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MSNBC Continues to Ridicule Sarah Palin

October 2, 2009


Morning Joe is one of only a few shows on MSNBC that conservatives can watch without being insulted every couple of minutes. Of course, that doesn’t mean much considering that the network employs talk-show hosts like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, but to give credit where credit is due — Morning Joe is normally OK.

Except when the show’s producers force co-host Willie Geist to talk about Sarah Palin.

On Thursday, the presenter talked about Palin’s upcoming book Going Rogue: An American Life. Even though the cover of the governor’s memoir hasn’t been printed yet and the book is due to appear in bookshops November 17th, it already tops the bestseller lists of both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

That’s a shock for liberals like Geist, who never get enough of telling their audiences that Palin shouldn’t be taken seriously. They say she is a goofball. An intellectual lightweight. She doesn’t have a chance at winning national elections. She’s even more stupid than George W. Bush.

You’re familiar with the usual talking points, I’m sure.

So what’s an angry leftist going to do when Palin makes headlines by authoring a book that’s a bestseller two months before it’s published? That’s right, simply parrot the same hackneyed talking points which they used to discredit her so successfully last year.

Instead of taking her seriously and noting the obvious — that the “unprecedented” sales figures are definite proof that Palin is a force to be reckoned with — Geist showed the infamous file footage of the governor chatting with a reporter while turkeys were being slaughtered behind her. “Is she also going to explain this,” Geist wondered?

It’s a typical leftist tactic: after all, “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

What does Palin have to do for MSNBC to take her seriously? If writing a bestselling book doesn’t do the trick, what will? Or isn’t this about Palin as much as it is about the network itself and its political agenda?

The answer to that question is self-evident.

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36 Comments
  1. October 2, 2009 9:31 am

    Not one of the hotshots at MSNBC will ever enjoy the success Sarah Palin is experiencing with her new book. I dare them to write a book, assuming they are capable of doing so, which I doubt. I’d bet they’ll never sell the number of books that Sarah will.

  2. October 2, 2009 9:34 am

    Self evident indeed. MSNBC and every other liberal news outlet will continue to deride Palin at every possible opportunity because, as you point out, “ridicule is man’s most post potent weapon.” But for ridicule to be a potent weapon, you need to be holding the cards to back it up. Smug and arrogant is no substitute for wit and repartee.

  3. Vicki permalink
    October 2, 2009 9:44 am

    I enjoy Morning Joe and it’s the only program I’ll ever watch on MSNBC, which is a notoriously awful station otherwise. I’ve even come around to respecting and ejoying Mica since she’s taking a more conservative point of view recently. I actually follow Joe Scarborough on Twitter.

  4. Swemson permalink
    October 2, 2009 9:56 am

    In a sense, it’s good that they keep attacking her. When the true cost to our prosperity and freedoms of far left policies, begins to become evident to more and more Americans, she’s going to become the figurehead for fair and rational government, and all the abuse the media has given her, is going to come back to haunt them, and illustrate to the public what charlatans and liars they’ve become.

    Go Sarah GO !

  5. Michael van der Galien permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:04 am

    “Smug and arrogant is no substitute for wit and repartee.”

    I agree with you. Geist wasn’t even remotely funny or entertaining. He just came across as extremely smug and arrogant. If he and his liberal friends continue to treat her that way, I’m inclined to think it’ll backfire.

    Vicki: I’m, obviously, also a conservative who enjoys “Morning Joe,” and yes, I think Mika is changing for the better. But too often they still display MSNBC’s infamous liberal bias nevertheless.

    We can do without that bias, without those derogatory comments.

  6. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:22 am

    When MSNBC stops??? I heard Comcast will buy NBC. I thought Comcast had it’s own financial issues, but whatever. NBC can not move right or soften their criticism of the right without becoming the but of jokes. They’re hemoraging money. If bought out by Comcast, they can clean house…say bye MOM…Mathews, Olbermann,Maddow, and the PR becomes manageable.
    As for Sarah Palin, in order for the right to win back all, the stance has to be center right. As David Horowitz wrote in the Frum/Beck article…Politics is the Art of the Possible. Her positions are as far right as the current administration’s are far left. Neither of these play well with Independents, I know because I am one.

