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To Sexist AP, HuffPo Inanely Bashing Palin Is More Important Than Helping Haiti

Every time I think that the “Press” can’t sink any lower than the rock bottom they’ve already hit, they somehow manage to burrow themselves further into the earth’s mantle. As is so often the case, this most recent gutter-dwelling example has to do with Sarah Palin, who dared to go on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. This does not suit! You see, how can the Press feel all holier-than-thou and better than Sarah Palin – and her fellow rubes – when she is out helping people in Haiti, while they are sitting at home and sipping their soy lattes? I mean, you can’t even see their super awesome and caring “cause ribbons” in print. Plus, she’s just a girl and not the right kind of girl; she embraces motherhood and doesn’t hyphenate her name. She doesn’t even limit herself to caring only about topics that women are assigned to caring about by the left. This aggression cannot stand.

So, they fall back on sneering contempt, mixed with insanity and outright lies. While that is what they are best at, even that no longer works. A funny little thing happened to their ability to do so: the absolute moral insolvency of the Fourth Estate is now apparent to most and citizens are now finding the truth for themselves. This again happened on Monday, when the AP ran this picture and caption:

“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010….”

What the photographer purposely neglects to mention is that the woman fixing Palin’s hair is her daughter, Bristol. She is clearly seen in the following photograph, as also noted by Free Republic:

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

That’s right, what the Palin-hating AP and others fail to report is that the “hair stylist” is Bristol Palin.

Bristol Palin was fixing a loose clip or an errant strand of hair for her mother. The photographer quite clearly knew that, having taken the picture and having actually looked through the lens at the people whose photo he was taking. He managed to identify Todd Palin, yet purposely did not identify Bristol.

There are a couple of things clearly on display here. Firstly, the oh-so-tolerant and loving Left is anything but. It’s far easier to mock and bash Sarah Palin than to actually, you know, do anything to help. Secondly, their blatant sexism, particularly against conservative women (femininity with smarts and strength is icky), has once again been exposed for all to see. I suppose we are to just be grateful that the media didn’t get all atwitter, contemplating boob jobs, like they did last time Palin was photographed in a t-shirt. The Daily Mail picked up on the “let’s totally lie to fit our delusional narrative” line with an article titled Ready for Her Close Up…Sarah Palin Lands in Haiti (where they don’t care what her hair looks like).

Michael Shaw at The Huffington Post went one further with one of the most dreck-filled “articles” I’ve read in a good while. And that’s saying something. I hesitate to quote too much of it, just to be safe, on the off-chance that cuckoo-pants may be catching. But, here are some highlights lowlights:

If I find the fantastically clever Sarah Palin to be one of the shallowest and blatantly self-serving politicians, err, political celebrities I’ve ever seen, it doesn’t stop me from taking pause upon seeing these AP shots from Franklin Graham’s cholera treatment center in Haiti.

Damn right it’s revolting seeing Sarah getting her hair made up like this field hospital is her movie set –

I’ll translate: Shallowest, self-serving and political celebrities – that’s all code for dares to be attractive and feminine. In the mind of a leftist, women really shouldn’t be taken seriously. They are only tolerated if they allow themselves to be useful idiots and talk the leftist talk and walk the leftist walk. “Revolting seeing Sarah getting her hair made up” – this is also code for “she’s just a dumb broad.” However, it’s also a case of projection. What’s really revolting is that someone sitting on his fanny is mocking someone who is visiting and trying to bring aid and comfort to cholera patients at a field hospital.

Shaw then drifts into even more inane, and insane, territory. I know. But, it’s true:

And then, the multiple shots of Sarah sanitizing and washing her hands suggests the former Gov is primarily concerned, above all humanitarian else, about catching something.

There are two questions I can’t quite answer, however. 1.) Compassion notwithstanding, could these exact same images have been created if it was Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary or Nancy Pelosi moving around this camp with media in tow over the same afternoon?

She’s concerned about “catching something”? She’s there. Where are you, Mr. Shaw? Furthermore, I’m no fancy-pants journalist who talks out of my cushy and judgmental hindquarters. So, I did a little something called a google search to confirm my common sense (common sense is hard for the Left) suspicions; washing and sanitizing hands after being in contact with people infected with cholera is a way to, you know, stop the transmission and spreading of cholera. It’s what one is supposed to do.

