Politico’s persecution of Sarah Palin [Reader Post]


And Politico effectively joins Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Politico’s increasingly leftward lean has finally caused it to fall over entirely. The sheer volume of anti-Palin stories over the last week was breathtaking. It’s clear that they have targeted Palin.

To wit:

First they were critical of Palin for not saying anything:

Tucson shooting presents 2012 test

Their widely divergent reactions — from Tim Pawlenty’s subtle distancing from his beleaguered rival, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; to her virtual disappearance; to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s feeding of the right-wing base — are telling for what they show about the pols’ potential roles in the GOP field and their distinctive political temperaments.

Then Politico set her up as the fall guy

Patrick Kennedy points finger at Sarah Palin

“When Sarah Palin puts targets on people’s districts? Or you have 10,000 signs on the mall during the healthcare battle saying ‘Bury Obamacare with Kennedy’? When the vitriol and the rhetoric is so violent, we have to connect consequences to that.” said Kennedy, who left congress two weeks ago after serving eight terms representing Rhode Island.

Then as soon as Palin opened her mouth, they set loose the dogs of hell.

Sarah Palin grabs spotlight with ‘blood libel’ video response

On a day that political leaders in Washington and Arizona devoted to honoring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of Saturday’s mass shooting in Tucson, Sarah Palin proved once again that her bully pulpit is second to none in commanding the attention and passions of the political world.

And they wrote of the umbrage of (left wing) Jewish groups at horrible the use of the phrase was:

Jewish Democrats jumped on her for using that highly charged term, which refers to the lie, long used as an excuse for persecution, that Jews make matzo — an unleavened bread — using the blood of Christian children. Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley, one of the House’s most prominent Jewish Democrats, described herself as “horrified and mystified” at Palin’s choice of words. “I’m horrified that she would use that phrase and mystified as to why.”

Then they doubled up on that one

Sarah Palin’s ‘blood libel’ claim draws criticism

Sarah Palin’s cry of “blood libel” touched off an immediate backlash from many Jewish Democrats and organizations who say it’s wrong to liken criticism of her to an anti-Semitic myth that sparked centuries of persecution.

Yet not once did Politico mention that Glenn Reynolds had used the phrase recently without the left wing brouhaha. They totally ignored Jim Geraghty, who pointed out just how common is the use of the phrase. No, only when Sarah Palin uses the term is it offensive.

Then Politico told us that Republicans were crushed by Palin’s response.

Republicans disappointed at Palin

“She would have done much better if she had just ridden above all the nonsense and the politics of the shooting, including all the references of her map.”

“She could have, and should have, set a different tone entirely. She did for 75 percent of the speech, but for 25 percent she did not,” Fleischer said.

And the pounding continued:

Palin’s 10 Red Herrings

Sarah Palin has continued and intensified the rhetorical strategy introduced by her supporters and surrogates in the wake of the Tucson tragedy. She’s offering a series of red herrings — distracting with concepts that are truthful, but irrelevant, to deflect from other issues or vulnerabilities. (The term originates with the practice of using cured fish to put hunting dogs off the track.

Of course, Captain America saved the day

Barack Obama takes opportunity Sarah Palin missed

In the span of a single news cycle, Republicans got a jarring reminder of two forces that could prevent them from retaking the presidency in next year.

At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation.


It’s difficult to imagine a starker contrast.

It is difficult to imagine a starker contrast- in coverage. Barack Obama did not take the incessant derision from the legacy media and pundits. Obama got a total pass from the left wing media for his violence-inspiring rhetoric. Not many were critical when the memorial for the shooting victims turned into a pep rally. The audience hollered for the One and booed AZ Governor Jan Brewer.

Politico even found that Palin is signaling to her anti-Semitic base:

Some say ‘blood libel’ signaled base

Sarah Palin’s use of the charged term “blood libel” may not have been an accidental blunder, but a deliberate “‘dog whistle” appeal to her evangelical Christian supporters for whom the expression has meaning, commentators and others are saying.

Taegan Goddard, founder of nonpartisan news site Political Wire, floated the idea after the release of Palin’s video remarks Wednesday, writing that “… while it’s not entirely clear what Palin intended, it’s possible she was trying to use dog whistle politics to speak to her religious base who often feel they’re an oppressed minority.”

