I started reading the Vanity Fair hit piece on Sarah Palin yesterday. I printed the thing out and carried it around, reading whenever I could catch a few moments.
Like Pundette, I've stayed out of the Palin fray. I've been reluctant to confront the many Palin bashers out there, and there ARE so many of them. Andrew Sullivan is simply delusional about her and Stacy McCain does a great job smacking him down when needed. And there were plenty of people available to smack down the nasty blogger who distored pictures of Trig Palin with her Photoshop "skills".
Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan blasted the MSM for failing to get the details on Trig Palin's birth. He concluded his post with "I believed then and I believe now that the MSM is too concerened with their own reputations and too deferent to power to even ask the questions. Which is another betrayal of their core purpose. And why they are dying. And deserve to."
"Too concerned with their own reputations"? Really!? Wow. I haven't noticed the MSM displaying a lot of concern with their reputation as they fawn and slobber over every move Obama makes. That doesn't do much, in my eyes, for their reputation as serious journalists, but as Sullivan sees it, maybe if they asked Sarah Palin about her uterus they'd be more professional.
As for Todd Purdum's Vanity Fair piece, I'm still trudging through it. What I've read so far is vapid and adds nothing new to the Palin story. Purdum holds off until paragraph three before his first nasty jab, "What does her prominence say about the importance of having (or lacking) a record of achievement in public life?" I could be mistaken, but I thought being governor of a state indicated some level of achievement.
The double standard is most obvious when he says, in the same paragraph, that John McCain was crazy in picking "a person whose utter shortage of qualification for her proposed job all but disqualified him for his". I believe she had as many qualifications for the job she was seeking as Obama had for the job he was seeking. But, that's just a rehash of what we all talked about during the campaign which is all this article really is.
By paragraphs six and seven (page 3), Palin is described as an "indisputably fertile female" and shows "deep ignorance" about foreign and domestic policy. We only paid attention to her on the national stage because she's good looking. Purdum tells us this is a "pheromonal reality."
That's when I had to take a break. I'll keep plodding through it until I can't take any more. Why are people so delusional about Sarah Palin? Is it because she's threatening? Interesting? Intimidating? If she's so insignificant and ignorant, why are people still writing about her in this way rather than just letting her "go home, keep her head down" and do her job?