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Michael van der Galien

MSNBC Continues to Ridicule Sarah Palin

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Posted on October 2 2009 7:58 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Morning Joe is one of only a few shows on MSNBC that conservatives can watch without being insulted every couple of minutes. Of course, that doesn’t mean much considering that the network employs talk-show hosts like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, but to give credit where credit is due — Morning Joe is normally OK.

Except when the show’s producers force co-host Willie Geist to talk about Sarah Palin.

On Thursday, the presenter talked about Palin’s upcoming book Going Rogue: An American Life. Even though the cover of the governor’s memoir hasn’t been printed yet and the book is due to appear in bookshops November 17th, it already tops the bestseller lists of both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

That’s a shock for liberals like Geist, who never get enough of telling their audiences that Palin shouldn’t be taken seriously. They say she is a goofball. An intellectual lightweight. She doesn’t have a chance at winning national elections. She’s even more stupid than George W. Bush.

You’re familiar with the usual talking points, I’m sure.

So what’s an angry leftist going to do when Palin makes headlines by authoring a book that’s a bestseller two months before it’s published? That’s right, simply parrot the same hackneyed talking points which they used to discredit her so successfully last year.

Instead of taking her seriously and noting the obvious — that the “unprecedented” sales figures are definite proof that Palin is a force to be reckoned with — Geist showed the infamous file footage of the governor chatting with a reporter while turkeys were being slaughtered behind her. “Is she also going to explain this,” Geist wondered?

It’s a typical leftist tactic: after all, “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

What does Palin have to do for MSNBC to take her seriously? If writing a bestselling book doesn’t do the trick, what will? Or isn’t this about Palin as much as it is about the network itself and its political agenda?

The answer to that question is self-evident.

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