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Examining the Palin coverage, Thursday lab (153)

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  1. Garret Durst
    September 4, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    First off, I really had no idea who Palin was until we talked about her in class because I don’t follow politics too often. But what I have heard and seen about her has been fairly negative coverage. I guess this is mainly because of her pregnant daughter, which I don’t think should be other peoples business in the first place. Our society is so hooked on finding anything and everything we can about celebrities that they can’t have a personal life. Who really cares about Palin’s pregnant daughter. Obama’s mom had him when she was only 18 and look how he turned out. On the coverage aspect, I think the media is focusing way too much on her pregnant daughter. The media and coverage are making it look like this 17 year old girl is a criminal. I think the media should lay off her because it might ruin her life and her babies. It seemed like Alaska was more sincere of Palin and her pregnant daughter because thats her hometown. The Alaska newspaper should do everything they can to make Palin their golden girl. Newspapers like the New York Times and Miami Herald seem to be downgrading Palin and her daughter maybe because she is not an icon there like she is in Alaska. The closer a role model is to home, the more positive coverage they will get. In our society, we are always looking at the negative things about a person instead of what they do right.

  2. William Whited
    September 6, 2008 at 1:07 am

    William Whited

    CNN.com’s news coverage of Sarah Palin has been featuring information about Palin’s ethical actions, notably topics ranging from how she the safety commissioner in Alaska (now the “troopergate probe” with subpoenas) to her pregnant teen daughter, Bristol.
    From what I have seen, stories such as CNN’s ‘Palin trooper probes moved up three weeks,’ ‘iReporters: Teenage pregnancy deserves attention,’ FOXNEWS.com’s ‘Pop Tarts: Hollywood Stars React to Sarah Palin, Daughter’s Pregnancy’ are the result of the media digging into Sarah and Bristol’s past records. This brings about stories of pregnancy statistics as being on the rise and expands gossip about Bristol Palin’s boyfriend while spreading her portrait around the Web.
    Most media attention for the Palins appears to be human interest-based as a sort of social commentary to feed gossip, not as discussion material for political records or Sarah Palin’s experience and knowledge of Washington DC.
    The gossip even extends into an MSNBC.com article called ‘Angry readers dump Us Magazine over Palin’ where everyone involved in magazines from publishers to advertisers and customers are on edge and sometimes infuriated.
    From what we have learned in class, news stories have two goals for a print publication: sell the most papers or make the best informational story that may or may not sell the most papers. For Sarah Palin, the coverage is more social than political in terms of experience and biography. If a reader wanted to know more about Palin and her nomination as vice president, he or she would have to look at online biographies such as her Alaska government Web site (http://gov.state.ak.us/bio.html.)
    The current news coverage appears to cover more of the social and family issues of Palin than it does the political history and the plan Palin has for working with the next potential President of the United States.
    Every media appearance, from Web site photos to television news and the National Republican Convention appeared to be given by Palin in the best public relations light.
    I wish the news media in general would dig for information about Palin’s political plans and review her political history in deeper context, rather than dabbling in personal issues that are irrelevant to the campaign and do not serve a purpose other than to possibly sway public opinion and stir more gossip across the nation. The news media should focus on Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
    Sen. Barrack Obama said bringing children into politics is off limits. I agree.

  3. Stephani Ruiz
    September 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter is a significant news story for numerous reasons. First of all, she is a conservative Republican, who is very outspoken about her anti-abortion opinions and abstinence-only education ideas. Secondly, it’s just days after McCain announced Palin as his VP pick and she’s already bringing scandal to the campaign. This raises a lot of questions in the voters’ minds.

    I do feel that in most cases the media exploited this story, as with the John Edwards affair. Like we discussed in class, the general audience does like to hear these kinds of gossip stories, especially when they involve a public figure.

    Most of the political information I’ve learned about Sarah Palin is by watching CNN because they bring in political experts who share their opinions about the running mate and her political history. The Yahoo! news feed directed me to a story by the Associated Press, which was just a brief overview of the pregnancy story. Then, I noticed the newspapers were doing full-page spreads of the story with bold headlines and blown-up pictures. To me, that crosses the line when it comes to a teenager’s privacy. I know that she will be in the spotlight because of her mother, but politics aside, she is a pregnant 17-year-old girl, who is probably scared and embarassed enough already without reading all the headlines.

