Jokes about bloggers in pajamas were already a cliche by 2005, when a group of blogs banded together to form Pajamas Media. They were even more hackneyed by 2008, when Sarah Palin swatted at “some blogger probably sittin’ there in their parents’ basement in their pajamas.” Now it’s 2010. Paul Krugman blogs. So does Hendrik Hertzberg. So does James Fallows. So does…well, everyone.
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We thought it was nice revenge to unleash Sarah Palin on the Brits who have mucked up our coasts with their incompetence. Tit for tat. A shill for a spill.
But Patt Morrison in her column today points out how disingenuous and ghoulish Palin wanting to have a picture of her with first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is; Ms. Thatcher is suffering from dementia.
There’s word rumbling around Great Britain and beyond that Sarah Palin is angling to meet Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to be that nation’s prime minister.
It’s a photo op that would be a triumph for Palin, an image supposedly showing the solidarity of conservative female leaders.
But it would be bogus. Not photoshopped-bogus, but dishonest nonetheless.
Baroness Thatcher is suffering from dementia, according to her daughter, Carol. Writing in the Daily Mail more than a year and a half ago, Carol Thatcher chronicled her mother’s decline: “On bad days, she could hardly remember the beginning of a sentence by the time she got to the end.”
For a woman of Thatcher’s formidable intellect and unflagging energy, it’s a sad decline. For Palin’s camp to use her as a human prop, as in a photo op, it’s unforgivable.
Jimmy Kimmel, “I hear her baby seal risotto is said to be incredible.”
We think this whole series is just a big joke on us to have to say “Sarah Palin” and “reality” in the same sentence as she’s cackling all the way to the bank.
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Former eBay CEO current billionaire Meg Whitman is campaigning for the Republican nomination for governor of California. Her ads proclaiming the problem with California is a “crisis of confidence” have been running nonstop for months, even though she’s the only one in the world who’s ever thought Californians lacked confidence about anything.
Anyway, she’s having some press issues according to the SF Chronicle. She invited the media to cover her at Union Pacific Railroad’s office, then barred them from any questions:
Instead, reporters were herded into a holding room while Whitman toured the facility. Sarah Pompei, the candidate’s spokeswoman, said they were not allowed to accompany the former eBay executive on the tour because Union Pacific officials “did not want that to happen” and had barred the media.
A Union Pacific spokesman, Aaron Hunt, appeared to contradict Pompei – telling The Chronicle that the company had always expected media to attend Whitman’s tour – and in fact, welcomed coverage.
Hm. Train wreck? Anyone?
Also related: Jerry Brown supporters have launched a site called Level The Playing Field, a WikiMeg, it appears to be trying to crowdsource dirt/info on the press shy candidate. Although since there are no real reporters or anyone with investigative chops or credibility, it’s all Glenn Beckish.
Sarah Palin was on the Tonight Show on Tuesday doing a standup routine for the first time. Jay Leno, not known for launching actual standup comics, actually noted for the exact opposite, had the also-ran veep candidate current Oscar swag recipient on the show and then brought her back to do a comedy routine.
Writer Micheal Stinson was in the audience when the show taped live. “After I got out of the show I tweeted, ‘Listen for me laughing, no one else is,’” he tells FBLA. According to Stinson about 70% of the audience was indifferent to Palin and wasn’t reacting to her tepid jokes. Some jokes failed completely according to Stinson. “There were moments when there were crickets,” he says. “I was laughing – this is funny – she’s bombing.”
Then when Stinson watched the broadcast that night, the laughs were completely different. Palin appeared to kill. The audience was wailing in laughter and applause. Stinson was stunned and angry. He felt it was fake and somewhat dishonest. We asked him if he thought it was a laugh track put in or just the audience mike turned way up. He told us he thought it was a little of both.
So far Stinson has had interviews with the Washington Post, Inside Edition and Howard Stern‘s research team.
Watch the video at NBC here.
An NBC spokesperson tells FBLA that neither the audio nor the laughs were enhanced for Palin’s set.
“Charity” is our new code word for Sarah Palin‘s pocketbook. She was going to give her $100K speaking fee to a “grassroots” movement “back to the cause.” Her RNC quarter-million dollar wardrobe? There is no real evidence of her donating anything. It was money for her “charity.”
Anyway, those fancy Oscar swag lounges featured we’ve all seen on E! reality shows (because they don’t invite media bloggers to smash and grab) was raided by also-ran veep candidate Palin and by some reports 20 of her entourage.
I’m told the oft-parodied politico donated all of her gift items back to the Silver Spoon for auction, as well as about $1,700 of her own cash, in support of multiple Red Cross efforts, including those in Haiti and Chile.
Taryn Ryder at E! online disagrees:
Too fab she gave money, but we can assure you she did not give up any of her swag.
If E! was “fairness, balance” they wouldn’t have reported that.
NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.
Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White
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Miles from a cataclysm, a post-doomsday story of massive human suffering, a disaster that launched a thousand ships to help ease the cruelty and indifference of nature, Fox News Channel decided to run bubblegum interviews with new contributor also-ran/quitter Sarah Palin. LAT media columnist James Rainey called them on it. He writes:
CNN’s determination to stick with the news stands in stark contrast to its competitors, particularly Fox News, that in prime time have increasingly been committed to building their brands with political commentary over straight reporting.
When critics accuse Fox of being a tool of the conservative political movement, the company’s executives counter that they deliver serious news during much of the day.
But its prime-time headliners expose the values of the entire operation, and this week they’ve given abysmally short shrift to the biggest crisis in the world.
Why dwell on one of our closest hemispheric neighbors in its hour of dire need, when — like both Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck — you can conduct prolonged, frothy promotional interviews with Fox’s newest contributor, Sarah Palin?
Why focus on all that misery, if, like Hannity on Wednesday, you can engage conservative virago Michelle Malkin in a soaring conversation about the Obama administration’s “culture of corruption.”
Bill O’Reilly played his no-Haiti card too, managing a gripping discussion Wednesday with Bo Derek about the threat to the West’s wild horses. Not to mention those whales being hunted by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean.
In fairness, FNC and the rest of the GOP bravely came out against empathy last summer.
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