By Matthew Balan (Bio | Archive)
December 29, 2009 - 14:31 ET
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On Tuesday’s Today show, NBC’s Jenna Wolfe singled out Sarah Palin and grouped her with “flabby thighs, cheap men, [and] rude people” as subjects some people chose to ritually “purge” from their minds in an annual event in New York City called “Good Riddance Day.” Participants wrote down their worst memories of 2009 on sheets of paper and fed them into a giant shredding machine to mark the upcoming new year [an audio clip from the report is available here].
The NBC correspondent began her report, which aired 50 minutes into the 7 am hour, by briefly describing the concept of the “Good Riddance Day” event in midtown Manhattan: “It’s the crossroads of the world. People flock here for the shows, the shopping and the shredding? Right smack in the heart of Times Square, they are purging like mad. This is ‘Good Riddance Day,’ where before you ring in the new, you say adios to the old.” She then listed her examples of what people fed into the shredder, highlighting one piece of paper that had the name of the former Alaska governor written on it: “Whatever you hated in ‘09- flabby thighs, cheap men, rude people or Sarah Palin, just write it down and rip it up. The ex’s are the most popular purges.”
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Wolfe even got into the act by shredding a list of her own, which included “bad hair days...uncomfortable heels; bad breath...and poverty.” But if her report is any indication, one thing from 2009 that the mainstream media won’t be saying “good riddance” to is their theme of Palin bashing.
The full transcript of correspondent Jenna Wolfe’s report from Tuesday’s Today show: CONTINUED w/VIDEO GOODNESS