everything by now). My husband had work deadlines in May so he didn’t get much done either.

        In our small semi-urban yard (we’re ‘townies’), I’m the flower person (largest part of our gardens is devoted to “beauty” which my neighborhood seems very appreciative of) and my husband is the main veggie & herb person. We have tried peppers for several years but we never get very many of them and they don’t ever taste right so have given up on those. My husband has good luck with the small hot peppers in the herb garden, and he always grows lots of basil and cilantro for pesto (cilantro pesto is aweome!). We have some tomatoes in the sunniest areas. We have had good luck with green (or purple) bush beans, cucumbers (on trellis or fence), and broccoli (gotta keep up with the broccoli or it bolts). Mixed luck with eggplants, except for the small Japanese style ‘fairy’ eggplants which does very well and they are gentler in tase and texture. This year hubby is trying to grow peas on one of our trellises – that’s an experiment. He forgot to plant the garlic and the onions at the correct times so none of those this year. He has a small section for lettuces and greens and those do well unless it’s very hot.

        • votermom says:

          I might do herbs. I have some seedlings: thyme basil & rosemary. The thyme I am worried about spreading everywhere, the rosemary I am worried about being more like a bush, right, but wth, I think I’ll just stick them in the ground and see what happens.
          If I pot them they are sure to die — I always kill my potted plants.

        • Valissa says:

          One of hubby’s thyme’s became a fabulous groundcover tucking itself in between all the rocks – it flows down them like a waterfall (the herb garden is a rock garden too, this is New England 😉 ). Other types of thyme have been more well behaved. If you like cilantro, recommend just putting seeds in the soil and not fussing other than watering. After a couple years of our seedlings from the store dying fast he shifted to direct seed and it is great and much cheaper! Rosemary get’s a little bushy, but it’s very manageable esp. if you use it often.

          Happy planting!

        • Erica says:

          VM: culinary thyme should grow into a lovely, softly rounded plant about 9 inches or so tall. I have many thymes in my garden: lemon, lime, silver, and thyme de provence. They are all wonderful!! Having herbs in the garden makes me feel very fortunate. Don’t know why, but it does.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Well, when a Chicago Rapper turns on you….

    Guess he won’t be copping a White House gig anytime soon 🙂

  6. Great post!!

    On top of all of that, the GOP and the MSM have developed a secret weapon to destroy Palin. Bachmann. They’ve slowly but surely pushed and pushed her to the forefront. They’ve said she is more intelligent and even prettier and the only serious woman contender, and the media and party bosses are behind her 100%. Even though not long ago they all agreed Bachmann was completely loony and off her rocker. They are conveniently not playing the hours of video showing Bachmann to be a complete nutcase, which she is.

    Just in case you’re wondering what’s been going on there and why Bachmann is coming across more credible than she did before. All part of the plan. We can’t have someone not from the “political class” rise to the top. It will not be allowed. They made that mistake in ’92, and they’ll never let that happen again.

    • votermom says:

      Some people are saying Bachmann is a stalking horse for Romney. If she can bleed enough votes from Palin so Romney wins, then Pres Mittens rewards her with a cabinet post.
      Who does that remind me of … oh yeah, Edwards & Kucinich. Well, they certainly got their just reward for running as spoilers just to endorse the Chosen One. Bachmann should take a look at them before she continues on her path to backstab Palin, who went all out campaigning for her last year.

      • She is and I agree, I suspect she would be rewarded just like Edwards & Kucinich were. Sucker born every minute. Whatever the party (and really, there’s only one big party pretending to be two) and the MSM wants goes.

    • yttik says:

      I suspect Bachmann and Palin are aware of how the cookie is crumbling. I don’t think Bachmann is loony, I think she’s pretty smart and I believe that Palin and her have talked. Indeed, I do believe the media is trying to push Bachmann to the front because they know she’s an easier candidate to take down, but I think her and Palin have that figured out.

      Some of Bachmann’s ideology may appear to be loony, but she herself is actually pretty alert about what is going on politically.

  7. It never ceases to amazing me how scared shitless the Republican party, Democratic party, and MSM are of Palin. Fascinating as hell. Someone with charisma who is not part of the political class is their worst nightmare.

  8. FCC just tweeted: “The first national test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for November 9 at 2pm ET.”

    So instead of DHS color codes, wonder if we’ll get these tests with interesting timing as we lead up to the election.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Good article on SP

    “….she should stay on the bus tour to keep the liberal media busy…”

    • That is good. I liked this part:

      She continues to provoke such a reaction in people. Based on what? If all the derisive things said about here were true, why waste your time even thinking about her? If she is that stupid, what could she possibly do to us? (The logical extension of that is that there are enough stupid people like me out there to put her into power, but the people who maintain that premise don’t seem to realize it).

