What Media Bias?

Simply wonderful reaction to the rabid attacks on Governor Palin, as reported by Rasmussen Reports:

Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.

This is pretty much the reaction that most Republicans have been expecting — the obvious character assassination attempts will hurt the Democrats more than help them.

H/T: Allahpundit

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2 comments so far

  1. amanda on

    I was under the impression that people are just concerned that she’s under investigation, allegedly attempted to have books banned in her hometown, actually RAISED taxes while she was mayor, brought in huge earmarks for her town and is now steadfastly against them, and if elected would be very close to the presidency but cannot name a single foreign policy decision ever made in office (see the CNN interview from 1 september with tucker from the McCain/Palin campaign on YouTube). I don’t see how those issues are simply assassination attempts – I thought that they were legitimate concerns about her policy history and, in terms of the current investigation, her personal ethics while in office. I’m a girl, and totally a feminist, but she doesn’t get to cry foul or ‘don’t pick on the girl’ when what is being questioned is her policy. if you want to complain about anything said about her family, that’s fine – Obama’s right – that SHOULD be off-limits.

  2. Sockpuppet on

    …except that’s not what seems to concern people so much. They talk about her daughter being pregnant, accuse her of faking her own pregnancy to cover and even badmouth her hair. Those are not legitimate concerns.

    As for you specific points, consider for a moment:

    Palin is under investigation for dismissing the commissioner of public safety after he refused to terminate a state trooper who used a tazer on his 10-year old son, drank beer in his patrol car threatened to shoot Palin’s father.

    Palin “allegedly” asked about banning certain books in Alaskan libraries, but never went through with the idea. The librarian she “allegedly” asked about it has not been interviewed.

    Palin turned away from earmarks after abandoning a ridiculous bridge project two years ago. That same year, Obama requested hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks, including $1 million for new hospital pavilion for his wife’s workplace, and hasn’t stopped since.

    Palin CUT property taxes by 40% as a mayor. The supposed tax increase was an increase in the royalties that oil companies pay for drilling on Alaskan land.

    My response to the point about experience is just a reiteration of my last post — if McCain is elected, there is a 10-27% chance (supposedly) of a president with no foreign policy experience. If Obama is elected, there is a 100% chance of a president with no foreign policy experience.

    Finally, Republicans are “crying foul” over analysts commenting that Palin’s potential vice-presidency “raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child” and similar. I, too, consider that foul play, and Obama, Biden and the Clintons have said as much themselves.


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