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September 05, 2008

Palin Now Viewed More Favorably Than McCain... and Obama

Actually, she's viewed more favorably than either man's high-water mark of favorability all this year. Superstahhh.

While you're at Patterico, just cruise the page. There's more on there lately than I can link.

Stubborn Facts refutes the media's insistence that Sarah Palin "came out of nowhere."

After documenting Palin's well-received appearances on TV and the growing enthusiasm for her as a pick -- Ross Douthat at the former respected general interest magazine turned gay gossip site The Atlantic, for example, expressed his increasing confidence she was a risk worth taking -- Stubborn Facsts writes:

So - decide for yourself. Did Palin's nomination "come out of nowhere"? And what does it say about the MSM that they thought it did?

It says they're hyperpartisan leftists, most of whose work is actually done for them by the DNC and David Axelrod. And, increasingly, by the Daily Kos, who publishes the stuff so depraved that the DNC and David Axelrod require an additional layer of insulation to hide their fingerprints.

If something's too vile for the DKM (Daily Kos Media) to publish, then just leak it to Kos first. Kos puts it up, his fellow leftists chatter about it endlessly, Andrew Sullivan injects into into the legitimate media by posting it at the gay gossip site The Atlantic, and then the media can report it, because now "everyone's talking about."

Once again, the anger: These people are being paid to follow trends in politics, including trends on the conservative side, and yet they absolutely refuse to read right leaning blogs even while being paid for their time.

If they had read right wing blogs, they'd have known that Sarah Palin had become a GOP hero the past six months over her tough, articulate advocacy on drilling, and many people were touting her as a Veep-pick. Including Beldar, and including that guy who set up the Draft Palin website.

Maybe if you stupid fuckers could tear yourself away from your precious Daily Kos and FireDogLake for two fucking seconds and do your jobs, these "out of left field" surprises wouldn't keep sneaking up on you.

McCain knew the Republican base loved Palin. He knew this because the blogosphere, acting as a large ad-hoc (self-selected) focus group, had already indicated its enthusiasm for the choice, and therefore, most likely, the enthusiasm of the base as a whole.

I had written to someone at camp McCain about the inadvisability of choosing Liebs as a running mate. "McCain is aware," I asked, "that Giuliani lost, and McCain won, largely on the abortion issue, isn't he?"

He didn't respond. But an hour after the Sarah Palin news was out in the media, he wrote back, faintly crowing:

"How do you like McCain's judgment now?"

Or words to that effect. He wasn't asking; he was gloating. The point is that he already knew this choice would go over well, and I wasn't even on the "Draft Palin" bandwagon. Not that I wasn't jazzed about her; I just didn't think it was likely enough to push.

Why is it that the news media -- supposedly highly professional objective journalists who have no overt partisanship, but are merely hounds for a "good story" -- cannot even stand to read right-wing blogs?

Or alternative (not liberal media of any kind for that matter-- apparently they don't even read or listen to Bill Fucking Kristol, who's as big a macher as you could want?

Surprising? Only to the eternally oblivious DKM, because they're so absurdly partisan they cannot even bear to read opinions from the conservaties they so loathe, even if doing so is in fact part of their general job description. And even if doing so would help them get a handle on their political enemies.

Every goddamned rumor or attack floated by TPM, Daily Kos, Greenwald, etc. the media knows about. Those blogs they're reading. Glenn Greenwald need only mention Joe Klein before Joe Klein is involved in a blog-feud with him.

I can call Joe Klein a diseased sodomite and there'll be no response -- because he doesn't even know about it. It's a right wing blog. No point reading it, and no point rebutting it -- our opinions don't matter.

Well, gotta tell you assholes, if you're supposedly non-partisan, or at least able to put partisanship aside when you do your work as you so often claim, you should be able to work through several hours a week keeping track on the right wing blogosphere (and not merely what you find out about the right wing blogosphere by reading the Daily Kos' claims about the right wing blogoshpere).

Even if you have to clench your teeth while doing so, you ought to be able to fucking hack it. No?

If you are so repulsed by conservative opinion you can't even bear to read an opinion different from your own when you are, I must stress, being paid to do so, forgive me if i doubt you can set such seething animus aside when typing up your stories Barack Obama campaign talking points.

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