In their ongoing crusade to target and silence decent, everyday Americans as racists, some in the MSM love to use the term ďdog-whistleĒ in order to ascribe racial motives to words like, say, ďbasketball.Ē Well, lately Iíve been hearing a dog-whistle of my own ó a dog-whistle of the journ-o-list variety that tells me that in their relentless campaign to destroy Sarah Palin and undercut her as a serious political force, the MSM is preparing to up the ante when it comes to using the Governorís own family and children as a political weapon against her.
First, a little backgroundÖ
Why the Media Whips Up the Palin-Fury
Watching the MSM react to Governor Palin over the last few years has been an illuminating crash course in Alinsky 101. Like elite, elbow-patched community organizers, the media collectively targets, polarizes, demonizes and intentionally creates a perpetual storm of personal drama around the Governor in the hopes of exhausting even those of us who support her. I call it whipping up the Palin-Fury.
This is a common tactic from the Left, but one we usually see played out in the streets with the idea being to so toxify the atmosphere that decent people give up the fight and go home just to get away from the awfulness of it all. The last few months of ugly and relentless pro-union protests in Wisconsin ó though a failure for the left ó were a textbook example of this. However, when it comes to Governor Palin, what weíre seeing is this tactic practiced by almost every so-called ďobjectiveĒ news outlet in America.
Unfortunately, though an important part of it, this goes beyond reporting everything Levi Johnston says and does. A more visceral example is what we saw unfold in the wake of those awful January murders in Tucson. While the country wanted to come together to mourn for the victims and an attack on our democracy, the craven MSM saw an opportunity. I donít know of any decent person who didnít sit back in horror as they watched our media attempt to lay an awful crime at the feet of a mother of five who was probably minding her own business at home in Wasilla at the time. Worse still, after days of demanding Palin tell us when she stopped beating her wife, the MSM then collectively mauled her for daring to speak out.
Again, this is all part of a coordinated political psy-ops tactic to program everyday people to wince every time Palin dares pop her head out of the ground. And in the case of Tucson, the MSM reached down and pulled her out against her will. No matter what it is, her wardrobe, a tanning bed, joke tweets sent from an aideís personal twitter account, a two-year-old video of a turkey, her family, perceived mistakes or mispronounced words, to undercut Palinís seriousness, this is always what the media intentionally explodes into their ongoing Palin-Fury narrative. Moreover, on top of exhausting us, the bonus effect of this Leftist tactic is to drown out Palinís ideas, policies, and criticisms of Obama ó all of which are fair game for criticism but rarely rate serious consideration.
After all, one way to keep the Palin-Fury brewing is to never take her seriously.
What weíre seeing at work here are the politics of personal destruction waged by the Left and their media allies in a way we havenít since Clarence Thomas. However, unlike that reprehensible and racist campaign against another liberal apostate, the one against Palin has only intensified. For starters, sheís tougher and more resilient than any public figure in recent memory and secondly, her effect on the 2010 mid-term elections canít be over-stated. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Palin did her best while the media did their worst. Unfortunately, and as is always the case with the media, there is no bottom when it comes to their behavior and the dog-whistles Iím hearing tell me theyíre gearing up to create a Palin-Fury unlike anything weíve seen so far ó especially if the Governor should decide to run for president.
And it all begins with Andrew Sullivan.