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Why the Establishment Media Are as Bad as the Politicians, Update: One Final Thought

Over at Bloomberg News in a section called “The Ticker,” Margaret Carlson and Ramesh Ponnuru combine the usual media task of marginalizing Governor Palin with their analysis of someone she has absolutely nothing to do with: Jesse Jackson, Jr.

At the top of the piece, it states:

This week Margaret Carlson and Ramesh Ponnuru are talking about forgiveness and redemption in the Republican Party — and in the Democratic Party, too, as it turns out.

First of all, let’s make something clear.  Governor Palin (or her supporters) have done nothing wrong to Republicans and therefore, we seek no forgiveness.  In fact, many of the ones with weakening spines among those in Congress today should be the ones seeking forgiveness from the people they’ll have to answer to next year.

Second, the only thing Governor Palin’s guilty of is galvanizing the grassroots.  She helped the Tea Party score a win of historic proportion when she campaigned with them in 2010.  The problem for the establishment, however, is that it refuses to live up to the values held by the Tea Party.  That is why the Tea Party has become an inconvenient problem for them and why a war remains on the right.

Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson, Jr. recently pleads guilty to stealing $750K from his party to accentuate his lifestyle.  He doesn’t only need to seek forgiveness from the party, he also betrayed the people.  Kind of a big difference there.

Ramesh goes on to say:

Palin has decided she wants to be grouped with the Sean Hannitys and Ann Coulters of the world, not with the John Kasichs and Marco Rubios, and I am not going to second-guess her about the best use of her talents. The dilemma she now faces is that interest in her as a media figure has been dependent on the possibility that she has a political future. Her endorsements have been pretty savvy as a matter of picking primary winners, but I suspect that their effectiveness has peaked.

Two points:

First, how many conservatives did Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity officially endorse in 2010 (and 2012)?  Where were they on the campaign trail?  This isn’t a matter of whether or not Governor Palin is a Fox News analyst or a Governor or even a candidate for President.  What matters is that unlike many, she doesn’t allow any title to take her out of the grassroots.  No matter what she does in life, she stays true to the people in the crowd.  She knows that it is they who desire real change and on their behalf, she’s been able to take that desire to various platforms.  I thank her for that.  The problem with the lamestream media is they can never predict what she’s going to do.  That is why they do their darndest to prescribe a bleak future.

Second, wasn’t John Kasich a Fox News host before becoming Governor?  By that very measure, why couldn’t Hannity enter politics?

Ramesh continues:

I can’t find it in my heart to be too tough on Jackson. It can’t be easy growing up with a charismatic, famous political father: So many children of politicians seem to be screwed up in some way. More important, a lot of Jackson’s misconduct seems clearly connected to his bipolar disorder.

But that’s exactly the problem.  We have the Bushes and the Kennedys and the Clintons, and now – the Jacksons.  Far too often, we turn to political families assuming that the maturing members of their nests are supposed to be next.  Far too much of this type of thinking is what has us in the mess we are in today.  Then we have members of the establishment media like those at Bloomberg News who don’t want "to be too tough" on them when they betray the people.

Governor Palin doesn’t come from a political family and neither did Reagan.  Our best public servants seem to segue into public service as a byproduct of their passion.  The worst members either come from already-established political families or they make friends with the worst people to get them there — like Obama with Bill Ayers.

But let’s compare Jackson’s struggle as a child of a political parent with that of any one of the Palin children and their accompanying treatment by the media.  Last I checked, Track Palin is protecting his country and Bristol Palin is being a good mom.  Those facts barely correlate with how the media and the left have treated them.  Both have had the pressures of the media that obsess about their rock-star mom, and yet they’ve managed not to embezzle $750K from anyone.

Margaret Carlson concludes:

My surprise at her [Governor Palin] re-emergence has faded to boredom, which is how most people feel, according to polls. She has gone from It girl to an ex-Fox reality star. Fox doesn’t fire people who can still get ratings.

You ever notice how critics of the relevant are always the ones who have the egos big enough to think they can steer those that they criticize?  First, Fox never FIRED Governor Palin.  She was offered a contract renewal and she declined.  Where’s Carlson’s offer from Fox by the way?  Also, as Stacy pointed out, Governor Palin had not appeared on Fox at all in the month of January  when the channel’s ratings began to plummet.  Second, notice how Carlson attempts to tell the reader how they feel and generalizes by saying her statement is "according to polls" when she doesn’t cite one.

Classic case of Palin Derangement Syndrome coupled with self-inflated opinions.  Governor Palin has “faded to boredom” yet Carlson and Ramesh find her relevant enough to place her in a headline with a felon.

It’s humor at its best.  The sad thing is, idiots like these want to be taken seriously.  The problem is they always wind up proving the perils of establishment politics and end up describing why it is that establishment politicians will never be what’s right for the people.


