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The myth of Sarah Palin’s stupidity

In only the past couple days, just as the Republican presidential field seems to be forming the type of void that almost begs her to fill it, Sarah Palin has once again been called “stupid” in two high-profile media outlets.

The first came from one of the usual suspects, Chris Matthews and MSNBC, where the host dismissed Palin as having allegedly proven herself to be “profoundly stupid.”

The second occurred when the Huffington Post repeated a secondhand quote from an anonymous “Republican” who allegedly told a New York magazine reporter that Fox News head Roger Ailes “thinks” that Palin is “stupid” (just a day after Ailes himself, on the record, had mocked Matthews for the idiocy of his Palin statement).

As a veteran of the Palin media wars, part of me thinks that such allegations ought to be treated with all the credibility of a sixth-grade boy calling the girl he has a crush on “stupid.” After all, I thought we had put this Palin myth to bed when even Matt Lauer was forced to admit live on the Today Show that it was indeed a “lie” that the Palin whom he visited in Wasilla is unintelligent.

At the time, Lauer laughably told me that it was not necessary for him to correct his friends in the media because he didn’t think “everybody in the media ran out saying ‘Sarah Palin is an idiot.’” I thought then that Lauer actually somehow mistakenly bought into such an absurdity. Unless being forced to get up so early has finally eroded his ability to think for himself, I can’t believe that he still has that kind of blind faith in the media two years later.

So even though this is an argument that should have been easily won long ago, I still feel compelled, if only for the record, to once again separate fact from fiction.

With regard to Matthews’s specific allegation, it is just the latest in a long line of baseless attacks that the liberal host has made against Palin. At times it actually seems as if Matthews is obsessed with Palin (or at least the ratings which inevitably come with bashing her).

One of my biggest issues with Matthews here is that he never provides any real evidence to support the defamatory allegation that Palin isn’t intelligent. It is just accepted on MSNBC that it has already been proven beyond any doubt, much like the “fact” that President Obama is brilliant, that this is simply not worthy of any actual debate.

The other disgraceful element of Matthews’s anti-Palin crusade is that, just like this circumstance where his two guests were also decidedly anti-Palin, he rarely if ever even pretends to have on anyone who could possibly provide an alternative view (otherwise known as the truth).

Matthews grew up in Philadelphia in the same neighborhood as many members of my extended family and I have exchanged emails with him many times over the years. Despite this, he has never had the courage or fairness to have me on, and his program remains one of the very few cable news shows where I have never appeared to discuss/defend Palin.

Has cable news television really fallen so far that a host can constantly make gratuitous attacks against someone without even being compelled to have a guest on to provide the other side? Apparently, at least at MSNBC, it has.

As for the New York magazine quote alleging Palin’s boss at Fox News thinks she is “stupid,” this is emblematic of yet another dubious and seldom-used media tactic utilized by the media to go after Palin: anonymous/secondhand “sources.”

Since when is it acceptable “journalism” to quote one (not multiple) anonymous “source” claiming what someone else (who just went on the record defending her) “thinks” about the metal capacity of someone who is currently not an officeholder or candidate? That has simply never been the standard, but as Palin herself has said, when it comes to news coverage of her, “all bets are off.”

  • Blah-dee-blahblah

    This article is called “The Myth of Sarah Palin’s Stupidity.”  But it doesn’t say anything at all to dispel that myth.  Wonder why that is. 

  • Blah-dee-blahblah

    This article is called “The Myth of Sarah Palin’s Stupidity.”  But it doesn’t say anything at all to dispel that myth.  Wonder why that is. 

    • Anonymous

      LOLOL, you’re a funny guy. You prove Ziegler right because you don’t know why she’s actually stupid, and then you prove how brainwashed you are because even when presented with a different point of view, you can’t break away from the brainwashing that Palin is stupid.

      He told you, because they don’t have anything substantial to really call her stupid. You just believe that she is because you were told too.

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  • f0rTyLeGz

    “It appears to me (and not just because, unlike most of those who attack her, I have had actual conversations with her) that the “evidence” Palin isn’t very bright is really just a media-created narrative which literally feeds on itself.”

    You need an editor John.

    I have had some pretend conversations with Sarah, and she was… not bright.

    • Anonymous

       Yeah, that’s your problem, he doesn’t have pretend conversations, the guy actually talks to Palin.

  • Scrap Iron

    That’s all we heard about GWB, “He’s stupid”.
    Well, of course, the MSM has to call Palin stupid (she’s a republican and a conservaticve, so she MUST be stupid).
    According to the MSM, only liberals, democrats, and proressives are smart, everyine else MUST be stupid.
    Simple logic from simple minds.

