Palin-Hate in Industrial Strength Form

The Other Half of what you Read

You know, the media never really changes.  In the wake of Sarah Palin’s announcement on October 5th that she would not be seeking the GOP nomination for President, the leftist media chortled and guffawed, and played out their sarcastic hatred of pro-Palin people, conjecturing that the pro-Palin blogosphere might now die, due to the loss of their raison d’être.  Of course, those of us in the blogosphere who have been advocates of Palin’s candidacy and her political ideas knew that this had been nonsense, but it hasn’t done the first thing to diminish the vile garbage being cranked out by the Palin-Hate crowd.  Still looking for justifications for their own existence, the Palin-Hate crowd simply can’t let go.  Long-time Palin-hater, Craig Medred, writing in the Alaska Dispatch, simply couldn’t walk away.  If you ever wanted to see a person scrambling to retain some relevance, this guy is the prototype.  In an anti-Palin screed yesterday, he assailed Palin for her criticisms of politicians who profit from their positions, calling her a hypocrite.  While Sarah Palin may not be running for office, Medred hasn’t noticed and his attacks upon Palin are really just his last-ditch effort to maintain some relevance.

The particular object of his rage (this time) is Sarah Palin’s excellent column carried earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal.  Palin’s basic premise had been that politicians in Washington DC use their positions, and the insider information they thereby derive to enrich themselves in a manner that would be illegal for the rest of us.  She specifically focused on the case laid out in Peter Schweizer’s new book Throw Them All Out, and referenced the sad state of affairs that permits DC insiders to profit unjustly while writing the laws that ultimately produce some of those profits.  Her point was simple: If you or I did this, it would result in a term in jail.  When Congressmen do this, it’s “no big deal.”  It’s an eye-opening book, and Palin’s intention was to clearly outline the problem for the American people, who may not understand how deep the corruption really is.

Medred couldn’t take this lying down, since Palin can never be permitted to be seen as anything but an object of hatred.  To let her make the moral case would be to surrender to her the high ground, and of course, no leftist on the planet could possibly countenance that.  He opened his piece [of garbage] with the following:

Finally former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found a subject on which she can truly comment as an expert, the profits to be made in politics in America today.

This is how she (or her ghost writer) sums up things in The Wall Street Journal:

Notice how he immediately misdirects his audience?  He says “profit from politics” as though all profits are equal, and that profits a person derives after their political career are exactly the same as those made while holding office?  Politicians have traditionally made money selling books, making speeches, and making appearances after their elected careers have ended.  Everybody has to make a living, and I honestly don’t think the American people begrudge the retired politician this sort of “profit.”  What the American people do hold in contempt is the politician who is actively using his office, while occupying it, to write laws favorable to buddies in industry, or to use insider information to which only Congress members have ready access, and leverage that information into personal profit.  Let us not then pretend that all profits are equal.  Some are justly earned, and some are not.  Setting up this false equivalence is Medred’s first glaring bit of dishonesty.  He immediately follows this with a smear about Palin, and whether she had herself written the article, going out of his way to imply the article may have been ghost-written.

Governor Palin has been writing some excellent and informative articles for quite some time.  Of all the one’s I’ve read, they seem very much to have been written in her voice.  They have been of high quality, concisely detailing the points she wished to make.  While I suppose it would be possible that everything she’s ever published had been ghost-written, I seriously doubt it.  It raises a larger question for Mr. Medred, however:  Who is ghost-writing for him?  His mechanical diatribes seem to have been concocted by the same purveyors of filth who spread gossip about the Palins on a dozen leftwing websites, so I’m now wondering: Is his column just an auto-pen for leftist hatemongers?  It surely seems that way:

How do politicians who arrive in Juneau, Alaska, as women of modest means leave as millionaires?

Well, let’s see: They use their beauty-pageant-trained charms on some old, white-guy conservatives who convince an only-slight-short-of-wholly-whacked-out U.S. senator from Arizona to pick her as his vice-presidential running mate in a failed bid for the presidency. And then she goes on the campaign trail to endear herself to a certain segment of America that really hates the black guy who’s been “pallin’ around with terrorists.” All of which builds her a political base to pay to watch her nonsensical mumblings on Fox News and buy a who-cares book.

