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Palinmania Breaking Out in Unexpected Places | Main | Childless Bachelor Mark Shields: Sarah Palin is Cruel for Exposing Her Daughter to the Hatred and Slanders Which I and My Media Friends Must Now Inflict Upon Her
September 03, 2008

National Enquirer Has Palinmania, Too: Hyping a Fairly Minor Story Into a Scandal that Will Rock America!!!

A vicious fight between Palin and Bristol!

Actually, Sarah Palin wanted Bristol to get married shortly after the Republican convention, the National Enquirer claims, and Bristol didn't.

My God. A mother and daughter fighting over wedding plans. And "pressure" involved in the whole situation!

Next coming scoop: Bristol doesn't think Levi is taking an "active enough" role in their wedding plans; thinks he spends too much time playing X-Box; couple fights about getting a 1988 Camaro Levi swears he'll "totally restore" or a "cute little Mini Cooper [she] saw listed on Craigslist."

Not sure what she's waiting for, but unless the Enquirer has a bit more than this, they really don't have much at all.

More tabloid nonsense, as Us Weekly, which didn't have any interest in the Edwards baby scandal (a real scandal, note), suddenly seems very interested in political baby stories.


Check that out. . Sarah Palin has taken exactly one bad picture in 25 years, and it just so happens that Jann Wenner used that for his "scoop."

By the way, Us Weekly is published by Jann Wenner, ultrapartisan Rolling Stone has-been best known for publishing reviews of Black Crowe albums written by college students, and one of its parent company's (Time-Warner) executives has been sending out helpful little emails to everyone pushing this US Weekly scoop. That executive used to work for the Clinton White House.

Hit Michelle's link above to see how they covered Barack Obama a couple of months ago. Layers.

Thanks to Allah and AQ.

The Tabloidization of Palin: The strategy is to deny her any credibility or gravitas by turning her into a tabloid soap-opera star.

Could it work? Sure, it could. But they have a lot running against them, too.

Let's sort of remind them:

Bristol Palin, a 17 year old girl, is not, in fact, running for Vice President, and probably is not even eligible for the position until she successfully passes Civic Studies.

I know Obama would like to run against Bristol Palin. He might actually have more experience and gravitas than she does.

Then again, she's quite young. In a few years, Barack will be salivating to run against Willow.

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