The unbelievable cover from The American Spectator magazine says, “Sarah Palin’s Rack.” Now, if you’re anything like me, your head went to a magical, but probably inappropriate place. What the hell could the headline possibly mean? Apparently, it’s an examination of Sarah Palin’s record of electing conservatives, but the cover doesn’t specify that. It just reads like low-rent, soft-core fantasy porn.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a publication has cashed in on Palin’s sex appeal. The former V.P. hopeful famously accused Newsweek of sexism when they showed a picture of her (that she posed for) in running gear.
Maybe this leads to a spike in sales for the magazine by cashing in on whatever appeal Palin still claims to possess. But between this and the return of Anthony Weiner to Twitter, the jokes just write themselves.
As of now, this is a picture of a hardcover version of the magazine. We expect it to be online in the coming days.
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Reporting on a presidential campaign is exhausting work. Jumping from state to state; sometimes following the same candidate for weeks at a time. A certain bond often forms between the media and a candidate. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was famous for having a great relationship with the press in the primary of 2000. Sometimes it can even have a “family” feel.
News broke over the weekend that GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s daughter had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Bella Santorum, 3, has a condition called Trisomy 18. It’s a condition that causes abnormalities in her internal organs. It can be fatal for many of those afflicted.
As soon as the announcement was made that Santorum was stepping off the campaign trail to spend time with Bella, tweets of support began rolling in from journalists.
This must hit especially close to home for Baier since he has seen his fair share of hospital visits with his son, Paul. Paul has a heart defect that has kept him in the hospital for numerous surgeries.
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper also offered up words of support for the Santorum family… Read more
While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy. Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).
“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC. “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.
As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression. The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza. Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan. The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing. He kindly declined:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning
Last week, US Weekly reported that Sarah Palin had called in to Fox News host Sean Hannity‘s radio show following Christina Aguilera‘s National Anthem Superbowl flub and called the singer an “airhead.” What US weekly hadn’t bothered to check was whether the story was even real.
The comment was made up by a satirical “news” site, Super Tuesday News. US Weekly has removed the post from their website.
Time magazine, meanwhile used the same satirical source to cite a quote in their blog post, claiming that Palin had said she wanted Aguilera deported. Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insiderchronicles the whole saga.
The Weekly Standard, often credited with launching the stardom of Sarah Palin’s, did something unthinkable in right wing world over the weekend: They took a whack at the former V.P. hopeful, Alaskan Gov. and now TLC reality TV star in their pages. Not that we haven’t seen major hints of the GOP tiring of her with Fox News Contributor Karl Rove’s recent dismissals of her, but the story by Matt Labash loudly and clearly knocks her in ways the magazine rarely has. Even the headline mocks: “R U Lovin’ Sarah’s Alaska?’
The story ridicules Palin for everything from her unsophisticated tweets to her “flippin’” way of talking to dragging the fam onto a “tacky reality show.” Will The Weekly Standard now be part of the “lamestream media,” as Palin puts it?
Gravitas, it’s safe to say, is the enemy of freedom. And freedom is about motion—being in it, staying in it. On the show, this involves seein’, and doin’, and experiencin’ things that don’t require a “g” on the end of them, such as shootin’, and rock climbin’, and snow machinin’, and clubbin’ halibut over the head (“let me see the club, you look crazy,” says Bristol to her mom when they do the deed on a commercial fishing boat) and media-critiquin’ and BlackBerryin’, which Palin gets caught doing even in the midst of wilderness adventures.
Described in detail are other reality shows airing alongside “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” such as “Ton of Love” and “The Man With Half a Body.” Read after the jump…
The lede of the day goes to WaPo‘s Hank Stuever for his use of the term “slanket” in describing Sarah Palin‘s FNC ensemble last night:
“On election night, Sarah Palin served as Fox News Channel’s personification of hope – its poetic muse and telegenic Wonder Woman (in no-costume Diana Prince mode), wearing a salmony red dress that looked, on camera, like an elegant, soft Slanket clipped at the collar with a microphone.”
Check out Stuever’s full piece, “Election coverage: Difficult to watch, impossible to look away” here.
“Glenn Beck I don’t hate you I don’t give a flying f–k about you,” the talk show maven said on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night about the FNC host, explaining she has been on Beck’s worst person’s list. Behar has her own talk show on HLN and appears daily on ABC’s “The View”.
Behar also went off on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for turning down an invitation to come on “The View” after he appeared on the show during the election (funny, he didn’t like dealing with her campaign critiques). “He went back to Vietnam and forgave them,” she said of his Prisoner-of-War experience, “but he will not come back on The View.”
Behar said FNC’s Sarah Palin also won’t come on her show. “She says I was way too hard on her,” Behar told Leno.
The LAT’s “Top of the Ticket” blog kindly alerted us to Behar’s performance early on in the evening. Read the post and watch the must-see video here.
“I know people at CNN do because we sure do cover her a lot.”
– Democratic Strategist and CNN contributor James Carville on whether he finds FNC contributor and possible presidential hopeful Sarah Palin fascinating. Carville appeared on CNN’s “Larry King” Monday night.
WaPo is so powerful that apparently there is more than one Washington Post, at least according to The AlaskaStandard.com. In a story released this morning, “The Washington Posts” and ABC have released a poll that doesn’t bode well for FNC contributor Sarah Palin.
The The Alaska Standard story bears this painfully bold headline:
It is official – The political career of Sarah Palin has come to an end
It appears Sarah Palin’s chances of winning the White House are waning. The Washington Posts reports a new ABC News poll shows the political standing of Palin has deteriorated significantly.
“Let’s talk about the fact that you have Sarah Palin‘s weekend wardrobe.”
– Clinton Kelly on TLC’s “What Not To Wear” harshly tells “Lynn”, a woman he and Stacy London are about to make over that her wardrobe needs help. Lynn takes the critique well. Her most frequently used expression is “freakin’ hot.”
Note to readers: We’ll be publishing light over the long holiday weekend, but we’ll be back in full swing on Tuesday. Enjoy the weekend.
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