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The Fix Is In (Palin’s Russia From My House is a Media Invention)

John on September 30, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Yesterday, Glenn Reynolds received an e-mail from a friend working in the media who wrote:

Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working.

The fix has been in for over a year now. Sarah Palin is the first thing that threatened it, giving McCain a serious boost in the polls. So, predictably, the media has done it’s damnedest to destroy Sarah Palin using anything and everything at hand.

Her first big interview with Charlie Gibson was a farce of editing tricks and questions based on outright falsehoods. People are still talking derisively about her comment that Russia was visible from Alaska. Here’s how the exchange went:

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Note what she said about Russia being a neighbor. About its visibility from an island in Alaska being indicative of how small the world is and how important having a good relationship with them is in light of that. It’s a perfectly reasonable, even a thoughtful answer.

Except that all the parts in bold above were edited out of the broadcast. Read it again and you’ll see where this mocking of Palin’s statement came from. Even worse, instead of airing Palin’s talk about Russia as a neighbor, ABC chose to headline the interview:

EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY

Then the next day, once the transcript was available, they rewrote the story and changed the headline to something much softer. The fix was in at ABC. You’d be an idiot to believe otherwise.

Now we come to the vice presidential debate. This is Palin’s last chance to escape the snares that have been set for her. She’ll be debating a man who has spent three decades in Washington. The pressure has to be immense. So who is going to be moderating the debate, keeping things fair?

Gwen Ifill of PBS. The fix is in.

Just how bad is it. Michelle Malkin points out:

In an imaginary world where liberal journalists are held to the same standards as everyone else, Ifill would be required to make a full disclosure at the start of the debate. She would be required to turn to the cameras and tell the national audience that she has a book coming out on January 20, 2009 – a date that just happens to coincide with the inauguration of the next president of the United States.

The title of Ifill’s book? “Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” Nonpartisan my foot…

Can you imagine a right-leaning journalist writing a book about the “stunning” McCain campaign and its “bold” path to reform timed for release on Inauguration Day – and then expecting a slot as a moderator for the nation’s sole vice presidential debate?

Be sure to click over to Michelle’s and read the rest including how Ifill just wrote a glowing cover story on Obama’s family for Essence magazine. She’s deeply in the tank for the guy. Having her moderate is like having Sean Hannity minus Combs. Were such a thing even suggested, the left would demand the debate be canceled. They’d threaten lawsuits. The NY Times would issue withering editorials. But instead we get Gwen Ifill and not a peep of complaint. Why don’t they drop the pretense and get Olbermann…or Tina Fey. At least they wouldn’t pretend to be fair.

The fix is in and I’m pretty sick of it.

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