New Palin scandal: Leno might have piped in some laughter for her jokes
posted at 5:36 pm on March 5, 2010 by Allahpundit
This is the second day in a row that Mediaite’s gone for a goof on Palin and then had to walk it back.
Maybe Sarah Palin wasn’t quite the hit on The Tonight Show the other night that everyone thought she was! A contributor over at Daily Kos — who provides some impressive sound bona fides — says he attended the Leno taping on Monday and that the audience was not nearly as welcoming as it sounded to TV viewers later on that night.
And the inevitable update:
Update: A reader writes “I was there while visiting my sister in CA. He’s wrong, people were laughing and I didn’t notice anything strange. The sign was turned on when we were supposed to applaud and laugh.”
Media outlets are already starting to pick this up. Here’s the dKos piece laying out the shocking allegations about canned laughter at a hammy late-night comedy show that literally cues its audience to clap at the right moments with a giant sign. I’m going to quote at length because I want you to see what qualifies as credible-ish reporting on Palin:
After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing…
(In the interest of disclosure my wife and I created a parody “Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring & Activity Book” http://goingrouge.net and have sold many copies. It was featured in the Washington Post, AP, The New York Times, Buzzflash, Entertainment Tonight broadcast the cover repeatedly pre-Christmas, and in general it’s been happily received. Even right wingers have purchased copies, and loved them.)…
From my seat to the right of the stage, by the band, I could tell that an average of 70% of the audience did not like Sarah Palin. Many literally sat on their hands. This is LA and I wondered when we went in, just how many people would be into Palin here. C’mon, this is LA, man! Make no mistake, the national figure for nutjobs were represented, the same insane 30% of the country that always believe in racism, GWBush, War, Torture, the Libertarians, Teabaggers were there too, and quite vocal. Throw in a shotgun microphone and you’ve got yourself a laugh riot with these guys…
But when Jay brought out Sarah Palin, she was completely nerved. Watch the video, check out her breathing, she’s Freaked and talks a mile a minute. Both my wife and I agreed – when you actually get close enough, she’s just plain Creepy, and those yech vibes filled the room…
And while NBC Sold Palin, she sold her body, jiggling, teasing, pushing the cutesy-pie, what we used to call in the military, a “prick tease”. She short circuits brains, deflects the fact that most of what she says is nonsense or hateful, as lizard layers of right wing men’s brains hum a sexual fantasy tune, and women who have thrown all sense of propriety to the wind, watching her strip, want to be just like her. Rich. Stupid. The sweet “Bite Me” bitch attitude she’s honed to an art form. No, she doesn’t just “wink” – she uses her whole body to sell the package. Turn off the sound, just watch her body language. I find it whorish, repulsive, and I’m no prude.
So there you go. A guy who created an anti-Palin coloring book (not this book, despite the similarity of the name) due in part to the “yech vibes” he gets from Palin’s “whorish” body language saw people literally sitting on their hands in Leno’s audience. Follow the link and read the whole post or else you’ll miss the part where he and his wife are waving copies of their coloring book at her, and not only does she see them but she totally recognizes the book and is pissed ‘n stuff. (“[S]he looked us in the eye. Sarah doesn’t like us much.”) Coming tomorrow at Mediaite: A Firedoglake diarist claims Palin and her daughter Willow carjacked him after the Leno show. Can it be true? Stay tuned.