The media’s treatment of Sarah Palin and her family has been abhorrent. Like various hard news outlets' biased and unjust brethren, entertainment outlets have gone out of their way to tarnish Palin's image.
Tabloids and semi-legitimate entertainment programs generate incessant praise for President Obama and his leftist policies, while Sarah Palin is showered with insults and unwarranted slurs. Let's not forget the ongoing coverage and insensitive questioning of the birth of her special needs son, Trig.
Since the end of the 2008 presidential campaign, some of the most glaring examples of the entertainment media’s obsession with featuring anti-Palin coverage have centered on Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s baby. Levi, a guy who would be better suited to appear on Tool Academy than on any legitimate hard or entertainment news program, has been reaping the benefits from his connection to Palin.
In addition to his highly-publicized Playgirl shoot, Johnston has been making the round on entertainment shows in an attempt to pass off his melba-esque persona as something less than bland.
And, surprise! Since breaking up with Bristol, he has received a more-than-warm welcome from entertainment media outlets anxious to find dirt on the former Alaska governor.
While there is no shortage in contenders vying for the characterization of "Most Idiotic Entertainment News Outlet," in my view, CBS' The Insider takes the cake. The show is described as a program that "...reports on the dynamic world of breaking celebrity news and offers viewers opposing views on everything... Hollywood!" In reality, The Insider touts coverage that is a half-step above highlighting a covert meeting between President Obama and friendly extraterrestrials.
This begs the question: Since when is Sarah Palin considered to be "Hollywood?"
One could argue that this notion began with the antics of Kathy Griffin’s. In what appeared to be yet another plea for attention, Griffin brought Levi to The 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Clearly, this was little more than a publicity stunt for Griffin, who would probably sell her left kidney if it yielded a decent photo-op. In the grander scheme though, this projected a clear statement to young people: Go ahead and laugh at Sarah Palin. Hollywood’s doing it, so you should too!
For what other purposes would it be appropriate to elevate and promote Levi for all of young America to see if not to embarrass the Republican politician? Of course, Griffin garnered the attention she wanted and Levi was portrayed as a bizarro teen heart throb of sorts. You know you’re in Hollywood when…[insert moment of inhumanity and/or insanity]. The Huffington Post penned the play-by-play back in August:
Dressed in a pinstripe suit and pink striped tie, the Alaskan teen and father of Sarah Palin’s grandson Tripp arrived hand-in-hand with Griffin, planted a kiss on her cheek for the cameras and did some solo posing as well.
Anyway, let's move back to 2009 champion of idiocy: The Insider. This fall, the show decided to reunite Levi and Griffin. During what host Lara Spencer probably mistook as a very riveting and thought-provoking interview, she asked Levi fair-minded questions in the vein of, "Is Sarah Palin really Trig’s mother?" and "Why do you think Sarah Palin is afraid of you?" Following the liberally-driven wingnuttery that ensued during the 2008 presidential campaign, the question about Trig’s birth is breathtakingly cruel and sense-retardant. Spencer's questioning screamed ratings desperation and showed just how far entertainment media will go to make Palin look idiotic while turning a profit.
Now, let's jump to Andrew Sullivan's recent appearance on the Joy Behar Show on HLN. Sullivan said,
I don`t think [Palin] has much relationship with reality... And I think at some point, if journalists do their job and if brave people stand up and tell the truth, we will find out who Sarah Palin really is. And we currently don`t know.
Sullivan and similar journalists are the same figures who conduct significant research on the man who currently leads the free world. Insane. And here, again, the story about Trig's birth is brought into question.
Detached from reality?
Maybe Sullivan should explore the mental capacity of his interviewer. After all, who can ignore Behar's detached-from-reality commentary about people who favor Sarah Palin:
Well her people are evil and nasty. They are not nice people. They send me nasty mail and everybody else who talks about it. Anything negative about Sarah Palin, they get hit with this stuff. You know.
Ironic that Behar wouldn't consider her own nastiness as a potential catalyst for negative feedback. Behar has openly called Palin stupid, among other nasally-delivered complements. And the list goes on and on. The entertainment media (which, by my calculation, includes the now theoretically deficient Andrew Sullivan) are intent on making Palin out to be: stupid, evil, incompetent, a mere "Barbie" and insolent, in no particular order.
Get over it, Hollywood. Sarah Palin doesn't share your values. She's pro-life, pro-capitalism and pro-rationality. Rather than wasting all of your time lambasting her, promoting Levi Johnston and attempting to debunk her GOP politician's existence, why not divert even a portion of your energy towards examining the man you've placed America's very existence in the hands of. We've all got personal dirt. Since you'll never let up, why not shovel a little less of Palin's and a little more of Obama's?
A little fair-mindedness is all we're asking for: Can you deliver?