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October 10, 2008


by Donna Jo Thorndale and Shira Piven.

Day six: stop ranting! Give up the fight. Accept that you want to talk about Palin. Make Internet date with fans off site. Breathe, try to be peppier. For today: meditate on week thus far. Six blogs down, one to go. Let go of feelings of despair/sadness! Compare and contrast.

As citizens on Palin we said it like this:

5 things Sarah Palin will never hunt for:

--The Constitution
--A Smart Pants Suit
--Her Library Card (oh, wait....she doesn't HAVE one)
--The Wasilla branch of Planned Parenthood (oh, wait...there ISN'T one)

An English journalist, The Guardian’s Michelle Goldberg said it like this:

"Sarah Palin's farcical debate performance lowered the standards for both female candidates and US political discourse. It was an appalling display. At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked."

On day five we said it like this:

Alaska: lagging, but rape is up by 3 times that of national average. Highest in the country!! Also high in percentage of: hermits, militia, misguided college students, salmon fishers, survivalists, oil workers, wolf-hunters. 

And English journalist Michelle Goldberg said it like this:

"Asked what her Achilles heel is - a question she either didn't understand or chose to ignore - she started in on how McCain chose her because of her "connection to the heartland of America. Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills?" None of Palin's children, it should be noted, are heading off to college. Her son is on the way to Iraq, and her pregnant 17-year-old daughter is engaged to be married to a high-school dropout and self-described "fuckin' redneck."

As citizens befuddled by the American media we were thinking just today:

Why is it so hard to get hard-core information from the media? Reporting is couched in a pretend effort to be "fair and balanced" and we don't just mean FOX News. It's no secret that Time Warner and Clear Channel (cha-ching) own a massive percentage of the public's information media. Important, relevant and, dare we say, unacceptable facts can be easily suppressed if they aren't good for business. (Remember when CBS would not air the Regan mini-series “The Reagans”) Let’s get real: No one on TV/in major publications could be brutally honest about Sarah Palin, lest McCain’s camp refuse to let him/her on the magic bus.

As a journalist pondering the same, The Guardian’s Michelle Goldberg said it like this:

Too many American pundits don't even try to judge the truth, wisdom or reasonableness of the political rhetoric they are paid to pronounce upon. Instead, they imagine themselves as interpreters of a mythical mass of "average Americans" who they both venerate and despise.

As citizens looking at the collapse of our economy we said it like this :

How will truths trump lies
Five corporations own us
Rummage couch for change

Upon examining the same, slipping presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain said it like this :

The fundamentals of our economy are strong.

As the next president of the United States, Sen. Barack Obama said it like this:

In 1980, Ronald Reagan said, 'Ask yourself:  Are you better off now than you were four years ago?', at this rate we have to ask ourselves are we better off now than we were four weeks ago!”

The good news: just over two (OK, make that three) weeks to go!