You know, the media never really changes. In the wake of Sarah Palin’s announcement on October 5th that she would not be seeking the GOP nomination for President, the leftist media chortled and guffawed, and played out their sarcastic hatred of pro-Palin people, conjecturing that the pro-Palin blogosphere might now die, due to the loss of their raison d’être. Of course, those of us in the blogosphere who have been advocates of Palin’s candidacy and her political ideas knew that this had been nonsense, but it hasn’t done the first thing to diminish the vile garbage being cranked out by the Palin-Hate crowd. Still looking for justifications for their own existence, the Palin-Hate crowd simply can’t let go. Long-time Palin-hater, Craig Medred, writing in the Alaska Dispatch, simply couldn’t walk away. If you ever wanted to see a person scrambling to retain some relevance, this guy is the prototype. In an anti-Palin screed yesterday, he assailed Palin for her criticisms of politicians who profit from their positions, calling her a hypocrite. While Sarah Palin may not be running for office, Medred hasn’t noticed and his attacks upon Palin are really just his last-ditch effort to maintain some relevance.
The particular object of his rage (this time) is Sarah Palin’s excellent column carried earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal. Palin’s basic premise had been that politicians in Washington DC use their positions, and the insider information they thereby derive to enrich themselves in a manner that would be illegal for the rest of us. She specifically focused on the case laid out in Peter Schweizer’s new book Throw Them All Out, and referenced the sad state of affairs that permits DC insiders to profit unjustly while writing the laws that ultimately produce some of those profits. Her point was simple: If you or I did this, it would result in a term in jail. When Congressmen do this, it’s “no big deal.” It’s an eye-opening book, and Palin’s intention was to clearly outline the problem for the American people, who may not understand how deep the corruption really is.
Medred couldn’t take this lying down, since Palin can never be permitted to be seen as anything but an object of hatred. To let her make the moral case would be to surrender to her the high ground, and of course, no leftist on the planet could possibly countenance that. He opened his piece [of garbage] with the following:
Finally former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found a subject on which she can truly comment as an expert, the profits to be made in politics in America today.
Notice how he immediately misdirects his audience? He says “profit from politics” as though all profits are equal, and that profits a person derives after their political career are exactly the same as those made while holding office? Politicians have traditionally made money selling books, making speeches, and making appearances after their elected careers have ended. Everybody has to make a living, and I honestly don’t think the American people begrudge the retired politician this sort of “profit.” What the American people do hold in contempt is the politician who is actively using his office, while occupying it, to write laws favorable to buddies in industry, or to use insider information to which only Congress members have ready access, and leverage that information into personal profit. Let us not then pretend that all profits are equal. Some are justly earned, and some are not. Setting up this false equivalence is Medred’s first glaring bit of dishonesty. He immediately follows this with a smear about Palin, and whether she had herself written the article, going out of his way to imply the article may have been ghost-written.
Governor Palin has been writing some excellent and informative articles for quite some time. Of all the one’s I’ve read, they seem very much to have been written in her voice. They have been of high quality, concisely detailing the points she wished to make. While I suppose it would be possible that everything she’s ever published had been ghost-written, I seriously doubt it. It raises a larger question for Mr. Medred, however: Who is ghost-writing for him? His mechanical diatribes seem to have been concocted by the same purveyors of filth who spread gossip about the Palins on a dozen leftwing websites, so I’m now wondering: Is his column just an auto-pen for leftist hatemongers? It surely seems that way:
How do politicians who arrive in Juneau, Alaska, as women of modest means leave as millionaires?
Well, let’s see: They use their beauty-pageant-trained charms on some old, white-guy conservatives who convince an only-slight-short-of-wholly-whacked-out U.S. senator from Arizona to pick her as his vice-presidential running mate in a failed bid for the presidency. And then she goes on the campaign trail to endear herself to a certain segment of America that really hates the black guy who’s been “pallin’ around with terrorists.” All of which builds her a political base to pay to watch her nonsensical mumblings on Fox News and buy a who-cares book.
Here we find the real source of Medred’s hatred: Sarah Palin has sold more books than he, and it frankly causes him to be incensed. No, he doesn’t say that directly, but this paragraph drips with the condescension of a man moved by envy. In short, he hates Palin because she’s popular with the people, and either of her books have more readers than the total of all the hate-filled columns with which he’s littered the world. His hatred is also prefaced by a lie: He implies that Palin became governor as a woman of modest means and left that office rich as a result of the things she did as governor. That’s a bold-faced lie, and he knows it, which is why he immediately shifts to envy-mode.
Of course, a troll like Medred can never be satisfied to hurl his lies and insults. He has to invent controversies, and in the end, he does precisely that. Claiming that Palin somehow used her office to the benefit of the fishing industry, in which her husband works, he makes this ludicrous assertion:
Palin didn’t spend her political career fighting corruption. And the Palin administration was all about cronyism. The big oil companies in Alaska did, and to some extent still do, carry undue influence with Alaska politicians. But it’s nothing compared to the influence of commercial fishing interests in the fishing industry off the coast of the 49th state.The fishing interests have the kind of influence the oil companies can only dream about.
Did Palin ever try to do anything to fix this? Anything?
Well, of course, not. Her hubby is in the fishing business. Protecting his interests was more important than protecting the public’s interest.
It’s cronyism at the fundamental level.
It’s bad enough to attempt to created twisted, tortured linkages to unsubstantiated conspiracies, but this latest among Medred’s Palin conspiracy theories takes the cake. Apparently, in his view, Palin didn’t do enough by “merely” tackling the oil companies’ iron-fisted grip on Alaska politics. According to Medred, she should have taken on another industry, and of course, we’re led to believe, he’d have been right there supporting her all the way, right? Medred also ignores the fact that Todd Palin had also worked in the oil industry. According to his conspiratorial view of Sarah Palin’s “cronyism,” she shouldn’t have tackled that industry either.
It’s nonsense, but I suspect that if you have spent any time reading Medred or the AlaskaDispatch, you’re already aware of the nature of their Palin coverage.