Was there a deliberate and coordinate (smear)campaign by the mainstream media against then Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign? Back then, many of us said there was. Well, today we can stop ‘thinking’ there was: we know it. The Daily Caller released more exchanges between members of the now famous Journolist. They prove that America’s progressive journalists and mainstream media bloggers did indeed coordinate their attacks on the governor, with the sole purpose of getting Obama and Joe Biden elected to the White.
The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin. “Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation,” wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. “How can anyone logically argue that Sarah Pallin [sic], a one-term governor of Alaska, is qualified to be President of the United States? Train wreck, thy name is Sarah Pallin.”
Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christia wing-nut a heartbeat away …… bang away at McCain’s age making this unusually significant …. I think people should be replicating some of the not-so-pleasant viral email campaigns that were used against [Obama].”
Ryan Donmoyer, a reporter for Bloomberg News who was covering the campaign, sent a quick thought that Palin’s choice not to have an abortion when she unexpectedly became pregnant at age 44 would likely boost her image because it was a heartwarming story…
Politico reporter Ben Adler, now an editor at Newsweek, replied, “but doesn’t leaving sad baby without its mother while she campaigns weaken that family values argument? Or will everyone be too afraid to make that point?”
“Too afraid to make that point,” Adler? You’re not concerned with doing your job, educating and informing the public, but only with the question of how you can destroy John McCain’s running mate?
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