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To Sexist AP, HuffPo Inanely Bashing Palin Is More Important Than Helping Haiti

December 14, 2010

Every time I think that the “Press” can’t sink any lower than the rock bottom they’ve already hit, they somehow manage to burrow themselves further into the earth’s mantle. As is so often the case, this most recent gutter-dwelling example has to do with Sarah Palin, who dared to go on a humanitarian trip to Haiti. This does not suit! You see, how can the Press feel all holier-than-thou and better than Sarah Palin – and her fellow rubes – when she is out helping people in Haiti, while they are sitting at home and sipping their soy lattes? I mean, you can’t even see their super awesome and caring “cause ribbons” in print. Plus, she’s just a girl and not the right kind of girl; she embraces motherhood and doesn’t hyphenate her name. She doesn’t even limit herself to caring only about topics that women are assigned to caring about by the left. This aggression cannot stand.

So, they fall back on sneering contempt, mixed with insanity and outright lies. While that is what they are best at, even that no longer works. A funny little thing happened to their ability to do so: the absolute moral  insolvency of the Fourth Estate is now apparent to most and citizens are now finding the truth for themselves. This again happened on Monday, when the AP ran this picture and caption:

“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010….”

What the photographer purposely neglects to mention is that the woman fixing Palin’s hair is her daughter, Bristol. She is clearly seen in the following photograph, as also noted by Free Republic:

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

That’s right, what the Palin-hating AP and others fail to report is that the “hair stylist” is Bristol Palin.

Bristol Palin was fixing a loose clip or an errant strand of hair for her mother. The photographer quite clearly knew that, having taken the picture and having actually looked through the lens at the people whose photo he was taking. He managed to identify Todd Palin, yet purposely did not identify Bristol.

There are a couple of things clearly on display here. Firstly, the oh-so-tolerant and loving Left is anything but. It’s far easier to mock and bash Sarah Palin than to actually, you know, do anything to help. Secondly, their blatant sexism, particularly against conservative women (femininity with smarts and strength is icky), has once again been exposed for all to see. I suppose we are to just be grateful that the media didn’t get all atwitter, contemplating boob jobs, like they did last time Palin was photographed in a t-shirt. The Daily Mail picked up on the “let’s totally lie to fit our delusional narrative” line with an article titled Ready for Her Close Up…Sarah Palin Lands in Haiti (where they don’t care what her hair looks like).

Michael Shaw at The Huffington Post went one further with one of the most dreck-filled “articles” I’ve read in a good while. And that’s saying something. I hesitate to quote too much of it, just to be safe, on the off-chance that cuckoo-pants may be catching. But, here are some highlights lowlights:

If I find the fantastically clever Sarah Palin to be one of the shallowest and blatantly self-serving politicians, err, political celebrities I’ve ever seen, it doesn’t stop me from taking pause upon seeing these AP shots from Franklin Graham’s cholera treatment center in Haiti.

Damn right it’s revolting seeing Sarah getting her hair made up like this field hospital is her movie set —

I’ll translate: Shallowest, self-serving and political celebrities – that’s all code for dares to be attractive and feminine.  In the mind of a leftist, women really shouldn’t be taken seriously. They are only tolerated if they allow themselves to be useful idiots and talk the leftist talk and walk the leftist walk. “Revolting seeing Sarah getting her hair made up” – this is also code for “she’s just a dumb broad.” However, it’s also a case of projection. What’s really revolting is that someone sitting on his fanny is mocking someone who is visiting and trying to bring aid and comfort to cholera patients at a field hospital.

Shaw then drifts into even more inane, and insane, territory. I know. But, it’s true:

And then, the multiple shots of Sarah sanitizing and washing her hands suggests the former Gov is primarily concerned, above all humanitarian else, about catching something.

There are two questions I can’t quite answer, however. 1.) Compassion notwithstanding, could these exact same images have been created if it was Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary or Nancy Pelosi moving around this camp with media in tow over the same afternoon?

