They kicked her around, victimized her, tried to destroy her. But all of a sudden, the lamestream media is coming to Sarah Palin’s defense.
Faced with a barrage of negative portrayals — a much-hyped investigative book, a Levi Johnston memoir and a new movie — Palin is finding support in the unlikeliest of places.
Film reviewers have slammed the British documentary “Sarah Palin: You Betcha!”
Newspapers have refused
to run comic-strip excerpts of Joe McGinniss’s rumor-mongering tome
“The Rogue.” Johnston’s accusations have been consigned to the gossip
pages. And none other than The New York Times has angrily taken Palin’s
side in a brutal takedown of the McGinniss book.
Reviewer Janet Maslin called
“The Rogue” a work of “caustic, unsubstantiated gossip,” accusing its
author, who rented a house next door to the Palins for a time, of
sloppiness, attention seeking and a lack of neighborliness.
“‘The Rogue’ is too busy being nasty to be lucid,” Maslin concludes, describing its many accusations as “indefensibly reckless.”
In a statement issued through a PR representative, Todd Palin
trumpeted the Times review, pointing to it as proof that the book was so
reprehensible that “even The New York Times” disdained it.
But it wasn’t the first time in recent weeks the Palins have found
the Times — the print voice of East Coast intellectualism — in their
corner. The Gray Lady also recently published an op-ed praising Palin as
a person of ideas and calling for her to be taken seriously.
The column by Anand Giridharadas — impeccably credentialed as an
Aspen Institute fellow and Cambridge, Mass., resident — accused the
media of “ignoring the ideas [Palin] unfurled” in her recent speech at
an Iowa tea party rally. “Ms. Palin may be hinting at a new political
alignment that would pit a vigorous localism against a kind of
national-global institutionalism,” he wrote. (Continues here)