Here we find the real source of Medred’s hatred:  Sarah Palin has sold more books than he, and it frankly causes him to be incensed. No, he doesn’t say that directly, but this paragraph drips with the condescension of a man moved by envy.  In short, he hates Palin because she’s popular with the people, and either of her books have more readers than the total of all the hate-filled columns with which he’s littered the world.  His hatred is also prefaced by a lie:  He implies that Palin became governor as a woman of modest means and left that office rich as a result of the things she did as governor.  That’s a bold-faced lie, and he knows it, which is why he immediately shifts to envy-mode.

Of course, a troll like Medred can never be satisfied to hurl his lies and insults.  He has to invent controversies, and in the end, he does precisely that.  Claiming that Palin somehow used her office to the benefit of the fishing industry, in which her husband works, he makes this ludicrous assertion:

Palin didn’t spend her political career fighting corruption. And the Palin administration was all about cronyism. The big oil companies in Alaska did, and to some extent still do, carry undue influence with Alaska politicians. But it’s nothing compared to the influence of commercial fishing interests in the fishing industry off the coast of the 49th state.The fishing interests have the kind of influence the oil companies can only dream about.

Did Palin ever try to do anything to fix this? Anything?

Well, of course, not. Her hubby is in the fishing business. Protecting his interests was more important than protecting the public’s interest.

It’s cronyism at the fundamental level.

It’s bad enough to attempt to created twisted, tortured linkages to unsubstantiated conspiracies, but this latest among Medred’s Palin conspiracy theories takes the cake.   Apparently, in his view, Palin didn’t do enough by “merely” tackling the oil companies’ iron-fisted grip on Alaska politics.  According to Medred, she should have taken on another industry, and of course, we’re led to believe, he’d have been right there supporting her all the way, right?  Medred also ignores the fact that Todd Palin had also worked in the oil industry.  According to his conspiratorial view of Sarah Palin’s “cronyism,” she shouldn’t have tackled that industry either.

It’s nonsense, but I suspect that if you have spent any time reading Medred or the AlaskaDispatch, you’re already aware of the nature of their Palin coverage.


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11 Responses to Palin-Hate in Industrial Strength Form

  1. Anne says:

    McQuaid, Parker, Medred. There is a pattern developing, ala the journolisters.

  2. Jenny Noles says:

    You can always tell when the Guv hits a raw nerve. Thank you Mr. America for defending and standing up for her.

  3. Laurie says:

    I get so sick of this kind of journalism. I don't get it. You identify it well Mark,,,but I still don't get it.

  4. Fred says:

    Craig Medred- Does he also write for the rags sitting on supremarket shelves? He puts out garbage, and expects decent people to eat it? I can't believe that I as a Viet Nam veteran and an independant contractor in Iraq, come home to this! I believe he is as treasonous as the 535 traitors we have in office. I will support Sarah Palin til I die, or die trying. What can we do NOW to get them out? I feel if we wait any longer, they will rape this country like we've never seen.We needx to get them out. It would be nice if we could find a way to reign in the media, and make the newcomers pass some kind of vetting that includes ETHICAL journalism. You really do a great job, Mark. I'm a faithful reader of your blogs. Keep up the great work!
    Fred Fouche'

  5. akismet-fb0df5f56fb9 says:

    Palin Derangement Syndrome – so many suffer from it, we have to pray that these poor tortured souls can get the help they need:

  6. Bill Metzger says:

    To me it's simple. It's her sincerity. People like this Medred fella are cynicakl to thier very core. They will always hate anyone they see being percieved as pure of puyrpose and sincere. Aways! They cannot admit to it because it somehow denies thier cynicism. don't know if I speeled that right and dont have time for the dictionary right now and who cares — my point is clear.

  7. C.A. Bamford says:

    Not surprising that Craig doesn't know the difference between someone earning money the old fasioned way (they EARN it) and corrupt politicians who game the system to rip off tax payers, and use (or create) insider information to pad their bottom lines.
    Did he miss the fact that Palin never took a dime she wasn't entitiled to, and gave back much of what she was entitled to?