She’s concerned about “catching something”? She’s there. Where are you, Mr. Shaw? Furthermore, I’m no fancy-pants journalist who talks out of my cushy and judgmental hindquarters. So, I did a little something called a google search to confirm my common sense (common sense is hard for the Left) suspicions; washing and sanitizing hands after being in contact with people infected with cholera is a way to, you know, stop the transmission and spreading of cholera. It’s what one is supposed to do.

And I’ll answer your idiotic question, Mr. Shaw. No, those same images would not have been created, were it Biden or Bill Clinton. Nor even Barack Obama, if you could get him off the golf course long enough. And, even then, he’d probably just outsource to Bill Clinton again, anyway. No such images nor captions would be created because you’ll never see a caption purposely meant to diminish or demean, based on gender, underneath the photo of a male politician. A photo of Obama, say, having his tie fixed, would never say something  like “Barack Obama has wardrobe styling done during visit.”  And any pictures of Joe Biden having his hair fixed would be photos taken at the Hair Club for Men.

Plus, Sarah Palin is the one with the spine; Bill Clinton, in fact, canceled his planned trip to Haiti because it was too scary.

Shaw goes on to try to explain away the fact that the “hair stylist” in the picture was revealed to be Bristol by claiming that somehow shows media bias in favor of Palin. Or something. I’m not really sure, as I lost my cuckoo-pants to English dictionary.

In any event, keep lying and bashing, Mr. Shaw and your fellow travelers. Lie and bash like the wind.

It only makes Palin stronger. I’m sure the people of Haiti are taking comfort from that strength. I’m also certain that she, and all the others on this humanitarian trip at whom you sneer from the comfort of your own sanctimony, will do more in one day to aid others than you will do your entire life. See, people can’t really subsist on shiny, self-congratulatory “cause ribbons.”

Nor on Smug ™.

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Originally posted at Big Journalism

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2010 12:25 pm

    This just keeps giving the Governor all the free publicity she could ever want. She’s a successful mother, successful leader, successful policymaker, successful executive, successful commentator, successful author, successful television star and future leader of the Free World. The more they try to tar her the better she looks to everyone else. Her television show is very successful in painting her as a hard-working, average American who understands what a good job provides a family, how thrift and self-reliance works to make a family sustainable and has the power to live her convictions in real time. This only gets better from here. Thank you HuffPo and AP!

    • Molten permalink
      December 15, 2010 6:33 am

      You hit the nail on the head, Publius.

      “free publicity”

      That’s what this Haitian trip by Sarah Palin was all about.

      Thank you!

  2. Molten permalink
    December 15, 2010 6:30 am

    Lori says:

    “I’m also certain that she (Sarah Palin), and all the others on this humanitarian trip at whom you sneer from the comfort of your own sanctimony, will do more in one day to aid others than you will do your entire life.

    What exactly did Sarah do to “aid” anyone in Haiti? Can anyone give me the specifics of what Sarah has done in Haiti besides provide herself with a photo op?

    How much of her millions of dollars in book sales has she allocated to Haitian relief efforts? How much of her personal wealth has she donated?

    You want to see what real “aid” looks like from someone who has actually been in Haiti since the earthquake, and hasn’t been using his humanitarian efforts to publicize his humanitarianism?

    Check out “Hollywood liberal elitist” Sean Penn and his organizations achievements in Haiti to see how it’s really done.

    http://jphro.org/

  3. Search4truth permalink
    December 15, 2010 9:47 am

    I believe Ms. Ziganto is absolutely right. The liberal media has an absolute obsession to hit Palin over the head for every little thing she does. Nothing is OK. If the same things were done by a liberal woman (ALTHO’ THEY WOULDN’T), THESE PEEPS WOULD BE SILENT.

  4. Molten permalink
    December 15, 2010 6:21 pm

    Lori says:

    “Sarah Palin is the one with the spine; Bill Clinton, in fact, canceled his planned trip to Haiti because it was too scary.”

    Truth is, Bill Clinton visits Haiti on a regular basis, Lori, and he doesn’t bring the press along with him when he goes. The trip you speak of was rescheduled to the Dominican Republic. Clinton did not cancel, he made the trip.

