This morning as I scanned twitter I saw this re-tweet from Byron York.
The Palin “story” of course not being her latest facebook offering on crony capitalism
President Obama has his sights set on raising $1 billion for his reelection campaign. Raising that money won’t be easy. But if you can hand out other people’s money to friends, it must get a lot easier. This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class. This won’t stop until “we the people” say enough is enough, and we retire the permanent political class that votes for this.
That goes unreported because that’s evidence of substance, intelligence and relevance. That’s not allowed in a Palin story. No the story is Joe “Hypothetical cat torturer” McGinniss’ claim that she hooked up with Glenn Rice two decades ago.
One of the advantages of writing about Sarah Palin it is almost always profitable, a favorable book on her attracts her supporters and any possible smear not only attracts her detractors but attracts MSM attention on a massive scale beyond anything resembling normal publicity. In a bad economy that’s money in the bank.
So if you are the New York Daily News part of a dying industry and the #3 paper in town the Sarah Palin “story” is the ultimate honey, Sarah Palin on the Cover sells papers, a scandalous sex rumor sells papers, and best of all a chance to hurt her supporters because, in their mind, her supporters being racists would object to the details.
Best of all since they are reporting the contents of an upcoming book, they can claim it has nothing to do with them, they’re just covering an existing story, plausible deniability.
Byron’s quaint re-tweet suggests surprise that the paper would go with this on the front page. Byron Byron Byron, you are assuming a professionalism unburdened by ideological taint in the newsroom that was always more apocryphal than real.
I’m sometimes a bit naive but when it comes to Sarah Palin and journalistic ethics, I’ve never been that naive.
Update: Now that’s news.
Please give $25 to SarahPAC, so that we can bail Todd Palin out on that assault charge — and then fly him to the next Joe McGinniss book signing to deliver yet another brutal ass-whupping.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Just give $25 to SarahPAC, you see, and we’ll cover Todd Palin’s legal expenses and fly him to wherever Joe McGinniss appears in public, turning McGinniss’s book tour into a nationwide beatdown tour.
I’d give that a front page photo