    • Gridmark

      If you are heading down a road and it dead ends, do you “stay the course?” Only an idiot would ignore the problems and believe in his ideology. And I have seen nothing out of Palin except the same robotic talk. We have a multitude of problems, why don’t the republicans deal with them? But the republicans sing the same tune. Tell me something new.

      • Anonymous

        They do, and they have tried to deal with them. But as you know we have this thing called freedom and process of law and the constitution. All that stuff has to be respected.

        It’s sad that Obama refused the bill that would have forced Congress to live within it’s means, but Republicans did try to pass it.

        You see, you’re ignorance shines through brilliantly as you speak because Republicans have been trying to change the course but Democrats are still on that reject all things Republican kick they’ve been on since before 2006 where their rejection of all things Republican caused a decline in our economy that hasn’t recovered since.

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  • websmith

    I am not a liberal. Whatever Palin made was the result of smart people making more on her smile.

  • medartist01

    Daniel Cabrera of Indiana, who writes in the first post of this blog…. a rambling, confusing, mishmash of opinions and “proof” that Sarah Palin is “not dumb” is quite a read. Everyone should have at this mess.

    What’s telling about Cabrera’s tome, is his complete lack of even Palin’s academic and political record – that can be easily gleaned by simply visiting wikipedia.

    FACTS REMAIN FACTS.

    This lady earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism after attending no less than 6 colleges. SIX COLLEGES. I know of noone who has attended more than three, to finish their degree. It took this lady six colleges. To get her UNDERGRADUATE degree.

    And that is it. That’s her entire academic credentials, folks. No advanced degrees of any kind. No law degree. No degree in finance. No degree in political science, or economics, or mathematics… or medicine. She got a degree in JOURNALISM.

    So onward ho. She gets a job as a sportscaster on an Anchorage TV show. And that’s what she does, until she elopes with Todd Palin in 1988. Elopes? So her family was not supportive? Hmmmm. Family values anyone? But that didn’t go with Bristol anyway, or all the kids. Conservative-Christian values, anyone? I think not.

    But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN HER IMAGE… AND THE REALITY OF WHO/WHAT SARAH PALIN IS. There are a ton of them.

    Mayor of Wasilla? Nope. WITHOUT ANY EXPERIENCE IN MANAGING TOWN GOVERNANCE, Sarah HAD TO HIRE A “CITY MANAGER” TO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK AS MAYOR, WHILE SARAH…spent lavishly on her office decor, did all the ribbon-cutting photo-ops and SPENT A TON OF MONEY –– all borrowed, that put the city into debt when she left office. When she came in the DEBT WAS AT ZERO, but when Sarah left, WASILLA OWED $20 MILLION.

    Then after failing to win a race as lieutenant governor, in a 5-way race, she GOT A FRIENDLY JOB AS A COMMISSIONER to the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission. Although HAVING NO EXPERIENCE, she got the job from Murkowski. Then QUIT, after having a conflict with Gregg Renkes, the former AG. This QUITTING-tactic would happen again, as Palin then ran in a 3-way race for Governor of Alaska, where the vote split.

    WATCH YOUTUBE.. and you can see Palin look the fool on a series of Governor debates. She actually has no detailed understanding of the issues but simply talks in generalities. To make a long story short, she won the Governorship, because the voters split their vote between Knowles and Murkowski.

    And we all know the rest. Palin had the state pay for her per diem housing, to the tune of almost $60,000, increased her salary to $150,000… went hog wild with accepting FEDERAL EARMARKS including the $442 million dollar Bridge to Nowhere, and the lies she told that she didn’t support it when she did. Along with her sharp elbows and using the Governors office to “take out” and harass folks she didn’t like.

    Katie Courek pretty much took care of the rest for us. She asked the most softball of questions to this buffoon, and underscored the complete lack of acumen, experience, interest, and creativity.. of this balloon-head. Charlie Gibson nailed the coffin shut with his interview.. and with it, no more Sarah. She NEVER APPEARED AND CONTINUES TO AVOID… MEET THE PRESS, FACE THE NATION, and THIS WEEK. She could not and would not be able to make it through even 5 minutes of direct questioning on the issues, and still does not take issues seriously. TWEETS? She’s a tweety-bird. Not a statesman.

    And then she quit. With 1-1/2 years left on her FIRST TERM AS GOVERNOR of a state with a TOTAL POPULATION OF NOT EVEN 400,000… she couldn’t handle that.

    Besides, she’s got to cash in. Cash in big. Along with Bristol. The gal who couldn’t keep her legs closed, and never had to deal with any of the hard issues of being an out-of-work mom with a kid, without support… cause she’s got a millionaire mom, who gives her all that she needs. BUT NOW, Bristol is being paid HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS to talk to real-single-mothers, about HER EXPERIENCES??? as a single-rich-mom??

