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Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Media, Politics | 3 comments

Why Fox News Dropped Sarah Palin

Why Fox News dropped Sarah Palin (via The Christian Science Monitor)

When the history of US politics in the early 21st century is written, two figures will stand out: Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. The election of Mr. Obama to the highest elective office – the first African-American to win the presidency – did not necessarily signal a new era of post-racial politics…

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  • petew

    There is no doubt that in our contemporary political circus, Palin has been one of the most popular acts, but, so have the characters from The Jersey Shore. She will probably be mentioned in text-books of the future, but, only as an interesting phenomenon who played her part in the GOP era that, Governor Jindal has now admonished as being “stupid.” The Tea Party itself,just like the Bull Moose Party, for example, will gain mentions in the history books of future decades and centuries, but, Palin will only be mentioned as a mere footnote associated with one of the most radical and ignorant political experiments that has ever darkened the door of political sanity!

    There are historians and others who, presently focus on research concerning the life and times of Harriet Tubman, Annie Oakley, Carrie Nation—all interesting people with interesting bios, but hardly in the same league as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, or Ronald Reagan, just to name a few. However, just like I’m not sure if I Spelled “Carrie Nation’s” name correctly, there will be a large number of Americans who will forget what Palin was even famous for in the first place!

    The guest voice author seems to have a fondness and interest in Palin’s apparent gutsiness and quirky traits, but how many well known and/or quirky people in history, have become long lasting and Iconic objects of Admiration and fascination? I’d wager that even Amelia Earhart is not now a common household word, at least, among those under 30.

    Palin’s time in the center ring will not particularly stand out to students of history in another 20 or 30 years, and, she will most likely become referenced only in the obscure way that we now reference reality show heroes and dozens of cookie-cutter pop and rock Stars. She has been a current phenomenon, but will likely not garnish much mention in the not-so-distant future!

    As you may have guessed, I don’t have any great admiration for Palin, and, I believe that those in the future, will not particularly care about the details of her fleeting and temporary time in the spotlight either!

  • slamfu

    I just wanted another excuse to say Caribou Barbie. Immature I know, but I like that one.

  • zusa1

    The term “Caribou Barbie” was used by many on the left including NYT’s Maureen Dowd and CNN’s Jack Cafferty to marginalize Ms Palin through misogynistic mockery. It’s a little disingenuous to claim to be the party supporting women but have that only apply to women you like.

    Even MS. Magazine did it:

    “Since the attempt on Congresswoman Giffords’ life called to mind the ghastly and vicious intolerance that has come to describe American political discourse (no, I’m not blaming Caribou Barbie’s insane target map, though there’s a reason why she popped into everyone’s head when the catastrophe happened)”

    “The magazine that used to be the voice of feminism is now apparently the voice of selective sexism. It’s the Amanda Marcotte school of faux feminism: misogyny is fine and great—to be encouraged, even—as long as it’s directed at women we don’t like.”

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