I just read an article that was titled “Palin says Obama ‘palling around’ with terrorists‘”. This is just another example of the irresponsible journalism that has plagued these elections. The author, Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press, should be ashamed of himself. Why is a factually inaccurate statement by Palin whose sole purpose is to falsely and offensively tie an American presidential candidate to terrorism treated as newsworthy or given the benefit of the doubt? Why even give such tactics the time of day?
Of course, Kuhnhenn tries to give both sides of the story, but when one side is so blatantly misleading, how can a serious journalist justify first the headline and second the forced neutrality? He even prints Palin’s ridiculous statement,
Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country . . . This is not a man who sees America as you see America and as I see America.
Let’s open the flood gates. Why doesn’t Obama now come out and accuse Todd Palin of being an Alaskan separatist? Wasn’t he a member of an Alaskan pro-independence party? I could just imagine the quote,
Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that she would marry and bare multiple children to a separatist who would want Alaska to become an independent state, free of the clutches of our own country’s federal strangle . . . This is not a woman who sees America as you see America and as I see America.
I’d even suggest the headline, “Palin impregnated on numerous occasions by white separatist,” or “Palin eloped with white separatist, gave him five children, the most recent just months ago.”