      Which forcibly leads me to the conclusion that this reaction is more one of fear. This is more amply demonstrated by the Republican reaction, mostly from people fighting for candidadtes at or near announcement, who fear her sucking the oxygen out of the room. Like she did to Romney when he went to New Hampshire to kick his campaign off officially.

    • Nails it:

      Here it is for you, in case you asked: the Republican nomination is hers for the asking. That is to say, she knows what the Tea Party base is looking for. And folks, because the Tea Party base includes so many independents scared witless of the increasing public debt, that is the winning coalition. The other candidates are feeling around in the dark for this light. She is trying to hand it out to them, so somebody picks it up and runs with it. She thinks it is what is needed to win in 2012- oh, and incidentally, what is best for the country.

      But the others are not taking the hint yet. It remains to be seen whether they ever will. And if they don’t, then Sarah will pick it up, and soon afterward, all hell will break loose.

      It;s not often that you will find such a strange combination of power and reticence. This is at the center of what she speaks of, when she talks about a public figure having to have “a servant’s heart”.

      I still can’t fathom all the people out there that dismiss her and worry about her, simultaneously. This is so interesting.

  10. Valissa says:

    LOL, hilarious… Gingrich senior aides resign

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with virtually his entire senior staff leaving en masse, according to multiple sources familiar with the moves.

    “When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they’ve got to part ways,” said Rick Tyler a longtime Gingrich spoksman who was among those who left the campaign today.

    Tyler as well as Rob Johnson, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Dave Carney and Katon Dawson, senior strategists to the effort and media consultant Sam Dawson have all stepped aside. Much of his early state operation was also headed for the exits, according to a one senior campaign source.

    Several sources said the mass resignation came at a meeting Thursday in Gingrich’s Washington office.

    PS I hate the new WordPress comment function!

    • I suspect they finally noticed Newt’s not really running but just playing the game to keep himself relevant.

    • votermom says:

      I must be a bad person because that just made me laugh.
      So much soap opera going on.
      What could trigger a mass resignation? One thought — another scandal about to go public?

    • Karma says:

      That must have been the meeting where Newt said he was going on a cruise with Kathie Lee…..I mean wife number three.

  11. Seriously, we’re going to have a worldwide shortage of popcorn if this stuff keeps going like this. 🙂

  12. votermom says:

    This is unflippingbelievable! Check out my update 2 at the top of the post.
    WaPo & NYT are asking for volunteers from their readers to help them investigate and analyze the 24000 Palin emails that will be released tomorrow.
    Just proves what I am saying — this is a war between the cOrp. media & Palin.

    • Valissa says:

      Time to buy stock in Orville-Redenbacher! You go grrl!

    • djmm says:

      She terrifies them because they cannot control her.

      Pass the popcorn!


    • DeniseVB says:

      Cizilla! What a creep. Apparently one of the few WaPo readers agress with me, from the comments:

      “Rake your own muck. Disgusting that you call on readers to join in your festivities.”

      I always read the comments 😀

    • DeniseVB says:

      …and from the NYT comments….

      “Don’t you folks get paid to do this work yourself?”

    • elliesmom says:

      Do you suppose Fox could use some help doing some investigations? Turnabout will be fair play.

    • Erica says:

      This is unflippingbelievable, and so low and disgusting. This is a witch hunt.

      I can truly say I hate what Obama has done to this country. It’s like the 2008 campaign unleased a vileness that still has not reached it’s maturity.

      If they keep this up, I will campaign for her on principle, even though I know the liar will cheat just like he did against Hillary, and the outcome of the election is probably a forgone conclusion.

      • votermom says:

        even though I know the liar will cheat just like he did against Hillary, and the outcome of the election is probably a forgone conclusion.

        Unless the Tea Party pick up their pitchforks & torches…

    • votermom says:

      Oh look, Sarah must be INTERNATIONAL Public Enemy Number One as even The Guardian is begging for help to “trawl” through her emails.

  13. Three Wickets says:

    Reuters says Hillary is looking to lead the World Bank from next year.

    • Three Wickets says:

      @jaketapper: Clinton source on story saying she’s seeking World Bank presidency: “Total crappola.”

      • Three Wickets says:

        Reuters says formal denial is because she needs to serve out her SoS term. Believe the World Bank gig begins July 1st 2012. Yay, she doesn’t have to campaign for Barry.

    • votermom says:

      Although this will make the CDS even worse, because the WB, like the IMF, is the “arm of evil”, but I think if anyone can use that position to do good on a massive scale it is Hillary!

      And I hope this means she is running for POTUS 2016!

