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John Nolte: MSM Uses Palin’s Own Children as Political Weapons Against Her

John Nolte has written an exceptionally well-documented piece today at Big Journalism in which he painstakingly takes the usual suspects in the mainstream media, from Crazy Andy to Mediaite to Politico and everyone in between, to task for the tactics to which they’ll resort to help their inept Messiah with his re-election campaign by taking out Governor Palin.  An excerpt follows:

In their ongoing crusade to target and silence decent, everyday Americans as racists, some in the MSM love to use the term “dog-whistle” in order to ascribe racial motives to words like, say,  “basketball.” Well, lately I’ve been hearing a dog-whistle of my own — a dog-whistle of the journ-o-list variety that tells me that in their relentless campaign to destroy Sarah Palin and undercut her as a serious political force, the MSM is preparing to up the ante when it comes to using the Governor’s own family and children as a political weapon against her.

First, a little background…

Why the Media Whips Up the Palin-Fury

Watching the MSM react to Governor Palin over the last few years has been an illuminating crash course in Alinsky 101. Like elite, elbow-patched community organizers, the media collectively targets, polarizes, demonizes and intentionally creates a perpetual storm of personal drama around the Governor in the hopes of exhausting even those of us who support her. I call it whipping up the Palin-Fury.

This is a common tactic from the Left, but one we usually see played out in the streets with the idea being to so toxify the atmosphere that decent people give up the fight and go home just to get away from the awfulness of it all. The last few months of ugly and relentless pro-union protests in Wisconsin — though a failure for the left — were a textbook example of this. However, when it comes to Governor Palin, what we’re seeing is this tactic practiced by almost every so-called “objective” news outlet in America.

 Unfortunately, though an important part of it, this goes beyond reporting everything Levi Johnston says and does. A more visceral example is what we saw unfold in the wake of those awful January murders in Tucson. While the country wanted to come together to mourn for the victims and an attack on our democracy, the craven MSM saw an opportunity. I don’t know of any decent person who didn’t sit back in horror as they watched our media attempt to lay an awful crime at the feet of a mother of five who was probably minding her own business at home in Wasilla at the time. Worse still, after days of demanding Palin tell us when she stopped beating her wife, the MSM then collectively mauled her for daring to speak out.

Read the entire piece here. It’s eye-opening.  It’s clear that the media’s goal is to create controversy where there is none in an attempt to take the focus off Governor Palin’s positions on the issues.  This is all Team Obama and their unpaid surrogates in the media can do since her positions on virtually everything from energy to taxes to deficits and debt are not only correct (in stark contrast to Obama’s), but they have the added benefit of being in synch with where the American people are.  When it comes down to her common sense vs. Obama’s nonsense, their’s simply no contest. For this reason, the media is doing everything they can to change the subject and assist their chosen one.  This is not complicated.

(h/t RefudiateObama2012)    

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  • JDCampbell

    It is difficult for any women to be in the political arena, especially a conservative one who hunts for her own dinner. Unfortunately there are Americans who still believe what the LSM reports.

    • Guest

      What they have done to Sarah goes well beyond the usual bashing of a conservative woman in politics. I have never seen anything like it.

      • JDCampbell

        Don’t you think its time to change that perception? I think it is.

      • CBDenver

        I said it before but I’ll repeat — I think the great value of Gov Palin’s recent visit to the WH Correspondent’s Dinner parties it that the leftists game was shown clearly. Yes, they bash her relentlessly but in person, they are more than happy to have their pictures taken with her. It demonstrates clearly that their rhetoric is just a bunch of phoney BS. The supposed moral outrage at someone like Gov Palin is fake, conjured up to win political points. The same with the fake moral outrage against President Bush. I hope that people begin to wake up to the silly game that is being played.

  • section9

    An excellent read.

  • pgroup

    Everything in its time. This is their time – November 2012 is our time. Patience rules the universe – just ask Almighty God.

    Palin/West 2012. Powder is dry.

    • bradkarr


      • pgroup

        Uh, no. Ryan is a RINO in budget matters – Sarah is not. She has already started backing away from that chalupa.

  • unseen1

    Orwell called it the 2 minutes of hate.

    • conservativemama

      Good one!

  • fesofee

    Evil is exactly what this is. But what else can you expect from people trained in the ways of a person who dedicated his most famous book to "Lucifer"?

  • Guest

    This is why Sarah must run. The attacks will not stop regardless of what she does but if she does not run, these evil bottom dwellers will declare victory. They forced her to resign but that gave her the opportunity to shape the 2010 elections. Now, she needs to run and shape the future of our country.