    The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is on the ground in Haiti, funding programs that create jobs, teach skills and assist local businesses. As of today, the fund has raised $52 million in contributions and has committed $20 million to projects.

    Sarah was there for two days under tight security, and did not talk to the Haitian press or any American press in Haiti except for Greta Van Susteren of Fox News.

    Here’s a short list of people with real “spine” who put their money where their mouth is when it comes to helping people in need.

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Tiger Woods: 3 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Alyssa Milano: 50 thousand dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Madonna: 250 thousand dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Jennifer Aniston: 500 thousand dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Ted Turner: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Leonardo DiCaprio: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian Relief.

    The New York Yankees: 500 thousand dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Lance Armstrong: 250 thousand dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Sandra Bullock: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Sarah Palin: There is no record of any large donation of cash by Sarah Palin to any Haitian relief organization.

    Rush Limbaugh: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”

    Giselle Bunchen (supermodel): 1.5 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    George Clooney: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

    Oprah Winfrey: 1 million dollars donated to Haitian relief.

  5. Marie permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:51 am

    Why the hell is this idiot always here, posting his stupid crap all over each and every single entry here? I could say the same damn thing about all the worthless celebrities the idiot Molten worships – every single time these people donate money (and it’s often never really that much in comparison to how much they actually have) or show up somewhere for a photo op they’re doing it for the publicity. But because they’re pro abortion and they’re socialists they care so much more, according to the demented stalker asshole Molten.

    Furthermore, he doesn’t even address the actual POINT of this article, which is how biased the media is when it comes to Sarah Palin. The photographer and the twats at AP knew damn well it was Bristol who was adjusting Sarah’s hair yet tried to pass it off as Sarah the Diva traveling with a hairdresser. As if those moron celebrities Molten the Moron mentioned didn’t travel in private jets with personal assistants and an army of hairdressers and stylists so that they could look good for their precious photo ops.

    It was a brief visit to bring attention to the cholera epidemic there. Of course you don’t know what she was doing there. You’d rather read about white communist trash like Sean Penn, so as usual you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about because you’re just too damn good to do any proper research. It’s kind of hard to find out what she did there when every single related news story is about her so-called “hairdresser”, which is EXACTLY what the media wants you to know.

    The organization responsible for this trip, Samaritan’s Purse, hasn’t released the details of her itinerary for what they call security reasons.

    So Molten the Moron, what have YOU done for the people suffering from cholera? I would think that a sanctimonious prick like you would be their frikkin superhero. Have you donated your life savings to a charity that’s working down there? Have you visited Haiti and volunteered to help out in the hospitals? Oh, but you don’t have to, right? You’re a hateful liberal who caaaaaares and worships celebrities who caaaaaaare so that’s enough for you.

    I would tell you what she did there, but I figure that a super genius like you can step off his lofty pedestal and find out for himself.

    • Molten permalink
      December 16, 2010 6:56 am

      Marie,

      Thanks for all the childish name-calling. I wont stoop to your level of discourse, but I do find your ranting to be quite amusing, and it speaks volumes about your ability to practice self control.

      Marie says:

      “I could say the same damn thing about all the worthless celebrities the idiot Molten worships…”

      How is Sarah Palin not a “worthless celebrity”?? She holds no public office. She’s a private citizen, not an elected official. She has her own reality tv show, she’s a political pundit for Fox News, and she’s an author of best selling books. I hate to break this to you, but she’s nothing more than a “worthless celebrity” that you worship.

      Then you say:

      “I would tell you what she did there, but I figure that a super genius like you can step off his lofty pedestal and find out for himself.”

      That’s a cute way of saying that you don’t have a clue what Sarah did in Haiti either. If you really wanted to put me in my place, you would have told me all of the great things that Sarah has done for the people of Haiti since the earthquake last year. Unfortunately for you, there is nothing to tell.

    • Patrick Chester permalink
      December 16, 2010 9:57 am

      Why the hell is this idiot always here, posting his stupid crap all over each and every single entry here?

      He’s soooo lonely and wants attention.

