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The Big Ol’ Media’s Attack on Sarah Palin

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

According to a report from the Culture and Media Institute, an organization whose objective is to “preserve and help restore America’s culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media,” the media’s negative stories on Sarah Palin are causing the American people to view her as “unfavorable.”

The report, titled “A Study in Character Assassination: How the TV Networks Have Portrayed Sarah Palin as Dunce or Demon,” makes the claims that the reason Sarah Plain is losing support in the polls is due to overwhelmingly negative media segments on TV.

From the report:

CMI found that during the study period, the media crafted three principal narratives about Palin. 1) Palin is a dunce lacking the qualifications and intellect to be Vice President. 2) Conservatives are revolting over the dunce’s nomination. 3) Palin is a demon, little more than an attack dog victimizing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Yikes! Who is negatively portraying who here? I never once heard a reporter refer to Palin as a “demon.” And for some reason I doubt the possibility that the media worked together to criminalize Palin’s intelligence.

Part 1 of their report, that the media portrays Palin as stupid, is “proved” by the fact that the media repeatedly showed the worst parts of Palin’s interview with Katie Couric and that they left out her most successful quote, in response to being asked if she was a feminist:

I do. A feminist who believes in equal fights. I believe that women, certainly today, have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all, anyway. And very, very, thankful that I’ve been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue. You know, I’ve been expected to do everything growing up that the boys were doing.

Sidenote: Sarah Palin a feminist? Hah! A feminist doesn’t force rape victims to pay for their own rape kits, cuts funding for low-income mothers, doesn’t support emergency contraceptive, and is governor of the state with the highest percentage of sexual abuse. Plus, when asked the same question by Brian Williams of NBC, she said this:

“I’m not gonna label myself anything, Brian. And I think that’s what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different… I’m not going to put a label on myself.”

Sounds like a feminist to me. (Please note the sarcasm)

Part two discussed the liberal media’s attention on conservatives who do not support Palin. According to CMI, the media completely ignored people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who were supportive of Palin. Because, like, they are totally serious journalists.

Finally, part three’s title was this: “Palin Is an Obama-Attacking Demon.” It sounds like something from The Onion. But, alas, it is not. And the section’s first sentence is laughable: “With attacks on Palin’s competence blunted by her debate performance, the media switched to a new approach: depicting Palin as nothing more than GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s attack dog.” They use examples such as her accusation that Obama works “with a former domestic terrorist who has targeted his own country” (which just isn’t true).

CMI says that they could only find two positive segments out of their sample. They defined positive as “stories that included more elements placing Palin in a favorable light than elements criticizing her.” Could it be because she’s does indeed have more negative traits to offer than positive? I think so, but then again, the CMI would just say I was another proponent of the “liberal media.”

At the end of this report, CMI concludes that the media serves to elevate Obama while showing his opponents “in the worst possible light.” And acknowledging Saturday Night Live on the news? “As if frivolous entertainment belongs in the evening news.” Surely, a frivolous report such as this would know.

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Joe the Plumber

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

I know everyone is tired of hearing about “Joe the Plumber.” John McCain is to “Joe the Plumber” as Rudy Guiliani is to 9/11. Enough already. McCain and his campaign should be especially weary of repeating his “Joe” mantra since he owes $1200 in taxes and admitted that Obama’s plan would actually benefit him.From CBS News (and yes, I know the article is from the 16th. I admittedly missed this):

So today, Joe, who said he makes much less than $250,000, reluctantly admitted Obama would lower his taxes.

“I would, if you believe him, I would be receiving his tax cuts,” Wurzelbacker said….

But Joe’s anti-tax leanings are also playing out in his personal life. It turns out – he’s behind on state taxes.

So the man whose personal story steered a Presidential debate over taxes owes some $1,200 in back taxes, according to the state of Ohio.

Sounds to me like the McCain campaign should have done a bit more research on their precious Joe before falling in love with him.

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Women paying more for health insurance than men

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

New findings have discovered that women are paying more for health insurance than men, sometimes costing them hundreds of dollars more annually. From the NYTimes:

In general, insurers say, they charge women more than men of the same age because claims experience shows that women use more health care services. They are more likely to visit doctors, to get regular checkups, to take prescription medications and to have certain chronic illnesses.

Marcia D. Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group that has examined hundreds of individual policies, said: “The wide variation in premiums could not possibly be justified by actuarial principles. We should not tolerate women having to pay more for health insurance, just as we do not tolerate the practice of using race as a factor in setting rates.”

Essentially, women are having to pay more because we actually take advantage of having insurance? Marcia’s right – we shouldn’t have to tolerate this.

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Pakistani Earthquake

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008


The 6.4 magnitude earthquake Wednesday in the south-western Pakistani province of Balochistan has left up to 50,000 people homeless and 215 dead. Aid organizations have already started flying in supplies and help.

photo from BBC News

As can be imagined, there is a serious lack of much-needed supplies for the survivors of this tragedy. If you would like to help, just send a donation to one of the following organizations:

American Red Cross
CARE
Mercy Corps
Oxfam
United Nations World Food Programme

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Palin 2012?