    May God bless Sarah and her family.

    • AmsterdamExpat

      Yes. (And it would be very satisfying if in 2013 the journOlisters were prosecuted under a criminal conspiracy statute and Andrew Sullivan deported on the basis of his drug conviction.)

  • JDCampbell

    According to the Pentagon, Osama was tossed overboard into the Arabian Sea from the USS Carl Vinson after a few choice words.

  • unseen1

    far from wearing us out. The MSM made Gov Palin teflon in many peoples’ eyes.

  • JDCampbell

    Folks you notice that Sarah Palin is using SarahPac now to get her message out besides sites like C4P, so it becomes a positive influence for her notes, videos, upcoming events etc. So its the positive message that counts.

    • unseen1

      yeah the folks at C4p better get on the ball or Gov Palin is going to put them out of business…

  • TwoLegsGood

    Great article by Nolte, but he misses one essential ingredient… the "why".

    Why are Sullivan and the Trig Truthers so offended over the fact the Governor gave birth to Trig?

    It’s easy. It’s the biggest moneymaking Leftwing issue (and spiritual abomination) ever: Abortion.

    Sarah Palin and her son Trig are a walking testimony for Christ and the Pro Life movement simply BECAUSE she gave birth to him, because she did not have an abortion. Just the sight of Sarah Palin with her baby boy is a reminder of that. So if the Left can somehow make it out she is lying about giving birth to Trig, they are free of the power of Palin’s Christianity and her Pro Life testimony.

    Nolte came close to this brand of hatred of Palin by bringing the Devil into the discussion: "… the greatest trick the Devil ever played was in convincing us he didn’t exist…" but every Christian Palinista understands implicitly that this is an anti-Christian hate for Palin.

    That’s why it is so irrational. "Palin-Fury" has to do with Christianity.

    I once was pastored about the origins of mysogyny in the world:

    "The Devil specifically hated Mary because of Genesis 3:15, but in general the Devil hates women because of their ability to create life in the womb; the miracle of life is something he cannot replicate."

    This is why Sullivan and the antiChrist Left are "womb-obsessed" with Sarah Palin: it’s a spiritual fight. This is also why they see Trig as a "political prop" — their politicized views of abortion are the subtext for their hate — Trig represents the glory and plainsong goodness of ProLife Christianity.

    I know this will sound sappy, but according to Jesus, Sullivan needs our prayers ("pray for your enemies and those who wickedly curse you") And then he needs to be wisely deconstructed for the craftiness of his ridiculous arguments — as Nolte has started to do.

    But by understanding Trig Trutherism is actually a contorted debate about abortion, Sullivan can be effectively defanged. The questions now need to be asked of the Trig Truthers who are trying to morph the politically dead abortion debate into some strange antiChristian attack on Sarah Palin.

    I said it before but I’ll say it again. My step-niece has Down’s. The sweet tenderheartedness she brings into the family is an amazing gift of God. She is proof of God’s love. There are no mistakes in God.

    Trig is a testimony of God’s love and the left can put their hands over their ears and scream and pitch all they want but the facts remain…

    Sarah Palin isn’t using Trig as a political prop, God is using Trig as a spiritual reminder.

    • WEL2

      AlMe, you are absolutely right. At its very foundation, we are engaged in a spiritual war — good vs. evil, true believers in God vs. those who reject Him. And Governor Palin is a crucial leader on the good, true believers in God side. That explains the intensity of the evil hurled at her and members of her family.. The stakes are extremely high.

      • TwoLegsGood

        I think a lot of Palinistas pray for her but perhaps we should be discussing these things more — "iron sharpens iron" after all. I am also not a fan of praying without "doing".

    • conservativemama

      I love this. So beautifully said.

      • TwoLegsGood

        That was nice. I really loved the hard work John Nolte put into his article, btw., he really encapsulated the idiocy of the Left’s circular and meaningless arguments but wanted to discuss a little the spiritual nature of what Sarah Palin is up against.

    • nala3325

      All very good points, AIMe. I like your post very much.

      Regarding people with disabilities and special needs: Beyond the kind and comforting words that parents hear from others that they were given special children because God Knows that they are up to the challenge and that these kids will be good hands, there is one deeper reason and meaning God made sure these special children are in our lives. I’ve written about this in my blog but your words "God is using Trig as a spiritual reminder" captured it.