    I think coverage of the Republican and Democratic Conventions was staged, with footage of the running mates’ families greeting each other and standing by their sides in support. In general, I think the media are too easy on politicians anyway, but during the conventions they focused so much on the candidates’ families and values and traditions. I wanted to hear about the real issues. It’s important for our president to have effective communication skills, but in the end I don’t care how well a politican can stand on a stage, reading someone else’s words. After that speech, the people who didn’t have health care still don’t have health care and the slumping economy is not drastically improved.

    This applies to Sarah Palin because the media needs to focus more on her politics than her family matters. The media is a service to the public and for some Americans, a 30-minute newscast is their only resource throughout the election. The media needs to understand that and do a better job at measuring what is most important for voters.

  4. September 7, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I want to start by thanking the media for proving that elections are a joke. After 8 years of stocking the Executive Branch with Constitution-toilet-paper, the American people are proving that they really don’t care who runs this country as long as they still get re-runs of ‘Friends’ every night at 6. Our country is on the verge of collapse after 8 years of a president who got his foot in the door thanks to one Supreme Court vote, and all the media can talk about is Down Syndrome and a 17-year old’s MySpace. Meanwhile, some poor National Guardsman from Idaho is blown into a million tiny chunks by a roadside bomb in Iraq while the public thanks him by fueling up their yellow-ribbon coated SUVs.

    Only in America….

    I leared about Sarah Palin through the New York Times. Its the only news source that doesn’t make me want to jam a rusted screwdriver through my eardrum. I’ve seen Palin’s name and face endlessly on the TV-wall in Andersen Hall, but I don’t even need the audio to know what they’re saying. Some blonde bimbo on CNN will tell me talk about Levi Johnson’s Myspace and worthless gossip about her daughter. Then maybe they’ll have some “crossfire” conversation in which a R and a D will talk for 5 minutes and come to no real conclusions.

    And when I wake up on the fateful Wednesday morning in November to find that a “strong, courageous, brave woman from Alaska” is now the second most powerful person in the White House, I’ll be sure to thank our excellent media for informing the public of all the big issues in the 2008 election.

  5. Nicole Manske
    September 8, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Bristol Palin’s pregnancy was a valid news story considering Sarah Palin’s firm stance on abstinence-only education. However, the news coverage was over the top. I had CNN turned on the entire day Tuesday, and I can’t say I heard anything other than of this “scandal” and the threat of Gustav. CNN had reporters battled each other over the issue, and entirely too much opinion was brought in. Obviously editors thought conflict to be the best way to engage us viewers. TV is the best forum for this type of coverage. I for one do not believe, as proposed by some reporters, that Palin’s daughter’s decision is a reflection, good or bad, on her as a mother or leader. I do not suppose Palin, had she been male, would have been as scrutinized in an event like this.

    I think it important to realize that coverage like this is almost inevitable though, when you have such a surprise, as was McCain’s vice president pick. Vetting must take place in days rather than months as would be more conducive.

    The Lincoln Journal Star had numerous articles discussing, if not highlighting, this new “buzz.” Even Wednesday, a day after the TV network overkill, the paper devoted almost an entire page, the back of the front page, to the story. They also touched on other more newsworthy issues such as “Troopergate,” and the possibility of Palin being a “hasty choice.” This human-interest approach makes sense for newspapers now as they turn more toward public journalism in an effort to improve their continuously declining readership.

    It is interesting to see celebrity magazines jump on this political story as well and the accusation against Lynne Spears’ mother involving a baby gift package sent on behalf of her teenage daughter, a teenage mother herself. Magazines will do about anything for some “juicy” gossip.

    Some are accusing the media as a whole of being too critical and failing to cover the important issues facing the world today such as economics, environment, and energy. I would be interested to know how many people would read such articles over those more gossip-based.

