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Chad Love: On Sarah Palin and Myopic Urban Twits

One of the first things a journalism student learns is the importance of writing a lead sentence or paragraph that grabs the reader's attention and sets the tone for the story.

Sort of like this, from the New York Times...

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) -- The mother kneels in the snow, cheerfully posing beside her bundled up daughter, behind the bloody, dead caribou the mom just shot. Maybe not your typical family photo. But that's Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the disarming mom who's not afraid to carry arms or use them.

Cheerfully. Posing. Bloody. Dead. It seems Sarah Palin can't shake the media's fascination with her interest in hunting. To the national media it's simply not normal behavior to kill and consume large animals, so like vultures spiraling down toward fresh roadkill they lock in on that aspect of her story. I can only imagine how a snapshot of Palin and her daughter posing beside a dead caribou stokes the imagination of your typical urban journalist, most of whom rarely venture anywhere their Blackberries don't get coverage. As a result we get lurid descriptions of a scene millions of American hunters and their families would find completely normal.

On the other hand it seems a large segment of the hunting and shooting community has granted her sainthood based solely on the fact she likes moose stew and is a life member of the NRA. Being a carnivore with an interest in firearms doesn't make you the second coming of Theodore Roosevelt. Like any candidate there are serious questions about Sarah Palin's views on everything from environmental policy to religious intolerance to her alleged penchant for book banning, any of which would make more substantive material for explaining who Sarah Palin really is.

Instead, because most of the people we rely on for our national news are myopic urban twits with Bambi issues, we get descriptions of dead animals. So Sarah Palin shot a caribou. Great. Now go report on something that really matters.

Comments

Bob

Chad,
Thank you. The fact that she hunts is no good indicator of a penchant for land stewardship, executive experience, management finesse, skill in international relations or qualifications for national office.
That's not to say she doesn't possess some or all of these things, but the hunting thing is sort of a moot point.

Mike Diehl

The fact that she hunts is germane because, unlike some of the myopic urban twits currently running for office, it suggests that she does not view firearms ownership as a symptom of social malaise, or of mental illness consequent to angst. Someone comfortable with (1) firearms and (2) hunting is unlikely to look on owning firearms and hunting with them as some sort of anachronistic behavior that needs to be eliminated in the interest of politically correct social sanitization.

johnl

Oh no, now you've done it.

Gregory

Chad, it is easy to discern a democratic leaning in your views. You are quick to dismiss Gov. Palin's +s, and have bought in to some of the MSM-democratic smears (which have already been debunked, if you care to read a greater variety of sources -something other than democrat leaning publications).
If individual rights and freedom from excessive government in all aspects of your life, is important to you, you sure wouldn't even consider the B.O. & J.B ticket.

jstreet

Chad,

I'm glad I'm not the only person who felt like Ms. Palin has been anointed the second coming of Charleton Heston (only with breasts).

While I appreciate the fact she hunts, supports gun ownership and like the outdoors, I look forward to her interview with Charlie Gibson this week to get her viewpoints on other issues without the benefit of prepared text.

Jim

Jim

Gman

I believe the ABC interview will expose the other side of urban twittery - that TV news is big business before good journalism. I don't expect she'll be really tested by Hoot Gibson.

The more I find out about her, the more she's just like any other message massaging pol. Teddy White would have a field day with Snake Oil Sarah's packaging.

RJ

There is something else, she is passing down to her children her family values, this board will dry up and blow away if more of us do not pass on this heritage.

Walt Smith

The Dems are quick and dumb to run her down because they're showing the real reason why Hillary wasn't elected, They don't want a woman anywhere near the white house. Don't let a woman lead us, because they might take away all our toys and make us spend our money on bills. Instead raking in our highly inflated wage and any lobbing cash we can get our hands on for our votes. This is what is really going on. Sara Palin a woman who I believe will honestly shake up Washington and the good ole boys on both sides of the partie(thats why they call them parties) and I really really cannot wait to see it happen because it is long long overdue. It's not that they're really worried that if McCain might die in office and a so called "un-experienced woman" would be president, what all the Washington crowd is really fearful of is that a woman who has proved that she won't take any s*** from any lobbyist or crooked polititian would be in charge and would probably ruin their crooked money hawking way of making it rich.

The liberal press can attack her vehmently enough for their taste and it just makes her more attracktive to the common snese individuals

Gman

She's Huey Long reincarnated. No kidding.

