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13 November 2008

The Media Owes Sarah Palin an Apology

Who'd have ever thought it? But the Thrilla from Wasila has been maligned lately, apparently as part of a promotional stunt by two guys who thought they had a great idea for a TV program.

So she didn't not know that Africa was a continent. Which is not to say that she did, in fact, know.

Of course, she owes herself an apology too. After all, she was the one who made it credible.

One of my uber-bosses, who is a rabid Republican and watched the towers come down on September 11th, 2001, said to me this week: "I'm glad Obama got in. McCain insulted America when he picked her."

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At 10:04 a.m., Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

And now she wants to run for president...

At 7:41 p.m., Blogger Silverstar said...

Maybe she does know Africa is a continent, but the talk-show hosts that pranked her by pretending to be Sharkosky proved she is ignorant. I agree with Coyote, her as president scares me.

At 8:38 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

I feel that as long as Obama can demonstrate some measure of success, the next election should see him into a second term, albeit with a reduced majority in both the Senate and House.

But no matter, he won't be running against Palin in any case. She looked bad, ripped off her party, and made the candidate look ludicrous for choosing her. She may run for the nomination, but I think even the wingiest of wingnuts will have outgrown her.

At 10:02 a.m., Blogger Pugs said...

Not a chance. The Republicans here in the US absolutely LOVE her. She will be around for a good long time.

At 6:12 p.m., Blogger Joshua said...

Fox has confirmed that they didn't get the Africa claim from these guys. So it looks like these guys were just fooling around and made MSNBC look bad. But it doesn't remove anything from the original report about Palin and Africa.

At 8:50 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Actually, I'm hoping for a Palin/Gingrich ticket in 2012, just to make sure Obama gets an even bigger landslide in the re-election.

Really? Weird how truth sometimes echoes fiction.

At 9:13 a.m., Blogger Joshua said...

Metro, yes see

for example

Where the hoaxers state that they were not the source and Fox agrees with them. Unfortunately, judging by google-news many people are reporting uncritically that the entire claim was a hoax.

At 2:31 p.m., Blogger larryniven said...

All this speculation about '12 leaves out one thing, I think: Palin is some kind of opportunist magician. Partially, people are sick of her now because she so resembles Bush in her speech and attitude, so the same people who are sick of Bush are very likely to be sick of her, too. Four years from now, I have no doubt that many such people will have forgotten all about Bush. The trick, then, will be for Palin to hang around for four years, and she's off to a good start - it's no mistake that she didn't slink away after the election. If she had done that, it would have been a capitulation. What she's doing now is making the most of her position, which is, though not what it could have been, still in a sense much stronger than any other Republican's. If there's a way to make a real push in '12, she or her people fill find it - the only question is whether we should hope for this or not. Part of me is with Metro on this one, but part of me is still desperately paranoid.


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