  6. Garret Durst
    September 9, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I went out and bought People Magazine just to give it a try and I won’t do it again. All it talked about was how Palin and her daughter are dealing with issues that I felt don’t need to be discussed in public. People Magazine’s front cover talks about how Palin is raising a baby with Down syndrome and dealing with her teen daughter who’s pregnant, all while running for office. I understand that these are issues to be dealt with, but not for the public. These magazines are doing a terrible job of focusing on the real issue and that is politics. I didn’t read one sentence about political issues in this entire magazine. It was all about how Palin is going through all of this and trying to focus on becoming vice President. But I guess this is how magazines sell is by giving the reader something they don’t know and something that is juicy and interesting. A lot of these magazines are just filled with pictures that shouldn’t be published. I mean we are going crazy over celebrities babies and not paying attention to anything else. I think some of the blame has to go to the magazine publications for producing information we don’t need to make a decision to vote. We should just stick to the facts.
    As for the t.v. coverage, the most reliable source has got to be CNN. They give you straight coverage that gets right to the point. They don’t wast your time with juicy gossip. They inform the public about politics and issues that will be critical come election day. The newspapers are also getting carried away with blow up pictures of Palin and her daughter. The one paper I did like seeing was how her home state of Alaska really seemed to be defending their golden child. They were trying to make Palin look as good as she could and give her the most positive coverage possible, and thats the way it should be. I’m glad to see her hometown paper is supporting her and doing as much as they can to help her.

  7. Grant Triplett
    September 9, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I saw a headline at msnbc.com entitled “Palin Daughter Pregnant: Will this affect your vote?” I thought this was dumb because anyone in their right mind doesn’t judge someone by their child. I used to be the “bad” kid when I was younger, but my parents were saints. I don’t blame them for how I turned out, so it is unfair to judge someone by the decisions their child makes. Another story I read was at CNN.com and was titled “is Sarah Palin being held to an unfair standard?” It stated that she was receiving praise as well as criticism for deciding to be the VP candidate. People are saying “she needs to wait” and “its not her time yet” because she has a young child and a pregnant daughter. I think this spin is negative because a child (or children) shoudln’t hinder a persons ability to do what they have trained for 20 or so years. She is qualified and has experience. Although taking care of her kids is an added responsibility, it is unfair for reporters to say she can’t do that AND the duties of a VP at the same time. They are being naive to what goes on in the white house I think. The final caption I read was on the front page of People and it made me cringe. I said the “VP candidate is raising a baby with down syndrome and coping with her teen daughter’s pregnancy.” I think it is rude to use the word “coping.” That automatically implies that its a regret and a mistake. She had no control over what her daughter did for one thing, and for another, who can say whether she is upset? Sure, it may put a blemish on her political career, but that is only to superficial voters who don’t take the time to listen. If they read this headline, they’d probably think that Bristol being pregnant was a tragedy. For Palin, a strong opponent of abortion, this is probably an unexpected surprise that she shouldn’t have to “cope” with, but embrace with positivity.

  8. Allyson Felt
    September 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    In looking at different news sites on the Web, I noticed there were some vague differences in the coverage of Sarah Palin, her daughter, Bristol, and the pregnancy.

    USA Today’s article on the pregnancy noted the feelings of many people on the Republican side of the ticket: What other things don’t we know about Sarah Palin? Aside from that, the article also showcased the feelings of many delegates on McCain’s choice being someone who has been acting governor for less than two years. USA Today’s coverage in this particular story was not as deep into the pregnancy issue as it was the issue of what other secrets Sarah Palin is hiding. This article seemed to be more of an attack on Palin than any other article I read.

    The BBC News article on the pregnancy was mainly informative. It simply lists what happened, the timeline it happened in and goes on to give a few quotes on the issue. This article was the least concerned with actual politics and scandal of the pregnancy. It’s main purpose was to inform readers on what was happening and had few, if any, biased opinions. I did notice in this article, Palin was referred to as “Mrs Palin” as opposed to “Governor Palin” as she is in most American news stories.

    MSNBC used the Associated Press version of the story for their main article on the issue. This article seemed more in favor of Sarah Palin than the other two. It gave more quotes from her supporters and also added the quote from Obama about how families are off-limits to the media.

    Overall, the coverage I have seen has been somewhat fair. I think it is an important political issue, considering her stand on abortion and abstinence education. However, I do think some media outlets have gone a bit overboard with the coverage. There is a place and a time when the initial announcement is made for coverage and possibly a few days after, but after that, it should be dropped. Now the coverage should be pointed toward her personal attributes and beliefs, more than the choices of her daughter.

