Great moments in media: Salon’s dominatrix/bestiality photoshop of Palin

posted at 6:00 pm on September 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

For readers who want a one-stop, full-service descent into Palinphobia, Salon Magazine apparently has decided to address that market.  Juan Cole compares Sarah Palin to Muslim terrorists for the audacity to be Christian — and that’s the rational argument coming from Salon’s pages today, comparatively speaking.  Gary Kamiya provides the Chock Full o’ Nuts essay of the day, with a lovely photoshop showing the Governor of Alaska as a sexual deviant coming on to a moose.

You think I’m kidding?  Here’s the pic:

What worries Kamiya so much?  Her, ah, “doability”:

Republican strategists have made it clear that the GOP’s only chance to win is by reframing the election as a battle of images. And right now, Palin is the pinup queen in that war. She’s feisty, she’s a mom, she’s from a frontier state, she guns down wolves from the air, she’s a devout Evangelical, she poses as a reformer, and she insults the Washington elites.

And large numbers of Americans think she’s hot.

This latter point cannot be underestimated. Iraq may be a quagmire, a new cold war may be looming, the economy may be tanking and the world may be heading toward environmental doom, but the presidential race may be decided by the perceived doability of the governor of Alaska.

I’m tempted to ask Kamiya where he was when women were fainting at Barack Obama’s feet, but the mention of feet in the context in which Salon places Palin might generate another weird expression of fetishism.

I find this fortnight of reaction utterly fascinating.  When challenged by a strong, self-made woman, what has the mainstream media done?  They have painted her as:

  • A hick
  • A slut
  • A bubble-headed beauty queen
  • A bad mother

And when it became apparent that Palin had performed well and had positively impacted the race for Republicans, how did the little boys at Salon react?  They photoshopped her as a dominatrix and pictured her toying with bestiality.

Paging Dr. Freud!

Some of us scoffed at the notion that Hillary Clinton got victimized by a sexist media.  I’d say that the profession is doing its level best to cinch that reputation with its unhinged attacks on Palin.  In the end, though, this is much more about them than it is about Palin, and it’s pretty disturbing.


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Drudge got the Pig comment up on the front page. Ouch that’s going to piss off alot of women

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Right as the Democrat electoral manure spreader cranked up, I’ve been reading that the Dems are somehow disturbed by the pick of Gov. Palin. That certainly isn’t the case. We’ve been hearing for years about “Bush derangement syndrome”. Again, not the case.

Point: the Dems may be a bit decibel-rich right now, but it isn’t a sign of any sort of atypical reaction on their part. The Left hates those who don’t fall into line with them. Like the Borg, it’s assimilate or else. Harken back to reports of one among them saying “How could Bush have won!? Everybody I know voted against him!”

Juvenile photoshopping of their opponents…accusing them of all sorts of unhealthy behavior…this isn’t news.

It’s all simple. This is who the Democrats are.

Expect worse. They’ll begin dropping buckets into their own well of party neurosis — walking (or swimming) away from fatal car accidents, venality, vascillation, betrayal, treating with national enemies in time of war…and that’s only one senior Democrat senator’s contributions — and hurling what they find at their “blood enemy”, hoping to make some of it stick. They’ll go after serial adultery, running a gay prostitution service out of their electoral offices, and hiding the fruits of influence pedling in household appliances next.

This is only the beginning.

Remember, as the next 50+ days play out, who’s making the accusations…and what they’re apt to do if they win.

Puritan1648 on September 9, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Now that’s a very good point- moving books off the shelf is different than banning books. But I didn’t see the language ‘remove from the shelf’ in the transcript of Palin’s original conversation. And I don’t know if hiding books away, out of public eye, is anything more than a ruse that has nearly the same effect as banning. It would be interesting to know what a librarian thinks about the book removal tactic.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I can’t tell you where I found that. I read that some last week where the distinction was made. I wish I could give you a link, but I really don’t recall. If it bubbles up to ‘needs-addressing’ level, I expect that’s what she’ll say (b/c that was what I understood the case to be).