    Give me a break, Teaheads. Give me a break.

    • DANIEL CABRERA

      The fear, the terror,the pathological desperation is very obvious among the Obamaworshipers ranks;…so,what follows is what they fear most.
      ______________________________

      New presidential campaign ad for 2012 has liberal heads exploding.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc35H5D0TTU

      GREAT IDEA!, POWERFUL IMPROVEMENT FOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY!
      PALIN-BACHMANN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE 2012… a heck of a power on the side of the people…isn’t it?

      A POWERFUL DUETO where EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE, LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE, VISION, DISCIPLINE, INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND TRUE REAL AMERICAN PATRIOTISM ARE TRADEMAKRS.

      Input anyone?

      Opinions welcome.

      Daniel Cabrera
      Merrillville,Indiana

    • DANIEL CABRERA

      MATTER OF TRUTH
      ________________

      AT THE END OF ANALYSIS IT IS ALL A MATTER OF TRUST…WHO HAS HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND VERACITY AND CAN PROVE THE CLAIMS..is this correct?
      Alright, let’s simplify,…WHO CAN PRODUCE RECORDS?

      Let me give two examples, walk with me;

      Care for a quick comparison?
      Remember,…ALL IS A MATTER OF A SIMPLE QUESTION;
      Whom WE can trust?…

      ===========
      Bottom line;- SOMEONE…ANYONE WITH REAL GOOD RECORDS, HONEST, WITH INTEGRITY AND DISCIPLINE;
      Take this as for axample;
      ARE THERE ANY RECORDS …about anything?
      ______________________________________________
      Question;- WHO THE BLAZES KNOW ANYTHING – for sure – ABOUT THIS CHARACTER OBAMA?
      OBAMA CREDIBILITY ABOUT WHO HE IS, OR WHAT HE IS,… IS DEFINITELY AN OBSCURE REALM…and still obscure eve nafter the attempt to decrase and eliminate doubts about his birth certifiacate “producing a long real ligitimate one”

      “See Obama’s birth announcement in Hawaiian newpapers ”
      http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/obamabirth.php
      ——
      Question; WHO THE BLAZES TRUST ANYTHING FROM THE OBAMA GANG?
      First, few points t be taken ito consideration;

      1. DOCUMENTS ARE ALTERATED?,…but this is not a surprise at all, for DECEPTION , LIES AND LACK OF INTEGRITY ARE TRADEMARKS FOR THE OBAMAMA GANG,….is it not?

      2. FABRICATION ____ THE OBAMA GANG CHICAGO-TYPE CORRUPTED,ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL,ANTI-AMERICAN, TERRORIST FRIENDLY-ORIENTED ADMISTRATION IS VIRTUALLY ALL-MIGHTY….NOW THAT THEY ARE ‘IN POWER’….perhaps (for them) everything is ‘virtually’ possible ….’to produce’!.____

      3. REMEMBER somethings ‘forgoten’ by many;— Biden falsified documents at university studies, —Gaithner is a tax cheater,— Barney Frank, Reid, Cox, Soros, Pelosi,..and others weeds are masters in the economy destructive plot,…

      Obama himself, A PRODUCT FROM THE CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE …and there are others things too……THAT IS THE PATTERN,…DISHONESTY, LACK OF INTEGRITY, DECEPTION, FRAUD!…THOSE ARE THEIR TRADEMARKS…are they not?____

      Apart of that , this is of relevancy in the current tapestry of things;

      IN A SHORT NOTE:___ And JUST FOR THE RECORDS, SHOULD OBAMA – ( THE FRONT-MAN ) – IS TO BE FOUND NOT LIGITMATE AMERICAN ( AS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IS PROVEN TO BE AS SUCH – NEVER CLEAR ON THAT /SUPRESSED BY THE DEMOCRATS MACHINERY) then, insofar, he is not to be president by constitutional rights – AND SO NOTHING THAT CAME FROM AND THROUGH HIM IS TO BE CONSIDER LEGAL.___

      http://www.obamanotqualified.com/obama_birth_born_in_kenya_evidence.htm

      Now, lest’s check something utilizing the two examples I did mention;

      A FRACTION OF TRUTH;
      LET’S CHECK REALITY;
      WHAT WE KNOW…and what we do not know…here is the thing;
      ________________________
      1.SARAH PALIN

      Born, Feb 11,1964 in Standpoint,Idaho.A true real american born citizen,REAL
      PATRIOT,WELL EDUCATED,(for all documentations are available and open at public
      records,..so,all that can be proven)

      In addition, – no matter who wants to re-write history and twist relity – (and also can be proven),SUCCESSFUL,AND EXPERIENCED PUBLIC SERVER / ADMININSTRATIVE-EXECUTIVE SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENT WELL DEFINED,ROUNDED INSIGHT,COMMON SENSE AND DOES REPRESENT THE AVERAGE EVERY DAY AMERICAN JOE AND JANE…
      INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND DISCIPLINE ARE HER TRADEMARKS,..