      People with disabilities, young and old, are a constant reminder of what is GOOD in us. They are God’s reminder to us that the world does not revolve around us, that there are others whose struggles are greater than ours,that we should always lend a hand to lift up those who need help in whatever we can, and that it makes us feel good about ourselves to help others. Not to stop and be content with giving ourselves a pat in the back but to continue to reach out to others and do good – for ourselves, our neighbors and our communities. The presence of people with special needs touch and teach us and ensures that the cycle of doing good and helping others does not end.

      • Vicki

        I think it’s broader. I think progressives believe that everything progresses. They see no absolutes in the human existence. It’s rather Hitleresque, really. They are able to separate themselves from the overt racism that Hitler embodied since they don’t target their disdain toward people of color or origin. But they have disdain for people they see as inferior and would like to see these "imperfect" people erased. They believe there is such a thing as a perfect mankind. One without people who have handicaps, or are fat, or old. I think they believe they could someday create a world that is full of slim, trim, intelligent 30 somethings. Kind of scarey really.

        • conservativemama

          Among Hitler’s many victims were the developmentally disabled.

          Any "X-Files" fans here? Remember the episode with the freakshow circus in Florida? The one with the completely tattooed guy called either the Enigma or the Conundrum? At the end of the episode Scully is talking to one of the freak show guys, one of the workers. They glance over at Mulder who looks like he’s posing for a clothing catalog. And the circus worker laments the fact that we are losing the geeks and freaks among us and we’ll all end up bland and uniform, looking like Mulder.

          I’m not saying Trig is a geek or freak, but to progressives he is imperfect. They do think they can fix everything and their worldview is so narrow, which is so ironic since they are the self-proclaimed tolerant ones. And yet, they tolerate almost nothing

      • TwoLegsGood

        Nala3325: Totally agree.

    • Vicki

      yes, it’s rather ironic that some men can look down their nose at women when every one of them was created by, yes, a woman. And no one can be created by a man alone, and in fact the man’s role is rather minor in the scheme of things.

  • unseen1
    • CBDenver

      I have seen that before but it is worth watching again. The liberals think we are just sheep whose emotions they can turn on and off like a spigot (mized metaphor, I know). I am growing to despise those bastards with every fiber of my being.

  • AmsterdamExpat

    Moderators — a few days ago I drew your attention to a troll with the moniker "triggy bear" who’s been showing up here and requested that you dispatch it forthwith. It’s still around (see further down on this thread); though not for much longer I hope.

    • unseen1

      Yeah the troll posted link on his post was ban worthy in itself.

      • AmsterdamExpat

        That’s why I raised the point — just seeing one or two of those posts nearly made me sick, literally.

        • unseen1

          yeap looks like the left wants to get another blood libel started

  • unseen1

    What the hell is your problem?

  • Abby4

    Pig Palace Troll…

  • JDCampbell

    Do you know how to swim?

  • JeannieBinVA

    Excellent article. Thank you, Doug.

    I was struck by this line: "a coordinated political psy-ops tactic to PROGRAM EVERYDAY PEOPLE TO WINCE every time Palin dares pop her head out of the ground." (my caps)

    Getting beyond that wince among Indies and Dems is going to be a herculean task, but it certainly can be done. The primaries and televised debates will help a lot, but it’s also going to be up to each of her active supporters to make the case in their personal circles and local communities.

    I was also glad to see the action items at the end of the article. One specific action I would add is: Write Letters to the Editor of local papers — dailies, weeklies, monthlies — and any wider circulation regional newspapers you know or subscribe to. LTEs are THE most read parts of newspapers, and they are a very effective way to hold local media to account, and to get ordinary people/voters to think and to investigate beyond the anti-Palin drivel most media will publish.

  • turfmann

    I’ve mentioned this before but this verse makes a lot of sense to me as I try to understand Mrs. Palin, what she does and how she does it:

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…

    Does that not make sense when you see her fearlessly speaking in Madison or showing up at the MSNBC party or giving Obama a roundhouse punch?

    She may feel fear in private, but when she steps into the spotlight she most definitely is wearing the Armour of God.

    And that is why they hate her – they hate her because they fear her. They fear her because they know she walks with God (as we all do) and will seek to do His will.

    Just my two cents…

    • conservativemama

      I agree. I’ve known Christians who are so sincere in their faith that I am in awe of them. They truly walk with God and are such strong, good people. And while I may not be as good as they are, I at least respect them and understand why they are who they are, why they conduct themselves as they do.