I’d hate to have to count how many times Governor Palin has been referred to as a "Grifter" by her haters.  But let’s ponder for a moment that the Jackson family keep pushing this "bipolar" meme as an excuse for Jackson’s behavior.  I live in the 2nd District of Illinois (Jackson’s district) and I promise you, he never ran on the premise of being bipolar.  In fact, he ran on being a champion of the people — on the same values Barack Obama claims to hold near and dear to his heart.  It amazes me how many times companies have been bullied by Jackson’s father into donating to Rainbow Push whenever he threatened to raise a stink.  I am amazed at how the modern-day Jackson family, despite their countless moral short-comings and endless dealings with Chicago-style politics, constantly have the power they have to intimidate by playing the phony race card against anyone who opposes liberal policies.  They’ve been grifters of this cause for many years and are treated like royalty.

It amazes me how the media is ready to feel sorry for Jackson, Jr. after he betrayed the people.  He embezzled $750K, he had a comfortable government position for many terms and didn’t even bother to show up to Congressional meetings to represent his constituents.  He had extra marital affairs and shamed his public office.  In fact, in being a liberal holding a public office title, he actually lives out the worst things said about Governor Palin and the countless untrue rumors spread about her and her private life.

When Jackson sits around for years and hurts the nation, he is felt sorry for and Governor Palin is ridiculed to this day for resigning her office to avoid a lynch mob of extremists who abused the Alaska Ethics Act and hit her with an endless amount of frivolous charges of which she was cleared of every one of them.

Folks, we don’t have to put up with this.  I encourage all of you to hit these articles and smack down their ilk with the truth.  Don’t give up…..when the smoke clears, the truth is always there to serve as an inconvenience to establishment poison along with their apologists in the media.

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  • Mary Beth House

    Worse than just being "establishment media"…Ponnuru is a Senior Editor for the National Review, which is supposed to be a stronghold of conservative thought.

    Buckley must be rolling in his grave to see "conservatives" minimize and diminish someone with Governor Palin’s record like this.

    • c4pfan

      Well, they are for once tellling people what they think of Sarah and it obviously works! I mean works in getting people to read a bunch of nothing.

  • c4pfan

    I read it and they seemed jealous.

  • Guest

    Just when you think they couldn’t have slunk any lower!

  • ZH100

    Excellent read. Thank you Steve.

    Margaret Carlson has a history of PDS.

    For instance:

  • n4cerinc

    this Ramesh jackass find its in his head to compare Elliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford and Jesse Jackson Jr. with Sarah Palin. Okay on what level does she belong in the same conversation with those scums? The only thing I can see is that they are men who did terrible things to their families and their constituents. They broke the law. What did Sarah Palin ever do to even come close?

  • Mr.L

    They want Palin in the company of John Kasichs? The man who
    stabbed his citizens in the back by siding with Obama on health care? He just expanded Medicaid in his state which means he has contributed to the implementation of Obamacare which means he’s helping Obama.
    Mark Rubio? the man who wants to grant 11-12 million illegals amnesty
    and doesn’t think doing that will drive up the debt and spending? if
    Palin is not in that kind of company then it’s a PLUS. Sarah Palin’s
    name does not belong in an article with a bunch of corrupt assholic
    Democrat politicians who, one is about to go to JAIL for his misdeeds
    the other who was caught paying for hookers by making deductions from an
    ATM. Please Ramesh Ponnuru & Margaret Carlson you need a wake up call from the planet Earth.

    • c4pfan

      It wasn’t even an article. Just a mish-mash of nothing, but jealous crap.

  • Mr.L

    I have to add… the other day I tweeted this fantastic article to Gov Palin. It was written by the same professor who, in 2010, told Newsmax that Sarah Palin is a political talent that this country has not seen since Ronald Reagan. He wrote this article this week. It’s amazing and it has her name all over it. Her name is not in it, but I am almost certain it was written with Gov Palin in mind. It’s also a sobering indictment of the Republican establishment.
    As for the article in question, we will see how "boring" she is after CPAC. Go down the street in your hometown and ask people who Carlson and the other writer is and they won’t have a clue. They’ll know who Sarah Palin is. These people have no influence anymore. NRO and it’s influence is also dwindling as people who get it, who understand where our problems really emanate from "the ruling class" on both sides as Prof Codevilla points out in his article, are not taken seriously by the masses of us who do get it.
    The establishment media didn’t matter when it came to Reagan, it’s not going to matter when it comes to Palin.
    I’m frankly sick of these people.
    There was a monologue given Friday by Rush Limbaugh and I would like to share it with you all if you missed it:

    I have to agree with Rush and I think the same rule can be applied to Sarah Palin here. The establishment media have become just like the Democrats that Rush is talking about here. The Dems who keep insisting that the right wants to kill babies, dirty water, starve people. The claims are absurd. Granted, some of their claims are worth defending against or and/or deserve mocking. But some of these claims they make about Sarah Palin is beneath our dignity and, as he said on Friday about the Dems we can say about writers like this, to even take on the task of defending it is to accept the premise. and to do so may be foolish.

