She Wants Her Cookies

By Jesse Taylor
Monday, November 3, 2008 18:57 EDT
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imageSarah Palin is alleging that the San Fransisco Chronicle “suppressed” an interview with Obama that they’ve had up on their website since January. How, pretell, was it “suppressed”?

As Sweetness & Light points out, the Chronicle has failed to keep the January, 2008 interview as available as they could have, and, in the 48-minute interview, they failed to specifically point to Obama’s wholly uncontroversial remarks!

What a brazen lie it is to suggest that The Chronicle covered up Mr. Obama’s threat to bankrupt the coal industry. (We’re looking at you, Governor Palin.)

Just look at that headline.

It should be obvious to any sentient being that this amazing interview contained explosive comments from Mr. Obama’s about his intentions:

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

But this quote should go without saying from the detailed description of the interview by The Chronicle. (And, as you can see, it does go without saying.)

Besides, if you listened to the entire 49 minute tape you would have heard Mr. Obama say that.

The standard created here, of course, is that any time a news source does an extensive interview lasting nearly an hour, they are not only obligated to keep the interview readily and immediately available for anyone who might ever come looking for it at any point ever, but that they must write full headlines for every single statement that may in any way be interpreted as potentially newsworthy. And then keep all of that readily and immediately available to any group with a prurient interest in whatever the hell it is you’re supposed to have caught.

Keep in mind that this does fit in perfectly with Palin’s take on media responsibility, which seems to involve the idea that making things marginally harder for her is what the Founding Fathers meant by “treason”. She also contends that Girl Scouts Thin Mints are what they meant by “pursuit of happiness”, and will use the full force and majesty of the Vice President’s Senatorial Army to fuck a troop leader up.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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