Video: Newsweek reporter laughs off O’Donnell criticism over Palin cover story

posted at 2:40 pm on July 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Matt Lewis catches Peter Boyer’s defense of his Newsweek cover story on Sarah Palin on Fox and Friends this morning, a story that prompted MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to accuse Boyer and Newsweek of “selling out” and cutting a deal with Palin for friendly coverage. Boyer calls those accusations “outrageous,” but the most entertaining comment Boyer makes comes from his sarcastic gratitude for O’Donnell’s backhanded compliment from the same segment:

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Newsweek’s Peter Boyer said of his profile: “I don’t think it was necessarily a positive article, it was sort of a straight article. And I think, you know, relatively speaking, maybe that comes across as being positive.”

Boyer also sarcastically referred to “that great journalist Lawrence O’Donnell.”

Regarding allegations Newsweek made a “deal” with Palin for a puff piece, Boyer said: “It’s outrageous that [O'Donnell] would suggest that we made a deal with Sarah Palin… We don’t make deals. I don’t make deals. I wrote a story that treated her like what she is — in fact, a nationally significant politician.”

I’ve now reread Boyer’s piece twice, and still can’t see anything resembling the kind of problem O’Donnell claims it has. It’s a standard profile piece of a nationally-significant politician, nothing more or less. It’s certainly no different than the kind of background review that Newsweek or most other publications give presidential candidates based on exclusive interviews. Boyer allows Palin to tell her story and provides the necessary context for the topics and issues raised in the article, and does so more objectively than perhaps one would expect on a story about Palin these days.

Boyer gets to the heart of O’Donnell’s real objection, which is that a fair treatment of Palin leaves her looking more positive than not, even if she’s not everyone’s cup of tea on policy.  Apparently over at Leaning Forward Central, that’s an unacceptable outcome.

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Blue on blue! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

I feel like I’m back in 2nd grade, sort of.

Red Cloud on July 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM

I’ve now reread Boyer’s piece twice, and still can’t see anything resembling the kind of problem O’Donnell claims it has.

It’s not a hack/ hit piece, hence crazy Larrys outrage.

BallisticBob on July 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

He is subdued and apologetic, as he should be. And will remain.

Key West Reader on July 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Boyer gets to the heart of O’Donnell’s real objection, which is that a fair treatment of Palin leaves her looking more positive than not, even if she’s not everyone’s cup of tea on policy. Apparently over at Leaning Forward Central, that’s an unacceptable outcome.

Color me surprise. :)

El Coqui on July 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Lawrence O’Donnell is to journalism what B.H. 0bama is to the presidency.

Which is to say, not much.

UltimateBob on July 14, 2011 at 2:46 PM

What a gentleman, with a brain.

Heh “that great reporter, O’Donnell”…that’ll sting.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

They’re not called msdnc for nothing

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

And the 4 people watching were outraged.

search4truth on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

I said it before and I’ll say it again – MSLSD: girly men and a manly girl.

50sGuy on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

“I don’t think it was necessarily a positive article, it was sort of a straight article. And I think, you know, relatively speaking, maybe that comes across as being positive.”

Wow. Someone take this guy’s temperature. He not only gets it but is willing to say it. Rare breed in his neck of the woods.

Kataklysmic on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Ha! One of those true colors moments when the left gets backed into a corner and has to admit, “Hey, even we think scary Larry is a wack job.”

tommyboy on July 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Newsweek’s Peter Boyer said of his profile: “I don’t think it was necessarily a positive article, it was sort of a straight article. And I think, you know, relatively speaking, maybe that comes across as being positive.”

Thank you! It really wasn’t a puff piece(see Esquire for an example of that). It was just straightforward reporting with no ideological slant. Something you almost never see nowadays, especially in Newsweek.

I can almost understand why O’Donnell lost it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a straight news article on Palin in her 3 years on the national stage. A handful are over-the-top in their praise of her. Most are hit pieces. But this is the onlyone I can recall that didn’t take a side.

Doughboy on July 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Wanna bet O’Donnell goes all Olbermann over that??? LOL

odat on July 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Lighter times

/Jim Croche

Key West Reader on July 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Careful now, if Larry Scanners gets really pissed at you he can make your head explode.

Bishop on July 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

The only people who get more worked up over Palin than Lawrence O’ Donnell are the members of the Hot Air RINO Brigade, who will be arriving on this thread at any minute.

bw222 on July 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Remember When Jimmy Carter was cool?

Key West Reader on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I can almost understand why O’Donnell lost it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a straight news article on Palin in her 3 years on the national stage. A handful are over-the-top in their praise of her. Most are hit pieces. But this is the onlyone I can recall that didn’t take a side.

Doughboy on July 14, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Likewise, if some journalist did an objective and honest bit of reporting on 0bama’s past, O’Donnell would probably go ballistic thinking they were trying to smear him.

UltimateBob on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I’d like to get a copy of this particular Newsweek, but I can’t be seen doing so. I’ll feel dirty doing so. You know, because it’s Newsweek.

madmonkphotog on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Anybody catch Joe Scarborough’s tear into democrats on his show? I will give them credit, he books at least as many repubs in the morning that Fox does and gives them room to roam.