  7. Fred from Canuckistan . . . permalink
    October 2, 2009 11:31 am

    She should totally ignore MSNBC. Never mention them or anything they say.

    Make like MSNBC is dead to her, like it is to so many.

    Meanwhile MSNBC can scream inside their drum and enjoy the empty echo of their stupidity.

  8. Fritz permalink
    October 2, 2009 3:58 pm

    Ummmm, Willie Geist is a “leftist”?! Apparently you don’t watch his show or “Morning Joe’ very often. He and Joe have defended Palin more than anyone over there. Might want to check Geist’s background before you put in print that he’s a “leftist”.

  9. LGraas permalink
    October 3, 2009 7:47 am

    It’s “about Palin” inasmuch as she is the standard bearer of conservatives in America. This puts her in the sights of the Left and they use the tools they always use, with ridicule being one of them, as you noted. If you want to see leftists projectile vomit, play Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech for them. My point is that it’s nothing personal against Palin. Their personalization is yet another Alinsky tactic, but it is not personal.

  10. Carole Frazier permalink
    October 3, 2009 8:30 am

    MSNBC there scard of her. Sarah Palin would be the best thing that happened to our government. Sarah Palin is honest, cares about America and calls it as it is. She would have the guts to clean up our government, and certainly would keep America safe.
    So you idiots can says what ever, but Americans know how good she would be.

  11. Keith permalink
    October 3, 2009 4:28 pm

    Selling a book doesn’t mean your going to be a good president, or even popularity won’t cut it, a president can’t change the system, because the president works for the eletes. they gave him millions of dallers to run for office, like Goldman & Sach and others billionare companies. Thats why nothing changes no matter wheather it’s a republican or democrat president, we have to look beyond the president for real change, just follow the money trail. intill we understand this we’re going to have the same problems 20 yrs down the road.
    The last president that tried to change the system was John F Kennedy, and he was assassinated before he could accomplish the job. politicians are nothing more than puppets that string us along.

    • Carole Frazier permalink
      October 3, 2009 5:04 pm

      Putting in Sarah Palin would be a welcome change for America. She is no puppet and no one pulls her strings. She would go after someone corrupt even if he was in her own party. She thinks of the people that put her in. She is always loyal to her people.

      But if a President is corrupt and the people who are around him are corrupt, then we should be able to get them out of office before any election. If most of Americans sign a Bill for them to be outed then that’s all it should take.

      Pelosi is a great example of corrupt people and double standards. Its not good for a Republican but it is ok for a Democrat. Both were incorrect, one was punished, the other because of Pelosi nothing happened to him. Thats wrong. I hope the people in California see what kind of an idiot they have representing them in California.

      • October 3, 2009 5:52 pm

        Sorry Carole Frazier, but Nancy Pelosi is from San Francisco. I imagine the electorate there strongly support her. No way do I see her losing an election. The only way to deal with her is to elect enough new members of Congress in the Republican Party that she can be thrown out of office — an admirable goal.

        Two major benefits to shaking up Congress immediately come to mind. We would see Pelosi given a small closet for an office and told to keep her mouth shut. Second, those of us who work for a living would likely see our taxes reduced.

        I don’t know about the rest of you who read these notes, but I’m fed up with all the different ways government is finding to get into our pocketbooks. For those of you who are Democrats (I’m a conservative), ask yourself what any member of Congress or a State Legislature has done for you, what benefits have you derived from supporting a political party. Spend time on thinking about that and I think, assuming you are not an ideologue, that perhaps you would be willing to join a revolution, where voters shake up Congress and state offices. Not only would it be financially beneficial, it would be great entertainment watching political hacks look for jobs.

        And for all of you young Democrats out there. A revolution might open the doors for you to become a member of Congress. The pay is great and the retirement benefits unequaled (except in major corporations out of control).

        • Carole Frazier permalink
          October 3, 2009 9:26 pm

          I agree good point all the way threw

        • Carole Frazier permalink
          October 3, 2009 9:28 pm

          She will not be re-elected.

        • joeb permalink
          October 3, 2009 10:53 pm

          I think it’s funny that conservatives use double-standards across the base on a regular basis.

          Like this ‘getting into my pocketbook for more money’ mentality.

