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Newsweek Talks About Sarah Palin – Sort Of

November 30, 2009
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When it comes to talk of President Obama, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas couldn’t find his way out of a hyperbole bag with a map of moderation. He is completely, indisputably “in the bag” for Obama.

“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

— Newsweek’s Evan Thomas on Obama’s speech at Cairo University in June 2009

The only correlation that can be made between God and Obama comes down to blind faith. Belief in Obama is equally based on an emotional need rather than tangible evidence, which is what makes his devoted following a cult-like exercise in idolatry.

We could expect no less from the grandson of Norman Thomas, a card-carrying American socialist nominated six times as the presidential candidate for the Socialist Party.  Evan Thomas embraces every hypocrisy of the left, foremost of these being his exultation and adulation of a president who would remake America into a society based on the socialist principle of wealth distribution, while Thomas himself enjoys the comforts of a life of privilege that began in his youth with his elite private school education.

So when Thomas, and other proud partisan writers at Newsweek, recently took on the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin, liberal bias was too be expected – and boy did they ever deliver, starting right on the magazine’s cover, which claims of Palin:

“She’s [Palin’s] Bad News for the GOP – and for Everybody Else, Too.”

— Newsweek cover, Nov. 23

The Root of Liberal Media’s Fear

Though his article, led by a half-page photo of Sarah Palin, begins with two paragraphs devoted to boxing Palin into the corner of “in-your-face” conservatism, Thomas quickly transitions into a lesson on political compromise. The result yielded by his efforts is little more than a lesson in partisan semantics: Republicans should be willing to compromise for the good of the people. Democrats should not be expected to settle for anything less than what they demand in order to placate the opposition.

What Thomas, and many others in the left-leaning media, fears is a candidate who cannot be bullied into submission by derisive editorials and television commentary. Sarah Palin challenged their ideals and their intellect with tough questions and unwavering principles, and stood intractable to their criticism.

In Obama, they find a malleable politician who is highly susceptible to the media messages that drive public sentiment, making him an appealing candidate. Thomas has done much to build the Obama Cult of Personality to towering heights, blindly touting his leader as an undefeatable force and minimizing Palin as a “right-wing populist” who cannot possibly win the Oval Office, “no matter how good she looks in a skirt.”

“He [Obama] cannot help but relish the prospect… that the Republicans will nominate Palin to oppose his reelection in 2012,” Thomas wrote. “A student of history, Obama could be thinking of his predecessor in presidential coolness, John F. Kennedy.”

At times, Thomas’ words are eerily reminiscent of those spoken by Vice President Joe Biden during his recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Thomas says:

“Governing effectively requires a ‘big tent’ approach to politics.”

Biden says:

“The good news about a big tent is a lot of people can get under it,” explains Vice President Joe Biden. “The bad news is, the bigger the family, the harder [it is] to get agreement.”

Thomas says:

“Moderate Republicans—they are not yet extinct, though most are in hiding…”

Biden says:

“The Republican Party has nothing but hard-core conservatives. There’s no moderates left.”

 Between his frequent recitations of Bidenisms and regular devotionals to Obama, Thomas’ words carry little weight as credible political commentary, having devolved over time into myopic worship of a man created by media mouthpieces like Thomas.

“He [Obama] is the great teacher. He is this guy that stands above everybody. There’s some condescension in it. But, he stands above everybody and says, ‘Now, listen. You people have to stop blaming each other unreasonably. You have to get along here and I am going to show you the way.’ It is a pretty brave role in many ways.”

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19 Comments
  1. Paul permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:41 am

    This is just another chapter in the very, very big book “Obama: President, Cult of Personality, and Prophet. How the Left-wing Media is Making Barack Obama remembered forever and how they want him to radically change the Nation”. (And no that’s not a book I know of).

    “A student of history, Obama could be thinking of his predecessor in presidential coolness, John F. Kennedy.”

    Barack Obama has a B.A. (Bachelors’ Degree) in Political Science with a specialization in international relations and a J.D. (Jurist Doctorate or Law Degree). Do you see History Degree? No. Coolness? Who are you, a beatnik? Damn, “rad” is younger than “cool”. You usually say cool when its not something big, and you’ll same something with more effect and more emotion than “cool” to emphasize your excitement.

