Liberal Media Attack Falls Flat; Bolsters Palin’s ImagePosted: June 14, 2011
The liberal media was giddy with glee at the prospect of digging up dirt on Sarah Palin in a FOIA release of her emails as Governor of Alaska. The only problem is that the image of Palin which emerges from the emails is one of a hard-working, conscientious public servant who took her post seriously.
In yet another attempt to embarrass and humiliate Sarah Palin, the mainstream has fallen into a trap that they deliberately set for the former Alaska governor.
On Friday, 24,000 emails were revealed from Palin’s time in the governor’s office to an all too anxious media, licking their chops at the prospect of discovering some juicy detail that could tarnish or — better yet — destroy her. The requested emails resulted from a Freedom of Information Request that the media filed years ago.
But rather than find some salacious exchange, the emails revealed a warm, likeable executive who worked hard, focused on Alaska as priority No. 1, relied on her husband for guidance, and who has savvy political instincts. As one Los Angeles Times columnist put it: the email dump was “annoyingly gaffe free.”
Instead of gotcha moments or lewd pictures like the ones we typically see these days, Palin’s correspondence revealed someone who was bi-partisan in nature (Palin was open to meeting then-Sen. Barack Obama’s chief of staff and even praised Obama’s ideas on energy), a clever Mama Grizzly who baked brownies to diffuse a fight over a football rivalry, and a woman of deep faith. National Journal reported on Palin’s prayer for God’s guidance on Alaska’s budget in what it featured as the top 10 “revelations.”
“I have been praying for wisdom on this … God will have to show me what to do on the people’s budget because I don’t yet know the right path … He will show me though.”
The worst nugget from the vast collection? Like almost every politician, Palin appeared thin-skinned when dealing with the press and a thorough manager of her own media by monitoring her coverage and asking for frequent corrections or clarifications. Yawn.