Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hollywood adds its clout to the bash Sarah juggernaut

To paraphrase Cal Thomas; “What is it about Sarah Palin that has gotten Hollywood’s knickers in a twist?”

Annette Benning believes that the selection of Sarah Palin represents “bizarre” politics. She also said “I think it's exciting to see a woman chosen to be on a major ticket. But the idea that people, who voted for Hillary, who tend to be Democrats, would change and vote for McCain because of Sarah Palin seems to me bizarre.”

Why did Annette Benning find it “bizarre”? Because “Sarah Palin's politics are to the right of McCain's,” she explained.

Diane English, the writer-creator of the 1990s TV series “Murphy Brown,” in which Candice Bergen’s character had a child out of wedlock and the real life Bergen ridiculed then-Vice President Dan Quayle, said “I just wish our show was on the air right now we'd be having a lot of fun with this.”

Candace Bergen gave her assessment of Palin’s nomination acceptance speech: “I heard her [RNC] speech, and it's scary.”

Another political analyst, Jamie Lee Curtis, wrote in The Huffington Post, “The scariest thing I hear about the Palin nomination was that she would appeal to voters because they would be able to relate to her and she to them. I couldn't hold my own for one minute in a debate on any issue with someone like a Barack Obama or Joseph Biden and neither can Sarah Palin. When the call comes at 3 a.m. I want a mind who (sic) was at the top of their class, who has gravitas and a real intellect. I want a leader who is a scholar who can hold the history of civilization in his head and will read and learn from the past as he charts the future.”

Intellectual giant and political expert Alex Baldwin said “Palin is Bush.”

The symbol of decency and modesty, Lindsey Lohan, said “I keep hearing about the issues related to 'teen pregnancy' — it’s all related to Sarah Palin and her 17-year-old unmarried pregnant daughter. Well, I think the real problem comes from the fact that we are taking the focus off of getting to know Sarah Palin and her political views.”

Oprah, the recognized daytime TV talk-show diva has a website praising Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama, and who welcomed the Illinois senator and his wife Michelle to her stage sofa, did not put out the welcome mat for Sarah Palin. She has issued a written statement that she will not allow Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin anywhere near her Chicago soundstage. She says she has “made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates.”

Hosts of ABC’s “The View” also added their perspicacious observations about Sarah Palin. Whoopi Goldberg said on the show that it was legitimate to question how Palin would raise her children and govern. And co-host Joy Behar told a vulgar joke while showing a video of Palin’s daughter, Bristol, and Bristol’s fiancé. Goldberg posted an article on her wow-o-wow Web site titled “Sarah Palin Is a Very Dangerous Woman” in which she accused Palin of wanting “to secede from the United States.”

In a typical demonstration of “Whoopi wisdom”, Whoopi has linked Sarah’s speech to a German Nazi rally, writing, “This girl is dangerous to me. This is a very dangerous woman… I just found the whole thing sad and very musty and very much like a Bund rally, but maybe that was just me.” (Duh, do you think Whoopi?)

Sarah Palin also gets under media executives’ skin. NBC News President Steve Capus told Broadcasting & Cable, “What people who are politically motivated are trying to do is take every outrageous blogger that exists online and lump them into traditional media. That's not a sophisticated analysis of journalism. That's someone making a political argument.”

CNN President Jonathan Klein also jumped on board the Democrat train: “It's a time-honored marketing ploy, and every time they bash the media, it means they're [Republican] not talking about a vision or a plan . . . But the best antidote to cynical marketing is solid reporting.” (You should try "solid reporting" on your network sometime Mr. Klein.)

No doubt the left is worried about the impact Sarah Palin has on the election and Hollywood reflects that concern. I might also add that liberal news media executives also need to straighten out their knickers.

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