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

If Barack Obama wins the presidency on Tuesday, what do we have to look forward to besides a stronger, better, and freer America? Well, Palin in 2012.

Sarah Palin has said that she does not want to leave national politics if she and McCain lose this election. Scary, I know, but really, we don’t have much to worry about. Sarah Palin is one of the reasons Obama is doing better in polls. She’s not experienced, and people aren’t going to forget that in 2012. Running as a VP for a losing ticket doesn’t exactly add to one’s qualifications. She’ll never get the nomination after the Republican Party has seen how polarizing she has been outside and (especially) within their own party.

And as governor as Alaska, we might hear more from her than we used to, but she won’t have a hand in our national governance, unless you include her continuing to “watch” Russia from her porch.

Here’s CNN’s story on Palin’s plans:

Who know though? Maybe this is that change the Mayans were so concerned with.

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The End of America

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

The End of America is a documentary by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern based on a best-selling book by Naomi Wolf. The film is about the loss of freedom and war-mongering America has encountered after September 11th.

I believe most Americans are still at a point where talk of an increasingly tyrannic and authoritarian government is met with incredulous feelings and denial. Obviously, no one wants to believe that we are losing our freedom and our democracy. It’s time we take our blinders off. The PATRIOT Act, the “Green Scare“, the loss of Habeas Corpus, no-fly lists that include peace activists, and an increasingly obvious lack of tolerance for peaceful protests. All these factors, plus many more, point to an America that is steadily declining into a national ruled by fear and corruption.

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John Cleese on Sarah Palin

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

I love John Cleese 🙂

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Voting for Obama on her deathbed

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

From ABC4 Charleston:

For a 93-year old North Charleston woman, casting her vote was a matter of life and death….

“She said I don’t know if I’m going to live that long, but I plan on sticking around to vote for him,” said M. Fitzgerald.

Fearful that November was too long to wait her daughter sent for an absentee ballot. It arrived last week.

“she made her mark, and we put it in the envelope, my brother and I walked to the mailbox, it was 11 o’clock Wednesday morning and I said ‘Mom its in the mail, you’ve done your thing, Barack’s going to win,’ and she kind of smiled and it was kind of a deep sigh, a sigh of relief, and in less than an hour later, she died,” said M. Fitzgerald.

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Please Go Vote Tuesday!

Posted by karmalily on October 29, 2008

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UK’s Nick Eriksen: "Rape is Like Being Force-Fed Chocolate Cake"

Posted by karmalily on October 26, 2008


The UK’s Nick Eriksen, who was the British National Party’s candidate for the London Assembly this year, said the following in his blog:

Rape is simply sex (I am talking about ‘husband-rape’ here)… Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal… To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting force-feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence.

This comment is incredibly offensive and cruel. Rape is never okay, including when the rapist is a husband or boyfriend. In fact, 85% of rape victims know their rapists, and 35% happen within the victim’s family. (Concordia University)

Sentiment of this sort is dangerous to women. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 60% of sexual assaults and rapes are never reported. Data from Rape Crisis Scotland found that

  • In 2002 the UK Home Office published the findings of a British Crime Survey to which 6,944 women has responded. Nearly half (45%) of rapes reported to the survey were committed by perpetrators who were victims’ partners at the time of the attack. Strangers were responsible for only 8% of rapes reported to the survey.
  • The survey also found that partner rape entails the highest occurrence of multiple rape (62%) and attacks by partners and ex-partners are more than twice as likely to result in some injury to the victim (39%) as attacks by strangers (19%).

So not only is rape by a spouse more likely to result in violence, but it’s undoubtedly true that a large percentage of those non-reported assaults occur when a woman is raped by a boyfriend or husband, and is confused as to whether or not what happened to her was really rape. If a woman says ‘No,’ it is rape, regardless of who she is saying no to.

Another reason not taking rape seriously is so dangerous is the following statistic from RAINN: “1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.” 1 out of 6. That is equal to 17.7 million women, which is far too high.

This isn’t the first time Eriksen has made such statements. He has pretty much said that rape is okay:

I’ve never understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime…

The BNP is trying to distance themselves from Eriksen’s destructive comments by removing him as their candidate. However, when a candidate fucks up, people tend to blame not only the candidate, but also their party, much like Americans are weary of the Republican Party due to George W. Bush’s inadequacy. In this case the British people have a good reason to blame the BNP, after they made this statement:

It was felt that no matter how much Nick Eriksen’s blog comments, written back in 2005, had been distorted and taken out of the context of a blog which reflected our tough stance on all sorts of crime, they could still be perceived as trivialising the issue in a manner that many women in particular could have found extremely offensive. [emphasis mine]

The statements that Eriksen made are not taken out of context. The BNP’s attempt to sugarcaot Eriksen’s comments make the party just as responsible for what was said.

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