    We have to start treating these people in the manner in which we would treat a Trig Truther. Many of these claims are either old, absurd, incorrect, made up, or all of the above. I mean, I sometimes go to blogs and these malcontents are still talking about her wardrobe from 2008. They call her a quitter yet ignore the reasons why she resigned because she was Alinsky’d. I mean some of this has to be let go. I still believe that if she chooses to take a stand and look to hold high office again or go for the brass ring in 2016, none of this crap is going to matter once she declares herself and gets out there and makes her case for the people.

    • jester2939

      Hey, Mr. L, I enjoyed your podcast on Dr. Carson. It’s good to know I’m not the only one with concerns about him. He may be great, but time will tell by seeing what he does and finding out about his past. Right now I have a "verify and then I’ll trust" attitude to all political newcomers.

      • palin45potus

        I second that thought!! (BTW- I saw your response to my Bond question and "Goldfinger" had the best Bond villain ever in "Odd-Job")

        My feeling is that the media has perfected the art of selling us the most beatable candidates as our only hope…while they heap derision and scorn on anyone who’s a threat to their agenda, which most of them make no attempt to conceal.

        The only reason that Obama is where he is in the polls besides lack of testicular fortitude in the wussy GOP is that the media sees him fulfilling all of their "Wish-list" of items they’ve spent their entire adult lives hoping for. They have no choice but to ignore the evidence of complete failure, as they are fully invested in these schemes.

        Throw in the jealousy factor regarding Sarah Palin and it explains everything. I think of it like this:

        The fishing expedition they undertook in her life showed her to be everything any supporter could have hoped for. Oh, the disappointment when they couldn’t find that "Magic Bullet"! I bet there aren’t many politicians who could withstand that level of scrutiny. In fact, I’ll bet they all hope she never runs because they just might themselves be subjected to such a colostomy and they know they’d have problems.

        Her views on Life are a threat to the sisterhood of the feminists, who showed me back in the nineties that they could care less about being treated with respect in the workplace, etc as long as they’re getting whatever validation they want for their personal choices. Sarah Palin never told them she’d make outlawing abortion and birth-control her first order of business, she just refused to concede to them that it was A-OK and give them the feeling that they’d gotten her to give in. As Ayn Rand wrote of in "Atlas Shrugged" they want the victim’s consent at the end of the day, and she won’t give that to them and they hate her for it.

        She’s gotten involved for all the right reasons and can’t be bought.

        She married her High School sweetheart and when they enter a room separately or arm-in-arm, they steal the show. Politics was supposed to be the playground for those who were visually challenged, and here’s a woman who needed to get money for college, and entered the Miss America Pageant contests in order to do so. Not an option open to many of them, and they act like 13 year olds around her. Must be a terrible reminder of days gone by when they see her and recall their own High School days I guess.

        Throw it all together, along with the fact that she’s gotten amazing results as the Conservative go-to gal for raising awareness, etc and I can see why the media wants to distract us with an array of "Shiny New Objects" to get our attention, the "Flavor-of-The-Month" treadmill that invariably leads us straight to Jeb Bush 2016 as sure as those "Flavor-of-the-Month" concoctions will melt in the sun.

        So I’m with Mr L and you Jester in my hesitancy, because we’ve seen all of this before, haven’t we?

        Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

        Fool me every time for the past 20 years, and I’m a complete idiot to keep playing this game.

        • jester2939

          Agree with all you said, 45! And Odd Job is a pretty cool Bond villain :-)

    • DocBarry1

      Mr. L – Thanks for continuing to say and to write what so many of us are thinking

      The problem remains tnat so many in the Conservative movement remain silent when it comes to standing up and with Governor Palin, thus, I believe the Governor may feel that she can’t win in 2016

      • Mr.L

        I’m not into predicting what Gov Palin thinks or feels. No one knows but her.

    • section9

      The point that is lost, because Pannoru chooses to lose it and attack Palin from the Establishment Right, is that Palin must stand to be relevant. At some point, her ability to lead the right will begin to diminish as her tenure as Governor of Alaska recedes into memory. At that point, she becomes a younger version of Phyllis Schlafly.
      The conservative movement was led to victory by Reagan, who stood for office. Yes, there were those who built it who did not stand, but there is no substitute for the man (or woman) who will get in the arena and fight.
      I think Pannoru is misreading Palin here, but his general thrust is sound: the Conservative movement can only be led to victory by conservative politicians who lead the movement and fight and win elections. At some point, one has to stop being an activist and get back into the elective fight.

