Monday, December 29, 2008

Newsweek Uses Year-End Edition to SMEAR Sarah Palin

by Janet Crain
I have been so disappointed in Newsweek for so long. This past year has been one issue after another with nothing to offer but effusive gushing over Obama.

I think it is a sad day for journalism when a national news magazine of Newsweek's former stature sinks so low as to mock teen aged girls (Bristol Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears). Especially when Obama himself told the media to lay off.

I am a long time subscriber to the magazine but won't be renewing my subscription.

Here is a look at the last issue:

Newsweek Uses Year-End Edition to Take
Potshots at Palin

Newsweek sprinkled throughout its year-end double issue, with Barack Obama on the cover as the #1 member of "The New Global Elite," a bunch of potshots at Sarah Palin -- and even derided teen daughter Bristol too. In a list of those who committed "low behavior" during 2008 (which did at least also highlight John Edwards), the magazine accused Sarah Palin of a "smear" against Barack Obama, on another page Newsweek described her as an "ill-informed, inarticulate shopaholic" (while on the same page hailing MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as a "brilliant" woman who "gives libs a happy new voice") and deep in the December 29/January 5 edition the magazine ridiculed Bristol Palin: "For 30 years, the Moral Majority has promoted 'abstinence only.' Jamie Lynn Spears, Bristol Palin...how's that working out?" The specifics:

# Page 21, a list of "The Biggest Losers" of 2008 "who set the high-water mark for low behavior in 2008," featured Palin: "In a smear that sounds even worse in retrospect, Sarah Palin goes rogue and stirs up prejudice by accusing Barack Obama of 'palling around with terrorists.'"

# Ten pages later, in a full-page year in review version of the "Conventional Wisdom Watch" (not yet online in the posted CW), the newsweekly hit her and McCain, but admired Maddow:

- "Sarah Palin: Ill-informed, inarticulate shopaholic has ego bigger than Alaska -- and she's still the darling of the GOP."

- "John McCain: Hard to forgive the nasty end-game, and Palin pick was irresponsible. But classy concession speech and Letterman gig."

- "Rachel Maddow: Brilliant, ebullient, lefty lesbian gives libs a happy new voice. Will MSNBC be Obama's Fox?"

"Will"?

[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Friday on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

Finally, page 79 has "The Power Index" (also seemingly not online) with a list of the magazine's arguments for whether figures in the news in 2008 were a "player or pretender?" Under "pretender," Newsweek discredited the Christian Right and Palin:

- "Christian Right: For 30 years, the Moral Majority has promoted 'abstinence only.' Jamie Lynn Spears, Bristol Palin...how's that working out?"

- "Sarah Palin: She seemed like McCain's silver bullet...until she opened her mouth. A 2012 contender if she starts boning up on issues. Now."

The "Biggest Losers" list: www.newsweek.com

Newsweek's "Conventional Wisdom" page: www.newsweek.com

The December 29/January 5 edition of the magazine: www.newsweek.com


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2 comments:

SpeakDog said...

" But classy concession speech and Letterman gig."

Well, of course they liked McCain's speech and subsequent TV appearances! He's back to bashing Republicans and beating his "bi-partisan" drum... He can be the media's favorite RINO again... Just like the old days...

SpeakDog said...

"But classy concession speech and Letterman gig."

Well of course they liked McCain's speech and subsequent TV appearances! He went back to bashing Republicans and beating his "bi-partisan" drum... He can go back to being the media's favorite RINO... Just like the old days...