  9. Teresa Lostroh
    September 10, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    First things first: (Most) everyone is looking for scandalous angles for news stories involving Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. It’s almost humorous how, rather than focusing on pure politics and leaving room in the paper for other (possibly local or valuable political) stories, newspapers across the country insist on taking up space with stories invovling Palin’s pregnant daughter, her baby with Down syndrome or the “Troopergate” scandal. Although these topics can somewhat relate to Palin’s politics, the overblown nature of them now is slightly dramatic, in my opinion.
    Let’s take a gander at three news stories from last week involving Palin:

    “Palin accepts VP nomination, addresses education, family issues”–Sept. 5, Daily Nebraskan
    Although as an employee of the DN I may be biased, I thought this story, by Rachel Albin, effectively used the “scandalous” out-of-wedlock impregnation of Bristol Palin as a pathway to examine Gov. Palin’s political record on all things sexual, while also getting some information on Alaska’s sex-education policies. I will admit it’s ironic that the staunchly pro-life Palin will soon be a grandmother, but I don’t think that reflects her ability to lead a country. Sure, her daughter fell off the boat a little bit, but that doesn’t mean the country will follow suit under her lead.

    On a completely different note, I checked out Tmz.com, a wildly popular gossip “news” Web site to examine some Palin coverage, and oh wow was it intriguing.
    “She’s Not Just Like US”–Sept. 6, Tmz.com
    Yes, some of you may argue Tmz.com is not “news.” I would agree in some aspects, but sadly millions of people read this stuff and form opinions (sometimes political) based on this pure gossip. So, I figured I’d take a look. The story is about how US Weekly is losing thousands of subscribers after running a controversial cover story focused on Palin entitled, “Babies, Lies and Scandals.” The piece claims that some reports said the magazine lost 10,000 fans, whereas other reports give a far less tally at 1,000. The remainder of the article talks about two polls Tmz.com gave its readers, one being about who the biggest star of the conventions was (Palin came in first) and whom readers would like to have a beer with (Palin with a strong showing at second). I’m not sure this is what young voters need to be thinking about a couple months before a pivotal election.

    “Palin won’t face ‘Troopergate’ subpoena”–Sept. 5, Anchorage Daily News
    This article highlighted how Palin will not receive a subpoena in the case involving the release of her former public safety commissioner. The article was decent, and it didn’t particularly favor nor insult Palin despite it being her hometown paper, but what I found interesting was how the article admitted that “Troopergate” is only a big deal because of Palin’s new celebrity status. “The investigation began in July, well before it was known Palin would be running for vice president. Now that her political fortunes have skyrocketed, the Troopergate matter is drawing intense international media scrutiny,” the article said. This is a valid news story, because it is interesting to see if she was a (semi) corrupt government leader, but naming it “Troopergate” just gives it that extra touch of scandal.

  10. Sarah Tenorio
    September 11, 2008 at 4:38 am

    I checked out different sources online and I found that Sarah Palin seems to be the right face and the right attitude for McCain’s campaign but in two of my articles it’s seems like her policies scream everything but McCain. I picked these stories because the steered away from the controversy and put Palin up on stage. It was the first time I actually got to look at her policies. I’ll say even by setting the popular controversies aside, her policies are filled with even more controversy.
    1)The first story I read was on cbsnews.com. It was titled “Palin: Government Can Fix Social Ills” by Laura Strickler. It looked at Sarah Palin’s popular contribution as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.
    First Strickler reported on the fact that Palin’s son and future son-in-law “made good use of the facility.” This brought the issue of a conflict of interest.
    Then Strickler noted Palin’s strike at Senator Barack Obama and a convention speech. Palin bashed Obama’s call to end Bush’s tax cuts. Tying in to the new hockey rink, Strickler stated that, to pay for the rink, Palin increased the sales tax by 25 percent.
    The last interesting point was when Strickler connected Palin’s argument in justifying the hockey rink. Palin suggested that it was a way of preventing “social ill like drug abuse and juvenile delinquency before it starts.” Strickler compared it to Obama’s democratic “Blueprint for Change.”
    2) The next story was Times Online titled “Sarah Palin Taxes put pipelines in jeopardy, say oil giants.” It brought up a feud between the oil industry and Palin who has called for a nation that is “energy dependent.” Apparently Palin introduce some taxes that would be raised on oil profits. She also gave $1,200 rebates to consumers. The reports said it’s a report McCain opposed. One source told The Times that “she has behaved like the worst democrats.”
    3) CBS’s The Early Show examine Palin’s effect on McCain’s campaign. Bob Schieffer host of Face the Nation was interviewed and his main point was that voters are twice as enthusiastic. This is credited to his choice of Sarah Palin who, he said, energized the base as well as McCain himself. It was a real risk and Schieffer said it’s seems to have been a good idea. He also mentioned that McCain’s never been popular with the social conservatives now the people who were against him seem to like him. He mentioned evangelicals as an example. Sarah Palin has gotten the social conservatives in the Republican party.