      Our elites cannot do that. For all their "worldliness", they know nothing really. Because they are so secularized, so removed from a life of faith, be it Christianity or Judaism or another faith, they cannot understand people like Gov. Palin. She knows that whatever they do to her, it doesn’t matter. God has her back, and she has her family and friends, and supporters like us. She has what is real and she knows it.

      Our elites have lost touch with their fellow Americans. They don’t know us. And honestly, they really don’t know the rest of the world. They are a shallow bunch. They travel the world, but always staying in their little elite bubble.

      I too traveled much of the world in my youth and as I’ve said to smarmy liberals who love to rundown "rednecks" and other Americans they don’t care for, every country has their rednecks. If you really knew the world you would know that. Many, many years ago I spent a fun evening drinking good wine in Normandy France with illiterate toothless French fishermen. Not fancy, America-bashing Parisians, but ordinary guys. We barbarians are everywhere.

    • Vicki

      Yes. We could use a lot more loin girding among the conservative ranks.

  • CliffNZ

    There are a few articles which so perfectly capture what is being attempted re Sarah Palin that I have to bookmark them so I can easily refer to them again. This is one of those articles.

  • unseen1

    this shouold be a wake up call for Foxnews:

    Preliminary fast national ratings from Nielsen for Sunday night are in, and they show a very strong performance from CNN as the news about Osama Bin Laden broke.

    From 10-11 PM ET, CNN averaged 2.329 million total viewers, including 960,000 adults 25-54. Fox News was close behind with 2.317 million total viewers/895,000 demo viewers. MSNBC was a distant third with 1.085 million total viewers, 485,000 A25-54.

    From 11 PM -12 AM ET, when President Obama spoke, CNN drew 7.763 million total viewers, including 3.904 million A25-54. Fox News drew 4.778 million total viewers,/2.070 million A25-54. MSNBC drew 2.275 million total viewers/1.126 million A25-54.

    Overall, from 10 PM-3 AM ET, CNN averaged 4.142 million total viewers and 2.101 demo viewers. Fox News drew 2.845 million viewers/1.267 million demo viewers. MSNBC drew 1.584 million viewers/800,000 A25-54.

    • unseen1

      if foxnews continues it’s leftward movement and continues it’s bashing of gov Palin by their hosts I think foxnews will be in MSNBC land soon. Foxnews needs to either to go back to the right or give up all hope of every being king. I would rather watch CNN at least I know CNN is liberal unlike how fox tries to fool me that they are conservative….

      • conservativemama

        O’Reilly is almost unwatchable. The man is so dim. But, he does have some good guests now and then.

      • blueniner

        Yeah Fox News is really tilting left and becoming anti-Palin, I enjoy Fox Business Channel.
        I wish we could get a real Conservative channel.

    • WEL2

      The increasingly anti-Palin tilt of Fox News, in general, makes it open to strong criticism by conservatives. Fox Nation, however, often posts favorable things about Governor Palin and comments by her. Are we conservatives showing our appreciation of this and our support of her by responding positively to the pro-Palin posts on Fox Nation?

    • susiepuma

      I couldn’t watch Fox after Bret Beier went live to Geraldo – I cannot abide this fool and had to turn it off……………………………………..

      • Vicki

        I watch FOX because we went to a cheaper option on our Dish and fox is the only cable news it has. But I absolutely turn it off when Geraldo is on. And I’ve quit watching it as much. I like BOR because I thought compared to some others it was at least funny. But I’ve even started ratcheting back on him. Mostly because its the same thing over and over.

    • blueniner

      I think Geraldo Rivera and his antics chased everyone to CNN, I know I couldnt take that Horses a$$,I flipped to CNN.

  • nala3325

    To the Andrew Sullivans and Jack Stuefs of the twisted MSM:

    In a small town where I grew up, elementary school children were required to take a class called GMRC (Good Manners and Right Conduct). The students were taught to stand up when a teacher or any figure of authority would enter the room. Kids must address adults as "sir" or "ma’am". But generally, the responsibility of raising a disciplined and well-mannered child falls on the parents. It seems to me that Sullivan and Stuef need to go back home and ask for a refresher on how to be good boys. Their mouths need some serious washing and their tongues, an overnight soaking. A combo of Clorox, Purell and Listerine will do the trick. Then they need to sit down in their timeout chairs and write on a piece of paper the Golden Rule a hundred times … then write an essay on "How Not To Embarrass Your Mom".

    • Guest

      That’s how it was when I was a kid, too. Where did we lose that?

      • navak

        Inidividual rights and free speech gone amok. Oh, and don’t forget it might hurt the self esteem of the children.

      • nala3325

        Sad, isn’t it?

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