Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?

posted at 5:20 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

The ultimate heart-ache.

The CNN Express bus, filled with producers, camera operators and on-air talent sat in Gettysburg for hours Monday, not even sure she was coming. The Times of London sent two reporters to cover Ms. Palin’s bus tour. Two reporters? “It didn’t take hardly any convincing,” admitted one of the paper’s pair of Washington-based reporters in the hotel lobby waiting for Ms. Palin to emerge…

Do reporters who are trailing her feel used and manipulated?

“Ya think?” said one NBC producer who was among those who waited for hours on the lawn at Mount Vernon, when the bus tour stopped at George Washington’s home, only to have Ms. Palin slip out of the tour without making an appearance…

“Congratulations, Sarah Palin, you have turned the Washington press corps into a bunch of paparazzi stalking your every move,” [Time's Jay Newton] Small wrote on Sunday.

Such are the thoughts that run through a seasoned political journalist’s mind, my friends, after he/she has been faked out in a hotel parking lot in Gettysburg. Serious question: What sort of scoop, exactly, does the paparazzi media think it’s going to get by doggedly following her around on this tour? They’ve already asked her 50 different ways whether she’s running and she’s told them 50 different ways that she’s thinking about it but hasn’t made any decisions. I understand why they’d want to be on the scene when she gets to Iowa, especially if it’s timed to coincide with the debut of “The Undefeated,” but she’s not going to announce standing outside an idling bus in Philly with 20 reporters crowding around. The theory yesterday was that she’s doing the tour to test whether her family would be comfortable for months on a bus during a campaign; Shushannah Walshe follows up on that today by quoting a source who says Palin’s having fun thus far and warming to the idea of running, especially since the paparazzi media has been cordial. Could be, but given the increasingly comic reaction to the tour from the press — if you thought Ed’s post earlier was funny, check out Matt Lewis’s round-up of bickering tweets — I prefer one commenter’s theory in Headlines this morning that she’s basically just pranking them at this point. If all she needs to do to earn a ton of free buzz is take a family vacation in a branded bus, why not do it? It’s good for her professionally, especially given the implicit contrast with the snoozefest that is the GOP leaderboard right now.

The prank theory also explains her curious decision not to post her itinerary in advance to let her local supporters know she’ll be in the neighborhood. If she did that, the media would simply rendezvous with her at each locale and we’d lose the whole “Hard Day’s Night” effect. Exit quotation from a Palin fan who showed up at Gettysburg yesterday only to find she wasn’t there: “In a way it’s cool. In a way it’s, ‘Whaa?’”


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OMG…she totally called out Shrillary. LOVE IT!

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

After all, it’s not like she’s running for president. If she decides to run though, it could all blow up in her face when the press decides not to cover anything she does, or if other candidates think she’s just too immature to run with her or endorse her.

scalleywag on May 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

If she were just going to drag this out forever, it would eventually peter out, or blow up in her face. But, it’s much more likely she is running–she’s not Obama who can’t think anything through–she is going to bring this to some kind of climax and announce at that time, at which time the bus tour is either suspended or reconfigured. More than ever, I’m convinced she’s running, esp after seeing Cain’s foreign policy limitations.

smellthecoffee on May 31, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Hint #409 that she’s running. She’s no longer saying “lamestream media”.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Yeah, I think she referred to them as her b-tches earlier today.

/sarc

Doughboy on May 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

outstanding interview on greta’s show

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Limbaugh says she’s making utter fools of the media. Actually, they did that to themselves a long time ago.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/limbaugh-sarah-palin-making-utter-fools-of-media-with-bus-tour

jdawg on May 31, 2011 at 11:47 PM

More than ever, I’m convinced she’s running, esp after seeing Cain’s foreign policy limitations.

smellthecoffee on May 31, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Yep. she’s training the media to be fair or get none, so that they do a better job of covering 2012 than 2008.

alwaysfiredup on June 1, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Palin will have to leave fox soon.
unseen on May 31, 2011 at 8:59 PM

If she was going to run, she would have quit Fox News by now. She is staying there because the money is “good”! She is not going to give up that sweet lucre. Bookmark this thread and lets check back on 01/01/12. Deal?

Bill Blizzard on June 1, 2011 at 12:07 AM

She is not going to give up that sweet lucre.

Bill Blizzard on June 1, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Uh huh. Sure. ‘Cuz them wimmens is all goldiggers.

alwaysfiredup on June 1, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Bookmark this thread and lets check back on 01/01/12. Deal?