      • djmm says:

        That would be fascinating! Watch the MSM heads figuratively explode. They have a hard enough time when they have to praise her now.


        • votermom says:

          I don’t want to jinx this, but I can’t help imagining a WB Pres Hillary meeting POTUS Sarah.

          It will be like scanners on tv when tweety’s brains go splat!!!!!

  14. Three Wickets says:

    Why doesn’t the NYTimes and WaPo call for more investigation into Obama’s past. Would seem like the fair thing to do.

    • ralphb says:

      Funny comment

      Rumor has it that Palin has a half sister living in a shoebox just outside of Lagos.

  15. Karma says:

    Great post.

    I have also noticed the media pushing the WH line, yet again, that they would love to run against Palin. Yeah, sure….instead of the flip-flopping doormat who negates Obamacare.

  16. votermom says:

    hillaryis44 has a great post today, which includes this nugget:

    But not to worry. Barack Obama has his priorities:

    “At some point during the first two years of his administration, President Obama stopped receiving the daily economic briefing that he requested when he took office.”

  17. votermom says:

    Uppity noticed the Obama pic that is on the WH site. LOL

  18. votermom says:

    WaPo doubles down. The WaPo ombudsman defends their “crowd-sourcing” idea, and the first sentence in his post, I am not kidding, is this:

    Sarah Palin and her e-mails are just too darn irresistible.

    Yup, this is all her own irresistable, immodest, sack-of-sin fault, tempting virtuous men to fall from grace. Stone her.

  19. Mr. Mike says:

    When will people wise up to the canard of a Liberal media?

    Looking back it’s obvious that they are corporate shills and nothing more.

    They tried to get Bill Clinton impeached.

    They smeared Al Gore to the point where George Bush “won” in 2000. This included ignoring the skeletons in Bush’s closet.

    They swift boated John Kerry.

    They did a number on Hillary during the primaries while glossing over Obama serious flaws.

    It’s not that journalists have become any more despicable it’s just that there are fewer and they are corporate lackeys.

    • Don’t forget, they did a hell of a sales job and helped get us into Iraq. There’s no journalism, there’s no goal of finding the truth and informing the public, there’s no goal of supporting this country in any way shape or form. They’re corporations for themselves and their partners, promoting what will make them and their partners more money and power. Corporations with all the power, pulling all the strings, running and controlling everything. There’s a word for that. Fascism. Welcome to the new world order.

      • ralphb says:

        They’re destroying themselves as credible media as more and more people see right through their lies. The only question seems to be will they destroy us before their own demise?

  20. votermom says:

    I remember when Shakesville did a sexism watch on Hillary and on Palin in 2008.
    Somehow I doubt she will be doing another sexism watch on Palin in 2012.

    Sarah Palin’s emails during her time as governor of Alaska are finally to be released in accordance with a Freedom of Information Act request:

    I am quite looking forward to (and fully expect) information that will further discredit Palin, even among her waning numbers of supporters, as a serious contender for the presidency. I am not looking forward to the enormous heaploads of revolting misogyny and classism which will indubitably accompany that information and the subsequent discussion.

    It’s really very sad when a self-proclaimed feminist blogger can’t see the inherent unfairness of the “vetting” Sarah Palin gets from the media compared to any.other.single.male.public.figure.

    She ends with

    Those distinctions aren’t all that hard, given a modicum of effort and the willingness to not lazily rely on misogynist and classist narratives as substitute for substantive critique of a terrible candidate.

    Really, Melissa? In what alternate universe do you expect us to see this happen?
    But that’s fine, just watch on the sidelines as another powerful woman endures a public stoning; at least your hands are clean.

    • Apparently public stoning is always fine when it’s a woman being stoned. And as we’ve seen, it has absolutely nothing to do with politics since we’ve seen the same with both Hillary and Palin. It’s sad to see people that purport to be liberal and feminists especially to not see what’s going on. Message: if you’re a woman, you’re not allowed in the halls of power. Period.

    • jjmtacoma says:

      I started to leave a comment there – but there was just something so creepy about wanting to sniff though SP’s email…

      Following on the heels of creepy sexting / underwear stories… I really wish the so called Left would stay focussed on the economy, jobs and healthcare.

      We are so distracted, we are like babies getting into something who can be distracted away with a new toy.

  21. ralphb says:

    IMHO, Hillary’s worst critics were the women and the same seems to be true of Sarah. I don’t understand it at all!

    • jjmtacoma says:

      There are only a few women with a voice (comparitively speaking), but when they bash other women it does get traction as an example justifying the behavior of the men also bashing.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think the cattiness comes out when women envy women who are prettier, smarter, more successful, have great kids and a studly husband. Fortunately, I like Hill and Sarah 😀 I choose to be inspired by them, not threatened !

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