  11. Max Wohlgemuth
    September 11, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I decided to look at the story from a different angle. I wanted one that was not about the pregnancy or her selection. My search for a another topic was very difficult. I decided to compare different Internet sources and their thoughts on a unique idea. This proved very troublesome. Most of the websites I looked through, including msnbc.com, cnn.com, usatoday.com, and nytimes.com, talked mainly about her daughter’s pregnancy and selection.

    I eventually found an idea I liked and that was the coverage of Palin’s recent celebrity status.

    Msnbc.com has a very interesting and indepth story on how big of a deal Palin has become. To push the point the headline is “McCain-Palin becoming Palin-McCain?” The story goes into great detail about people being very excited and supportive of McCain’s choice in vice president. The story goes on to talk about the very vocal support at rallies, her coverage in the tabloids and why she is appealing. The editor probably picked this piece because it is a good, interesting idea to think about when the news is rather slow from the McCain-Palin ticket compared to last week.

    Usatoday.com has a story with the headline “Conservative women ‘so excited’ over Palin.” The story is very weak and just goes through the reasons why several women want to vote for McCain Palin. It also talks about women being very enthusiastic about Palin and traveling just to rally for her. The editor probably published this piece because it is very light and complemented all the hard news coverage that has surrounded Palin.

    Finally newsday.com published a story with the headline “Palin brings excitement, but little experience, to ticket.” the story talks about the advantage of picking Palin in that there is tons of positive publicity and her values complement his and her age helps offset (maybe even magnifies) his. The story goes into detail about the excitement she has generated and the supporters she has already won over. This story takes a very different turn midway. It talks about her inexperience and all the negative things she brings to the ticket. The editor probably chose to publish this piece because it is very objective and presents the story from both sides of the issue.

  12. Courtney Robinson
    September 11, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Only the Beginning Counts

    On September 1, 2008, “The Washington Post,” “AZ Central” and “Fairbanks Daily News-Miner” covered the controversial news about Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy.

    “The Washington Post,” a mainstream political newspaper, titled the article, “Palin rebuts rumors, says daughter pregnant.” This headline compels the readers to read the article because it sparks their interest and peaks their curiosity. They wonder: Why did she rebut the rumors? What were they?

    “The AZ Central” also titled its story in a very compelling way, but differently from “The Washington Post.” The headline read: “Delegates: Palin’s pregnant daughter is ‘family matter’.” Being that it’s a product of John McCain’s home state, the Arizona newspaper focused on his campaign strategy – religion, patriotism, and, of course, family. By doing so, it portrayed a negative fact in a positive light that could, indeed, aid their party, not injure it.

    One would expect a newspaper from Alaska – Sarah Palin’s state – to have the best headline? That person would be wrong. “Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s” headline read: “Palin says 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.” This headline bluntly tells the article’s secrets. There’s no incentive or angle to encourage the public to read the article.

    In the end, it’s the beginning that counts.

  13. Elizabeth Gamez
    September 11, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Finally, the media has set aside Sarah Palin and have kept her off the front page of newspapers. I’m guessing, it’s only temporary.
    The announcement of Palin as McCain’s running mate caused histeria. Journalists did their part of investigating her thoroughly but they were repeatedly reporting a juicy soap opera concerning her teenage daughter’s pregnancy or her son’s down syndrome. While the information is some importance, issues really pertinent to the election are dismissed. Other outlets took different but still interesting angles to report on Palin and her role. Others are still on the same track of highlighting the negative.

