Did you know Sarah Palin has a book coming out and Carrie Prejean has a sex tape? If you didn’t know that, you must not pay attention to mainstream left-leaning media. For example, Prejean and Palin occupy significant space on Huffington Post everyday. On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, not much else is discussed. Take last Thursday’s show for example (transcript). Here’s how he starts the show:
Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?
…The House Democrat pushing an anti-abortion agenda, threatens the majority who aren‘t, threatens Senate Democrats—as Bart Stupak risks the lives of 44,000 Americans who die each year for want of insurance.
George W. Bush finally found something he may have done wrong: the bank bailout.
That president is surprisingly silent on Afghanistan. This one insists none of the options his military has given him are satisfactory—demands a new set.Sarah Palin on “Oprah Winfrey,” and here come the tease sound bites—the Katie Couric interview, McCain‘s advisers told her it was a good interview and she should do more, she, of course, knew better.
“Worsts”: Lou Dobbs says he was the victim of a vast conspiracy—by invisible aliens; a Colorado state senator compares the president to a 9/11 hijacker, and the senator hasn‘t even resigned yet.And the self destruction of Carrie Prejean, part eleventy billion. The solo sex tape, she was 20 when she made it, says the guy she made it for. And it was one of many tapes.
Take a look at his list of topics that we might talk about tomorrow. Some are important, such as Afghanistan and health care reform. Others are just tabloid stories.
If you go through the transcript, what you’ll see is that he did spend some time talking about each of these issues. When he talked about health care, he made sure to keep reminding viewers that Palin and Prejean talk was coming up. He was most excited about the possibility of more than one Prejean sex tape:
And, just as Carrie Prejean announced she regrets silencing herself during the latest interview with liberal bias media trying to silence her - to say nothing of all of those sex tapes, plural. OK, I made the last part up.
Carrie Prejean, back on autopilot, appearing in front of another camera, and self-circumscribing her First Amendment rights.
HA HA HA HA. Get it? Autopilot? Camera? HA HA HA.
And then he had long segments on Palin and Prejean.
Let’s recall that Carrie Prejean was in some beauty pageant and became a target of criticism because of her answer to a question about same sex marriage by judge Perez Hilton (yes, Perez Hilton, which should tell you how seriously to take the competition):
Well I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other. We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And, you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.
I don’t have the same opinion as she does, but what she said didn’t offend me in any way.
She’s 22 years old and is not some influential figure on the national scene. There is no reason to discuss her, ever. Yet, every night Olbermann mocks her and excites his viewer with bikini pictures and sex tape talk. Huffington Post can’t get enough of her either.
I understand that making fun of the intelligence of attractive women, while showing them in a bikini or in short-shorts, might increase ratings and web site hits. Nevertheless, I am disturbed that the most influential left-leaning news web sites and shows give these topics so much attention.
Not to mention that we are engaging in a cultural war when we attack a young, Christian woman on a personal level, just because we don’t agree with her opinion on same sex marriage. While we sneer at people with less education and/or stronger religious views than us, we fail to make a case for a progressive agenda. As Bob Somerby put it:
We love the idea that we’re the smart ones—although it’s clear that we aren’t. We love the idea that we’re the moral ones—that the other tribe spills with racists. And in part because we love this war, we have been wholly unable, in the past fifty years, to build a case for health care reform. We’re the smart ones, we love to insist—and yet, our latest plan for health reform is melting down into a joke.
(We didn’t see the abortion fight coming! How strange, since we’re so smart!)
We live with a cosmically awful health system—a system characterized by needless deaths and comical levels of looting. But despite our brilliance and our moral grandeur, we can’t figure out how to make voters understand the need for large-scale reform. For fifty years, The Interests have spread their false messaging all around. (European health care is a disaster! They have to wait in lines!) Despite our own acknowledged brilliance, they have beaten us blue in the process.
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