Spirit of 1776 on September 9, 2008 at 7:18 PM

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:13 PM

Spirit of 1776 on September 9, 2008 at 7:04 PM

I really could care less about what she said. At this point after watching the media over the last week, I don’t believe anthing that is coming out of the media on Palin. the way CNN tried to twist her prayer for the troops was just sickening.

At this point in timethe media would have to show me video of her standing over a dead body with blood on her hands, a rifle in her grip and a leering smile on her face to get me to switch my vote. The media has shown they have a agenda to destroy this woman and I take EVERYTHING they say on her at this point in time as a blant lie at worse and a twisted have truth at best.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

the way CNN tried to twist her prayer for the troops was just sickening.

That really pissed me off.

Spirit of 1776 on September 9, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Puritan1648 on September 9, 2008 at 7:17 PM

I think we just said the same thing in different ways. It’s nice to see people understanding what’s going on here

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

unseen – hopefully that Pig comment pisses off a lot of men too!

unaffiliated on September 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

unseen – hopefully that Pig comment pisses off a lot of men too!

unaffiliated on September 9, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Well I just added it to my list of things that have pissed my off in bthe last week as I made another donation to the RNC.

The worse thing about it is that Palin is far from a Pig and I would bet that 80% of unmarried conservative men would court her for her hand if she was unmarried. Not for her “hotness factor” but for her character and strong will. Hopeless women who can not fend for themselves are a big turnover to me see pelosi, clinton, boxer, feinstein, etc

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:26 PM

bayam:

Oh right. Palin never banned any books and yet somehow or other that charge along with the speaking in tongue crap and God knows what other craziness they can cook up.

Sarah Palin has been criticized by some on the right because she is considered too progressive when it comes to issues such as gay rights.

She has no problem with stem cell research unless it involves federal funding for additional destruction of embryos, she prefers funding adult stem cell research.

She does not believe in teaching creationism in school and in fact her father is a science teacher. She does not have a problem with people debating IE along with evolution however.

And her attitudes on abortion are not a lot different from just about any Republican who could have gotten the nomination.

The left has gone off the deep end about this woman because they see her as a threat. After all they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the White House for Barack Obama and they don’t want some woman messing it up for them.

Terrye on September 9, 2008 at 7:26 PM

And what is this crap about hiding books away? This is a small town, I live near a small town. We have a library. Believe it or not we do not have an erotica section. The childrens section does not carry the same books as the adult section.

Terrye on September 9, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Terrye on September 9, 2008 at 7:26 PM

she brings the lie to the fact that AMerica is not center right. the cities are the stronghold of the left. The majority of America is a right leaning nation.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:33 PM

The media has shown they have a agenda to destroy this woman and I take EVERYTHING they say on her at this point in time as a blant lie at worse and a twisted have truth at best.

I agree with much of what you’re saying. But I’m not sure that it’s driven by liberals. You know, liberals never had a problem Clinton’s sexual adventures with Monica, yet that never stopped the media from making it front page news as often as possible.

With Palin, you not only have this complete unknown suddenly coming into the national spotlight, but unfairly elevated by the right as some kind of small town hero. So yes, the media smells blood and the opportunity to bring someone down who’s been put on a pedestal. There are undoubtedly many journalists who believe that if they dig deep enough, something damaging will come out.

It’s a sad state of affairs. The media has gone to far. This kind of tabloid journalism doesn’t serve any purpose.

We have a library. Believe it or not we do not have an erotica section

I’m missing out.. where I grew up, there was no erotica section either in view or hidden.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:45 PM

The majority of America is a right leaning nation.

… that won’t pass up on a chance to read People, US, or the National Enquirer. Look at the circulation numbers on those magazines- that says it all.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:47 PM

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Do you really believe it takes a special gene to be a leader? are you one that thinks Kings and Queens rule by God’s will? A small town person with the right character can lead this country.