    • December 16, 2010 3:46 pm

      Good rant Marie, but don’t bother… someone is paying Molten to spew crap here.

      best to ignore him as the ignorant troll he is

  6. 5 to 1 - 1 in 5 permalink
    December 16, 2010 2:30 pm

    I believe Ms. Palin and family were in Haiti due to her relationship with Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse (their work may be seen here) https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/franklin_graham_returns_to_haiti/ . And as with most individuals involved in causes, ‘Star Power’ does work to drive continued interest, elevation, involvement and maybe most importantly, financial support. That is what Ms. Palin did and it is (I’m sure) of great benefit to the good work being done by Samaritan’s Purse.

    As for Lori’s points regarding the continued vilification of Palin by the media, I’d find it hard to argue against them.

    • Molten permalink
      December 16, 2010 4:26 pm

      “Star Power”

      I’ll buy that. I’m sure that Sarah’s trip to Haiti has brought attention to the suffering there, especially among those people who think highly of her. It was a “win/win” situation for both Franklin and Palin. Franklin gets publicity for his cause, and Palin gets nice photos with sick people to show everyone how much she cares.

      For those of us who don’t think very highly of Sarah Palin, a nice million dollar donation to Samaritan’s Purse would go a long way toward changing our opinion of her.

      That would be money well spent.

      Thanks for the adult reply, 5to1-1in5. It’s good to know that there are people out there who can reply in a reasonable manner, and get their point across without having to resort to grade school insults.

  7. kdburns permalink
    December 28, 2010 12:58 am

    Nothing that Palin does will ever change the mind of those who don’t think highly of her. Case in point, I don’t really care what Sean Penn ever does, I’ll never think highly of him. I respect some of his efforts, but I don’t think highly of him.

    I come from a family with long history of generous giving and one thing is certain, no matter how much you give there will always be those that think you owe more. The Left will always think they should reap the benefits of others hard work. It’s really sad they don’t realize the limitations from living off others and the great reward of making their own way.

    • Molten permalink
      December 29, 2010 7:09 am

      Kdburns,

      I disagree. You may never change your opinion of Sean Penn based on his humanitarian efforts, but I know that my estimation of Sarah Palin would rise greatly if she was investing her time and money in a way that didn’t directly benefit her bank account or political aspirations.

      That doesn’t mean that I would ever vote for her for any public office, but I would certainly think more highly of her if she were to do something comparable in scope to what Sean Penn has been doing in Haiti.

      You say:

      “…no matter how much you give there will always be those that think you owe more.”

      That’s exactly what Marie says above when she talks about the “worthless celebrities” who she thinks that I “worship”…Here’s her quote..

      “..every single time these people donate money (and it’s often never really that much in comparison to how much they actually have)”

      I think that we can agree that charity is not about “owing” anything to anyone. You give what you can, when you can, and no one should ever be criticized for giving any amount to a worthy cause.

      Your final two sentences are nothing more than a ridiculous generalization..

      “The Left will always think they should reap the benefits of others hard work. It’s really sad they don’t realize the limitations from living off others and the great reward of making their own way.”

      If you bothered to do a little research into which states receive subsidies from the federal government, and which other states are taxed to provide those subsidies, you’d find that the red (conservative) states generally receive more subsidies from the federal government than they pay in taxes, while the opposite is generally true of the blue (liberal) states.

      The red states are similarly over represented among those who’s residents don’t pay federal taxes at all.

      The top ten feeders at the federal trough in 2005 were: New Mexico, Mississippi, Alaska, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, South Dakota, Kentucky and Virginia. Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska ranks number one if measured in terms of federal spending per capita. For every dollar taxed, Alaska gets $1.84 back from the federal government. By comparison, California gets $0.84 back for every dollar taxed.

      The four congressional districts in this country that receive the most in farm subsidies are all represented by “conservative” Republicans, located in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Texas. (Michele Bachmann’s family farm received $250,000 in such farm payments between 1995 and 2006.)

      So, with this statistical data in mind, I think it’s pretty disingenuous of you to claim that the “left” is “reaping the benefits of others hard work” when for the most part, it’s the liberal states in this country who are paying taxes to subsidize government payouts to the conservative states.

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