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Kathleen Parker Misinterprets Sarah Palin’s New Book

By Stacy Drake

I ran across this article late last night and it honestly made me a little embarrassed for Kathleen Parker. She seems to have let her preconceived notions about Governor Palin dictate her internal debate about what ‘American values‘ represents. Parker starts off:

We’ve heard much these past few years about “small-town values,” most recently iterated and personified by Sarah Palin.

When politicians speak of small-town values, we know what they mean. Generally, they are invoking family, faith and flag — coincidentally the subtitle of Palin’s next book, “America by Heart.” In the politician’s world, small towns are where “real Americans” live, as opposed to all those other people — the vast majority of Americans — who live in urban areas.

I have a question for Ms. Parker… Where in the description of Governor Palin’s new book, “America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag” does it exclude people who live in urban areas? Here is the entire book description from the Governor’s publisher, HarperCollins to show just how off-base Parker is with her last column.

In the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great.

Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values—both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes—themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.

I reread it several times and nowhere does it state that this book has only to do with “small towns.” You can undoubtedly attribute such things to a small town, however this does not mean it automatically excludes urban areas by default.

The meat of the column is a long detailed description of Parker’s old ‘hood,’ if you will. She doesn’t understand why the values shared by her and her neighbors aren’t considered “small town values.” Ah, nobody said they weren’t Kathleen, but if you want to talk about the fact the so-called, ruling “elite” in this country are out of step with most “real Americans,” we can have that discussion.

She ends her piece this way (emphasis mine):

So goes life in the city. But if those aren’t small-town values, I don’t know what we’re talking about. All the inferences one has drawn from reading the foregoing are meant to be taken to heart. Families come in many configurations. And small-town values have nothing to do with small towns.

No ma’am, they don’t. Living in an urban environment myself, complete with concrete, loud buses, and homeless people, I can attest to the fact that the area in which one lives has only so much to do with their values. We have all walks of life in my neighborhood. The good, the bad, the poor, the better-off than the poor… The hard-working, the religious, the public servants, the warriors, the athletes, the moochers, the artists, the patriots, etc… This is a working-class neighborhood whose residents have a pretty good understanding of “Family, Faith, and Flag.” Somehow it never occurred to me that Governor Palin was excluding this neighborhood when she talks about “America.” Perhaps that’s because she was not.

The notion that Kathleen Parker devoted an entire column to a misinterpretation of the definition of “Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag,” is laughable. Here we have a Pulitzer Prize winning writer using her space to tell readers what she thinks Sarah Palin will mean in talking about these things, in a book nobody has read yet. In fact, I have no clue how much of it is actually written at this point. Yet, here’s Parker already denouncing Palin’s anti-city mentality, as if that were the case at all.

Kathleen Parker continues her decline into obscurity with such strange analysis, and the Washington Post continues it’s hard turn to the left. The Journolist scandal, with it’s founder and many known members as writers working for the Post, along with people like Parker representing the “conservative voice,” proves they are not in the business of unbiased reporting.

I just hope Kathleen Parker doesn’t ponder too many aspects of Governor Palin’s book before she reads it. We may have to endure column after column of her own internal debates about the meaning of something nobody ever said in the first place.

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Ruth Marcus’ Distorted Commentary on Sarah Palin

By Stacy Drake

Today is just another day, which means another day for the media to lie, spin, and distort anything Sarah Palin does or says. Our shinning example for the day would be by Washington Post Columnist, Ruth Marcus in an article she wrote titled “Sarah Palin’s fact-free commentary on Paul and BP.”

Ruth claims that an interview Governor Palin gave to Chris Wallace on FOX last Sunday “pushed” her “over the edge.” I certainly hope she can recover from that… Marcus had a good cranky rant about Rand Paul, which I’m not going to get in to here. Rachel Maddow’s “gotcha’ moment with Dr. Paul has been discussed ad nauseum by others and I wholly agree with Governor Palin that one shouldn’t have theoretical discussions with “TV character’s” that want to harm them, politically.

Ruth Marcus then went on to attack Governor Palin for mentioning the obvious. That being the fact that IF President Obama were a Republican, the Lamestream media would most likely have a different narrative playing on the pages of their publications and on their news programs in regards to the administrations response to the Gulf oil leak. At the very least, they would have mentioned the fact that Obama received the largest sum of campaign cash from the oil company responsible for the leak, British Petroleum, in the last twenty years. Marcus said:

Then there was Palin’s best-defense-is-an-untrue-offense response to questions about the oil spill in the Gulf. The cheerleader for “drill, baby, drill” suggested that President Obama was in the pocket of Big Oil:

She then attempts to quote Governor Palin:

“The oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign and are supportive of him now — I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration. If there’s any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Marcus quite obviously left some keys words out of the quote. What Governor Palin actually said in full context:

I think that there is perhaps a hesitancy to — I don’t really know how to put this, Chris, except to say that the oil companies who have so supported President Obama in his campaign and are supportive of him now — I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration.

If there’s any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico — now, if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn’t received as much support even as President Obama has from B.P. and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case in terms of asking questions why the administration didn’t get in there, didn’t get in there and make sure that the regulatory agencies were doing what they were doing with the oversight to make sure that things like this don’t happen.

I take it Ruth Marcus didn’t bother to do much research before writing this article because Governor Palin reinforced this point that her criticism was actually directed at the media more so than Obama when she wrote the following on her Facebook page:

In the course of discussing the administration’s failure to get to grips with the oil spill, I pointed out that the media was rather silent on asking if there was a connection between the White House’s hands-off response to the spill and the undisputed fact that Barack Obama was BP’s top recipient of both PAC and individual money for the last 20 years. Please note that I never claimed there was a conspiratorial connection; rather, I was saying that it’s odd that so few in the media have asked that question. In fact, I believe Major Garrett is one of the few reporters to pursue the issue. You can be sure that if this were a Republican administration, at the very least the media would be asking that question nonstop.

I had no trouble interrupting what Governor Palin said at the time. I knew she was criticizing the media for taking it’s current day role as administration lapdog, instead of an objective press. Perhaps Ruth has journalist blinders on that inhibited her view of the point that was being made. I really don’t think that is the case however. The truth is that Governor Palin was right and I think Ruth Marcus knows it.

I sat in a news room through the entire Bush presidency. I witnessed the media try to frame almost everything that man did during his term as some sort of ‘payoff’ to his “oil buddies.” From the wars we were in, to Hurricane Katrina, to the nation’s energy policies… The media had a ‘Bush is a corrupt oil man‘ meme going and they ran with it for eight long years. The meme is no longer in play during an Obama administration.

Did Ruth Marcus just miss the point, or did she try to distort the premise of the argument? I think the answer to that question is pretty clear.

Marcus self-righteously declares in the article that”Facts are stubborn things.” Indeed they are and I couldn’t agree more, Ruth! Fortunately for the rest of society, we have access to them outside of the dinosaur press.

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