palin’s alaska, palin’s AMERICA

Attention everybody!  Sarah Palin has let it be known, via the Sean Hannity program, that she will not do an interview with Katie Couric.  And why not?

When asked about the matter during the prime time appearance — which comes on the eve of the release of her new book, America By Heart — Palin responds, “Why waste my time? No.”

The former Alaska governor and rumored 2012 White House hopeful suggested there’s no incentive for her to do an interview “with a reporter who already has such a bias against whatever it is that [she] would come out and say.”

Palin went on to take aim at the news coverage disseminated by the larger media industry. She cited her own credentials as grounds for assuming the role of critic in the world of journalism.

“I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism,” explains the conservative favorite. “And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism — who, what, where, when, and why — of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”

It’s… interesting.  Recall that interview.  A little surreal to be sure, lampooned by Saturday Night Live with a simple literal and unexaggerated recreation.  Couric’s interview was unfair to be sure, unfairly light and trivial — but navigatable by any real pol.

The entire Republican Establishment appears to want no part in a Politico — NBC (not MSNBC, mind you, NBC) Republican Presidential Debate.  “It should be held at the Reagan Library.”
Which is a, fine for them.  Though they reacted in anger with the Democrats’ boycotting of a Fox debate in 2008.
And I’m not going to be the one to set perimeters, but I don’t think it speaks well if they do the equivalent of knocking every question in every debate down to a panel of National Review, Weekly Standard, and Newsmax writers.

But considering how these things are going, maybe they should just run a long twitter-fest.  (Though, it appears the only way other Republican presidential candidates can get a headline is by referencing Sarah Palin in a tweet.)

Or a Dance-off of some sort?

We’ve come to that depressing moment in some item of “epistemological closure”.  Harp on sound-bytes all you want, they generally have words surrounding them that theoretically add texture to the discussion.  A tweet is a structurally enforced sound-byte.

I don’t know what you can say about Palin’s “Alaska” program, though it’s gotten past its “Curiosity” audience.
I can’t find the exact quote, but evidentally she said on one of these sort of non-political sort of image creating shows something about doing something or other — slaughering fish maybe? — just to catch the ire of liberals.  Anyway, in this day and age, when any sound-byte nugget falls out of the cracks and is passed by, what is the point of watching?

By the way, she can beat Obama.


Or, no she can’t.  Theoretically a terminally bad economy will be the perfect situation to propel her into the White House.  But should she win the nomination, she’d face the ire of your Barbara Bushes, and the public will squint hard enough to see sunlight breaking through the clouds.  But it doesn’t much matter if she has a worse chance than someone else — it won’t be good for the Republic.

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