    I am concerned, however, that no one has seen fit to look into the highly influential fishing industry that has been cozying up to the Obama White House in order to get millions of taxpayer dollars to fund their failing businesses…oh, wait. That was Solyndra… Seems old Medred has jumped the shark (once again) on this one.

  8. jerseyflash says:

    Once again Mark, GOOD ARTICLE-The problem with MEDRED is that he can't believe that Sarah is now writing for the WSJ and he is still stuck in the FREAK-IN igloo, better known as the Alaskan AS@ WIPE.
    After 3 plus years of this stupid SH@T, I have become bullet-proof. I hope EVERYONE reads my comment-because I'm going to say it AGAIN. Tell Sarah to read her own writings and WATCH her interviews, then have someone ask her "Would you vote for that person, if she ran for President " In 2008 Sarah had a meeting with GOD and her family. They BOTH told her to run with McRino for the White House. Sarah and McRino were going to drain the SWAMP and drive the CAR out of the ditch. Only God can see the future-he knew what was in store for Sarah, Sarah had to know what was in store for Sarah….. WHAT CHANGED.
    8 YEARS AS VP then 8 YEARS AS PRESIDENT………That's 16 YEARS in that SWAMP that she was going to drain……….We talk about getting her back in the game……..THEN DO TV add's and flood her viewer market…
    Get Bannon to put something together…….he spend a million plus to have the general public see the good she did……you convinced us, now go and convince Sarah.

  9. mytorpor says:

    I hope this article can be put into a widely read Alaskan paper! It is about time someone with your gift for words starts fighting back, not just on the net, but on TV, in print and through the air waves. We must expose every one of these sick trolls for what they are or they take the techniques they used against Palin to new heights against every candidate they take a hate to!

  10. Gwen says:

    Typical liberalism, all emotion(hate) no substance!

  11. mchill says:

    Our suspect in this case is a poor unfortunate shlub who cannot defend his own ideals, because he has none. His crime in this case is that he is stuck in 19th century ideas of the role of the press. It is true that most 'reformers' and reform policies grow stale and out of date. It is true that even the best of them run out of fresh ideas not long after they achieve the underlying goal of being the individual or party in charge. But that was obliterated by Sarah Palins career. She got in made the changes in the interests of the people and got out. She has raised the bar for all reformers – and breathed new life into the idea, too long forgotten of 'Citizen Politicians' that will willingly run for change, make the change and get out of the way. She is practically the only living example of the beauty of the concept, and is therefore precious to people who value their freedoms, and true progress.

    Progress should mean an improvement for all – Where the liberals have twisted it into meaning progress for the least of us, Sarah believes you can only claim progress when you lift the level of all the boats in the water, It is only the irrational that believe that by pushing some boats down you elevate others – it is both inane and insane.

    At some point in this discourse we need to bring up the problems Sarah had while in office, which ties into the current problems in Ohio, and Wisconsin…

    Sarah has become an advocate for returning powers to the States, but she also advocates reform on the State Level in order that 'true reformers' and 'citizen politicians' get a real chance to affect positive change.]

    One of the reforms needed that is probably not on your 'National' list,
    Mark, would be reform of the 'recall' monkeyshines going on in Ohio and Wisconsin. We in the states need to make it a degree harder for
    opposition that has been proven again and again can muster 48percent of the vote will have to do a bit more than get signitures on a petition to demand a recall election. They should be made to pay to the state the cost of a seperate election to the state before the signiture petitions would be acceptable cause to initiate the election- the full cost for any recall name on the recall ballot. It should mean something that
    the candidates are elected to serve a term, and if the opposition feels it is that hazardous to the people of the state they should pay for the extra election, or wait out the cycle and run an opposition candidate – thats the American Way.

    Make them pay for any recall-special election, and limit the contribution per person so big money special interests cant buy 'protection' from reform – it should be a people process. This cant save reformers from 'big money' interests that also represent large numbers of citizens, but can cut some of the 'bad faith' players out of the game, and
    at the same time protect these same citizens from the siphoning off of State assets simply for the purpose of making reform cost too much money to be worthwhile

    Just my opinion, but I have given it much thought