And I’ll answer your idiotic question, Mr. Shaw. No, those same images would not have been created, were it Biden or Bill Clinton. Nor even Barack Obama, if you could get him off the golf course long enough. And, even then, he’d probably just outsource to Bill Clinton again, anyway. No such images nor captions would be created because you’ll never see a caption purposely meant to diminish or demean, based on gender, underneath the photo of a male politician. A photo of Obama, say, having his tie fixed, would never say something like “Barack Obama has wardrobe styling done during visit.” And any pictures of Joe Biden having his hair fixed would be photos taken at the Hair Club for Men.

Plus, Sarah Palin is the one with the spine; Bill Clinton, in fact, canceled his planned trip to Haiti because it was too scary.

Shaw goes on to try to explain away the fact that the “hair stylist” in the picture was revealed to be Bristol by claiming that somehow shows media bias in favor of Palin. Or something. I’m not really sure, as I lost my cuckoo-pants to English dictionary.

In any event, keep lying and bashing, Mr. Shaw and your fellow travelers. Lie and bash like the wind.

It only makes Palin stronger. I’m sure the people of Haiti are taking comfort from that strength. I’m also certain that she, and all the others on this humanitarian trip at whom you sneer from the comfort of your own sanctimony, will do more in one day to aid others than you will do your entire life. See, people can’t really subsist on shiny, self-congratulatory “cause ribbons.”

Nor on Smug ™.

Cross-posted from Big Journalism

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  • victorerimita

    This mockery by the Cool Kids in the legacy media and celebrity culture has actually fed Palin’s popularity, which is in part a reaction against precisely the kind of adolescent contempt displayed by “elites” toward flyover hillbillies. This has also been a major factor in the growth of the so-called “Tea Party movement,” which is in fact far larger than the actual Tea Parties themselves and is in large part fueled by revulsion at elite contempt and posturing. Being called racists and Nazis and violent rubes has done wonders to awaken still-somnolent voters to the ways of the Cool Kid culture. They realize that if they are lying about me, they are probably lying about everything and everyone else, too.

    Palin knows this well. It was her in-your-face convention speech in 2008, which poked the media, poked Obama’s godlike branding (“just like a community organizer, except with actual responsibilities”) and poked in general the Cool Kids’ self image that created the rabid anti-Palin hysteria to begin with. But it also did much to establish her appeal to her supporters. She leverages off this kind of stuff all the time.

  • tom kinney

    RNC, not DNC, duh!

  • tom kinney

    Palin is the left’s rorchach upon which they daily chart the terms of their own doom. Look at Daily Beast or WaPo; they have daily Palin posts. Typically, an obsession is seen as an instance of some degree of mental instability, but they seem not to notice. Blatant blatherings from these supposed pillars of the media spells their impending (lay) apocalypse–but they seem not to notice.

    It makes one wonder if we haven’t passed a tipping point of culture collapse. Nero’s fiddling seems a sane response to his circumstances when compared with this savaging of someone who is an almost irrelevant character in Ms. Palin.

    If their goal is to goad us into nominating her–a comspiracy that would require far more smarts than they possess–it’s working. I don’t want her running for president, not because I don’t think she has unbelievably shrewd political instincts. She’s uncanny that way. But because she has not conquered the global perspective required for the job. As DNC chairman or just doing what she is now doing is an appropriate application of her abilities. But it so enrages me to see this indiscriminate ravaging of her and her family that it forces me further into her corner than I want to be.

    I’d resent that far more were it not a sure sign of the impending (lay) liberal apocalypse. I’m looking forward to the next generation of Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) and its defintion of liberalism as a form of mental disorder. That should put all this nonsense into context.

  • radishthegreat

    Next up, the attacks on Bristol Palin for touching someone’s hair without holding a valid cosmetology license.

    The sick, sad part of this story is: if Sarah Palin had been photographed with an “errant strand” the same outlets ginning up the fauxrage about a “hairdresser” would be snarking about how she looked slovenly. They’re mentally incapable of anything but superficial pettiness.