  • patnatasha

    okay i know that this might me a silly question but what does sarah have to do with jesse jackson.

    • n4cerinc

      the majority of the comments on that site asks the same dumbfounded question. That is how silly the whole article is.

      • patnatasha

        good because i don’t understand what sarah has to do with him.

  • CBDenver

    There was a fellow named Bob Fell who had a long-running program on public television called "The Joy of Painting" . Bob used the wet-on-oil technique and would show a painting from blank canvas to finished product. As he put on the layers, the picture would gradually emerge. Eventually, you would see the beautiful landscape with trees and perhaps a body of water in the background. Then Bob would daube a bit of brown paint on it. Immediately I would think "Oh great, now he’s ruined it". But then after more brush strokes a little cabin or perhaps a boat would become apparent and I would realize there was a method to Bob’s seeming madness.

    Perhaps commentators like Ponnuru and Carlsen don’t understand what Sarah Palin is doing because they expect her to be a conventional politician. When they see her do something unexpected, they can’t understand because they don’t see the intended final outcome. Just like when I Bob Fell painted a cabin on a lake with a small boat bobbing in the water. I thought he was just painting a forest. I didn’t see the cabin or the boat because it was in Bob’s mind’s eye but not mine. To me the blob of paint that became the cabin and the boat was wrecking the painting. But in fact those we what he had in mind all along.

    I don’t claim to know Sarah Palin’s mind or what she is intending to do in her political life. But based on what she has done and said in the past, I do know that she intends to be unconventional. Those who expect her to do conventional things will continue to be confused because they just don’t see the intended outcome.

  • MarkRNY

    Wish I’d seen this earlier. The "Establishment Media’s" thousands of times worse/more dangerous than the politicians as I’ve been posting till I’m blue in the face (and that’s not my natural coloring). They’ve admitted that they add 15 points to their candidates, and this was back during Bush vs Kerry.

    You REALLY have to look at the politicians, from O on down, in both Parties (even just physically), and ask yourself would they and their agendas (or lack thereof) be possible in a million years without the media’s oughtright ACTIVISM? O would be knoshing on arugala in a no-show street agitator position to this day if it weren’t for them.

    Putting the media and the politicians on a par is like putting the 500 lb gorilla who holds the guy down while a Richard Simmons type kicks him in the head in the same category. The one who has to be stopped is the 500 lb gorilla! Richard Simmons would run for his life without him. Look at Benghazi alone! Look at what they’ve done and are doing to Sarah! Do you actually think that there’s ANY politician or pundit who could stand up to her without the media doing it for them?

    I TRULY bevieve that the Restoration cannot prevail if the media’s not dismantled. We can win short term victories, but they’ll undermine and do away with them after a time (see the Reagan Revolution).

  • CliffNZ

    One poster asked if Margaret Carlson was trying to join the Suzy Parker School of ‘journalists’ – spot on. It is such a shoddy piece that it has even elicited posts from non Palin supporters defending her.

  • DocBarry1

    Righr on and Thank you

  • carmtom13

    Excellent post Steve. These people absolutely are not in touch with the real world. Jackson Jr and his wife are both going to jail and are criminals. These 2 who wrote this article about Jackson Jr and putting Governor Palin in it shows us how uneducated they are. They both need to inform themselves and get their facts right. Jackson Jr is using his bipolar as an excuse, feel sorry for him no way!! I herd Jackson Jr wants his salary and pension, to that request I say NO!

  • conservativemama

    The media, right…left…whatever, the MSM has but one objective when it comes to writing about Palin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,to bury her, to erase her from public memory like the Pharaohs did when they removed names from monuments, like the Soviets did when they rewrote history, like Orwell wrote about in 1984 when he described his Ministry of Truth (MSM) that told the people that they had always been at war with Eurasia (there is, never was, and never will be anything successful about Palin).

    With every article they write, with every word they utter on TV and radio, with every tweet they broadcast their desperation. They have to put Palin in her place, she must be at the most erased from memory and at the least, marginalized to such a degree that she can never be discussed in a serious manner by serious people. Imagine their horror. They’ve been at this for years at this point and they still haven’t closed the deal. Palin is still here, still relevant, still speaking……………..and we’re still here. We are no less committed than we were 5 years ago.

    The treatment of Palin is the very essence of a war on women because she is targeted for destruction, merely for whom she is, what she believes, and whom she represents. It is monstrous, truly monstrous. Shame on all who engage in this hatred.

  • friskyness

    The writers of this article want us to give credibilty to them because?????If Carlson is so bored with Palin, why is she writing about her??????????

  • Mr.L

    This is all you need to know about Maragret Carlson

    • bucky321

      she shaves more than tucker

  • angeleno

    Well said, Steve. PALIN-CRUZ 2016.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    test 2

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