      ______________________________
      2. BARACK OBAMA

      Born…???,…education,…???,…(no documentation for everything is with a tight
      lid…is it not?)…and so we only can ‘see’…as…’experience’?;…IS,…165 days in the senate,…and is almost three years passed, THREE BLASTED YEARS!,DISMANTELING THIS COUNTRY,…

      Serving as propagandist/speaker to THE CHICAGO MAFIA-STYLE CORRUPTED POLITICAL MACHINERY (FROM WHERE HE EMERGES),…NOW IN WASHINGTON,DC,… an organization that we can called ‘THE OBAMA GANG’
      DECEPTION,DISHONESTY,LACK OF INTEGRITY AND FRAUD ARE HIS TRADEMARKS.

      So,….what is credible about Obama?…Perhaps now everyone can see the dilema we face in the attempt to answer anything about the man.

      Bottom line;- WHEN THE KILLER POLITICAL VORTEX STRIKES,…(and already startedt!)… A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ARE GOING TO BE RIGHT IN THE OPEN WITH NO POSSIBILITY OF ESCAPE OF ANY KIND AS FOR TRUTH IT CONCERNS…

      …AS RESULT – IN ORDER TO AVOID PUNISHMENT (AND EMBARRASSMENT AS WELL) – A SECTION OF THOSE FACING JAIL TIME, WILL EMMIGRATE TO OTHERS COUNTRIES WHERE EXTRADITION IS DIFFICULT….SOMES TO EUROPE,…OR… SOUTH AMERICA AND OTHERS PLACES IN THE PLANET.

      SOME OF THEM EVEN WILL HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY TO AVOID IDENTIFICATION.
      And so in simple terms – without detailing – THAT! is the fututistic scenario of the POST-OBAMA EPOCH.

      And as for; HOW OBAMA might LEAVE the USA?…I leave it to anyone out there imagination.

      Any questions?…and how that works out there?

      Daniel Cabrera
      Merrillville,Indiana

    • truebearing

      onmedsartist,

      You start out your screed with this ironic quote from the person you pretend to refute: “Daniel Cabrera of Indiana, who writes in the first post of this blog…. a rambling, confusing, mishmash of opinions and “proof” that Sarah Palin is “not dumb” is quite a read. Everyone should have at this mess.”

      And you think yours is any better? I won’t recommend anyone “have at” your mess.

      “Facts remain facts”, except when you are pretending to write about them. Where were they?

      You blather on self righteously about Palin attending “6 colleges”, when by my count it was four, but then again, you did cite the unimpeachable wikipedia, so who would dare dispute you. The one thing you forgot to do was explain what was palin’s reason for switching, and what is wrong with changing schools. Is there some inherent evil in changing schools? Maybe she was seeking diversity.

      Your factless screed failed to point out that she had to pay her own way to college. Do you suppose that might be part of the reason for switching, going part time, and and skipping a semester or two? DUH!

      She got a degree in Communications, dim wit.

      Eloping is now a crime? Could you get any more self righteous and hysterical? So what if she eloped. Your attempt to tie eloping in with Cristian values is beyond pathetic. They got married, and they still are, so what is your moronic point? You failed to make an even remotely intelligent argument on the eloping “scandal”.

      I’m not going to bother with the rest of your childish, consistently innacurate, and profoundly mean spirited drivel. It isn’t worth the time it took to read, much less respond to. You did do an excellent job of documenting your own lack of honesty, decency, and intelligence, however. Thanks for the providing an iron-clad polemic for ignoring any future maunderings on your part.

  • bigsigh

    She may not have an Ivy League education, but she is by no means dumb. In my humble opinion, she has a dialect that some find offensive, she does go on a bit and her answers often come across rushed and less than confident. As tough as she comes across, it must be somewhat intimidating to speak knowing her detractors are just waiting for her to make a mistake. I think she has certainly been doing her homework and is becoming more and more knowledgeable about history, economics, etc. I believe she is a very smart, well rounded woman with strong beliefs and morals. There is no doubt she made it as far as she did by having common sense. I believe the elite political and media machines were shocked to realize they were dealing with an average American citizen that had climbed the ladder of politics because of her true love of country and sense of pride in serving. Most people who have spent their adult lives making a living and raising a family, outside of Wash. D.C. and NY, would probably have been ripped the same way she has been. I think people love her because she is one of us, I believe that is also why so many despise her.

    • Oakden

      well said. Honest and neither adulatory nor defamatory. A true delight to read in these days.