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MSNBC’s Hot Dog Palin Obsession

September 24, 2009


MSNBC has never been a fan of Sarah Palin.  They did their best to kill her legitimacy during the 2008 election, and in fears of a 2012 run they have continued to attack her incessantly.  Yesterday, as I watched Chris Matthews try to look serious while discussing the supposed death of conservatism, he couldn’t help but speak ill of Palin once again.  And I realized, while watching the show, that every time MSNBC shows Sarah Palin they show the same video footage of her serving hot dogs in Alaska last July. Of all the countless canned video footage — why do they use that one?

Here are multiple examples of them using the same footage:

Ed Show on 9/21:

Olbermann on 8/12 (though to be fair, Olbermann, who may be the most obsessed with Palin, does tend to use other video shots besides just the hot dog scene):

Andrea Mitchell Reports on 9/12:

Ed Show also on 9/12:

I don’t recall MSNBC using shots of Obama serving bratwurst, Hillary serving hamburgers, or Pelosi serving lies — oh, I mean fries.  Why that shot?  It adds a bit of fuel to the claims that some media treatment of Governor Palin is based on sexism and classism.  It portrays her as a simpleton carny who is good at serving up low-class food to low-class people, but certainly not ready to be President.

MSNBC, get rid of that shot and give Sarah Palin the same respect you give to politicians whom you don’t loathe or fear.

  1. carterthewriter permalink
    September 24, 2009 7:33 am

    GE’s future might depend on their propoganda wing, NBC to denigrate the conservatives. This is too obvious to ignore. It is also obvious their arguments continue to become quite frivilous.

    So, if GE thinks they are going to flood our country’s landscape with unsightly windmills, that’s about as silly as their commentators on MSNBC have become.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 24, 2009 8:24 am


      Please explain why CNBC has Larry Kudlow, and a bunch of other conservatives of note. What about their propaganda?

      As for the stock footage of Sarah Palin serving hotdogs, those are politically good shots, I don’t see where they are at all objectionable. Grasping at straws, Paul?

      • Paul Cooper permalink
        September 24, 2009 8:40 am

        CNBC is a business network (that no one watches by the way). It’s kind of hard to find liberals that know anything about business.

        As soon as they start showing Obama at a 4-H fair every time they discuss him instead of showing him speaking powerfully from a podium – I’ll consider your grasping at straws comment.

        • carterthewriter permalink
          September 24, 2009 10:25 am

          Thanks, Paul

  2. Riven permalink
    September 24, 2009 7:51 am

    Well a few things. She delegitimized herself to two thirds of the country every time she opened her mouth. She has proven she has no depth on the issues to all but her most conservative supporters. She has nothing intelligent to add to the national conversation. So why take the time to change the stock footage.

    But your right Paul. They should change the footage. They should use her photo op where she is standing in front of the guy killing turkeys for thanksgiving (she chose the spot). She is such a classy and intelligent woman.

    • In the know permalink
      September 24, 2009 7:58 am

      Maybe they are sado masochists’. Perhaps they like the visual metaphor of her putting her hotdog in their bun?

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      September 24, 2009 8:16 am

      Riven, do you work for MsNBC? You fit their mentality and help make my point even more clear. Thank you.

  3. David Forsmark permalink
    September 24, 2009 8:25 am

    Just think what a disaster it would be if she were Vice President instead of the ever-articulate and suave Joe Biden!

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 24, 2009 4:09 pm

      The problem is John McCain – that he would make such a dumb pick. He insulted the intelligence of the American people. He got poor advice from the anti-choice crowd.

  4. Tom Trevor permalink
    September 24, 2009 8:29 am

    The problem with this report is nobody knows who MSNBC is. No body watches them not even in airports.

  5. pbrauer permalink
    September 24, 2009 8:58 am


  6. J Williams permalink
    September 24, 2009 12:35 pm

    “MSNBC, get rid of that shot and give Sarah Palin the same respect you give to politicians whom you don’t loathe or fear.”

    You really think this is going to work? If a conservative candidate cured cancer, aids and solved world hunger along with successfully mastering cold fusion solidifying the worlds total energy needs forever while establishing middle east peace – MSNBC and other media outlets would still promote their hate and mouth frothing contempt for them.

    Ratings prove that liberalism is a failed ideology that the majority rejects and those who perform as the mouth-piece for the left are doomed to be fools forever.

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      September 24, 2009 12:52 pm

      You don’t always call someone out simply because you think it will “work”. Sometimes people’s unethical or wrong behavior simply needs to be called out.

  7. September 25, 2009 9:32 am

    I wish Sarah Palin was President. Atleast what she would have done would be for All Americans to better our lives. She would have gotten all the corruption out of our government or atleast try to. What Sarah Palin would say you could take it to the bank.
    Your wrong, what we have now even more is a corrupt government with a bunch of czars that we have. They report to no one except the man in the oval office. For what he is trying to do to America is destroy us. Yes, I much rather have Sarah Palin, but right now I would would even agree to have as a replacement for who is in there now I would take a jackass for a replacement.

  8. Judy permalink
    September 25, 2009 1:26 pm

    Do you mean the depth of knowledge of say Joe “oh no!!!” Biden. A stalwart of intellectual prowness, suave and debonaire, a sight to behold, and requires a chaperone wherever he goes to re-explain what Joe really meant to say was not what he actually said. Palin, is inexperienced in many aspects of the world. What the liberals were so taken back by, and alarmed to the point of hysteria, was the fact that an attractive woman, with everyday real world experience, love of G_d and her family would dare open her mouth. She does not fit the model of their dreams and her belief in G_d and her family,and not destroying her child made her a singular object of scorn. I was disappointed in her selection as I was also very disappointed in the choice of McCain. As a conservative we need to move forward, encourage trustworthy people to come forward. As Julie, and the rest of you have observed, we need to enlarge our tent, as fast as the Progessives have reduced the size of theirs.

  9. Joseph White permalink
    September 25, 2009 6:28 pm

    I think they are afraid of Sarah Palin, because she is honest and her message resonates with people. That woman isn’t afraid to admit when she’s wrong, or to make fun of herself.
    In a world of spineless men, a strong woman can be a frightening thing.

    • September 25, 2009 6:41 pm

      Well if you feel that way then lets start talking to everyone we can, write to her and let her know you think she should run. I hope she does also. Your right government doesn’t like an honest fighting scard of nothing women. Especially if she could be President. But wow just think how good it would be to actually have a person in the Oval office that we can really trust and admire for all the good reason.

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