          On one hand you’ll say the government keeps raising your taxes. tear tear sob whine bitch moan. etc

          And on the other you’ll explain that liberals just don’t understand … conservatives believe in ‘making the pie bigger, not squeeze money out of the poor’ … so go grow your own pie bigger — we’re not standing in your way … right?

          so … you’re either purporting that you can make money from nothing … you know, like perpetual motion (that’s not possible – hope you knew that) … or you understand that you making more money necessarily increases your effect on society (you do it for the ego boost right? that’s not a surprise), but you’re unwilling to come to terms with the fact that it should necessarily also increase your liability?

          So you always tout the constitution and freedom. And you always act like your increased liability should not exist .. and you insist that you have no civic duty to speak of unless it directly affects your personal well-being.

          But the fact is we’re for the PEOPLE by the PEOPLE, which means more than just a couple things. First, when you’re in the minority of opinion, you’re probably going to find every reason possible to resist different opinion, and your willingness to do so in an ever-increasingly-vile manner is proportional to the support from like-minded individuals. And as for freedom, the very decisions that you feel like you have the ‘right’ to make — are the very same decisions enacted by your opposing majority to take back control of the country from egotistical and power hungry men.

          • October 4, 2009 7:52 am

            It is difficult to reply when so much of your commentary doesn’t make sense but I will respond to your last paragraph where you say “we’re for the people by the people…” I don’t know if you are speaking of Democrats, liberals, socialists, fascists, Marxists, your friends, or all of the above. I’m talking about a government of the people by the people. There is a difference. I’m encouraging ordinary individuals to get involved in electoral politics and to seek elective office to represent people in the halls of government at all levels.

            The problem America is facing is not just Republicans versus Democrats or liberals verses conservatives. The fact of the matter is both parties have let us down. Once elected to office, too many politicians spend their time pandering to special interest groups of all kinds and seeking the power and perks of public office. They forget about their basic responsibilities. That’s why I’m talking about the need for a major cleaning of house when it comes to Congress, and many state legislatures — including that of California.

            I’m not quite sure what your philosophy of government is, but it sounds somewhat like that touted by Barack Obama, who wants to share what he calls the “wealth.” That’s nothing more than a code word for encouraging class envy. Middle class taxpayers will find themselves “wealthy” when tax increases begin taking place — starting in 2010. His is not an economic philosophy that will work and that was once again demonstrated as late as this past Friday with the increasing jobless claims. To complicate problems we face, if Obama continues with the policies he is pursuing the economy will only get worse and hurt people the very people you purport to want to help.

            Yours appears to be an overly simplistic approach to government: Tax the “wealthy” and give money to the poor. I suspect you hope to be a recipient of such largesse.

          • Swemson permalink
            October 4, 2009 9:57 am

            joeb

            “so … you’re either purporting that you can make money from nothing … you know, like perpetual motion (that’s not possible – hope you knew that) … or you understand that you making more money necessarily increases your effect on society (you do it for the ego boost right? that’s not a surprise), but you’re unwilling to come to terms with the fact that it should necessarily also increase your liability?”

            It’s clear that you simply don’t understand the nature of wealth… “we can’t make money from nothing?” Maybe you can’t, but the rest of us do (those who work, not the parasites)…

            I buy a piece of land, and with some basic tools, I can take some of the rocks and trees on the property, and build a home for myself there. After I’ve done so, the property is worth far more with the home on it.. the difference in value is the WEALTH WHICH I CREATED.

            And you claim that by doing so, I’ve increased my LIABILITY ?

            WTF liability are you talking about ?

            As long as I pay my fair share of the costs of running the legitimate functions of the government, I don’t owe anyone anything other than honesty and fair dealings…

            From what you say, it seems like you’re a marxist… if so, GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY !

  12. Soylent Green permalink
    October 3, 2009 4:42 pm

    Right on Carole! We can please the ‘undecided’ with people like McCain, Specter, Snow and Graham all we want and still lose to ‘authentic’ liberals. Whenever I want to hear from and ‘undecided’ voter on what’s best for the conservative movement, I’ll go ask my toaster!