Buck

I like her, but I would like to know more about how she hunts. Then I'd know more about her character. Some hunters really hunt! Some make it as easy as possible. Some pay money so they can kill animals and brag about "their" trophys. "The Quality of His Hunting Says More About A Man Than The Quality of His Trophies" [email protected]

Mr. Creosote

I like your style, Gman...

YooperJack

I like to think that I think like her. Conservation involves the WISE USE of natural resources. Not just refraining from the use of natural resources.
YooperJack

FH

Chad, you just appose her because you appose drilling in Anwar. You really need to look at the big picture. BO wants to indoctrinate our youth in "volunteer camps" where they are trained to be socialist. I have the info on my laptop. I'll post it later.

Gary

When I first saw Governor Palin on television her mannerisms and speech patterns reminded me of someone, but at the time I couldn't figure out who it was.

Well the other day I saw a replay of a campaign speech that then Govenenor Bush gave in 2000 and it all came back to me. She is saying and acting exactly like he did. She laughs at her own jokes and has that smarmy look on her face at all times.

I honeslty can't stand either ticket anymore.

FH

Michelle's Boot Camps For Radicals
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

Posted 9/4/2008

Election '08: Democrats' reintroduction of militant Michelle Obama in Denver was supposed to show her softer side. But it only highlighted a radical part of her resume: Public Allies.


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IBD Series: The Audacity Of Socialism


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Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of Public Allies in 1992, resigning before his wife became executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies in 1993. Obama plans to use the nonprofit group, which he features on his campaign Web site, as the model for a national service corps. He calls his Orwellian program, "Universal Voluntary Public Service."

Big Brother had nothing on the Obamas. They plan to herd American youth into government-funded reeducation camps where they'll be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of "social change."

The pitch Public Allies makes on its Web site doesn't seem all that radical. It promises to place young adults (18-30) in paid one-year "community leadership" positions with nonprofit or government agencies. They'll also be required to attend weekly training workshops and three retreats.

In exchange, they'll get a monthly stipend of up to $1,800, plus paid health and child care. They also get a post-service education award of $4,725 that can be used to pay off past student loans or fund future education.

But its real mission is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about "social change" through threats, pressure, tension and confrontation — the tactics used by the father of community organizing, Saul "The Red" Alinsky.

"Our alumni are more than twice as likely as 18-34 year olds to . . . engage in protest activities," Public Allies boasts in a document found with its tax filings. It has already deployed an army of 2,200 community organizers like Obama to agitate for "justice" and "equality" in his hometown of Chicago and other U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington. "I get to practice being an activist," and get paid for it, gushed Cincinnati recruit Amy Vincent.

Public Allies promotes "diversity and inclusion," a program paper says. More than 70% of its recruits are "people of color." When they're not protesting, they're staffing AIDS clinics, handing out condoms, bailing criminals out of jail and helping illegal aliens and the homeless obtain food stamps and other welfare.

Public Allies brags that more than 80% of graduates have continued working in nonprofit or government jobs. It's training the "next generation of nonprofit leaders" — future "social entrepreneurs."

The Obamas discourage work in the private sector. "Don't go into corporate America," Michelle has exhorted youth. "Work for the community. Be social workers." Shun the "money culture," Barack added. "Individual salvation depends on collective salvation."

"If you commit to serving your community," he pledged in his Denver acceptance speech, "we will make sure you can afford a college education." So, go through government to go to college, and then go back into government.

Many of today's youth find the pitch attractive. "I may spend the rest of my life trying to create social movement," said Brian Coovert of the Cincinnati chapter. "There is always going to be work to do. Until we have a perfect country, I'll have a job."

Not all the recruits appreciate the PC indoctrination. "It was too touchy-feely," said Nelly Nieblas, 29, of the 2005 Los Angeles class. "It's a lot of talk about race, a lot of talk about sexism, a lot of talk about homophobia, talk about -isms and phobias."

One of those -isms is "heterosexism," which a Public Allies training seminar in Chicago describes as a negative byproduct of "capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and male-dominated privilege."

The government now funds about half of Public Allies' expenses through Clinton's AmeriCorps. Obama wants to fully fund it and expand it into a national program that some see costing $500 billion. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military, he said.

The gall of it: The Obamas want to create a boot camp for radicals who hate the military — and stick American taxpayers with the bill.

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johnl

TimesOnline via Drudge has the latest poll showing Obama with 80% of the vote!
IN FRANCE !!!!
The revolu.....no, I mean, the SURRENDER starts now.

Tom Sorenson

Yooper Jack says it best:

"Conservation involves the WISE USE of natural resources. Not just refraining from the use of natural resources."

