A war of words

Media hold conservatives to unfairly different standards on speech

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It had come, sadly, to this: After conservative Sarah Palin mistakenly morphed the word "repudiate" into "refudiate" in a recent Twitter post, CNN thought it to be such an important story that it consulted
a Shakespearean scholar as one of the sources for their story.

Palin tried to lightly laugh off the kerfuffle basically by saying, hey, William Shakespeare coined words in his plays, so what's the big deal?

Instead, media took that comment seriously -- too seriously. Now reporters and talking heads are asserting that Palin has compared herself to the Immortal Bard.

To borrow from A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

Compare the breathless fervor of media outlets covering Palin's linguistic misstep to the snail-like speed with which the media covered such gaffes as President Obama claiming to have visited 57 states, or Joe Biden dropping the execrable "f-bomb" into conversation on more than one occasion.

Or Obama referring to a military corpsman as a "corpse-man." Or Biden asking an aide for the "website number" for a site monitoring stimulus spending. Or Obama's assertion that "Austrian" is a language (Austrians speak German). Or Biden telling a campaign crowd in 2008 that "jobs" is a three-letter word.

Guess what: It happens. Politicians on both sides of the aisle can say -- and have said -- a lot of silly and offensive things that make them sound a lot less intelligent than they are. And it's deplorable the way the media pounce on conservatives for such matters, while giving barely a sniff toward equally deserving liberals.

But the way that media are jumping on Palin perhaps shows in stark relief how terrified the left is of her presence in politics. She's likable. She embraces conservative values shared by legions of voters. She galvanizes people. And you don't need the intelligence of a Shakespeare scholar to know that Democrats just can't stand that.

For every molehill inadvertently left behind by Palin, there doubtless will be someone in the mainstream media to try to mold it into a mountain.

But in the long run, that exercise is -- how did Shakespeare put it in Romeo and Juliet ? -- a "wild-goose chase."

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/25/10 - 10:50 pm
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Honor, honesty,

Honor, honesty, individualism, responsibility and success. The conservative traits Palin represents terrifies and infuriates those on the left. Why? Could it be because they represent the opposite? Probably, so they build a mountain out of a molehill, call "repudiate" a sign of brain damage and then build entire stories in an attempt to discredit Palin ... kind of like they discussed in their e-mails. Of course, everybody does it so it's okay (remember the Clinton years).

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/25/10 - 10:58 pm
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I really don't understand the

I really don't understand the infatuation or accomplishments of Mrs. Palin. Dan Quayle is better qualified for executive office.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 07/26/10 - 03:03 am
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For whatever reason, the

For whatever reason, the media and the left are terrified of Palin. Is she really that big of a threat?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/26/10 - 04:44 am
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I don't understand the hatred

I don't understand the hatred of Palin.....people call her dumb, yet can't point out anything dumb she has said....the best they can do is quote a Tina Fey skit on SNL.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/26/10 - 05:39 am
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baronvonreich wrote "I really

baronvonreich wrote "I really don't understand the infatuation or accomplishments of Mrs. Palin. Dan Quayle is better qualified for executive office."

Without doubt, Sarah Louise Palin is better qualified for executive office than Barack Hussein Obama. In fact, so is Mr. Quayle.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/26/10 - 06:15 am
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if sarah believed in big govt

if sarah believed in big govt and abortion she would be a darling of the left....she is a self made women who has it all--family--career--and she did it herself. i thought this is what women wanted..yet the libs hold up hilliary as their role model..only problem she rode billys coat tails..without billy she probably be at the rose law firm to this day..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/26/10 - 07:01 am
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Palin has tremendous appeal.

Palin has tremendous appeal. In SC and GA she caused gubernatorial candidates well back in the pack to jump to the front when she threw her support to them. She is more popular than Obama. The left fears her.

OnlyinAgs2
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OnlyinAgs2 07/26/10 - 07:42 am
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If she wasn't such a dumb

If she wasn't such a dumb idiot she wouldn't have posted that. It's her own fault, we can expect more like this to come.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 07/26/10 - 07:53 am
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LOL..you libs are asceerd !

LOL..you libs are asceerd !

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/26/10 - 08:00 am
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onlyinag2---you call sarah a

onlyinag2---you call sarah a dumb idiot---please list your accomplishments so we can decide if you are truly qualified to make such a statement. people in the public are going to make gaffs once in a while...why are not king obama or biden not called a dumb idiot by people like you... its typical of the left to name call when they have no intellectual arguement to disagree...this woman has had her family made fun and worse in the media . enough is enough.

dani
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dani 07/26/10 - 08:04 am
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Retired Army..Don't set your

Retired Army..Don't set your hopes too high. She would never make it through a primary. Many, many of us like her and respect her opinions - that does not mean we want her for our president.

OnlyinAgs2
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OnlyinAgs2 07/26/10 - 08:28 am
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nofanofabama she's a dumb

nofanofabama she's a dumb idiot deal with it.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/26/10 - 08:39 am
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Just hurl insults and run.

Just hurl insults and run.

chasboy
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chasboy 07/26/10 - 08:59 am
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Please.... Palin is more

Please.... Palin is more outragous than Obama. I can't stand that folksy stuff. When she was in Michagan recently she said she was glad to be in a place where people love their guns and religion. I almost threw up. Guns and Religion, now that's a FUNNY pair!

Chillen
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Chillen 07/26/10 - 09:10 am
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Here is the real problem the

Here is the real problem the left has with Sarah Palin.

