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AP / Lynne Sladky

The Death of Death Panels

The demise of the recent “death panels” debate was quick and painless—unlike so many of the deaths that will occur among those who will now be without the benefit of their doctor’s knowledge of the dying process.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


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The Equal Rites Awards, 2009

Every year at this time, we celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage by recognizing those who have done their best over the last 12 months to set back the cause of women.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Death Panel’ Déjà Vu

Public memory often has a short shelf life, and it doesn’t preclude the potential for rapid recycling, according to The New York Times’ take on the current “death panel” controversy, considering that a prototypical version of this particular argument made the rounds during the (Internet-enabled) Clinton era.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


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White House Sending Health Care Counterspin Through Cyberspace

The Obama administration is working to counter the myths about health care reform currently ricocheting around the Web, particularly those recently generated by a certain Alaska ex-governor, by attempting to kick another chain e-mail phenomenon into motion.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Euphemisms for Euthanasia

What exactly do those dastardly Democrats mean when they talk about “community standards” vis-à-vis health care reform? Only one thing, of course—death panels! But hold on, Mr. Gingrich and Mme. Palin, where are either of those terms written anywhere in the reform proposals?

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Hans Pennink

The Rhetoric of Health Care Misinformation

What is it about chain e-mails that makes potentially reasonable people who might even be wary of believing everything they read—at least when it comes to stories generated by media outlets—so gullible and so willing to latch on to hyperbolic distortions and ideologically driven misinformation campaigns?

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Johnston and Griffin
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Levi Johnston’s Media Blitz Continues

Sarah Palin is facing several challenges these days, what with her pile of legal bills, self-reinvention campaign, the whole not-being-governor thing and her daughter Bristol’s pesky ex-boyfriend, Levi Johnston, who seems to want to bask in the limelight as long as possible. Most recently, Johnston, 19, made an appearance at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards ... as the date of comedian Kathy Griffin, 48.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Mel Thinking
washingtonpost.com

Another One Bites the Dust

Has the world gone mad or is Sarah Palin a trendsetter? Florida’s Republican Sen. Mel Martinez has announced he will step down after Congress’ August recess, claiming that his priorities of “my faith, my family and my country” suggest it’s time for him to retire from public life. Rumors are circulating that “family problems” are behind his premature exit.

Posted on Aug 7, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Farewell, Mrs. Palin

Stephen Colbert bids goodbye to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, just the way she might have done it. Check out this clip from last night’s “Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / buddhakiwi

Palin’s Legal Defense Fund Under Scrutiny

When she announced her resignation from office earlier this month, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mentioned mounting legal bills stemming from various ethics investigations as one reason for her decision; now, she may not be able to tap into a legal defense fund set up to help her offset those costs.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


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And Now, a Canned Answer About Palin From McCain

In this clip from Sunday’s episode of “Meet the Press,” Sen. John McCain goes into Papa Bear mode to defend his former running mate, Sarah Palin, but his show of support seems a little strained at times—as when he says “I don’t think she quit,” for example.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN



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Palin Under Fire From GOP Ranks

Sarah Palin’s popularity within the Republican Party seems to have taken a hit since her startling resignation announcement on July 3, which may point to deeper rifts within the GOP, or may indicate that a presidential run may not be a wise choice this time around.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Dan Joling

Palin Sticks to the Script

Having startled allies and detractors alike with her resignation announcement last Friday, Alaska Gov. (for now) Sarah Palin got back to work Tuesday, signing a bill, doing a little Eskimo dancing and deflecting questions about her political plans.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Rove, Huckabee and Parnell Ponder Palin’s Future

Three prominent members of Sarah Palin’s Republican cohort—Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee and her successor, Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell—weighed in on this week’s “Fox News Sunday” to give their takes on the outgoing governor’s possible reasons for quitting and wonder whether she hurt or helped her chances to stay in the political spotlight.

Posted on Jul 5, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Palin Will Step Down as Alaska’s Governor

At the end of this month, Sarah Palin will no longer be Alaska’s governor. The Thrilla from Wasilla made her announcement on Friday, sparking speculation that she may be preparing to run for president in 2012—or that she was compelled to resign for less opportune reasons. Updated

Posted on Jul 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Bristol Palin on Bringing Up Baby

It’s definitely “do as I say, not as I do” material, but Bristol Palin showed up on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning with dad Todd and baby Tripp in an effort to prevent other teenagers from becoming parents before they’re ready. Matt Lauer snuck in a question about babydaddy Levi Johnston, but Bristol totally wasn’t having it.