The persecution of Palin by the Obama water carrying Journolistas at Politico has been noticed before and with some displeasure:

Politico might be an online publication, a part of the New Media, but when it comes to corrupted, left-wing arrogance they make the Washington Post look somewhat honest … somewhat. Part of the reason I reserve a special place in my heart to store up a unique resentment for all things Politico is due to the very fact that they practice their dark arts online. Like a toxic virus they spread over to the Internet where the right (by design) and the left (by accident) are trying to forever kill off the very thing Politico is — wolfish left-wing propagandists hidden in the sheeps’ clothing of “journalism.”

And yet these are the same bastards “journalists” who launched a smear attack on a private citizen for asking Their One a perfectly reasonable question, obsessed over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe (and yet ranked Obama being asked about his relationships with Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers as a 2008 top-ten ”media blunder“), and though they occasionally find Levi Johnston worthy of note, Department of Justice whistleblower, J. Christian Adams, remained a ghost up until and including Ben Smith’s factually challenged Nothing-To-See-Here gift to his embattled president.

Oh, and did you know that some of Politico’s “journalists” were members of Ezra Klein’s now infamous JournoList, including Mike Allen, Lisa Lerer, and Mr. Ben “I-Got-Yer-Back-Barack” Smith?

Politico’s persecution of Sarah Palin is having an (intended?) effect.

Death threats against Palin increase

Death threats against Sarah Palin have reached an unprecedented level in recent days, an aide says.

So how do the sensible, tolerant lefties respond to assertions that Palin used inflammatory language?

Twitter Users Wish Death on Sarah Palin from JoeKenha on Vimeo.

David Duke could have used the phrase “blood libel” and he would not have gotten the crap that was piled on Sarah Palin. Many have used the phrase without so much as a furrowed brow from the left. Democrats have used language not one iota different from that used by Palin but only when Palin does or says anything does it become a cause célèbre.

That’s persecution.

Somewhere, Josef Goebbels is smiling.


It’s not over yet!

Tucson shooting victim blames Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle

One of the wounded in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically injured is blaming Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Fox TV host Glenn Beck and former Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle for the tragedy.

“It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Eric Fuller said in an interview with Democracy NOW.

Fuller himself got arrested for threatening to kill the local Tea Party leader.

Trent Humphries, the Pima County tea party leader, stood up to speak during the event. He was being very respectful. Trent told the audience that before we start placing blame on individuals we need to get all the facts. Trent then told everyone that one of those killed during the shooting was his neighbor and that he was affected like everyone else by the tragedy… While Trent was speaking- And it was planned that he would speak- One member in the audience and reportedly one of the victims of the tragedy started screaming, “Trent Humphries you’re dead!” The police immediately escorted him out. On his way out he screamed, “You’re all whores.”

Politico made no mention of it.

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I believe that the American people are basically fair-minded, and the left’s (and the media’s) ferocious and manifestly unfair piling on of Palin, patently undeserved, will boomerang on the perpetrators, at least in the minds of conservatives and independents. She’ll get no support or sympathy from the denizens of the fever swamps of the loony left, of course, but nothing she or anyone else can do will win those people over. Trying to reason with them would be akin to administering medication to the dead.

Politico is the sanctuary where ex Washington Compost journolists go to die.Visited the site a few times, sensed the bias, had a long shower, and i have never been back since.

Well when you have a newspaper that is filled with former Washington ComPost “reporters,” what do you expect? I just don’t understand Fred Ryan allowing this to go on unabated. He is the CEO and co-founder of Politico and served as an adviser in the Reagan admin.

The liberals must be scared to death of this woman to continually go after her. She is unafraid. She is assertive, she is successful and she can put down a buck with one shot. Some men and women are intimidated . Go Sarah!

The media is a big part of the problem just like a wart, we all know that. What really bothers me as a woman, Latina, conservative and Catholic is the GOP’s attitude towards Palin. Like sharks, everybody is standing by the sidelines waiting for her downfall as well. At least I expected some gentlemen to get together, as a GOP, as Republicans, to say “ENOUGH!” because she is afterall, a fellow Republican and the ex-Governor of Alaska.

