Palin, Media Need to Get a Divorce

Their mutual infatuation has gone too far: Ross Douthat
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2011 11:45 AM CST
Palin, Media Need to Get a Divorce
In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sends a message to her mother, written on her left hand, at a campaign rally for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Cypress, Texas.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – It’s time for the media to end its Palin infatuation—and for Sarah Palin to end her media obsession. The need for a divorce was never more clear than last week, when controversy bubbled up over Palin’s "crosshairs" map and her subsequent "blood libel" speech, writes Ross Douthat for the New York Times. The absurdity of the Palin-media marriage goes both ways: The media is "consistently unfair" and "gossipy and hostile," but also obsessed. Palin "officially despises the ‘lamestream’ media," but "press coverage is clearly the oxygen she craves."

Here's how the breakup should happen: The media needs to stop covering her like she's the country's No. 1 conservative politician. ("Every time you’re tempted to parse her tweets for some secret code or crucial dog whistle, stop and think, this woman has fewer Twitter followers than Ben Stiller, and then go write about something else instead.") As for Palin: "Take a break from Facebook and Fox News,” writes Douthat. "You were an actual politician once (remember that?), but you’re becoming the kind of caricature that your enemies have always tried to make of you."
(Read more Ross Douthat stories.)

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