Posted on May 6, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain and Leno
nbc.com

McCain Fieldstrips His List of GOP Up-and-Comers

The ’08 presidential election is long over, but the drama that a certain folksy governor from Alaska unleashed into John McCain’s world might still rankle him, considering McCain’s perhaps purposeful omission of Sarah Palin from the list of up-and-coming Republicans he trotted out for Jay Leno Monday night. Update: Video added

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’

The whip-smart and ever-sly Gore Vidal visited “Real Time” on Friday, giving his historical and sometimes hysterically funny take on the state of the United States. He also revisited a few key moments from his personal history, illustrated by some priceless archival footage found by Bill Maher’s crack research team. Is it too soon to make an Amelia Earhart joke?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Johnston and Banks
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‘Tyra’ Appearance Sparks Palin-Johnston Scuffle

What’s a former would-be-son-in-law of Sarah Palin to do once his time as an adjunct member of the family is over? Why, go on “The Tyra Banks Show” of course, as Bristol Palin’s ex, Levi Johnston, has done in an episode slated to air Monday. This media-baiting move has clearly angered Mama Bear Palin.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE


Johnston and Palin
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Bristol Palin: Abstinence-Only Plan Doesn’t Work

Last fall, Bristol Palin became a controversial figure in her mother Sarah Palin’s vice presidential bid when it was revealed, not long after the elder Palin took to the campaign trail, that the teenaged Bristol was pregnant by her high school boyfriend. Now Bristol has re-emerged to make a few comments that run against her mom’s approach to teen sex ed.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Republican Governors Press for Passage of Stimulus Package

Despite the lack of support for President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan among Republican Congress members last week, several GOP governors are supporting the package, although some, like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, are still putting up a fight.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Palin Launches Multimedia Assault (Again)

Alaska’s ever-savvy Gov. Sarah Palin has gone and lassoed top D.C. lawyer Robert Barnett to help her broadcast her important life lessons to the world, most likely in the form of a book deal (surely being hatched now that Barnett’s on the case) and maybe even a TV deal for the “telegenic” Palin, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Palin Rips Media a New Moosehole

Sarah Palin gets all reflective about her recent rise to political fame and her cagey relationship with everyone in the media except Greta Van Susteren in this clip from the upcoming documentary “Media Malpractice.” She feels exploited—hear that, Katie Couric?—exploited!

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


Johnston and Palin
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Bristol Palin Delivers Baby Tripp

After passing the last few months of her pregnancy under public scrutiny, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin, gave birth to a boy on Saturday and named him Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Time Magazine Reveals Completely Unsurprising Award Choice

Here’s a news bite that could have written itself a few weeks, if not months, ago: Barack Obama is Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. Even the magazine’s editorial staff members knew that the choice would hardly shock anyone, but they allowed themselves to be swept along by the tides of history—or perhaps inevitability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


Walters 'n' Palin

Walters Fascinated by Fellow Celebrity Palin

It’s dizzying, really, if you think about it: In this clip, media celebrity Barbara Walters names political celebrity Sarah Palin as one of her “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008,” which people are mostly compelled to watch because Walters’ name is attached to it. Celebrities are fascinating!

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama's defense team
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Will Obama Stay the Course?

I do so want to believe that Barack Obama is on the right track. His brain is big, his style fresh, his pronouncements both logical and compelling, and it does feel good to have a president-elect elicit universal respect rather than make the world cringe.

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Saxby Chambliss Needs New PR Team

In this age of YouTube and ever-diminishing privacy, those who choose to position themselves—and, by extension, their families—in the public eye ought to know not to let a potentially creepy moment like this make it to video.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Flickr/sskennel

Palin Poised to Make Millions on Publishing Deal

Huh! So Sarah Palin’s White House bid didn’t pan out, but the story of her two-month sprint to Election Day with John McCain will likely translate into big bucks from an eager publishing house. But what should Palin’s tome be called?

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


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The Palin Show Hits Miami

Sarah Palin is doing a gosh-darned great job staying in the public eye here in the lower 48—so much so that, according to scuttlebutt picked up by CNN, some fellow GOP types at the Republican Governors Association pow-wow in Miami were grumbling about her stealing the spotlight.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Gore Vidal Blasts Racism Claim

Gore Vidal, racist? Au contraire, the renowned author asserts in this response to a recent piece on The Huffington Post that claimed Vidal had a problem with Barack Obama’s bid for the White House because of the president-elect’s race.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann on 'The View'

Shock!: Olbermann Doesn’t Vote

MSNBC’s pugnacious pundit Keith Olbermann dropped in on “The View” on Monday, where he rattled his gaggle of lady-hosts with his announcement that he doesn’t vote as a “symbolic gesture.” Hold on to your mug there, Keith!

