Sarah Palin Overload also Known as Palinitis…
I’ve had it. Enough with Sarah Palin. I will admit it. I am suffering from a severe case of ‘Palinitis’ – an extreme over-saturation of Sarah Palin, a public figure that somehow has managed to capture so much national attention much to my continued amazement.
Sadly, our nation has just had another tragedy (I’m talking about the shooting in Arizona) and yet we are talking about Sarah Palin. Let’s start with why we are talking about Sarah Palin. Because Sarah Palin continues to insert herself in the conversation. The latest from Team Palin being a very well timed video response she has posted which aired on the same day (January 12, 2010) that President Obama went over to Arizona to participate in a national memorial service. This shooting happened on Saturday and there has been plenty said about Palin between Saturday and Wednesday (more on that below). She obviously had plenty of time to prepare her speech, and yes clearly she had plenty of time to rehearse it as well – so why Wednesday? I am of the belief that she chose Wednesday AM to post her video because she was very aware that she would dominate the news cycle up until Obama spoke. Very shrewd of her. Frankly, if that was her intentions (and I believe it was) she has hit the jackpot.
By now we’ve all seen the screen grab of Sarah Palin with her ‘Blood Libel’ video - along with all the headlines, although perhaps you have not actually watched the video, and that is the point – Team Palin probably does not care if you do – they just care that you see the mug of their girl Sarah. I’m not going to dissect her video, but I will say that at the 1:40 mark Sarah Palin shifts the tone away from the tragedy and moves the focus on to her.
The idea that somehow Palin feels that the conversation should in any way be about her really irks me. I’ve had it. Enough of Sarah Palin. I did not vote for her (I’m not sure if I’m even supposed to admit something like that for an article like this…), and she and McCain did not win – the reality is they got crushed. If you want to run for president, go ahead and announce a candidacy. But to tape a video, while sitting behind a flag and fireplace, attempting to look ‘presidential’. The timing of the video release in particular has me riled up. What should be a story focused on these 19 families all facing tremendous grief has instead turned into the usual circus, all as a result of a carefully timed release.
I won’t talk about whether the term ‘Blood Libel‘ should or should not be used and if this term no longer has any of the historical relevance it had in the past, but my suspicision is that the intended impact by Team Palin was not so much historical but rather very much focused on creating news – today ‘Blood Libel’ will do that, especially considering the context, the fact that Giffords is Jewish. An innocent reference or likely a calculated determination by her team in order to maximize coverage.
So… how did Sarah Palin even enter this conversation you might be asking? It’s a great question. The answer is because one of her sites posted a map showing cross hairs over 20 Congressional districts. You might even notice they took the time to name all 20 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Palin’s team now claims that these were not actually cross hairs, but rather were intended to be something else, perhaps survey maps? You can use your own eyes to judge for yourself – but to me and my eyes these certainly look like cross hairs.
On March 25, 2010 Giffords had this to say regarding this map”
“Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.”
The map is no longer up, and in fact right now the entire site is down, but Sarah Palin and her team still maintain there was nothing inappropriate here. Considering the reality of today, in hindsight I find it hard to see Palin’s position here. At least to simply say in hindsight, perhaps introducing cross hairs to the public conversation was not a great idea. Maybe saying ‘Reload and Aim’ was not the greatest use of language. Here is an interesting article specifically on this part of the story by The Stranger.
And don’t for a second think the MSM, and MostMost are not biting. You can look at the home pages for the following news organizations and you’ll see our friend from Wasilla right there:
MSNBC – in the Politics section
MostMost – yes, we too have a story posted…
and I think you get the picture – the list goes on.
So what you ask is the cure for Palinitis? Given the amount of coverage she seems to get for everything she does I have a suspicion that the most effective cure might be to move to Alaska…
By David Gadarian for MostMostPosted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 Both comments and pings are currently closed.