As far as experience goes correct me if I’m wrong but experience has gotten us into two protracted wars, $10 Trillion in debt, failing schools, bankrupt social security and medicare, Urban poverty, a divided country, open borders. I would rather have someone from outside that cesspool of experience that the likes of Obamam Biden and McCain have made possible.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM

… that won’t pass up on a chance to read People, US, or the National Enquirer. Look at the circulation numbers on those magazines- that says it all.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Again you like the media and those “experienced pols” are confusing “right” with Christians. Right or conservative thought means more then believing in Christ. It means belief in small government, fiscal responsibility, avoiding wars as much as possible but being willing and able to fight if needed. a srong defense, secure borders, local control over social issues. Christ’s message tends to support alot of those beliefs in his teachings of personal responsibility which makes christians more likely to support the right politically.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

When challenged by a strong, self-made woman, what has the mainstream media done?

They’ve shown their leftist version of feminism has much more to do with victimhood and leftism than with gender… and nothing to do with female empowerment, self-ownership, achievement and strength.

petefrt on September 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Those on the left are all pigs.

rplat on September 9, 2008 at 8:04 PM

As I keep saying… I hope the media keeps it up all the way through November. They’ll eventually piss off enough women who will vote for McCain/Palin just because they’re pissed at the treatment women in politics have been getting.

4shoes on September 9, 2008 at 8:22 PM

If BO keeps this up he will be lucky to win his home state. Keep it up BO you’re doing GREAT !!

Maxx on September 9, 2008 at 8:28 PM

Okay, Ed, here’s the deal. Since there was no evidence of Palin speaking in tongues (Glossolalia), Salon decided to photoshop her speaking in thongs — figuring we rubes wouldn’t know the difference. Next, they’ll accuse her of matriculating in college and thespian proclivities.

Meanwhile, reporters cover-up and ignore the dreaded Biden disease (Gassolalia).

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 9, 2008 at 8:30 PM

The libs sure can get nasty against Black conservatives and female conservatives. It also shows what huge hypocrites they are. Most of what libs accuse conservatives of is all in their own hearts.

Hening on September 9, 2008 at 9:22 PM

As far as experience goes correct me if I’m wrong but experience has gotten us into two protracted wars, $10 Trillion in debt

What’s your point, Bush had no serious experience unless you count his short term as governor of Texas. I don’t understand how Palin is any different except that she didn’t have a drinking problem for most of her adult life, which is clearly a plus. People say that intelligence isn’t relevant either, but look at the men printed on US currency.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 9:33 PM

The extreme left blogs are in bad taste of course. BO has to balance his party’s platform to be inclusive of all these types of extreme opinions. They think they are helping when they are really sinking his ship. On top of that, the BO and JB gaffe’s don’t help at all.

The implosion is fun to watch.

jbh45 on September 9, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Actually this is not all that surprising. Lefties these days are feminists, and modern feminism at its core is misogynist…i.e. it holds that femininity is nothing special, women are just men with alternate plumbing. Therefore women whom they dislike can be attacked in sexual terms and this does not bother them (as long as it works) since, after all, they don’t see femininity as something to be respected per se.

Us diehard conservatives on the other hand, view femininity as something sacred. You defend it, you don’t mock it, and you don’t demean it. Which is also why we (and the feminists from 60 years ago) think porn is wrong.

I guess this leaves me thinking neither Morissey nor AP are actually diehard conservatives.