If they just wait and keep collecting from their PAC’s, well we know who is for self-interests and not of the Republic nor Americans that deserve to have their problems (job and economy) taken care of. Unfortunately, there are too many that decided to hide from this debacle in feeble attempts to appeal to the media.

Conservatives4Palin compliments, how nice!

Hugh Hewitt: Politico.com In The Left Ditch, Wheels Spinning: UPDATED: Flopping Aces Documents Politico’s Anti-Palin Bias
Update: (h/t Stacy) Dr. John at Flopping Aces has a piece today in which he painstakingly documents the bias Politico has exhibited this week against Governor Palin:
This is very well done. Go here to read the whole thing.


I too figured out a long time ago that Politico is biased and never go there and read anything they put out.

It’s not for nothing that so many have remarked that Politico should just change its name to Obamico and be done with it.

They continue to chip away at SP persona when in reality they are bringing attention to their horrible and decisve behavior. People are getting disgusted by the liberal mean spirited spin and it will show in the polls.

If Sarah Palin is such a light weight, bafoon, no-nothing, unaccomplished, uneducated, embarrassment, why does the left hate her so much? Why bother? I suspect, they think she could win (and she is everything they are not). Got to give the lady respect for all the crap she takes. I get the most disconcerted/distressed look from people, both Dems and Reps, when I ask them what are they going to do when their choice is Obama or Palin. Praying she/we make the right decision.

What oil guy said…I also dumped Powerline when they started dissing Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin is the real deal. Always has been and always will be. In the event she runs for President, I will support her with my time, my money, my Blog, my “boots on the ground.:

Well Gobbels said it best, a Lie spoken enough times eventually becomes the truth. That’s the mantra the MSM seems to be following. If they would shut up stop ranting against her they would find they were actually helping her media exposure.

If you think there was alot of talk and print about Sarah in the Tuscon shooting, wait until she says “I WILL” Buy stock in the INK COMPANY and watch the LOON’S eat there young.
Palin/Rubio 2012 & 2016 (Beauty-Brains & the best salesmen I’ve seen come down the pike in a long time)

@anticsrocks: Must have the same people that Diqus uses for their censorship software. I’ve had several Politico notes bounced for being inappropriate. Only times I never actually swore too, go figure.


If Sarah Palin is such a light weight, bafoon [sic], no-nothing [sic], unaccomplished, uneducated, embarrassment, why does the left hate her so much?

The left hates Sarah Palin BECAUSE she is a light weight, a buffoon, a know-nothing, unaccomplished, uneducated, and an embarrassment.

For example — Palin takes pride in the fact that she is not some fancy “Harvard educated lawyer”. She then goes on to act as if she knows something about the Founding Fathers. Uh, Sarah, hate to break this to you, but John Adams WAS A HARVARD EDUCATED LAWYER! And Madison went to Princeton, Jefferson attended William & Mary and founded U. Va., Alex. Hamilton and John Jay both attended Columbia. Only Washington and Franklin were uneducated. Washington did not go to college because of the death of his father. Franklin merely founded Penn and the Philadelphia library. So when all is said and done, the Founding Fathers, collectively, were very educated, attended what are now quote elite colleges, and were educated more in the mode of Barack Obama (who attended Columbia and Harvard Law) than Palin (who attended four fourth tier colleges in five years).

In addition, all but two of the GOPer presidents of the last 100 years attended the very kinds of elite schools (Amherst, Stanford, West Point, Duke, Yale, and Harvard) that the teabaggers deride so much. And Eisenhower was once president of Columbia! So Palin not only engages in a celebration of ignorance; but it even couched in ignorance of the background of the 20th and 21st century GOPer presidents, too!

And that is what the left fears: they FEAR is that someday she might worm her way into the presidency (not out of the question, since she ran for the No. 2 slot) and we will have that light weight, buffoonish, know-nothing, unaccomplished, uneducated embarrassment of a woman leading this country! Those who say Palin cannot get the GOP nomination simply don’t understand how weak the GOP presidential field is for 2012. And once you are in the presidential race, anything can happen.

Finally, when you claim “the left” does not like Palin, you are ignoring all the poling that shows that Palin has VERY HIGH negatives. She is simply not very popular in America . . . thank God, the American people see her for what she is: an under-educated, thin-skinned self-absorbed nincompoop.