    Wanna know who others were cult of personality?
    Here’s a simple list:
    Vladimir Lenin (Russia)
    Joseph Stalin (Russia)
    Adolph Hitler (Germany)
    Benito Mussolini (Italy)
    Mao Zedong (China)
    Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia)
    Nicole Ceausescu (Romania)
    Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines)
    Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenistan)
    Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
    Kim Il-Sung (North Korea)
    Kim Jong-Il (North Korea)
    Sukarno (Indonesia)
    Ayatollah Khomeini (Iran)

    Others can include:
    Siad Barre (Somalia)
    Leonid Brezhnev (Russia)
    Hafez al-Assad (Syria)

    Definition of “Cult of Personality” from Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Cult+of+Personality?jss=0)

    cult of personality

    –noun
    a cult promoting adulation of a living national leader or public figure, as one encouraged by Stalin to extend his power.

    Evan Thomas may be one of the people who starts the “Barack Obama Church”

  2. November 30, 2009 6:22 am

    Two thoughts come to mind:

    1) The meanings of the words moderate and conservative have been re-defined, not only by the Democrats and the Republicans, but also by the media. John McCain told us he was running for President as a Ronald Reagan conservative. He was anything but that. He was and is a left of center socialist who advocates open borders. And if the Repubs want to lose another election they should nominate another moderate like John McCain and see what happens.

    What is defined as a moderate today would have been anathema to Harry Truman, or even to JFK. The Repubs have moved far left in order to appear media-palatable in getting along with the Democrats, who have moved into the world of Marx.

    So, the statement that there aren’t any moderates left in the Republican Party is a huge mind-bending lie. The Republican Party is rotten with so-called moderates.

    2) Now, about Sarah Palin and the left’s cult-worship of Barack Hussein Obama:

    I not know how much Sarah Palin comprehends regarding the jihad movement, which is one of the three great existential threats we are facing. I’ve never heard her talk about Islam, sharia or jihad. The fact is that most politicians have not taken the time to school themselves in that area. Ramadan’s end is an official White House event. It’s sort of like FDR proclaiming that Hitler’s birthday would be celebrated at the White House. George W. Bush’s ignorance of Islam’s dynamics in his conduct of the war was nothing short of amazing to watch.

    If Palin does not take the time to get an education in Islam 101, while her fiscal policies may help us to survive what Bush and Obama did to our economy, we will continue to stumble about aimlessly in fighting the worldwide jihad movement. Ms. Palin cannot expect much help from within the upper ranks of the military. Those ranks are filled with apologists for Islam and complete deniers of Islam’s doctrinal effects on the jihad. The best expert on Islamic law we had in the Pentagon, Major Stephen Coughlin, was run out of his job by a Muslim Chaplain who complained to Gordon England about Coughlin’s thesis on the dangers of ignoring Muslim doctrine in fighting the war.

    If Palin picks someone like Robert Spencer to advise her along the way, I’ll sleep easier.

    For true conservatives to get a grip on the reality of what we face, it’s time to stop being shocked or astonished by people like Evan Thomas. The press in the United States long ago ventured into the World of Marx, and Obama is their guy, forever and ever and ever.

    It will not matter what happens to our nation – war, famine, economic collapse, erasure of borders, surrender to the Forces of Islam – none of it will matter. Obama and an ever-bigger government are the answers for the American Press Corps.

    The American media are going to assault Sarah Palin, even to the day she is inaugurated, should it come to that. We will see a media pornification of the American Presidency that will make the Clinton/Lewinsky days look like a picnic with Shirley Temple.

    And I fully intend to vote for her if she gets the nomination.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      November 30, 2009 6:43 am

      The MSM NEVER uses the world liberal with a Republican. Anyone who choses to run in that party, mainly because of party ID in whatever seat they are running for, no matter how left their positions, is called a “moderate.” That way, if they get beat in a primary, the “Republicans are purging the moderates!!!” People would EXPECT Republican votes to reject a liberal. That’s why a proponent of gay marriage and partial birth abortion is called “socially moderate” by the media. DeeDee Scozafava (sic) is the perfect example. Her positions were to the Left of the (campaign, at least) positions of the Dem, Owens, but the media template was that the Republicans and conservatives were rebelling against a “moderate nominee.”

  3. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:02 am

    At this time, many of these liberists are being called out by the so-called hidden conservatives, the more intellent ones have admitted the error of their ways; the others shall soon become quite insignificant. Poof…gone!

  4. W.Groeneveld permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:39 am

    Obama’s problem is that he is far too much of a gentleman to be understood by the average american

    • Cas Balicki permalink
      November 30, 2009 8:19 am

      Obama’s problem is that he is far too much of a gentleman to be understood by the average american

      Whisky Tango Foxtrot?

      Obama’s problem is that he is a thin-skinned, historically and economically illiterate machine politician prone to voting present, who has as Jesse Jackson so well put it, “Never run anything but his mouth.”

      • Peachey permalink
        November 30, 2009 7:43 pm

        Cas,
        Bill Clinton also had it right when he asked if this was a joke (regarding the Obama campaign) and that Obama could not run a lemonade stand without the assistance of a troup of girl scouts. Now that is acuracy.

