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Sorry, Mr. Axelrod, Mrs. Palin has been far more scrutinized than Mr. Obama

As I pointed out in a post earlier today, when on John King’s CNN show yesterday, Obama strategist David Axelrod offered up this whopper, “This president was scrutinized, more perhaps than any candidate ever had been.”  Perhaps clueless about the latest Sarah Palin-inspired media frenzy, King chose not to challenge the Democrat on his assertion.

Perhaps, Mr. King should join me in subscribing to the Wall Street Journal’s Political Diary.  Yesterday, in that e-newsletter, John Fund, commenting on said frenzy asked us to

Contrast this with the level of interest that reporters have shown in Barack Obama’s lack of a paper trail during the 2008 campaign and afterwards. No, I’m not talking about the issue of his birth certificate. I am thinking of his college records and papers; his application to the Illinois bar to become a lawyer; his complete list of clients while he was in private practice; and his records from his service in the Illinois State Senate. Almost none of this has been released in whole or in part by Mr. Obama, and requests have been airily dismissed.

And then there are Mr. Obama’s longtime associations with very left-wing political figures and foundations. With the exception of journalist Stanley Kurtz, author of a richly documented new book called “Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism,” almost no one has been interested in those ties.

Do hope Mr. King asks Mr. Axelrod about this missing paper trail and these associations the next time he has him on CNN (and he does seem to be a frequent quest on that network).  In the meanwhile, it would be nice if other reporters at CNN started subjecting the incumbent to the same sort of scrutiny it subjects Mrs. Palin.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  The Griper may not “like to use this type of argument but” remains “certain that in this case if Sarah Palin were a liberal and the right held her up to this scrutiny there’d be accusations of sexual prejudice flying all over the nation.”  Indeed.

UPDATE:  Ann Althouse offers some perspective on the nature of the scrutiny the media have made into Mrs. Palin’s affairs:

In the run up to the receipt of the boxes of xeroxes, air time was devoted to speculating about what might be in those emails. Most notable — it’s in the middle of the “Daily Show” montage — was the suspicion that the governor’s husband was secretly running the show, pulling the strings. (You know, the shameful sexism.) But there was absolutely nothing that looked at all like that. Maybe there’s another montage that could be made of these reporters spelling out clearly what was disproved by the emails. But I think what’s they did was dribble out statements like “no smoking gun yet” — seemingly expecting that we’d gradually lose interest and move on to something else.

Read the whole thing.   Via Instapundit.

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18 Comments

  1. Sarah Palin did better on her colonoscopy than Katie Couric did. – Rush

    Comment by TGC — June 14, 2011 @ 7:17 pm - June 14, 2011

  2. David Axelrod is living in a sullied toilet bowl; his spin is pathetic.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 14, 2011 @ 7:37 pm - June 14, 2011

  3. Maybe John King will COUGH more next time.

    Comment by Zeke — June 14, 2011 @ 8:15 pm - June 14, 2011

  4. Where is Axelrod sticking his finger to make Jon King cough?

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 14, 2011 @ 8:43 pm - June 14, 2011

  5. Amazing. They look you in the eye and explain, in a tone of absolute Gospel truth, that up is down and black is white.

    The media has done everything to Palin short of a colonoscopy(and I’m pretty sure the Times is considering it), while Obama could rape a kitten on worldwide television and the press would suddenly find the 2nd Annual Lithuanian Spelling Bee so completely mesmerizing that nothing else would make the news.

    Yet, BO has been scrutinized more than ANYBODY. Really. And if you disagree, you’re a…what?

    Comment by Wraith — June 14, 2011 @ 8:51 pm - June 14, 2011

  6. “This president was scrutinized, more perhaps than any candidate ever had been.”

    Really? Is that why it took Sean Hannity to reveal the truth about Trinity United and Jeremiah Wright?

    Unbelievable.

