Friday, September 3, 2010

North Star

Boy, oh boy...the knives are out for Michael Gross and his Vanity Fair piece.  Even Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish at The Atlantic is being "fair and balanced" about its coverage of the cat-fight.

I wish everybody would calm down, because, frankly, the in-fighting just gives ammunition to the they're-out-to-get-Sarah conspiracy theorists.  Also, we're talking about Vanity Fair, people.

I'm just a homegrown blogger, so I'll let others debate journalistic standards and how much is too much in terms of promoting one's own piece (though I imagine it's the finest of fine lines).  For me, the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is Sarah's own reaction:

"I hear there is some pretty ugly stuff right now.  Those who are impotent and limp and gutless and they go on their anonymous -- sources that are anonymous -- and impotent, limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and cite them as being factual references."

Even for the English-impaired like Palin, the above is pretty mangled.  She goes on:

"It just slays me because it is just absolutely clear what the state of yellow journalism is today that they would take these anonymous sources as fact."

This from the woman who tarred Obama as a socialist and palling around with terrorists.

Regaining her composure, she promises:  "We always expect what's coming."

Clearly not.

The above was taken from Sean Hannity's radio show as reported by Politico's Andy Barr.  Again, people can hem and haw about Gross' methods and conclusions, but, judging from Palin's own unhinged reaction, we know one thing for certain:  Michael Gross got under her skin.  And, in doing so, he's managed to do what only few sadly have tried.

Lamestream media, indeed.