And the “fair and balanced” mainstream media quote of the day goes to … The Australian!
Unlike the professional feminists who love to wallow in victimhood in their purple ghettos, Ms Palin exuded strength in her first major speech of the campaign.
Like Margaret Thatcher a generation earlier, she showed an admirable immunity to liberal-left ridicule: “Here’s a little news flash … I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
Ain’t that special?
The Australian today seeks to defend Palin from evil supposed feminists everywhere who are (apparently) attacking her for her reproductive choices. Feminists are being blamed for the faked-pregnancy claims: the claims that were fomented at antifeminist bully-den DailyKos, the claims that feminist blogs have been slapping down ever since they arose.
The journalist reverently invokes Peggy Noonan as a staunch defender of Palin. The same Peggy Noonan who was caught with an accidentally open mic saying that Palin was unqualified and that the Republican campaign was “over” because of Palin’s nomination. That Peggy Noonan.
And a completely unsourced quote is being bandied around in the lead paragraphs of both antifeminist articles run by the Australian today. Apparently some “feminist”, somewhere, said that Sarah Palin is “living the life of a caricature of the feminist who ‘wants it all’.” We don’t know who is supposed to have said this, but we’re expected to accept this as an exemplar of What Feminists Think.
I don’t know exactly what you have to read and watch in order to see only lifestyle snipes and no criticism of Palin’s policies, but it must be bloody hard work maintaining blinders that selective. Because I’ve seen criticism of her policies every. single. place. I. go. Substantive, informed, thorough criticism. That’s some giant boulder the dudes at the Australian are choosing to live under.
Newsflash, the Aus: Not all women are feminists, and not all self-described feminists speak for Feminism. If you want to maintain your precious charade of presenting a balanced viewpoint, it would serve you well to speak with feminists who feel that Palin’s reproductive choices, and those of her children, are off limits when it comes to discussing her campaign. Our purple ghetto is not hard to find.