We now have the ultimate proof that the sudden emergence of fraudulent conservative Donald Trump as a presidential “contender” has indeed sucked all the metaphorical oxygen out of the discussion of legitimate candidates. The E! Network just debuted its “Sarah Palin True Hollywood Story,” and hardly anyone in the news media seemed to care.
Just a few short months ago, such a scenario would have been almost unthinkable and I am sure that was a large part of the reason that the network decided to green light the project in the first place. Heck, has there ever been anything done of this magnitude on Sarah Palin and gotten less attention? I doubt it.
This is especially remarkable because, should Palin decide to run for president (I still think it is 60/40 that she will), this show targets the exact demographic with whom she will need to get a second chance in order to have a legitimate shot at beating President Obama: women who are not news junkies.
But even with the stakes legitimately high and the timing exceedingly relevant, the buzz created so far by the program has barely exceeded that of a typical Joe Biden appearance (one where he refrains from falling asleep or saying something criminally stupid).
There are many reasons for this and the media’s fixation on Trump is just one of them. Before I explain further, let me disclose that I was interviewed for the program and the memorable interview I did with Palin for my film “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted” was licensed by the producers and used extensively in the program (more on my interesting personal experience with the show later).
One of the many problems with this “documentary” is that it tries too hard to be “fair.” What I mean by that is that it takes an incredibly polarizing subject (Sarah Palin) and tries desperately to split the proverbial baby. Thus, the show neither pleases nor angers anyone.
Of course, we are taught that in journalism (if such a profession still exists) being “fair” is about as good as it gets, but I do not mean this analysis as a compliment. This is because the word “fair” has been co-opted within the news media to mean “the middle point between two different versions of the same story.”
This definition is the basis for much of the bias in the news media. It gets implemented this way: one side says two plus two equals four (or there abouts), while the other side claims two plus two actually equals something closer to fifty, and then the media declares that the “truth” must be somewhere in the middle. Of course this gives a massive advantage to the side that is the most extravagant liar, which, for many reasons, seems to usually benefit liberals.
I have no doubt that the “True Hollywood Story” producers thought the show they created was “fair” to Palin. One producer even e-mailed me during post-production to assure me that I would be “pleased” with the program.
After all, in most of the media Palin has been portrayed as an inept, uneducated, unintelligent extremist who is thoroughly corrupt (two plus two equals fifty), and since E! only made her look mildly unprepared, possibly crooked and overly ambitious, while also saying some very positive things about her, they were “easy” on her by comparison.
The fact that their “math” (two plus two equals about twenty-five) is still wrong is irrelevant to them. They came in between the conservative and liberal versions of Palin and therefore were “fair.” (Donald Trump seems to fully understand this rule, laughably claiming he is worth $8 billion so that the media will buy the already inflated estimates that he is worth $2 billion.)