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In-Home-Studio Talent Reveals Cable News Priorities

11:19 am in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Cisco Telepresence Camera (photo: Talk 100/flickr)

The new status symbol for vapid talking heads who parrot the conventional Beltway political wisdom, or conservative talking points in the case of Faux News, is the in-home television studio. Equipped with a Cisco Telepresence camera or HD monster, as well as potent totems and signifiers to appear on-screen behind the personality, the in-home studio has replaced the Town Car that used to carry talking heads to the news network’s nearest uplink. Now, the Important Opiners who’ve rushed to the corner of his/her own study from a child’s flute-o-phone concert or soccer match, donned suitable apparel, and gotten a powder-dusting from a minor child in violation of television union rules and child labor laws can share their Important Opinion with viewers who can’t get through their news day without knowing what their Favorite thinks!

It’s such a status symbol that the Washington Post Style section article leads with a ‘green’ justification for bestowing home studios on cable network favorites:

Of the many categories of waste in American politics, consider the resources that go into cable-TV live shots. Thousands of barrels of fossil fuel are expended hauling a person to where the cameras are or a camera to where the person is.

More silly than the supposed environmental gains by keeping pet pundits at home and out of Town Cars racing to their appointments is the list of who’s featured in the article. Now, I’ve no way of knowing if this is the total universe of Preferred Pundits in whom networks have invested by placing a studio at their homes. But it sure is a list of pedants and establishmentarians who’ve been favored with this perk:

James Carville and Mary Matalin are examples of an apparently better way. A new cable-news luxury allows them to comment, live on CNN, whether the topic is exploding oil rigs or imploding candidacies, without ever leaving the splendor of their New Orleans homestead.

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Some pundits have a camera peering into a Harvard office (CNN’s David Gergen) or Philly radio studio (MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish).

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Cisco newcomer Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary, recently welcomed a CNN-paid crew to his house in Westchester County, N.Y.

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MSNBC just provided a camera to Steve Schmidt, Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, and Schmidt’s daughter is also learning how to apply the powder.

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From the banks of Lake Lucille, Palin can digitally commune with Greta Van Susteren or Sean Hannity or any other Fox News host who books her.

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A few decades ago, Cokie Roberts allowed NPR to install a micro­phone in her husband’s study, just off their bedroom. Many a Monday since then, she has gone on air at 6:15 a.m., often still in her nightgown, broadcasting her view from Bethesda.

(Offhand, do the unionized makeup artists know they’ve been supplanted by scab minor children in pundits’ homes armed with a powder puff to take the shine off Chromedome?)

Consider that list and wonder not as these pampered establishment denizens appear more and more often on America’s cable chatfests: the networks have made the investment with these folks, so why send a Town Car for a more divergent view? Cokie Roberts described the Golden Handcuffs, and America’s Golden Earmuffs, best:

And as with all technology, there’s that status thrill of getting a V.I.P. perk before anyone else. After all, who cares about getting comforts-of-home niceties at the office, when you can have the actual comforts of home? But when there’s a give, there’s always a little take.

“The minus is,” Roberts explained, “they can always find you.”

Another minus? We can always hear and see you!

CNN’s Don Lemon Asks Santorum: “Do you have any gay friends?”

1:17 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Newly publicly qualified to ask Rick Santorum if he has any gay friends, Don Lemon then equates Frothy Mixture’s answer with “I have black friends.” Well-played, Mr Lemon, from your seat in both bleachers.

So: does Santorum even know that Lemon’s out?

PS to Snowbilly Grifter: THIS is what a gotcha question looks like, not that innocuous softball you responded to with your Paul Revere blather.

Sarah Palin’s $$$ Word Salad

10:55 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

"I am happy, honored, proud to take any speaking fee that was ever going to be written out to me, via check, and turn it right back around and give it right back to the cause. This isn’t about money, this is not about a title, this is not about a leadership position here in this movement, it’s about the people, I will live, I will die for the people of America, whatever I can do to help, and this party, this movement, this party that we call The Tea Party, this movement as I say, is the future of politics in America and I am proud to get to be here today. So thank you so much."

Yeah, go figure. I wonder what "cause" will get her speaking fee, or check, turned right back around to them. We’ll see.

Tell Ft Hood to Disinvite Sarah Palin

4:15 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

Ft Hood servicemembers and their families are already subject to enough right-wing posturing and conclusion-jumping without having Caribou Barbie come and trash their Commander-in-Chief with her simple-minded parables and pablum.

Tell the Ft Hood Public Affairs Office that, as a taxpayer, you object to the already strained military base being used as a platform for such a divisive political figure as Sarah Palin. If HarperCollins wants a place for her to sign books, surely there are plenty of bookstores off-base in Killeen for her to use.

Let our Ft Hood heroes mourn their losses in peace without the further circus of Palinpalooza right on base.

Bruce Zielsdorf: bruce.zielsdorf@usarmy.mil

Benton Danner: benton.danner@usarmy.mil

Alaska Report: Todd & Sarah Palin to Divorce

12:25 pm in Uncategorized by Teddy Partridge

The Alaska Report, which first reported Sarah Palin’s selection by John McCain as his running mate and also first reported Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial candidacy, is reporting today that Todd and Sarah Palin will divorce.

AlaskaReport has learned this morning that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.

Apparently, there’s been lots of "not speaking to one another" and "not wearing her wedding ring" that escaped the eagle reporting eyes of the Palin-worshipping FOXbot Greta von Susteren:

The Palins were noticeably not speaking to each other at last Sunday’s resignation speech in Fairbanks. Sarah ditched Todd (MSNBC) right after the speech and left without him. Sarah removed her wedding ring a couple of weeks ago.

Sarah has recently purchased land in Montana and is considering moving the family there. Sarah Palin is originally from Idaho.

I wonder if she’s getting out before her book proceeds start to roll in (ha!) so that none of these can be considered community property.