    One source that did a great job was Vogue Magazine. Yes, Vogue. The magazine is less pressured to write a scandolous story. Instead, the story titled “Altered State,” informs the reader of her background and Alaskan upbringing. It also depicts her as a normal women taking several strides to get where she is now. In a specialized magazine like this, it’s important to emphasize gender and it clearly does that. Yet, the reporter included information pertaining to issues like oil dependency and the war in Iraq. The story educates and leaves it up to the reader to judge.

    On the other hand, her hometown’s newspaper The Anchorage Daily News ran a biased story. The story was titled “Obama puts heat on Palin as she boosts GOP ticket.” The story makes Obama come off as jealous. It mostly highlights her success so far in the campaign. Meanwhile, Obama appeared to be a ruthless competitor.

    A good angle to Sarah Palin can be seen in Time Magazine’s “Sarah Palin’s Myth of America.” It’s geered toward showing Palin as politician and compares her to Republican Ronald Reagan. The compare and contrast to a legendary man is in my opinion a great angle. In the story, she’s is considered to be “illuminating the mythic power of the Republican Party’s message.”

    There are so many ways cover novelty people. Some might take the option of filling the headlines with scandal but the most respected will bring new light to a different aspect of that person’s light. I’m hopeful the media will begin doing just that as it comes closer to voting.

  14. Marlenia Thornton
    September 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s vice-presidential announcement two weeks ago shocked the nation. McCain surprised the nation by choosing Alaska gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. The question that has been on the majority of the public’s mind is whether Sarah Palin will achieve the “women’s vote,” but more specifically the Hillary Clinton female voting bloc. I examined three news outlets coverage over this topic and discovered some interesting information. I first looked at The New York Times political blog entitled “The Caucus.” The blog had a more complete approach to answering the question of Palin’s ability to attract women to vote for the GOP ticket compared to the CNN and Fox News online articles I read. The blog highlighted all the possible reasons why Palin would appeal to women voters such as her motherhood and ambition toward her career versus the other two outlets which heavily played the differences of the political stances between Palin and Sen. Hillary Clinton. Instead of playing up the political polar opposites, this blog emphasized the gender aspect of the McCain-Palin campaign by using courtesy titles and addressing women’s rights issues.

    The New York Times blog seemed to have a more neutral political stance compared the CNN and Fox News online articles. Both outlets (CNN and Fox News) emphasized on the differences of political stances to answer this question. Fox News presented Palin’s conservative views (such as being pro-life and a member of National Rifle Association) and arguments more positively than CNN, and CNN did vice-versa for the more liberal arguments. All three outlets mentioned that McCain is interested in gaining support from Clinton’s female voters, but CNN was most blunt about it. All three outlets also at some point highlighted aspects of Palin femininity as has her motherhood, and used her quote about Clinton ability to crack the glass ceiling and how she’s going to shatter it—a quote that serves as evidence of the news outlet’s attempt to convey McCain is after women voters. The CNN online article and The New York Times blog referred to fate of Geraldine Ferraro’s quest to vice-presidency in the 1984 election, which gave historical context as well as conveyed the message the GOP’s strategy to achieve the “women’s vote” is not new and has been ineffective. Overall, all three outlets somewhat expressed McCain choosing Palin as his vice-presidential running mate will most likely not give him the percentage of female voters he needs to win the election.