She woke up the conservatives and independent American's who temporarily fell asleep while Bush was trying to ruin the party by governing to the "middle" and "reaching across the aisle". He bent over backwards to woo the liberals and catered to their every whim. As a result the liberal agenda (under Bush) darn near ruined the republican party and our country.

To me she represents hope for fixing this country (from Bush's damage and Obama's 18 month collapsing damage). She brings a positive, minimal government message to the table.

That is why the left hates her. She woke up their opposition and they are afraid. And they should be.

disssman
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disssman 07/26/10 - 09:10 am
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I can see her first

I can see her first presidential debate now. "question - Gov Palin why did you quit your job as Governor". I would like to see the answer to that one. As to being a dumb idiot, she is sure smart enough to get a lot of people, especially fat Republican men, reaching for their wallets to pay big to hear her udder her words.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/26/10 - 09:14 am
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WOW-WE have Obumbler- His

WOW-WE have Obumbler- His community organizing area is worst off than when he left it-The people of Alaska were better off because of Palin. Obama is a product of the corrupt Chicago Machine and helped reelect Blajovich while Palin put the corrupt Alaska governor in jail! Every thing Obama has done reeks of corruption and subterfuge from how he funded his college education, how he bought his house to his relationship with Rezko and Blojovich and Michelle's former job. Every thing Palin owns she earned. Chasboy, how many businesses do you own and what's your net worth? The things about guns and religion are a referance to Obama's statement about the people of PA clinging to their guns and religion! LOL

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/26/10 - 09:14 am
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Good Morning Great America,

Good Morning Great America, Friends and Foes.

"A War Of Words"

Ah yes, Stupidity against Intelligence

Lies against Truth

Liberals against Common Sense

Un-American against America

carcraft
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carcraft 07/26/10 - 09:16 am
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Dissman, you like her utters

Dissman, you like her utters to?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/26/10 - 09:24 am
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To those that fear Palin, one

To those that fear Palin, one question?

If Sarah Palin was president today instead of King SMCICBHO, would our great nation be in Worst or Better shape than it is today? Please give reasons why on your comments.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/26/10 - 09:52 am
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crickets chirping.....

crickets chirping.....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/26/10 - 10:14 am
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Palin is popular because a

Palin is popular because a lot of people agree with what she says. Seems like that is the same thing that got Obama elected. I believe the difference is that Palin means what she says while Obama turned out to be a lying Communist. Oh yeh, check out the announcement that Britain made today. They are restructuring their failed Obamacare program to implement MORE RATIONING of procedures. New guidelines: Have you got a little heart problem or high blood pressure? NO KNEE REPLACEMENT FOR YOU. Do you have diabetes? NO HIP REPLACEMENT FOR YOU. Obamacare at it's best and Obama's man Berwick worships the British system. Don't you wonder why Obama put this communist healthcare worshipper in charge of Medicare instead of putting him in charge of young people's insurance? Look out old folks. You have been sacrificed and don't even realize it yet. Only the communist Democrats would ram a healthcare system down your throats that has been recognized as a failing system since 1950. I'll take Palin over the Communists anyday. In 2 years seniors will be reminiscing about the good old days under Bush when they could get a hip replacement. Berwick will move swiftly because he knows he is already a lame duck. Look for new Medicare rules after the 2010 elections. Sorry old folks. Start checking out those used canes and walkers on eBay 'cause you are going to need them.

chascush
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chascush 07/26/10 - 10:09 am
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The left is so afraid of a

The left is so afraid of a little old woman like Palin. It’s amazing but they are not accustom to a woman being smart & good looking like Palin, Michele Bachmann and Haley so it makes them afraid.
They are more accustom to women that look like Hilary, I never could blame Bill for running around, and then you have Solamayar & Kagan who look more like men than women. You have Pelosi, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Maxine Waters. I will have to add Michele to that bunch; you would think Hussein could have done better than that. After all he is a smooth talker. I forgot he couldn’t take his teleprompter on a date.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/26/10 - 10:11 am
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chascush, Well worded....lol

chascush, Well worded....lol

Chillen
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Chillen 07/26/10 - 10:17 am
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Here's the response to

Here's the response to Cobalt's 9:24 question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFEY9RIRJA

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/26/10 - 10:19 am
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Have you noticed I have

Have you noticed I have posted my 9:24 for two days now and have had no response from any King SMCICBHO rug prayers.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/26/10 - 10:22 am
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Chillen, you made my day,

Chillen, you made my day, LMAO!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/26/10 - 10:22 am
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Liberals are whining like
Unpublished

Liberals are whining like Ivana Trump having to do her own nails about somebody who isn't even in office anymore. Keep it up guys. It only shows how pathetic and weak your party has become. I'm sure those pesky polls are all wrong, and the Dems will triumph in November. Yeah, and Elvis really is alive and owns a car dealership in Detroit.

KSL
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KSL 07/26/10 - 10:56 am
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Is dissman going to claim he

Is dissman going to claim he meant "udder" instead of "utter?" Or did he just make the same mistake Sarah did? Now that's funny. And chasboy, I can't believe you were ignorant of the big issue made of Obama's comment about guns and religion. At the time there was a lot made of how it would help to boost Hillary's campaign.

The truth is that Sarah is not dumb and Obama is not smart.

KSL
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KSL 07/26/10 - 10:58 am
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Funny, Chillen.

Funny, Chillen.

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