Whether we supported Dems or Reps, we expect an informative and fair media coverage. Take-A-Pen’s Media “Stories” are written mostly about extreme cases of: anti-Israeli bias, distortions, fabrications and deliberate lies.
The excellent article of Tom Gross below presents a surprising fresh American Media ‘Story’, about anti-Palin bias, distortions, fabrications and deliberate lies
– interestingly by the same media ‘heroes’: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the British The Guardian.
It is sort of a’ consolation’ for Israel, not to be bashed alone. And a proof, how deep and widespread the political agenda-driven media’s professional and moral corruption has become.
Write Your Letter to the Editors against these distortions! (E.M.- 2008 Sept 18)
HOW DARE THEY BE WORKING CLASS - AND HOW DARE SHE BE A WOMAN? By Tom Gross
National Review Online, September 8, 2008
The NY Times retracts one Palin story, but other smears continue
New York Times writers are still sneering at Sarah Palin and her family on a daily basis. After all, these snobs will never forgive her for going to the University of Idaho, or for having a husband who isn't a lawyer or an investment banker, but a member of the United Steelworkers union, who doesn't have a degree, whose mother (who is part Yup'ik) is a former secretary of the Alaska Federation of Natives, and whose grandmother is a member of the Curyung tribe.
But at least The New York Times has now retracted the outrageous fabrication it printed on the front-page of Tuesday's edition: that Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for two years in the 1990s.
Other papers around the world continue to print this falsehood (in London, The Guardian's front page had a banner headline which read "My fellow Alaskans") and other lies generated by left-wing smear blogs continue to be lapped up by many in the mainstream media.
No, Sarah Palin didn't support Pat Buchanan in the 1999-2000 campaign; she was an official on the campaign of Republican presidential contender Steve Forbes.
No, she's not a "porn actress" as one taxpayer-funded Canadian TV columnist called her.
No, her eldest son Track (who is deploying to Iraq this week) didn't join the National Guard because he was a drug addict.
No, her daughters Willow and Piper aren't named after witches on TV.
No, she's not anti-Semitic. In fact, she has had an Israeli flag in her office well before her present nomination, and she quietly turned up for services at a newly opened Wasilla synagogue to pay her respects.
No, she didn't cut funding for unwed mothers, but increased it by 354 percent (and no, The Washington Post doesn't appear to have corrected its story about this despite being asked to do so).
NO, SHE'S NOT A HORSE
But, yes, she did try to cut her own salary by $4,000 a year when she was mayor of Wasilla; and yes, she voted against the $4,000-a-year raise while on the city council.
And yes, she (like John McCain) did get it right when she supported the surge in Iraq, while Barack Obama and Joe Biden got it badly wrong.
And yes, she did take on the corrupt Republican Party establishment in Alaska, while hardly anyone is asking why Obama failed to ask questions about the notoriously corrupt Democratic Party machine in Chicago, or was happy to take huge donations from the now-jailed crook Tony Rezko.
Whatever else happens in this too-close-to call 2008 presidential election, I think we can happily conclude that America has come a long way in getting over its race problem. Thankfully, there has been very little racism directed against Barack Obama by anybody except for people on the absolute fringes.
But, as Hillary Clinton came to realize when she was given unfair treatment by the Obama-infatuated media, and as Sarah Palin has seen to a much greater extent in the period of a mere week, clearly the same cannot be said of the American media's sexist problem.
Personally, I don't find it funny when New York magazine runs a headline "Levi Johnston and Fat Girlfriend Arrive in St. Paul." Or when The Washington Post's online magazine, Slate, launches a "Name Bristol Palin's Baby" contest.
Richard Cohen, leading columnist at The Washington Post thought it was acceptable (even amusing) to compare Sarah Palin to a horse, and so, judging by many of their online comments, did his readers. I don't want to even begin imagining the outcry if The Washington Post had instead compared Barack Obama (or any other political candidate) to an animal.
I'm someone who shares the left's purported views on equal rights, and essentially agrees with them on issues such as abortion, gay rights, and gun control (though firmly disagreeing with them on bigger issues such as the economy, foreign policy, and helping spread democracy abroad). But it is precisely the kind of McCarthyite-style witch-hunt we have witnessed in the past week against the Palins by the left's phony feminists and snooty media establishment that makes me - and many others I know - stay well clear of the official left.
(Tom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for London's Sunday Telegraph.)
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