  13. MikeD permalink
    October 3, 2009 5:50 pm

    When Palin was picked , I personally felt she had more ‘supervisory experience’ than Obama and Biden combined. Neither of them ever did anything but run for office with fancy talk and no substance. Just look at their past records of voting and whom they picked as advisors to see what can be expected of them in Washington. They have already proved unworthy of the job requirements to lead a great Nation like America. Does spending more than all previous Presidents spent in total over some 200 years seem worthy? Not difficult to answer, right?
    Go, Palin, Go because we like your attitude! MikeD

    • October 3, 2009 6:07 pm

      Sarah Palin has demonstrated that she knows how to get things done within a government bureaucracy. It is not an easy matter to get bureaucracies to move. I am impressed by her accomplishments in a short amount of time. Change does not come easy, even when the change being pursued is good for the American people. Washington is a quagmire of bureaucratic resistance.

      When Barack Obama went to Denmark to “lobby” for the 2016 Olympics, he demonstrated a lack of experience in working with bureaucracies. And, yes, I’m saying the IOC is a bureaucracy of sorts. They had the great pleasure of proving to a president of the United States that they were more powerful. I don’t know the people surrounding and advising Obama, but I do know it was a major mistake to let him attempt to influence the IOC. It was the most crystal clear example that the Administration is inexperienced and doesn’t have a clue how to get things done. The only tool they have is to force matters down the throats of an overwhelmingly Democrat Congress. And that is precisely what they’ve done with every piece of legislation presented to date. That is not a healthy legislative process. We, the electorate, should not stand for it.

      P.S. In case you are not aware of it, you are more powerful than Barack Obama. The electoral ballot is a powerful weapon when marked by an informed electorate.

    • Carole Frazier permalink
      October 3, 2009 9:32 pm

      A great Nation like America, we maybe able to say this now, but if Obama is left in office or we don’t elected more Republicans these next two elections we may not be able to continue to say A great Nation like America. This administration wants to destroy America, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure Obama has the right to be in the Oval Office. I don’t trust any of them, and that makes me sick.

      • joeb permalink
        October 3, 2009 10:37 pm

        give me a break. you’re so sensationalist. you’re writing a fiction novel that’s being played in your head.

        • Swemson permalink
          October 4, 2009 9:44 am

          joeb

          If you can’t see that this administration is indeed trying to tear this country down so they can rebuild it according to their ideology, then you should wake up and pay a bit more attention to what’s going on all around you..

        • joeb permalink
          October 4, 2009 10:44 am

          ah. yes there is much tearing down of the walls of hate and ignorance that your almighty leader, George W, built.

          In the end freedom rang through to the hearts and brains of millions of free Americans who know our country is destined for better than what your failed policies have to offer.

          Your idea of freedom is no more than willful subjugation to those who believe in falsities of origins of life (religion), ignore the planet on which that life originated and its blatant signs of trauma that we’ve caused, and want nothing more than to have more than another (you don’t realize but that’s you too) at their cost all for their ego.

          Your willing to stake my livelihood and freedom for your silly goal to be lead ignorantly. That’s not going to fly, and the majority of Americans agree with me. Furthermore your ‘conservative movement’ has no base. There is no clear policy message — you are constantly contradicting itself. The one thing that does shine through: you’re like a racist 2 yr old that dropped his pacifier in the toilet.

          Honestly, i shouldn’t be objecting and trying to speak reason — because your path will only lead you and your kind to a fate worse than your precious wealth can save you from.

          • Carole Frazier permalink
            October 4, 2009 2:27 pm

            You can say what you want about George Bush, but he kept us safe for all these years after 9/11. All the resources he put in place just this past month stopped an attack on America. George Bush never just listened to politicians, he listened to the Generals in the fields. He never Apologized for America. He was a proud American and made us all remember why we were also.
            You know we can’t talk to people like you either, how do you know this man you elected should be allowed to be president? Why has he spent over one million dollars keeping his Long Form Birth Certificate hidden? Do you know any other President that refused to prove he was an American? Do you know any other person that spent that kind of money to hide his records, I don’t. The only reason I can see is he has something to hide, and what could that be?

  14. Joy permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:26 am

    I see where we have a couple trolls on site – which is funny, because by their ignorant & foolish comments, they give themselves away! Why even both to talk to them?

