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Americans are accustomed now to blatant bias from the left-leaning news media, whose thin remaining façade of objectivity collapsed altogether during Obama’s campaign and tenure in office. But even by the current dumbed-down standards, CNN took a shameful shot at Palin last weekend. On CNN Sunday Morning, a segment on Palin was introduced with a snippet from a song called “Stupid Girls” by former pop star Pink. “Stupid girl, stupid girl,” Pink intones, followed by host Randy Kaye announcing, “Sarah Palin is apparently hungry for chicken and controversy,” referring to the embattled Chick Fil-A restaurant chain which Palin was supporting. Subtle.
You may recall that eight months ago, the house band for NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon talk show introduced guest Rep. Michele Bachmann with a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” NBC ultimately issued a perfunctory apology for the outrageous Bachmann insult, and CNN quickly followed its gaffe this weekend with an apology of sorts as well: “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story. We regret any perception that they were planned together.” A poor choice indeed, and most certainly intentional.
That incident came on the heels of a comedy performance on the Bravo network late last week in which ragingly hateful TV personality Kathy Griffin “joked” that Palin’s daughter Bristol is “a dirty whore” whose 17-year-old sister Willow is a future porn star. Hilarious. This was during a lengthy anti-Palin stretch of Griffin’s standup routine in which she ridiculed Wasilla (because leftists have contempt for small-town Americans) and Sarah Palin’s accent (because leftists have contempt for Americans with rural accents). The tolerant progressives among her Long Beach audience roared their approval of her mean-spirited ridicule. Imagine their outrage, though, if a conservative comedian like Dennis Miller made such vile, unfunny comments about the Obamas’ children.
The Palin-hating among so-called entertainers didn’t stop there. Also last weekend, British celebrity Russell Brand, who seems to be under the illusion that he’s a comedian, ended a panel at the Television Critics Association by offering this gutter explanation for Sarah Palin’s appeal: “People want to f*** her. That’s why they tolerate the other stuff.” Why he was asked his opinion about Sarah Palin is unclear from news reports, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that the questioner was hoping to elicit just such a vicious crack at Palin from notorious Republican-basher Brand.
Brand wasn’t expressing a deeply considered opinion about Palin; he was looking for the easy laugh and so he went straight for the crude and flippant joke. I have no doubt, though, that it reflects his true opinion. He has absolutely no clue about the real reason for Palin’s appeal to many conservatives, and not just because he’s British and doesn’t understand Americans and our politics. It’s because he, like Kathy Griffin and Jimmy Fallon’s bandleader and the producer at CNN who chose “Stupid Girls” and the left-leaning media and entertainment biz in general, is an elitist snob who can’t comprehend that someone like Palin – or indeed, any conservative – could be anything but a moronic backwoods bigot, undeserving of any serious consideration. Like many leftist celebrities, Brand is a sneering narcissist who can’t grasp that anyone of Palin’s ilk might embody deeply meaningful values that resonate with untold numbers of Americans.
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