Posts tagged “journalism”

Quotable: Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi wrote a scathing, intelligent disgorgement of Sarah Palin in the October 2, 2008 edition of Rolling Stone. It is nice to see an intellectual that isn’t afraid to grab the mantle of intelligence and use it to beat a duplicitous moron to a bloody pulp. It isn’t available online yet, but once it is, I’ll link to it from here. Here is a snippet that captures the vitriol:

Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins “Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.Matt Taibbi

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Quotable: John McCain

Hmmm, can you say out of touch? John McCain can and did in the Sept-Oct issue of the American Academy of Actuaries magazine, Contingencies:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.John McCain
U.S. Senator and Presidential hopeful

Edit: Not 10 seconds after posting this, a friend pointed me to Paul Krugman’s nearly identical post. Great minds think alike, eh?

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Finally, an example of how journalists should ask questions

ABC News: Charles Gibson interviews Sarah Palin

When I heard Charles Gibson was tasked with interviewing Sarah Palin, I groaned. Clearly, the entertainment executives over at ABC News wanted Ms. Palin to have an easy time of it and hoped that Gibson would turn in a milquetoast performance ala this year’s debates. Now, I’m not saying his performance throughout the Palin interview was stellar. Honestly, I haven’t seen all of it. But I will give credit for moments of good journalism when I see them and the video above is about as close as the msm gets.

Gibson asks his question numerous times in the face of dim-witted rambling and, though he never gets an answer, the lack of an answer is self-evident. Palin is either unprepared to or unwilling to answer the question and that speaks volumes about her. It appears that the McCain camp thought they could put up this political tike and the rabble would be so excited by her story they would overlook her gross ineptitude. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen. If Biden would actually vote on important issues, he would clearly be ahead in the VP game. With leadership like this, it is no wonder we are in this national funk.

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