Gaunilon on September 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

What’s your point, Bush had no serious experience unless you count his short term as governor of Texas. I don’t understand how Palin is any different except that she didn’t have a drinking problem for most of her adult life, which is clearly a plus. People say that intelligence isn’t relevant either, but look at the men printed on US currency.

bayam on September 9, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Bush was part of his father’s admin. He was a member and insider in washibngton before he even ran for gov. He was on his second term as gov when elected President. Bush’s mother was a great grandaught of a former President. the Bush family has been in political circles for generations. Same with the Gore’s same with the Kennedy’s etc. then you look at Presidents with little experience like Ike, Truman, Lincoln, Teddy Rossevelt, wilson (only had 2 years as gov of New Jersey before election), Reagan, etc if you do a study of Americian presidents experience is very overrated. It is character that matters more and sadly with Obama he has neither character nor experience.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 10:00 PM

I find this fortnight of reaction utterly fascinating. When challenged by a strong, self-made woman, what has the mainstream media done? They have painted her as:
A hick
A slut
A bubble-headed beauty queen
A bad mother

A lot of Palin comments from the left remind me of “The Grinch That Stole Christmas,” when after taking all the trappings of Christmas back up to Mt Crumpet and listening for the Whos of Whoville to cry, instead of crying he heard singing.

Likewise, the left can’t understand why we don’t reject a woman, an independent and strong woman, who doesn’t stay home with the kids and who’s daughter has an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. It sticks in their craw. It’s not so much that they don’t like who she is as it is our having not predictably rejected her for being so that drives them batty. After all, they have an unshakeable belief in folks on the right as Neanderthals or submissive women of same.

The fear of us running things is what keeps the neighborhood activists active and the democrats in office. Government for them is first and foremost a wall between them and what they perceive the right’s agendas to be. We are the enemy to them, not the folks actually shooting in their direction, and they will tolerate dysfunctional government with overreaching powers so long as we are kept at bay.

There is genuine puzzlement on the left, and I think a new fear is bubbling to the surface; the fear that our overwhelming (and un-orchistrated) acceptance of Sarah Palin undoes the decades of their lecturing voters that we are bigoted and intolerant, that we may not be so different from themselves that voters will vote their guys in for fear of “right wingers.”

shuzilla on September 9, 2008 at 11:15 PM

At this point in time the media would have to show me video of her standing over a dead body with blood on her hands, a rifle in her grip and a leering smile on her face to get me to switch my vote.

unseen on September 9, 2008 at 7:20 PM

And that is the difference between us and them. CNN could televise, live, Barack Obama eating a baby, and the libs would still vote for him come November.

Kevin71 on September 9, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Hillary had it easy… by comparison at least.

Yakko77 on September 10, 2008 at 1:14 AM

The American Left is a composite caricature of its strawmen.

Akzed on September 10, 2008 at 9:19 AM

What’s your point, Bush had no serious experience unless you count his short term as governor of Texas. bayam on September 9, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Bus was the first Texas governor to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms.

Akzed on September 10, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Palin’s only an unknown to those who haven’t been paying attention.

MarkTheGreat on September 10, 2008 at 9:27 AM

O.k…. this has to be said:

(My apologies to Palin and most of the Hot Air readership.)

*When I was a young man I used to like girls
I’d tickle their bodies and play with their curls
Till my girlfriend ran off with a salesman named Bruce
Now you’d never be treated that way by a Moose

/ G D G – / G Em D – / Em Bm Am D / G – D G /

{Refrain}
For it’s moose! moose! I want a moose!
I have never had anything quite like a moose
Tho’ I’ve had many women, my life has been loose
I have never had anything quite like a moose

When I’m in the mood for a very good lay
I go to the closet and get me some hay
And I go to the window and spread it around
For the mooses will come when there’s hay on the ground

{Refrain}

Oh I’ve done it with all sorts of beasties with hair
And I’d do it with snakes, if their fangs weren’t there
Oh I’ve done it with llamas and sheepdogs and goose
I have never had anything quite like a moose

{Refrain}

Well, gorillas are fun on a Saturday night
And lions and tigers can put up a fight
But it’s just not the same when I ram their caboose
As the feeling I get when I jump on a moose

{Refrain}

So now I am old and advanced in my years
When I look on my life I will shed me no tears
As I sit in my chair with a glass of Mateaus
Playing hide the salami with Marvin the Moose

{Refrain}

Theophile on September 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM

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