Blogger Meredith Dake at Big Journalism is the latest to question Juan Williams’ grasp of reality, after his disparaging comments about Sarah Palin’s intellect. Williams was also taken to task by Whitney, Tammy Bruce, and Greta van Sustern, Williams’ Fox News colleague.
All I can add is that I do not concur with the blogger’s contention that we all “supported” Williams after his NPR firing. I laughed my socks off, and cheered wildly. But that’s just me.
We all supported Juan Williams when he was dumped from NPR for actually trying to have an honest conversation about terrorism. We cheered for him as he was hired by Fox News. I applaud O’Reilly when he has Williams host. I mean, when was the last time Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann had a moderate conservative sit in for them? Over the weekend, however, Juan Williams reminded us all why he is still a “brain-dead” liberal.
If you’ve watched 10 minutes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC or even a 5 minute interview with Sarah you’ll recognize instantly that she doesn’t mince words. Sarah Palin doesn’t beat around the bush. She doesn’t hide her meanings and she doesn’t use childish analogies about cars in ditches to illustrate America’s complex problems. She talks straight, albeit sometimes in extraordinarily laymen’s terms.
In other words, Sarah Palin has been proven over and over again to be a person that tells the truth when she speaks. When she made campaign promises about the Alaska government becoming more transparent and fiscally responsible, she actually meant it and has a record to show for it. The same could not be said for the President who promised transparency and a more responsible government.
So, it looks like Juan Williams is right, Sarah Palin cannot stand on the same “intellectual stage” as President Obama. Or rather, Obama cannot stand on the same stage as Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a straight-talking, articulate (although, rarely qualified as much by the MSM), super-mom turned political pundit. President Obama is a sleek, charismatic but somewhat emotionally aloof politician who can read a teleprompter like nobody’s business (except when it references the military – then he’s a little lost).