Fox News spent four and a half minutes today demolishing Sarah Palin’s credibility as a potential candidate and perhaps as anything else.
Considering Fox’s long-standing dictate against “shooting in the tent,” it’s a pretty remarkable development. On the other hand, given Palin’s outburst against Fox and Bill O’Reilly on Hannity this week, perhaps it was to be expected.
On MediaBuzz today, host Howard Kurtz made a point of highlighting some of the Republican criticism of Sarah Palin’s speech last week in Iowa, including a quote from a devastating column in National Review that called it a “descent into farce.”
Republican strategist Mercedes Schlapp didn’t mince words either. She said Palin has been giving the same speech for the last eight years: “little on substance, little on solutions.”
Kurtz said that Palin “often seems so interested in getting even with the media” that “she narrows her message to that.” He noted how she went on Hannity “and complained about Fox!” because O’Reilly “poked gentle fun at her.”
Schlapp made it clear she’s on Fox’s side, too. “It almost feels like she can’t take the criticism,” Schlapp said about Palin. “I mean, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. …You gotta just move on and she just really can’t do it.” Schlapp sounded incredulous as she added, “She’s calling Fox a quasi conservative outlet? It just doesn’t work.”
Schlapp continued, “So I think she’s in a very tough position and she needs to figure out what her role is, which is that of continuing to rally the base and not even consider a run for the president.”
Kurtz moved on to make a “quick note” about a hard-hitting Boston Globe investigation into Jeb Bush’s “troubled” and “tumultuous” (their words, not Kurtz’s, of course) years at Andover. Kurtz praised Bush for having “very shrewdly, in my view, cooperated with the piece” and acknowledged that he had smoked pot and hash as a teen, and denied a report on bullying, “rather than sort of letting this develop and get the story done with early,” Kurtz said.
Compare that to the talk about Palin and I think we can conclude that Palin has lost Fox News. It will be fascinating to see how much longer she remains under contract to the network. Or who breaks up with whom first.
Watch it below, from today’s MediaBuzz.
Compare that to the talk about Palin and I think we can conclude that Palin has lost Fox News.
Better yet . . . compare that to the talk about President Obama and I think we can conclude Fox seems to have differing standards on past drug use by politicians.
Kurtz is “praising” Bush for “getting in front” of a story that could have implications on a possible presidential run . . . yet, back in 2007, the Fox crew blasted the then-candidate Obama about revelations of his drug and alcohol use in school — revelations Obama HIMSELF made in his autobiography, “Dreams From My Father”, published two years before:
Then again, I keep forgetting: IOKIYAAWR (Its OK If You Are A White Republican)
The only big surprise is how NONE of her ardent defenders/cult members have stopped by here to remind us how much we libruls “fear” her — yet at least. (When that happens, you know she’s fallen out of favor)
With the other contenders Walker appears sneaky and untrustworthy and someone you wouldn’t want to watch your kids, Christie as a bully while Jeb seems to have the personality of wallpaper paste and Rand Paul could put a pot of coffee to sleep. Trump, no commentary is necessary.
In case any of you missed this, on Friday nights show Bill Maher said the following…”If Sarah Palin suffers a stroke, how will we know?”