Monday, July 6, 2009

The media did it.

No need to round up the usual suspects. When things go south, just blame the media. No need to define the term. You might also tack "mainstream" onto it, as well. No need to define that, either.

But definitely, set up a tedious either-or: you're either part of the media or, uh, you love your country, for example.

Yes, this is about Sarah Palin's rambling resignation speech and her subsequent fourth of July Facebook post where she pits herself (the good) against the media (the bad) and what those elitists say about her (the ugly).

Slate's Anne Applebaum deconstructs Palin's message here, conceding that, as a writer for Slate, she must be part of that (sigh) mainstream media.

Even though I live in an obscure corner of Eastern Europe, I now recognize that it is impossible to escape the assumption that, by writing in this space, I belong to the "mainstream media." I therefore feel it incumbent upon me to respond to Sarah Palin's Fourth of July Facebook message, in which, among other things, she attacked the "main stream [sic] media" for its reaction to her surprise resignation from the governorship of Alaska—a reaction that, she wrote, "has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the 'politics of personal destruction.' " How "sad," she continued, "that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country."

1 comment:

Lotta K said...

It's going to be fun when SP starts making money from her book and/or talk show gigs. I bet she can't wait to join those same 'main stream' media.