Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Palin Flunks Journalism 101

Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska and current Fox News employee, has said a lot of dumb shit in the year and a half since she was shoved into the national spotlight by John McCain, but she may have uttered some of the dumbest ever last night with Jay Leno. Palin is one of the most factually challenged persons in the modern political arena. That was too nice, actually. She is an habitual liar. How do you know that Sarah Palin is lying? Her lips are moving.

Leno asked her why she joined Fox News and she answered in her usual whiny and rambling manner. Remember, folks, she is talking about Fox News here (the same channel that argued that snow in DC disproves climate change, and that passing a Senate bill in reconciliation is now called the 'nuclear option,' despite knowing for certain that the two terms are not nearly the same).

"I studied journalism, my college degree there in communications. And now I am back there wanting to build some trust back in our media. I think the mainstream media is quite broken and I think there needs to be the fairness, the balance in there — that’s why I joined Fox. Fair and balanced, yes. You know because, Jay, those years a go that I studied journalism it was all about the who, what, when, where, and why, it was not so much the opinion interjected in hard news stories. … As long as there is not the opinion under the guise of hard news stories — I think there needs to be clear differentiation."

Yeah, Sarah, I would agree. Unfortunately, you have chosen to go to a network that is little more than a platform for the talking points of the RNC and the teabaggers. There has never been a more biased news organization in US history - they make Pravda seem fair and balanced. But I think Palin flunked out of a few colleges before eventually getting a degree, so I'm not sure she was ever in a journalism class long enough to know better.


T. Paine said...

Hannity and O'Reilly are definitely opinion shows, Splash. When it comes to just reporting the hard news during the rest of the day, Fox does tell the who, what, when, where, why in an unbiased way.

I realize that to the left, that shows right-wing bias though.

As for Palin and college, she never failed out. She would work during the summers etc to earn enough money to pay for the next term. She wasn't some rich elitist liberal with deep pockets.

Dave Splash said...

Fox does tell the who, what, when, where, why in an unbiased way

Sorry, but that is the single most laughable thing I have ever read. There is not a single bit of truth in that statement. The Fox News Channel has proudly called itself the "voice of opposition to the Obama Administration." That, right there, shows bias. It is not the job of a news organization to be a voice of opposition, it is the job to report the facts.

Fox lies, it is not merely biased. Case in point, the "nuclear option." Everyone with a brain and a memory that goes back longer than 2009 knows that the nuclear option was a device invented by the Republicans in 2005 to eliminate the filibuster for all judicial nominees of Pres. Bush. That is the nuclear option -- it ends the filibuster. Then there is reconciliation, which is a Senate rule that allows for bills to be passed with a simple majority (i.e. 51 votes.). Fox knows the difference, yet it repeatedly calls reconciliation the "nuclear option." That, sir, is a lie. You know it. I know it. And Roger Ailes at Fox knows it, yet they repeat the lie everyday. A reputable news organization would not do such a thing. They are shills for the GOP.

As for Palin, her own father said she left the University of Hawaii because there were too many Asians (true fact). I guess hating people based on race or religion makes her a non-elitist. I'll take tolerant elitism any day.

Yet, how can you hold such disdain for "rich elitists" when the entire conservative economic philosophy revolves around doing everything to benefit the rich elites who run oil companies, banks, and military contracting companies. Seems a little contradictory to me, Paine.

T. Paine said...

Ummm... I guess we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Splash.

Oh and by the way, I am pretty certain Palin never went to school in Hawaii. She attended college in Idaho.

Dave Splash said...

Palin's father on why she left University of Hawaii (and it had nothing to do with needing a job): But Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to [Scott] Conroy and [Shushannah] Walshe [authors of 'Sarah From Alaska']. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”

Dave Splash said...

She did go to the University of Hawaii for her freshman year. She said so herself in her book. Her father did say she left because she was uncomfortable with so many Asians.

I understand why you are confused. She did go to four different colleges. Just like in her time as governor, when the going got tough, she got going.