Friday, 22 July 2011

Sarah Palin, journalist extraordinaire, will rescue the media

Sarah Palin was interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network and shared a few thoughts about the media and Twitter.

ABC reported it:

“Much of the mainstream media is already becoming so irrelevant because there is not balance,” she told CBN’s David Brody. “There is not truth coming out of mainstream media. And I know that first hand. I live with it every day.”

So do we, Sarah Palin, so do we. The truth about you is not coming out of the mainstream media, that's correct.

“I want to help them,” she added. “I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied.”

Did they teach you to write phony letters to newspapers to boost your own image and manipulate the discussions? Is that how the truth comes out?

Sarah Palin is fond of saying how much she knows about journalism: "I studied journalism - who, what, where, when, and why -- of reporting."

Here she tells Hannity about it:

Dear Sarah, you certainly stuck to the five Ws in your extensive journalistic career: Reading scores full of truth from a teleprompter. As a matter of fact, the only thing you know about journalism are those five Ws. You didn't need a college degree to learn about them...

It's hard to stay awake watching this video:

If you're such an accomplished journalist, why do you need ghostwriters to write your books and Facebook notes?

Sarah has mixed opinions about Twitter:

“I’m so thankful for the 140 characters, I’m going to use every single one of them.  If you go back and you look at my tweets for the most part, it's 140 characters on the nose. I want that space. I want to get that thought across. But really it's ridiculous.

We’ve been griping about it for years in the world of media, that a politician, any person cannot get a real idea across in a ten second soundbite. Why do you think we can get anything across in 140 characters? A lot of times, our tweets just create more confusion and more problems than they provide solutions.”

Which is which, Sarah? Are tweets something to be thankful for, 140 characters on the nose, or are they ridiculous, create more confusion and cause problems?

The Quitter feed is very interesting (H/T to Brian for "Quitter feed"):

Great stuff! Right on the nose. New words come so easily to Sarah Palin...

Oops! The next tweet was still incorrect...

Yes, I see why they're confusing.

Sarah, your command of the English language is startling. Your degree in journalism has been immensely useful: It has helped to you articulate clear thoughts and to use words appropriately (when they exist). Here are a couple of examples:

State of the Union

VAN SUSTEREN: And Governor Palin, in terms of the speech, do you think he managed to reach across the aisle, even though you used the word "lecture," are any Republicans persuaded, let's try to work together?

PALIN: Not necessarily Greta, because the remembrance here has got to be that he and the Democrats, they've been in charge of Washington this last year. So the common sense reforms that he is looking to Republicans to join him on, he could have implemented many of those "common sense," as he calls them, reforms all along. Nothing has stopped him from doing that.


"I tell ya, this is why people are disenchanted and becoming more and more disengaged really from what their government is doing because when we see an issue like this, words spoken that may not be true, coming from our president, and embarrassing our Supreme Court and not respecting the separation of powers... Since August more Americans have paid more attention to the (health care) bill and more Americans are becoming more concerned. It hadn’t been a matter of he not being able to explain his policy with government take over and mandation of health care, but Americans understanding what is in there not liking it."

I'm sure the media will be eternally grateful for your help, Sarah Palin.