    Who knows what direction our Republic will take in the next 2 to 4 years? Suffice to say, a Conservative Movement is well under way. We will begin with victories in the House & Senate in 2010. 2012 is HUGE question mark; but other than Sarah Palin, who else on the GOP side is even on the (realistic) horizon?

    Sarah is a true force with which to be reckoned – no matter the outcome in 2012. Just as Goldwater’s candidacy – but ultimate defeat – actually ushered in a new paradim in American politics (culminating with Reagan’s victory in 1980), Palin has given this generation an inspiration to grow & prosper. She has already made her mark; whether or not she ever gains the WH, her straightforward and honest style and substance will be a MODEL for all future Conservative candidates. She is already the pivotal point in Conservatives’ regaining – for years & years to come – the political leadership in this country. THEY will be the ones who roll back ALL the Obamanations inflicted on the USA! This may take generations, but our children & grandchildren will thank US – the future “greatest generation!”

    • Swemson permalink
      October 4, 2009 2:25 pm

      Joy:

      “I see where we have a couple trolls on site – which is funny, because by their ignorant & foolish comments, they give themselves away! Why even both to talk to them?”

      BRAVO !

      Why indeed…. The only way to get rid of these pests is to COMPLETELY ignore them !

  15. avid permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:31 am

    the irony is the majority of Americans don’t want your ignorant seed running our free and liberated country. Your hands of tyranny and draconian war mongering filled with hate and greed are a dying breed.

    • Carole Frazier permalink
      October 4, 2009 10:49 am

      I don’t think so. But you can’t talk to people like you. So you enjoy your world I don’t want any part of it thank you. The Democrats will be gone soon that god.
      It’s there own doing which makes it even better.

  16. Carole Frazier permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:42 am

    This country should be so lucky to have Sarah Palin as President. One thing we would know right off the bat, we would have the truth come out of her office. We also would know that corruption would be ushered out the door. Sarah would take no bull, and demand accountability. I don’t know who the VP would be, but I can guarantee she would make sure he was as honest as she was. I have one so far that I think would be great, but will hold my opinion until a later date.
    For those Americans who value our country and all it stands for, make sure come election time that we take out the trash in Washington in 2010, then in 2012 we finish the job.
    Don’t let up, let Sarah Palin know our feelings about her running. Keep our eyes on the ball. We must take America back, so our children and there children can live in an America like we did. One that was being taken care of by the people we put into office, a group that would listen to the people. Remind your representatives that they work for us and not to forget it.

    • American Racist permalink
      October 4, 2009 10:50 am

      omg did you just say that America should take care of you?

      As in Government should take care of you? Have you lost your mind? THat’s the last thing we need!

      Sarah Palin does not believe in government control – remember her Husband wants to help Alaska separate from the US.

      And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children growing up, as I did, in the age of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, MLK, the unstable middle-east, et al. Thank you but no thank you.

      • Carole Frazier permalink
        October 4, 2009 2:18 pm

        No I don’t want the government to take care of me, I just want them to listen and take into consideration what the people want that put them in office. All America wants is honesty from our people in government. We want transparency, truth, honesty, and the guts to protect us, instead of making America look week. America is not week neither are our military we do not want our hands tied behind our men and women backs like Vietnam. Because we can win and keep America safe.
        We do want CZARS in our White House, We do not want a President of the US to apologize for us. America does not need to apologize to anyone. What countries need to understand, America will not start anything with you, unless you intend to hurt America like 9/11 or go after our Alies. If you start something, America will kick ass and end it. America does not need to apologize.
        The problem is this man in the oval office should never have been elected. He is not qualified for the job. He has the wrong outlook and intends to make America not what the American people want. He’s making us look week, not able to make hard decisions. Leaves our troops that our fightening over in Afghanistan out on a limb. He needs to send troops HIS man who he put in is requesting. Instead he is taking his time to decide. Lack of leadership is not what America needs.
        Actually we have a Senator who went against the US Military years ago and we have him in as a Senator. We have a corrupt administration that we will be taking care of shortly. Senators think we will forget or we are joking. Huge mistake on there part.
        But no America does not want to be taken care of, all we want is a government we can trust and be proud of. Right now neither we can say.

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