  15. PJ Hunsicker
    September 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Sarah Palin’s coverage has shown the press’s beautifully honed predilection to making something completely irrelevant into something incredibly relevant and vice versa. Here we have a woman chosen as the Republican Vice Presidential campaign. Goody. That’s a big one. However, nobody apparently cares in any useful sense, such as she’s the first woman to be nominated vice president in a campaign built largely on majors firsts (black Democratic nominee anyone?), but in a more stereotyped sense that since she’s a mother, she would have her hands too full with child-rearing to do anything useful (they’re right – she won’t be useful – but not for the reasons they give, but that’s another day).
    Most of the coverage has been pretty consistent. Pregnant daughter (gasp). If it sells, print it. Before that, however, it was about wondering who the hell she was. Alaska governor, liked to shoot wolves from moving planes (not sure if that’s true or not – I caught it on some random lower news source, so that could be a complete lie, but still…), autistic son, etc. The usual.
    She’s apparently so huge, she has her own link on CNN.com. Thus proving that people really need to learn to decide for themselves what’s important. And Sarah Palin is not that important. Not until she’s sitting in the White House should anyone care THAT much. Amazingly, however, Palin’s daughter seems to be a topic in which CNN is generally lacking, possibly because they were too busy wondering if people liked her glasses or who should play her in a movie (I say Sarah Jessica Parker – it’s the nose). One very common topic was her beef with the state trooper brother, which is actually somewhat relevant, so nobody can fault them on that. Overall, a pretty classy dissection by CNN.
    Meanwhile, Fox News (amazingly) does not have an e-shrine up, but there are upwards of 680 stories based on a quick search of Palin (it’s only been a week, right?). All of the basics are here, a general coverage regarding whether or not Palin is a pick with lipstick, state troopers, she is disliked by Rosie O’Donnell and everyone endearingly calls her a “hocky mom,” but only off-the-cuff mentions of the pregnant daughter. Still a lot of nothing to sift through.
    In the print news last week, there were few papers that didn’t feature some picture of the aforementioned preggo eggo, especially from Anchorage (embarassing).
    While there have been a few solid stories regarding this new figure in the upcoming election, really, it just proves that nobody cares what Rosie O’Donnell thinks.

  16. Matthew Butts
    September 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    The New York Times treated the Palin speech like one with the ability to alter the presidential race. The Times gave headlines like “Palin Assails Critics and Elecrtifies Party,” and “Sarah Palin’s speech, the Sparks Flew.” It seemed fairly sensationalist. The Times offered a great amount of coverage on the subject. I would say that this is because of the size of the paper. It can afford more resources to the story than either the Omaha World Herald or the Anchorage Daily News. In addition, New York is a town more focused on politics than the others I looked at.

    The Omaha World Herald had a calmer take on the subject. There were very few articles about the speech. The only article I found that mentioned the speech offered the analysis that Palin is “much more” than she seems. I would say that the lack of coverage devoted to the Palin speech stems from the small newspaper and Nebraska’s lack of interest in politics.

    The Anchorage Daily News offered more articles about the Palin speech than the Herald, but fewer than the Times. What I read from the Daily News focused more on the fact that Palin was a hometown girl. It was all very complimentary, with headlines like: “Palin kicks up the dust, takes TV nation by storm. I imagine this has to do with Palin being from Alaska and Alaska usually playing such a small role in American politics.

  17. Jamie Klein
    September 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I browsed the Web and read articles from MSNBC.com, CNN.com and Foxnews.com.
    MSNBC.com chose an Associated Press article, “McCain, Palin to campaign together,” as one of their main stories on Wednesday.
    The same day, one of CNN.com’s most popular stories was “Judge warned Palin in 2005 to back off brother-in-law’s job.”
    I also read Foxnews.com’s “Political Teams Battle to Define Palin in Alaska,” one of the Web site’s most popular articles of the day.
    I read these stories about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and I noticed a few similarities.
    I noticed that none of the articles mentioned Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy or her son’s Down syndrome, but CNN.com’s article and Foxnews.com’s article mentioned the investigation of Palin and her brother-in-law.
    This leads me to believe that some media outlets have moved away from the topic of teen pregnancy and are now focusing on the new “watergate scandal.”
    Foxnews.com and Cnn.com both also mentioned Palin and her connection to earmarks. Within a few paragraphs of a short history of Palin’s requests for earmakrs, both articles discuss Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain’s views on earmarks, and how both of them seem to be against earmarks (or at least Obama has not asked for any this year).
    Both MSNBC.com’s and Foxnews.com’s articles mainly focused on items surrounding Palin, not issues or anything Palin may have discussed recently.
    For example, Foxnews.com barely mentioned anything other than reporters flocking to Alaska to “dig up dirt” on Palin, with the mention of earmarks thrown in at the end.
    MSNBC.com’s article covered the same topic, but instead of reporters flocking, this article covered reporters and Palin and Obama supporters going to the airports.

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