Was it on AOL or Yahoo!’s homepage where a story about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s dinner invitation to her ex-son-in-law-to-be led for (what seemed) the better part of the day?
Perhaps, I should have saved the link, but, well, the story didn’t much interest me. (It was the media’s obsession with the father of the Republican’s grandchild whichs fascinates.) Seems I wasn’t the only disinterested person to take notice in this story. In his blog, Hugh MacIntyre offers:
Sarah Palin is a former public official. Any legitimacy the press may have in digging into a politicians family (which I think extends only as far as looking for corruption) surely ends when that politician no longer holds office.
That is to say, why should anyone give a flying donkey where Levi Johnston decides to eat turkey?
Why is the media so obsessed with the doings the ex-son-in-law-to-be of an ex-Governor? Well, because of his former relation. They just can’t let go of their obsession with Sarah Palin. They have this “need” to reduce her to the level of tabloid trash, even if the behavior they recount is not her own. Even as they demean this good woman and accomplished politician, writers, bloggers and editors in the MSM regular run with stories highlighting her latest comment on politics and policy.
Mark Steyn notes that AP relied on the services of writers in addition to Calvin Woodward (who got the byline) to “‘fact-check’ . . . Palin’s new book, and in return [those] 11 fact-checkers triumphantly unearthed six errors.” They are obsessed.
But, their obsession, as John Podhoretz notes is a sign of her staying power:
And a person who can make news just by opening her mouth is a person to be reckoned with, a person who is not going away, a person who is going to play a role in American politics for a long time.
Or maybe he’s reading too much into . Maybe her ability to make news is more a function of the neuroses of those who so hate her, evidence perhaps of their own need to demonize their political adversaries or to just plain attack someone whose appeal they don’t undestand.