In one of the best posts (or articles for that matter) on Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Governor of Alaska, Josh Painter writes on RedState:
News about Gov. Palin that comes out of the 49th state tends to be the bad, as the media is not very interested in disseminating the good. Her accomplishments tend to go unnoticed or quickly get pushed off of the screen in favor of the sensational. Recall her trip to Texas to conclude the deal which brought ExxonMobil into a cooperative agreement with TransCanada to get Gov. Palin’s pet pipeline project off the ground. She granted interviews to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and NBC’s Matt Lauer, but both were more interested in getting her to talk about David Letterman’s hot air than Alaska’s natural gas.
Emphasis added. (Oh, and read the whole thing.)
If this is true that Palin granted these interviews to talk about the pipeline deal, something she actually accomplished when doing her job as chief executive of the Last Frontier, and those two journalists chose to focus instead on that media sideshow, then this anecdote becomes truly emblematic of the way the media has treated Sarah Palin. They’re not interested in her record.* They’re interested rather in the sensational aspects of her story.
No wonder so many intelligent and otherwise well-informed people treat Sarah Palin they would a celebrity regularly featured in the tabloids. They know almost nothing about her actual record as Governor of Alaska because the media hasn’t reported her accomplishments, treating Palin instead as they would a pop culture phenomenon.
Those on the left might be better informed if they didn’t limit themselves to the MSM. At least FoxNews and the conservative media reported her accomplishments.
*Recall the celebrated Katie Couric question which stumped the outgoing Alaska Governor, “Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on [reforming financial sector]?” Note this was not a question about her record, but about what she knew about John McCain’s. As a point of comparison, check the transcript of Couric’s interview with Joe Biden, Palin’s campaign counterpart, to see if she asked him to provide examples of legislation his running mate supported which might have prevented the financial crisis?
(And since we’re on this subject again, note how Couric just assumes it was absence of regulation which caused the financial crisis. It’s clear she was trying to blame McCain for the financial crisis since he supposedly opposed increased regulation.)