Bill Blizzard on June 1, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Uh, I don’t think it’s going to take that long to find out.

pseudoforce on June 1, 2011 at 12:25 AM

What a refreshing change: To twist the lamestreams into pretzels. To get them whining about how Sarah treats THEM! Too funny! Even if she doesn’t run, she has turned the tables on those would be reporters and it is such fun to watch. You go, girl. Change I can believe in.

Christian Conservative on June 1, 2011 at 12:36 AM

In her interview with Greta, Sarah talks about part of the purpose of her bus trip being to help school kids across America to realize how America was built.

That comment got me wondering…

Has President Obama taken Malia and Sasha to see the historic sights in Washington, Virginia and Meryland that were so important in the founding of America?

Or was President Obama waiting for Sarah to show him where to go?

wren on June 1, 2011 at 12:59 AM

BOR hates Palin because she favors others at Fox News for interviews over Ted. In BOR-world, you are dirt if you don’t come on ‘the big show’, if you exist at all.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Yeah, but remember how he and Jessie alternated stalking Zero, begging for an interview during the campaign. IIRC, not until well after Zero was seated before he deigned to give BOR one.

AH_C on June 1, 2011 at 1:26 AM

It is the media’s inability to manipulate Palin which is manipulating them.

The same old songs they and their shills endlessly have played against Palin have lost effectiveness. The Old Media have achieved the credibility and likability of Disco where their time and Couric-esque leisure suit presentation methods have passed.

viking01 on June 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

The Old Media have achieved the credibility and likability of Disco where their time and Couric-esque leisure suit presentation methods have passed.

viking01 on June 1, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Hey, don’t you go insulting disco like that.

Fizzmaister on June 1, 2011 at 8:56 AM

The mainstream media wants to know if she is playing them. How else would brainwashed lemmings find out if they didn’t ask? The MSM would be a joke if they weren’t so predictable.

volsense on June 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Hey how come Hot Air isn’t talking about the shooting in Arizona of that young Marine??? Confederate Yankee, I have no affiliation, does a fantastic job of showing what a scandal this horrible murder was, so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Maybe because “Sheriff Joe” had nothing to do with that.
It happened in Pima County – where the leftists favorite crooked cop presides as sheriff: DUPEnik.

One would think you’d know that if you had read anything about it. Sheriff Arpaio doesn’t Have anything to do with Pima County.

Solaratov on June 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

She paints a bus and drives around the nation in it, going to historic sites to talk to people, engaging them about the history, the greatness, the singular exceptionalism of this land. When asked what she’s doing, she gives basically that answer. When asked if she’s running, she says she’s thinking about it. When asked about issues and policy, she gives a straight answer, without artificially segueing into her “pet” topic of the moment. She makes statements about policy which are the correct conservative stance, even if they are unpopular. And she isn’t playing anybody else’s game, she’s making them play hers. It appears that somebody has recognized how not to be manipulated by the media, but to turn the tables and just have a blast doing it.

media bloodsuckers turn into nothing but buzzing mosquitoes, hardest hit

csdeven a close second

Freelancer on June 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

♫♪ Dancing, dancing, dancing…. She’s a dancing machine… ♪♫

Got my mood ring on and the mirror ball turning !

♫♪ And now it’s all right, it’s ok
and you may look the other way
We can try to understand
The New York Times’ effect on man

(chorus)
Whether you’re a brother
or whether you’re a mother
you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Feel the city breakin
and everybody shakin’
and were stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ aliiiii-iiii-iiii-ive ♪♫

viking01 on June 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

OT listening to Mark Steyn and he’s talking about Weinergate. Gosh he’s so funny! “family’s crown jewels”, amongst other dozens of mockery. Now there’s a BlackBerry – theory? BlackBerry “unintentionally” took a pic of his weiner and accidentically uploaded Twitter and then it uploaded that pic to that chick in Seattle.

I am interested in the jokes but not really on the matter-whatever works-I despise that dude.

ProudPalinFan on June 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Yikes. Forgot to quote in my 12:20 PM post:

Hey, don’t you go insulting disco like that.

Fizzmaister on June 1, 2011 at 8:56 AM

viking01 on June 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?

Sarah & Todd, c. October 2008: Gee, could the media be manipulating us?

Right back atcha! Catch us if you can!

Steve Z on June 1, 2011 at 4:23 PM

“Congratulations, Sarah Palin, you have turned the Washington press corps into a bunch of paparazzi stalking your every move,” [Time's Jay Newton] Small wrote on Sunday.

Dear Jay: You’re a whiny little speck of dust. Have a nice day.

JimC on June 2, 2011 at 2:36 AM

Could this be linked to the Palin/Trump meeting earlier this week?

JetBlast on June 2, 2011 at 12:53 PM

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