Thursday, February 17, 2011

Palin and the "mainstream media"

Conservatives have been complaining for a long time that the so-called "mainstream media", i.e. everything non-Internet, is biased against them. Now it turns out that a potential Republican presidential candidate you may have heard of is thinking of running an entire campaign centered around the assumption that avoiding traditional media outlets is the key to victory.

According to Ben Smith, yesterday she said: ""How else does the public know me though, than through the press?" she asked, complaining that the press "reports things that have really misrepresented my record."

"I look at those poll numbers and I say if I’m going to do this then obviously I have to get out there," she said. "I can’t rely on a liberal leaning press to do that for you. That’s why social media is going to be so important.""

If at first you don't succeed, try to avoid the scrutiny altogether.


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  2. Kidding! but seriously, maybe Sarah Palin is taking this route because more people are on the internet than watching tv and definitly more than readers of the newspaper.

  3. i see the logic behind this, but even if Palin does take this approach; avoid all "mainstream media" and use social media to run her campaign, the mainstream media is still out there to interpret whatever she says or does however they want. Whatever she says through social media can always be twisted. So i dont know how effective it really would be. Also if she avoided the "mainstream", wouldn't it hurt her? The "mainstream" is still the "mainstream" and by ignoring it, it might ignore her.

  4. Sarah Palin's problem is not mainstream media. It's that she says stupid things.
    That being said, the media doesn't make her look any better.
    I know everyone remembers her atrocious interview with katie Couric.
    Remember when she said she can see russia from her house?

    Fact check: she didn't. That was on SNL. But most people don't remember that it was a parody. They think she said it herself. That only begs the question: how bad of a public image does she have that people identify that quote with her. She's not the only politician to be portrayed satirically, is it not her own fault that her image is so degraded by it?