‘Rogue’ days ahead
Sarah Palin’s long-awaited book “Going Rogue: An American Life” went on sale this week.
The former governor of Alaska and 2008 running mate to Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been nothing short of a lightning rod for attention, and the release of her book has only further fueled the fire.
The major media outlets must have been waiting for the book with baited breath. The Associated Press reportedly obtained a copy before its release date and assigned 11 staffers to check the facts of the 432-page book.
Many of the major media types make no secret of their disdain for Palin. They would love nothing more than to catch her in a “gotcha” moment.
As several writers have already pointed out, Palin seems to be getting an unfair amount of skepticism. Have the memoirs of President Obama received such strict treatment?
All claims Palin makes should be checked for accuracy. And by all means, call her on it when she is wrong or mistaken.
It seems that there has been a predetermined effort to condemn her.
If anything, the sort of treatment Palin has received only makes her more of an underdog. And who doesn’t find themselves pulling for the underdog?
Then there was the not-so-subtle cover photo of Newsweek. The magazine ran an out-of-context photo that was originally taken for Runner’s World.
It really is a shame. Palin is a relatively young woman who has broken through barriers. No longer is politics a club for men only.
Why is it that liberal-minded women like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are lauded in the major media, while a conservative like Palin is bullied?
Apparently she’s not the right kind of woman. She doesn’t live in a bustling metropolis, she’s lived in small towns. She doesn’t come from old money, but from a blue-collar family. She’s an ordinary American, which to them, is unacceptable.
Where are all of the feminist groups? It seems as though they should stand up for all women who are demeaned and degraded, not just the ones they like.
The fact is that many Americans can relate to Palin. To them, being a hockey mom is not a bad thing. It doesn’t matter that she didn’t go to an elite college, and it doesn’t matter that her daddy didn’t pay the tuition.
Give her a break. She deserves to be treated fairly.