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin

Palin Takes Aim at New Negative Reports

Having returned home to Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin said she wasn’t going to comment on the negative reports that emerged about her on Wednesday from within the McCain campaign, but she opined that whoever made those claims was likely a “small ... evidently bitter type of person ... .”

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain Insiders Paint a Not-So-Pretty Picture of Palin

On Wednesday, Fox News’ Carl Cameron kicked off a round of Republican in-fighting that had snowballed considerably by Wednesday, thanks to reports from unnamed McCain campaign informants about Sarah Palin’s alleged “diva”-like behavior.

Posted on Nov 6, 2008 READ MORE


Palin and McCain

Fox News Report: Palin Didn’t Know Africa Is a Continent

Sarah Palin didn’t endear herself to everyone in the McCain campaign, from the look of this Fox News report on Wednesday. Stories about Palin sourced to campaign staffers are a bit on the, um, career-demolishing side, let’s say.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama
AP photo / Morry Gash

Morning Again in America

It’s time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let’s just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


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Sarah Palin Reveals Shocking Racial Discrimination Against Husband

When confronted with a tough question by an African-American fellow wondering why he’s the only minority member at a McCain-Palin rally in Jeffersonville, Ind., Sarah Palin reaches out with a personal revelation of her own. Here’s a teaser: “We live it.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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Palin Talks of Wars in ‘Iraq and Iran’

This weekend brought yet another startling installment from the Sarah Palin School of International Relations, in which she talks about “needing to really shore up the strategies that we need over in Iraq and Iran to win these wars” during the first 100 days of her time in the White House with John McCain.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Palin prank

Palin Punked by Faux Sarkozy Prank Call

In what will go down as one of the epic prank calls of all time, Canadian radio show jester Marc Antoine Audette got Sarah Palin on the phone Saturday by telling her French President Nicolas Sarkozy was calling. Oops.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The End Is (Hopefully) Near

Arianna Huffington was back on “Left, Right & Center” to have her say, along with Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer, about the economy and the presidential and vice presidential candidates on the show’s last episode before the election.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Bishop Dave Thomas

Does the Palin Administration Have a Race Issue?

Some African-Americans in Alaska have questions, which they pose to journalist Max Blumenthal in this clip from his series of video shorts on Alaska’s governor, about Sarah Palin’s administration with regard to its hiring practices and activities (or lack thereof) involving Alaska’s black community.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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More Evidence That Polling Is an Imprecise Enterprise

Polling mania continues! So, Thursday brought word of two newly hatched polls—one by The New York Times/CBS News and the other by Fox News—and their results are strikingly different. What whimsy!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Alec Baldwin on Sarah ‘Bible Spice’ Palin

After so many years on television, David Letterman knows a headline-worthy quote when he hears one, and he clearly thinks Alec Baldwin’s nickname for Sarah Palin, “Bible Spice,” makes the cut in this clip from Wednesday night’s “Late Show.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


The Ugly America

“You really do hate America!” This was the parting shot from a man I had just debated on a television show shortly before the invasion of Iraq. Because he’s a notorious right-wing blowhard, I laughed it off as the raving of a crackpot in extremis

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama on Palin, Parents

“When you’re named Barack Obama, you are the underdog,” Michelle Obama tells Jay Leno in this two-part clip from her appearance on Monday’s “Tonight Show,” during which she was careful to point out that she was wearing a “J. Crew ensemble.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Olbermann
rockthetruth.blogspot.com

MSNBC Slammed by Media Execs

There wasn’t a whole lot of love in the room for cable news channel MSNBC during a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday for television executives and actors from both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


McCain
AP photo / Carolyn Kaster

John McCain in the Echo Chamber

October proved to be the cruelest month, for that was the time that Sen. McCain, he of the round, blank, Little Orphan Annie eyes, chose to try out a number of weird lies about Barack Obama ostensibly in the interest of a Republican Party long overdue for burial.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Palins
disaboom.com

National Review Writer: Abortion Issue Drives the Left’s Hate for Palin

Why is it that liberals and the “gotcha media” so dislike Sarah Palin? Thank goodness the National Review’s Kevin Burke, who apparently holds an advanced degree in armchair psychology, is here to help us get to the bottom of this troubling issue.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Alaska’s Biggest Paper Backs Obama

In a move that might suggest that Sarah Palin’s performance on the campaign trail has not been universally well received in her home state, the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest newspaper, came out in favor of Barack Obama on Sunday.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


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