OK. As Dutch Reagan would say, “Here I go again.” The first and generally only thing that most liberals — especially women — can say about Sarah Palin is that she is stupid. I opined about that last week, and for this pajama-clad citizen journalist up most days before the crack of dawn to separate fact from fiction, it’s getting more than a little tiring.
Without asking her to reveal her SAT scores, Palin appears to be plenty smart enough to have the lamestream media chasing themselves around the country reporting on a non-story — and complaining that the non-candidate (at least at this point) won’t grant them access or interviews.
Wow. For Mitt Romney and the gaggle of other Republican presidential candidate wannabes this kind of media coverage would be a wet dream come true.
Here’s a view on all this from across the pond, from The Guardian, “Sarah Palin’s mystery bus tour keeps US media guessing on 2012 bid“:
Sarah Palin has arrived in Philadelphia on day three of a mystery bus tour that is swamping US media coverage of the Republican race for the White House, leaving her rivals struggling to win attention.
Palin, who began her road trip in Washington, is refusing to provide an itinerary for the media, in what is being interpreted as payback for the hostility she faced in the 2008 election.
“It’s not really an intention to play cat and mouse,” she said. But the tactic has worked spectacularly to her advantage, with reporters gleefully turning her tour into a chase and guessing game about her next stop.
Reporters are enjoying the novelty so much that there is even a Twitter hashtag, #wheressarah, logging sightings and speculating on her next venue.
When reporters do catch her, the inevitable question is whether she intends to join other Republicans in seeking the nomination to take on Barack Obama in 2012. She insists she has not made up her mind. “I don’t know, I honestly don’t know,” she says.
The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate may be engaged in an elaborate tease but, after a few months in which she largely dropped out of public view, the bus tour has renewed speculation that she is contemplating joining the contest.
She even admitted to reporters she had been thinking about what kind of campaign she might run, saying it would be non-traditional and unconventional – a bit like her bus trip.
On Tuesday night, Palin made a brief visit to Donald Trump, who flirted with a presidential bid earlier this year, stopping by the tycoon’s Trump Tower condominium in New York before heading out to dinner. She greeted a few tourists and joked to reporters that she would encourage Trump to stop contributing to Democrats.
And another perspective from Morning Joe Scarborough, “Why Should Media Care About Sarah Palin’s Big Fat Weekend of Nothing“:
On Morning Joe, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were in agreement that they didn’t understand anyone’s fascination with Sarah Palin’s bus tour sweeping the East Coast. Mika suggested, “I don’t know what’s going on there” and Scarborough wondered why they were even wasting time talking about it.
Scarborough declared, “if she decides she wants to run, we’ll talk about it,” but until then he was concerned more about the media’s role:
“So she goes out, she does a big old fat weekend of nothing politically. . . . I’m not knocking Sarah Palin, but the press just swarms around her. It’s like ‘ok Donald Trump is gone, so who do we go to now?’”
When it comes to using the news media to promote herself and her views, do you really believe that Sarah Palin is stupid? LOL
Of course, if they aren’t chasing Sarah Palin around the country, journalists would be in even more of a feeding frenzy on the story unfolding in Italy. It appears that Snooki had an encounter with the police in Florence.
She may have put two Italian police officers in hospital with whiplash, cuts and bruises.
But it seems the car crash she was involved in yesterday is just one big joke to Jersey Shore’s Snooki.
The smiling MTV reality star was pictured today wearing a neck brace in the Renaissance city of Florence – although apparently she didn’t seem to need it.
In what appeared to be mere tomfoolery for the cameras, the 23-year-old TV star is seen whipping off the neck restraint while bursting into fits of laughter.
It comes just hours after Snooki, real name Nicole Polizzi, had her driving licence taken off her following a fender bender, which saw her plough into the side of a police patrol car.
Her behaviour has prompted the president of a national Italian-American group to brand Snooki as the country’s worst ever export.
UNICO President Andre Dimino told celebrity website RadarOnline: ‘She really is the lowest of the low and will do anything for attention, even hitting a police car.
Wonder what Sarah Palin and Snooki think about reporters, editors and TV Talking Heads who spend the bulk of their careers covering these stories — and about how easy it is for celebrities to manipulate the news media these days.
I bet they think the reporters, editors and TV Talking Heads are pretty stupid.