Sage Sam

Chad, this is why you're one of my favorite writers. This is also why you'll never be an editor at F&S. Thinking outside the box at the issues and what is REALLY important for sportsmen? That is a no-no my friend.

Also, the reason why I left the UP was the line of thinking that YooperJack displays and is so prevalent in the politicians up there. Multiple-use doesn't mean every use on every acre. Sometimes preservation is the greatest use of all.

Agree with Jack 100% on conservation. Drilling on an ara the size of Central Park on a reserve bigger than South Carolina seems pretty wise to me.

Did you notice who's covering Obama's pig comment and who's not- hardly a shocker. Al Sharpen will apologize to the Duke Lacrosse team before Obama's media lackey's pick up on this one. If Palin read a Curious George book to her daughter- they'd make her into David Duke.

Gman

Hey, here's a funny one.

Seems Snake Oil Sarah billed the State of Alaska $17,000 for staying at home!

I love this country.

johnl

Nice drive-by try Gman.
Read a whole story.

Did Sarah Palin Overspend on Official Travel? [Byron York]
I've been on a print-magazine deadline all day today, so I apologize for coming to this late, but I read with interest the Washington Post story on Sarah Palin's per diem billings. I think this is a perfectly reasonable sort of thing for reporters to look into — and I assume that the Post and other papers are also examining issues like how much Joseph Biden charges the taxpayers for his daily Amtrak trips between Washington and Delaware.

Anyway, on the Palin story, I felt like I couldn't get a bottom line from the Post account. Did Gov. Palin spend more money on travel than her predecessors? Less? Too much? What can her expenditures be compared to?

Late this afternoon, I talked to Sharon Leighow, who is the governor's spokeswoman in Alaska. It turns out that in September 2007, when Palin had been in office nine months, her staff did an analysis of her travel spending versus that of her predecessors, Republican Frank Murkowski and Democrat Tony Knowles. (Knowles is quoted in the Post story indirectly suggesting that Palin is spending too much.)

The analysis prepared by Palin's office added up travel costs for time in Anchorage, other parts of Alaska, out of state, and public safety costs associated with gubernatorial travels — in other words, most of the cost of such travels. Palin's office found that she had spent $122,970 in her first nine months in office. I don't have a figure for her entire first year, but if she spent in the final quarter at the rate she spent in the first three, that would be about $164,000 for the year. These are the figures for the other governors:


Murkowski 2006 $525,392
Murkowski 2005 255,823
Murkowski 2004 217,023
Murkowski 2003 275,546
Knowles 2002 278,026
Knowles 2001 210,968
Knowles 2000 89,578
Knowles 1999 73,700

The bottom line? I can't speak to the issue of per diem expenses, although the Post's front-page treatment seemed to suggest that while no rules were broken, Palin had abused the process. But when I look at her office's overall travel figures, at least for the first part of her term, it appears that she spent less than most years under her predecessors, Republican and Democrat.

09/09 07:31 PM

lowdown

Typical straw-man garbage.

The question isn't if she spent less than the crooks she replaced. It's whether or not she took part in an unethical practice, a shady, loophole-driven way of skimming off taxpayer money. In this vein, "She did it less than the last governor" isn't much of an argument. What WOULD be a strong argument is "she stopped the unethical practice altogether."

Now that would be the mark of a REAL reformer.

I'm sure Palin's a good woman, and it's great that she's bringing hunting positive cred in the national debate, but she's only in this race because the GOP needs to distract voters from focusing on the past eight years.

johnl

Well lowdown, I won't post the whole article, you can read it on your own.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088_pf.html
Washington Post is the D.C. equivalent of the New York Times, so their slant is obvious.
But, if you take the time to read the facts laid out in the article, she comes out looking very good.

As to your last statement:

"she's bringing hunting positive cred in the national debate, but she's only in this race because the GOP needs to distract voters from focusing on the past eight years."

I have to disagree, I think she's in the race because she's a genuine conservative, not a mere distraction. While I don't share your opinion of President Bush's performance, and John McCain was not my first choice, I think she's someone who has a solid core, and that's something we need more of in Washington, and a lot of state capitols.

"In this vein, "She did it less than the last governor" isn't much of an argument. What WOULD be a strong argument is "she stopped the unethical practice altogether."

So, only thing that works in your world is perfection?
Good luck with that, I heard they crucified the last guy.

lowdown

Good point on shoring up the conservative base.

As to perfection, I don't need it. But hypocrisy is a hard thing to vote for.




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