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Palin email bombshell: Some liberals finally start to feel her pain

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Former Deputy Assistant Sec. of the Interior
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      David Cohen

      David B. Cohen served in the administration of President George W. Bush as U.S. Representative to the Pacific Community, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He is the author of “<a href="https://www.createspace.com/3859219"> Left-Hearted, Right-Minded: Why Conservative Policies Are The Best Way To Achieve Liberal Ideals</a>.” Follow him on Twitter @DavidBCohen1.

The Sarah Palin email saga produced exactly one bombshell: The mainstream media actually managed to elicit sympathy for Sarah Palin from the showbiz elite. From Jon Stewart’s brilliant rant to the supportive tweets from Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Palin found defenders in quarters where she had previously found nothing but ridicule and scorn.

For those of you who were focusing on more important things over the last few days (such as the debt ceiling or the Weiner photos), here’s a quick recap of the Palin email story: After almost three years of legal haggling, the state of Alaska on Friday released over 24,000 pages of emails sent or received by Sarah Palin during her term as governor. Mother Jones and other media outlets had used the flimsiest of pretexts to demand the release of those emails: A local activist had suspected Palin of conducting some political activities on government time. If that’s the standard, then journalists should be poring through the emails of every single elected official in the country (starting with the president). And while they’re at it, they should investigate whether gambling was going on in Casablanca during World War II.

The media quickly forgot about the limited pretext for their supposedly compelling need to snoop through Palin’s emails. The project morphed into an open-ended fishing expedition in the hope of finding something — anything — that would make Palin look bad. The New York Times enlisted the help of its readers to find “interesting and newsworthy emails, people or events that we may want to highlight.” The Washington Post issued a similar call to crowd-source their hunt for dirt on Palin — as if they were inviting the entire community to participate in the stoning of a witch.

Journalists were so blinded by their Palin obsession that they lost sight of what their job is. Where there’s smoke, it’s a journalist’s job to investigate relentlessly to find the smoking gun. From Watergate to Weinergate, that’s been the model for investigative journalism.

The problem in this case was that there was no smoke. The journalists pre-selected their target — Palin — and sought access to her emails in an attempt to find smoke. That’s not investigative journalism — that’s called “opposition research,” which is what political operatives do to political opponents. Opposition research is the dark art of doing whatever it takes to find something that will take your opponent down.

Of course, traditional journalists are not supposed to treat political figures as political opponents. To most conservatives, the fact that journalists routinely do so is another “shocking” revelation in the gambling-in-Casablanca vein.

When the traditional media undermine their own credibility, it hastens the public’s retreat into the mutually exclusive echo chambers of advocacy media. We thus really are becoming, to quote John Edwards, two Americas — divided not by class but by ideology.

The traditional media reside overwhelmingly in only one of the two Americas. Liberals outnumber conservatives in journalism by about four to one, despite being outnumbered in the country as a whole by about two to one. It appears that the profession of journalism, which has become admirably more diverse over the years in terms of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference, values every type of diversity but diversity of thought.

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  • Hamostyles

    Sarah Palin is an American citizen who believes in the values of her country. She should enjoy being Innocent until proven guilty not the other way around.

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    Topic related; The Romney’s fictional advantage – a futile attempt to eclipse Sarah Palin.

    What follows is sent all over the entire NET; many blogs, many sites and to ‘Washnigton Kingdom’…meaning…WHITE HOUSE,CONGRESS,SENATE, A NUMBER OF POLITICIANS
    =======================
    ONGOING POMPOUSITY FABRICATION- THE MEDIA(TEAM OBAMA LIASSON) AND GOP ESTABLISHMENT, AND SOMES POLLSTERS ARE INSIDE PLOT TO ATTEMPT TO ECLIPSE THE GOOD GOVERNOR.

    The Mr Romney scenario
    Here is the thing; liberal-democrats and GOP RINO-TYPE republicans are pushing this man to battle OBAMA TEAM.

    Here is the short version;
    Romney in the lead?….that is a crafty fabrication from the liberal-democrat faction,where the Obama worshiping media is part of it.

    Now does anyone out there realizes the implications and what is really transpiring here?
    This is the classic ; ’shaking hands with GOD and the devil simultaneously’….to be here and there, and so pretend, just pretend ‘understanding and agreement’;….at the end of the line nothing is done,…the talking is large, MASSIVE,…theatrical BUT resolving and substance are = ZERO!

    The ‘compromising’,….the pre-soak deal-making is already starting,…the ‘politics as always’ is into effect.
    He is already in the ‘deal-making / politics as always thing’
    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/15/romney-applauded-by-al-gore-on-climate-change/#ixzz1PTQ9fWcu

    I present now for everyone consideration;…” BEHIND THE ROMNEY FACTOR”
    It comes down to one thing;…the so obvious the fear , if not terror, about Sarah Palin.

    Let’s take a quick look,shall we?
    On one side the Obama groups are trying the only thing they got to fight her,… continue and amplify their attacks on character , inuendos, everything they can get their hands on…to the point that even are promoting the idea that Romney is a good challenge and so they are – leting pass – that Mr Romney is higher in the polls over Mr Obama.

    On the other side (the republicans) are echoing that claim. Reality is that Mr Romney enunciated that he…”will try to get ‘OBAMACARE’ repealed…”
    Did anyone notice?…’he will – TRY – ….just that, TRY…because he is not really into that,… for he has a similar health plan there in Massachusset as bad as the OBAMACARE….very expensive, bad for the private sector and takes a lot of monetary power out from the people….A REAL MONEY OVER-DRAINER.

    So, in others words, Mr Romney is like let’s say,…a younger version of the GOP RINO-TYPE deal maker and compromising -oriented. So Romney fits well for the GOP , and the OBAMA TEAM feels very confident to roll over him (or any other like him from the GOP) on 2012…anyone,…but one.

    The so called gap of advance that Romney or any other GOP/Democrat/Pollters fabricated candidate might be presented , isgoing to make no difference when the real presidential elections comes to be,… for that so called ‘winning-gap’ will be eliminated by FRAUD….does anyone remembers the situation on 2008? – McCain obvious winnig-gap (due to Sarah Palin) was ahead…and all of the sudden….’everything turned oposite’…reason?, FRAUD!

    Bottom line ;… Sarah Palin is a nightmare,…actually THE NIGHTMARE for democrats and the old GOP establishment.

    Everyone in Washington, left and right are very well aware that with her in presidency, their little world of CORRUPTION, SABOTAGE AND ABUSE AGAINST THIS COUNTRY WILL COME TO AN END.

    We,the people knows this very well, don’t we?

    Nobody needs to have a phD in quantum-physics to be able understand this,…correct?

    Opinions welcome.
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/06/17/romney-takes-huge-lead-in-new-hampshire-primary-poll/#ixzz1PY8SaecM

  • captaingrumpy

    The actions of the Media is the fault of the American people.For too long they have allowed “journalists” to give opinions rather than reporting the truth.Too many newspapers are being bought , and too many reporters are getting star status,for them to stop this ridiculous era from extending.If more conservatives and especially advertisers ,stood up and asked for truth instead of political campaign rants,it may make a difference. Note I said “may”, for to some ,money is more important that morals, and ego more important than consideration for their fellow man.