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‘The non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin’

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That’s the quote that jumps out at me from Journogeddon Day 3: Get Sarah. Not that there’s any question that most of the media had knives out for Palin from the moment she stepped on the national stage, but it’s eye-opening to see it stated so bluntly. Here’s the full quote from today’s Jonathan Strong piece:

Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christia wing-nut a heartbeat away …… bang away at McCain’s age making this unusually significant …”

Which, oddly enough, is precisely what ended up happening. And then the people who noticed the pattern, and wondered if there was some sort of collusion behind the scenes, were called paranoid.

In all fairness, before today I didn’t know what the Century Foundation was, and neither did you. Here’s how they’re described on Wikipedia:

The Century Foundation is a nonprofit liberal think tank public policy research institution founded on the belief that the prosperity and security of the United States depends on a mix of effective government, open democracy, and free markets.

How’s that working out so far, Century Foundation?

Read the whole thing. And if you were on Journolist, keep telling your readers, “Nothing to see here, folks.”

Here’s Jonathan “Too” Strong talking about the story on Fox & Friends this morning:

P.S. Sarah Palin strikes back at Journolist’s “sick puppies”

P.P.S. Some guy called Tucker Carlson says: “We’re not contesting the right of anyone, journalist or not, to have political opinions… What we object to is partisanship, which is by its nature dishonest, a species of intellectual corruption. Again and again, we discovered members of Journolist working to coordinate talking points on behalf of Democratic politicians, principally Barack Obama. That is not journalism, and those who engage in it are not journalists. They should stop pretending to be. “

Jim Treacher