Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Breitbart: How the MSM attempts to deny Sarah Palin's vindication

- by Josh Painter
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New Media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart explains how the media has been forced to change its narrative about Gov. Palin. The new narrative concedes that she was Good Sarah before being named as John McCain's running mate, but was somehow transformed into Bad Sarah during the 2008 campaign and remains Bad Sarah to this day. This narrative is, of course, has not a shred of truth in or about it. The Sarah Palin of today is the same Sarah Palin who effectively governed Alaska. The only thing which has changed is the media narrative, as they replaced their old lie with a new one:
So the mainstream media has invented a new meme with which to attack Sarah Palin. It started with Joshua Green’s article in the Atlantic a few weeks ago, in which he lamented “The Tragedy of Sarah Palin.”

Green wrote:
As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders. She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, its corrupt oil-and-gas politics…. And she succeeded to a remarkable extent in settling, at least for a time, what had seemed insoluble problems, in the process putting Alaska on a trajectory to financial well-being.
However, Green argued, Palin went wrong after 2008. She let her “worst impulses” take over. She “let herself be distracted by the many grievances she harbored against a wide range of enemies.” She “obsessed over her image, even more than most politicians.”

In this revision of revisionist history, the good Palin, which the mainstream media tried to suppress, somehow morphed into the bad Palin of their own creation.

A few conservatives have bought into this “Palin 2.0” meme. “How did a likable, consensus-oriented governor become such a divisive figure?” asked Michael Gerson this week in the Washington Post. (His colleagues know the answer.)

The truth is that there is no “Palin 2.0.” Sarah Palin today is the same woman she was then, albeit with more battle scars (many in the back). She has not changed her political principles or tactics. The same themes that leap off the screen in The Undefeated–her ethics, her fiscal conservatism, her commitment to the public interest–remain her creed today...

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

- JP
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