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — June 14, 2011 @ 9:05 pm - June 14, 2011

  7. i don’t like to use this type of argument but i am certain that in this case if Sarah Palin were a liberal and the right held her up to this scrutiny there’d be accusations of sexual prejudice flying all over the nation. this alone would show that their accusation of prejudice against the president are unfounded.

    Comment by The Griper — June 14, 2011 @ 9:07 pm - June 14, 2011

  8. The La-La Times is so disappointed that there was nothing embarrassing in the Palin email trove:

    http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/06/sarah-palin-emails.html?cid=6a00d8341c7de353ef01538f2b09b8970b

    They gamely try to bash her anyway.

    Comment by V the K — June 14, 2011 @ 9:33 pm - June 14, 2011

  9. David Axelrod is simply a liar.

    And that should surprise nobody.

    Comment by Classical Liberal Dave — June 15, 2011 @ 12:01 am - June 15, 2011

  10. It’s not so much a missing paper trail on Obama (marks, applications etc) but one that is being guarded by a pile of lawyers. I gather that the fees that Obama (or someone) has paid out so far to block requests for this information has exceeded one million dollars. Sure sounds like he’s trying to hide something. I’d also like to know where the million came from. If he took if from canpaign donations I think that’s a federal offense. If someone paid for it then that sounds similar to the Edwards charges of illegal campaign contributions. The rationale is certainly the same.

    Comment by scr_north — June 15, 2011 @ 2:07 am - June 15, 2011

  11. SCR, as I recall, it was north of a million just to fight court challenges regarding his birth certificate. Covering up everything else probably costs more. Interestingly, his history is covered up by the same who whined, pissed & moaned for eight years about Bush’s background. Which, coincidentally, are the same people who said that Clinton’s lack of military service didn’t matter.

    Comment by TGC — June 15, 2011 @ 5:40 am - June 15, 2011

  12. The notion that Obama has faced harsh scrutiny from the mainstream media is so spectacularly untrue that just implying it makes the very fabric of reality crumble a little.

    Comment by JervisTetch — June 15, 2011 @ 8:12 am - June 15, 2011

  13. The seething left-wing nutjobs are now going after Michelle Bachmann. I suspect Levi and the other idiots will soon be repeating the meme “Michelle Bachmann said Melissa Ehteridge got breast cancer because she’s a lesbian.” Which is, if anything, even less factual than the “quote” that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house.

    Comment by V the K — June 15, 2011 @ 9:41 am - June 15, 2011

  14. Governor Palin writes at an 8.2 grade level. Middle school? Really?

    President Obama speaks at a 7th grade level. So, if Governor Palin is an idiot, what does that make President Obama?

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/06/lib-media-slams-sarah-palin-for-writing-emails-at-an-8th-grade-level-ignore-obamas-7th-grade-level-speech/

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — June 15, 2011 @ 12:25 pm - June 15, 2011

  15. TnnsNE1

    Maybe that’s why Levi thinks President Obama’s brilliant and Sarah Palin’s a dunce…

    They both write above his educational level.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 15, 2011 @ 1:19 pm - June 15, 2011

  16. Has anyone else noticed the absence of the lefty loonies? The local newspaper in my area (Maine) has had a reduction in 2 things in the last few months : financial news stories and lefty loonies praising every move President Obama makes. Is this a trend?

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — June 15, 2011 @ 2:08 pm - June 15, 2011

  17. What I found amusing about the Readability Score story on Gov. Palin, is that if one actually reads all the way through it, you come to this little gem:

    It turns out Palin’s writing skills are still better than most educated Americans. Global Language Monitor gave Palin’s emails a score of 8.2, which actually exceeds that of most chief executives.

    Hmmm….in their zeal to paint her as a a barely-literate rube, they reveal she writes better than most chief-executives (along with ‘most educated Americans’).

    It’s like the media and the left are replaying the classic Simpsons scene with Sideshow Bob stepping on the rake over and over and over and over and over…..

    Comment by AF_Vet — June 15, 2011 @ 6:25 pm - June 15, 2011

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