B-ROB #18 Concur

B.W.#16 Rubio won’t run with Palin.I expect he’ll run in 2020 with a good chance of winning.

@rich wheeler:

You know my beef with Palin? She KNEW after the 2008 election that she was out of her depth. If she really wanted to be a serious person and a serious candidate, she would have stayed in office and tried to be the best governor in the USA. Or she should have gone to a think tank (Manhattan Institute, Hoover, Heritage, Cato, or American Enterprise Institute, for example) and spent time reading and thinking and learning about stuff. She could have then come on the scene after the 2010 elections and she would have been taken seriously EVEN IF SHE HAD NOT REALLY LEARNED ANYTHING! Just the effort would have impressed people.

But what did she do instead? She went Hollywood. Two fluffy self-aggrandizing books, two TV shows, kid on Dancing with the Stars, tweeting as incessantly as Kanye West, popping off on every subject that comes up, “endorsing” people like Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell (both embarrassments), and now this lame TV response on the shootings. When she wanted to learn about the European economic issues, she hires a freelance writer. She could have had ANYONE on the right — Holz-Eakins, Mankiw, Friedman — and probably a lot of people on the left, too, tutor her on the issues facing the European Union. But instead she hires someone she likes, a guy with no known expertise on the issues! At every turn, she has done the exact opposite of what she should have done if she were a serious presidential candidate.

And what is the result? She is over-exposed and is now a political celebrity, not unlike Ben Stein or Sean Penn. She is much less popular and less respected than she was two years ago. Karma . . . .

Newt just wants another chance to find another intern to fool around with, sure he marries them, but he also cheats on his wife while doing it, as for half-term Palin, well come on “Think Before Speaking”, not possible she just has defective genes.

Woops…..Montana the sockpuppet made it through the filter, back to the sewer for you.

What’s different about Juan Williams? [Reader Post]

B-Rob, I can see how the educated ones get so scare of a person with the gutts to speak the truth to AMERICANS, THIS TRUTH DOESN’T NEED MUCH EDUCATION, ONLY THE REAL FACTS,
and that’s what is missing in your life and those like you follow,
more and more AMERICA need a person to stand out with a caracter that no media can scare away,
the problem is who you read depend on who you follow and if you don’t have the gift of discernement,
at least look at the FACTS that SARAH PALIN bring about along with FOX news debates and BECK.
you will see the TRUTH, without the racist card, or profilling words of violence coming from the left,
all the time

1/19/2001 Pallin Favorable 38% Unfav. 56%. Her worst #’s EVER and its only gonna get worse as Gingrich and other Repubs. basically ask her to shut up for awhile.

Rich Wheeler, and you know why and who started this?
your side of the aisle, they are on her for a long time, and who is the shooter?
he’s on your side of the aisle, how low can your side has becomed, to lie enough to hurt an opponant,,
he said get on their faces and that tell me ,HE is responsible for a loony to do a job of the hate incitment that SARAH PALIN , receive still now, HE divide this country with his hate card and his racist card,
check it up

@rich wheeler:

1/19/2001 Pallin Favorable 38% Unfav. 56%. Her worst #’s EVER

So, Rich….you post the results of a weekend poll (which always tilt to the left) of 1,014 adults…not registered voters or likely voters…but adults….and we’re supposed to be impressed, swayed, or influenced by that?


Exit Questions: Where are the internals of this poll Rich? What are the ideologies of those who were polled?

Aye Internals? Obviously they didn’t poll enough F.A. bloggers.

Ms.Bees #25 What??

Hey Braindead Rob, you have no business criticizing anyone for being “out of their depth.”

@rich wheeler:


Come on now Rich…even you should have enough intellectual curiosity to want to analyze the numbers that you’re trying to foist upon us.

Furthermore, if the internals are being concealed then, somewhere within your brain, a little alarm bell should begin to ring.

If that’s not happening for you, then you should really sit back and ask yourself why.

Aye Obviously I’ m not now or ever have been as analytical as you.However, a good dose of common sense has held me in good stead and helped me succeed in arenas that were people based.I might add fitness and health have always been of great importance to me.

Common sense,along with ALL polls I’ve seen recently, I believe, tells us Sarah is CURRENTLY slipping badly in the eyes of the majority of American voters.You may not accept this. That’s cool.That’s why we have elections.