Is Everyone Right About The Media Taking Sides?

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

I'm not trying to bite the hand that feeds me by any means, but I'm intrigued but the current turn of the tide for a certain political candidate.

Sarah Palin.

It's a name you likely had never heard half a year ago, now if you don't know her you might be living under a rock.  The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate was thrown into the media spotlight.  Her life was dissected, her family's lives too...it seemed there was no limit on how much we could know about Alaska's Governor.

At first, the media seemed intrigued.  Who was this woman?  What led her to politics...where is the video of her in a swimsuit or playing the flute or anchoring the news.  Much like Barack Obama when he first gained popularity, the national media bombarded her.  I can only imagine what news directors at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC were saying in the newsroom.  Actually, I can hear it in my head..."I want to know everything about this woman...when she sleeps...when she eats...what time she's brushing her teeth."  You get the point.

It seemed, in the beginning at least...Sarah Palin was a bit of a media darling.  Good looks, well spoken and great taste in eye wear.  But then, just as fast as she gained a fan base, the Sarah Palin haters came out....she's too conservative...her 17 year old daughter is unwed and pregnant...she doesn't have any experience.  Then there was the Charles Gibson interview and the Bush Doctrine incident.  And that was followed by Katie Couric's now infamous interview with Palin parodied on Saturday Night Live.  The media had a field day perhaps to the detriment of the Republican Party and John McCain's campaign as some have suggested.

But now, at least from my perspective, the media has shifted its coverage of her.  No longer are reporters digging through her trash to come up with some dirt...no now they're in her kitchen helping prepare a meal.  Now, the media is hosting one hour specials dedicated to if she'll run for President in 2012.  And now, Palin's fighting back too, pretty much calling reporters out for what happened in the past.

It's just so interesting to me how this has changed.  What do you think?

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  • by T Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    Yes the media immediately took sides for Obama because he is portrayed as black as well as the first 'black' to run for the highest office in the land. This was unfair and has helped cloud voters judgement by many overlooking the issues that were at hand. I pray he can make a difference and not get there and turn out to ba the nations nightmare with his voters regreting putting him in office.
  • by bob Location: newport, nc on Nov 23, 2008 at 09:29 AM
    You'd have to have been deaf and blind not to have noticed the mainstream news adulation heaped upon Obama. While it certainly has helped to elect him, it ruins the belief that the media is objective. That will be a serios loss for the news media. It has become just another outlet of political propaganda.
  • by Dennis Faust Location: Havelock on Nov 22, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    The mainstream media is in the tank for OBAMA. The distortion of facts, for the last 8 years, was sickening and nothing was ever mentioned about the incompetent DEMOCRATIC Congress. Clinton started this financial downward spiral in 1998. Nothing was ever mentioned about the shady financial accounting regulations in the stock market, and how the speculators ruined this country. The "Lemmings", from age group 18-45, fell prey to the mainstream medias affection for Emperor OBAMA and the other left wing cronies. Journalism has died in the USA.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    It is always amazing to me how people decry the media "agenda" of knocking down Republican candidates or Democratic nominees. We live in an era of 24 hour news access. There are so many news outlets that one can tap into that well and eventually find one that agrees with your political point of view. In regards to Sarah Palin, she got what she deserved. She is not Presidential material by any stretch of the imagination. However, she was arrogant enough to think that her record as governor as well as her personal life would not be looked at with a critical eye. Her experience may have worked to her benefit as Mayor of a city of 6,000, but to be one heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the world requires more than well coached talking points made during Republican rallies. The nature and role of political journalism is one that should be looked at critically by all of us as consumers. Ultimately, we are the ones who determine the quality of how we decipher information.
  • by Donna on Nov 16, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    I, for one, didn't listen the media. I listened to the candidates themselves. And as far as Sarah Palin and the negativity surrounding her goes, she brought most of that on herself. She wasn't prepared and that showed big time in doing the few interviews that she was allowed to do. But anyway, none of that matters now and I am so happy the election is OVER!
  • by American Biker Location: Eatern NC on Nov 15, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    The media is a powerful force, and so much of what is reported is edited to " Justify Ratings". The new president elect can testify to the power of the media. They are the ones who put him where he's at today. His campaign was ran by the " Jump on board bandwagon Media ". I have as little faith in what the media says now days, as I do crooked politicians.
  • by Ruth Location: Kentucky on Nov 15, 2008 at 09:31 AM
    Yes, the media was hideous during the election. They all need to be fired and really good reporters hired in their place. Its a shame that the media doesn't hold to reporting the news (as Gov. Palin said recently) going back to answering the who, what, where, when, why....and let the readers determine a choice. THEY WERE SHAMEFUL. I THINK ITS TIME SOMEONE SPOKE OUT FOR GOV. PALIN. SHE'S TERRIFIC! SEE HER IN 2012 ON THE GOP TICKET!
  • by Doug Location: Greenville on Nov 15, 2008 at 05:27 AM
    The media ia a powerful tool. A lot of people actually believe what they report, not realizing they can slant the news to fit their agenda. I just thought it was shameful when the media was portraying Palin to be stupid during the campaign. Election is now over and the media seems to be saying maybe Palin is not so stupid after all. I have to inform you the stupid ones in all this are the ones that believed these reporters in the first place.
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