    • November 30, 2009 8:40 am

      You are so perceptive W. Groeneveld: I will wager you majored in Tarot readings and psychic experiences since Obomao has baffled almost everyone else with his apparent idiocy. You may join the queue to ‘win’ your Marxist Star.

    • Peachey permalink
      November 30, 2009 12:56 pm

      Be careful who you hook-up your wagon to, the mule just might tire of you and give you a swift kick in the head. Then you will graduate to the FOO class, pissed off and none the wiser. All of the lame stream media that went to the wall are fully aware that Obama has not even lived up to their lowest expectations, but, they will go to the wall for him rather than admit that they were deceived and wrong. Their hubrus and arrogance will not allow they to acknowledge their failure to recognize a scam in their liberal feel-good and pass it around desires. Now that they have sold their souls to the devil, it will be very difficult to back out of the pact they so happily embraced. Do you think that they really do not recognize the fact that they were taken for a “change” ride into hell? Maintaining the lies and deceit is now a full time job. Generating garbage for Obama over-rides their desire for creativeness and independent thought. What was once a socialist fancy, is now a cold hard reality for those that see the danger and destruction that will follow. I believe that “in for a penny, in for a pound”, applies here quite nicely.

    • Paul permalink
      December 1, 2009 10:43 pm

      W. Groeneveld. You did the STUPIDEST thing someone can ever do. You attacked the American people. Never attack normal citizens, when you do that, other citizens will attack you. If you attack one, 3 million more will attack you (at least). Never call the American people stupid, idiots, wrong, “can’t comprehend”, “can’t understand”. When you say those things, the normal American people will attack you, why? Because you ATTACKED THEM! That’s why protests happen. And sadly for you W. Groeneveld, it is a constitutional right to protest. You could protest me for anything you like, but then I could do the same to you. And what matters then, is who is louder, who has more people and who get’s their point across better.

  5. Brad permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:19 am

    Quoting you: “The only correlation that can be made between God and Obama comes down to blind faith. Belief in Obama is equally based on an emotional need rather than tangible evidence,”

    Perhaps you can explain your need in this piece about Evan Thomas’ worship of Obama to slight those of us who do believe in God, not based merely upon “an emotional need,” but also upon a great deal of evidence.

    Perhaps you can look at the evidence of your life, of any life, for that matter, and conclude it just happened, but where is the evidence? Or, are you merely accepting your presupposition on “blind faith?”

    • Karen Northon permalink
      November 30, 2009 9:30 am

      Although I am a faithful Catholic, I won’t get into a theological debate here. Poorly worded on my part.

      • Brad permalink
        November 30, 2009 2:27 pm

        I won’t push the theological debate, if you don’t want to engage there, but can you at least define: “faithful?”

        Does it include the Nicene Creed?

  6. greg permalink
    November 30, 2009 9:59 am

    I don’t think that NEWSWEAK’s cover will hurt Palin in the least. By them proclaiming Palin bad news for the republicans and everyone else, most will see that as a positive thing, since both parties are pretty much detested by most.

    Palin couldn’t afford to buy a tenth of the free publicity she gets. Have you seen the crowds she’s drawing at each and every book signing event? Hudreds of people at each one are spending the night outside, some in line as long as 26 hours before the event starts. Sales of Going Rogue must be over 1 million by now, since the 700,000 figure came out more than a week ago.

    It will be interesting to see what the polls say in January, after a few million people have read her book, tens of millions will have seen or heard her interviews on TV and radio, and millions more will have been exposed to the very positive local press coverage of each of her events.

  7. November 30, 2009 7:08 pm

    Let’s see closed door, deceptive secrete agenda socialism or simple and honest home grown common sense…hmm what a choice and which would I choose

  8. November 30, 2009 8:38 pm

    The best way to deal with Newsweek is to laugh at it. GOP and traditional commentators should equate Newsweek along the lines of the Globe, the Star and People. Newsweek stopped doing serious news years ago and sold out journalistic standards to make the money in supermarket checkout lines. Evan Thomas is your basic page 6 equivalent writer now.

    • richard permalink
      December 1, 2009 6:16 am

      we’ve actually come full circle. by this i mean the star has more credibility than newsweek.

  9. richard permalink
    December 1, 2009 6:14 am

    I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

    – Newsweek’s Evan Thomas on Obama’s speech at Cairo University in June 2009

    if this person actually said what is in this quote he ought to be tarred & feathered, and not allowed near any sort of editorial/publication position.
    it is completely beyond the pale. my god, i never thought someone would one up chris matthews…
    he is a laughing stock.

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