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The Media Foil

Sarah Palin’s media-bashing is popular with the conservative base and a favorite topic for her. It’s worth considering, however, as she and the rest of us ponder a potential Palin run for the White House, whether this is a message for a conservative activist or for a presidential candidate:

Palin, standing in front of a row of American flags on stage, took shots at what she called the “lamestream media,” saying, that when the media “just doesn’t get it and when they don’t believe what perhaps your message is so they want to belittle you and mock you and treat you with much disdain, you know, I think, well they can do that to me, that’s fine, because I know truth.”

She went on, “You know what, you can say whatever you want to say about me but I raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”

First, is anyone trying to “take away” her status as a combat mother? The tone is defensive. The topic projects victimhood, and it is also a tired storyline. Moreover, it’s far from clear that media bias is what the voters care about when assessing candidates.

Now certainly, Palin talks about many topics and has been dead-on with regard to the economy, ObamaCare, global warming, and the rest. But frankly, she should lose the “lamestream media” act if she wants to be a 2012 contender. It’s not improving her image as a serious candidate, and it only reminds conservative activists that a Palin candidacy would require a Herculean effort to reshape her coverage and image among those outside her hard-core base of support.


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