In a segment with Pat Toomey he left Charles Blow, Mika and some other stalworth lefty stunned when he asked them to name one single budgetary vote the democrats had forwarded in the last year. He would not let up until they all admitted none had been cast.

And Pat Buchanan has been romping all over the panel of lefties the last week. I never knew that on occasion that show was that wide open.

DanMan on July 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

O’Donnell is an admitted communist. You should not expect honesty or integrity from him. By his own admission he is the lowest form of belly-crawling dirtbag.

woodNfish on July 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM

And Pat Buchanan has been romping all over the panel of lefties the last week. I never knew that on occasion that show was that wide open.

DanMan on July 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

It can be pretty entertaining at times.

BallisticBob on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

i’ll never forget OD losing it with the swift boats guy. larry’s head literally exploded.

whooomp

DrW on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Leaning Forward Central = BOHICA

Bend
Over
Here
It
Comes
Again!

pilamaye on July 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM

i’ll never forget OD losing it with the swift boats guy. larry’s head literally exploded.

whooomp

DrW on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM


Everyone needs to see this at least once.

KingGold on July 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Blue on blue! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

I feel like I’m back in 2nd grade, sort of.

Red Cloud on July 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM

With the press, it’s RED on RED! I agree that this is at a second grade maturity level.

NaCly dog on July 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

“I wrote a story that treated her like what she is — in fact, a nationally significant politician.”

Gasp! Apostasy! Next he’ll be saying she’s as qualified to be President as Barack Hussein Obama.

Paul-Cincy on July 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

i’ll never forget OD losing it with the swift boats guy. larry’s head literally exploded.
DrW on July 14, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Liar….liar….creepy liar……

tommyboy on July 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I don’t think it was necessarily a positive article, it was sort of a straight article. And I think, you know, relatively speaking, maybe that comes across as being positive.

Yep. When you take an unbiased look at Palin the result is predominantly positive.

I wish our side would figure that out.

ElectricPhase on July 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM

“The fair piece that got into print” Liberal horror movie.

the_nile on July 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Larry O’Donnell needs to be SwiftBoated.

For that matter, so does O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Still waiting for legendary journalist O’Donnell to go ballistic over Esquire not fellating Obama more fervently. If he doesn’t, it proves his zeal is lacking and that he should go under the bus.

Christien on July 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

“Apparently over at Leaning Forward Central…”

(Lawrence O’Donnell sitting down)

“Ssssssssquuuuuiiiiissssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Seven Percent Solution on July 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You know what would be really interesting (I hope it hasn’t been answered in the comments I haven’t read), how many magazines did Newsweek sell and how did it compare with past sales?

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

“You could’ve at least made her ugly in the pictures!!1!”
/O’Donnell

hoosiermama on July 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

You know what would be really interesting (I hope it hasn’t been answered in the comments I haven’t read), how many magazines did Newsweek sell and how did it compare with past sales?

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I think that was their primary goal, hence the Palin cover.

darwin on July 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

“Creepy liar!!”

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Everyone needs to see this at least once.

KingGold on July 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Speaks volumes…

Seven Percent Solution on July 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Can’t wait until the trolls and other Palin naysayer types
bring on their spin about this article.

What didn’t you like? Her hair, her glasses, her lean
figure, clothing? Any female jealousy out there? What didn’t you like about the article? Is Palin’s record too
good to be true? We Palin supporters will wait while you
make something up. Waiting………

Amjean on July 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

It is not a positive article. it is simply less of a hit piece than any MSM outfit has seen fit to write in 3 years. the entire left/gop establishment argument rests on making Gov Palin appear to be a Tni Fey stand in. to give her respect, to treat her as an equal means that people can listen to what she is saying. Adn since what she says lines up with the vast majoirty of american that can’t be allowed.

If americans every understood that Palin has goverened and has pushed the polcies and positions that 60-70% of them want then there is no stoppping her and the marxists finally are defeated. So even fair articles or articles that are not 100% negative are not allowed in the liberal mind.

unseen on July 14, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Back in the 50′s, when I was in high school, Newsweek was an actual magazine, with at least 2 dozen pages of articles.

I saw an issue at a doctor’s office recently — not much between the covers. Why do they even BOTHER?

Bankrupt in so many ways.

fred5678 on July 14, 2011 at 3:50 PM

wish our side would figure that out.

ElectricPhase on July 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM

many have figureed it out. that is why they attack her

unseen on July 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Array of civility, from the left.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Speaks volumes…

Seven Percent Solution on July 14, 2011 at 3:35PM

..yeah, O’Donnell do go on, don’t he?

The War Planner on July 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Crazy Larry: “…But! But! But…Newsweak is supposed to run one-sided hit pieces on conservatives! Boyer sold out!!! 111!”

Jaibones on July 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Gasp! Apostasy! Next he’ll be saying she’s as qualified to be President as Barack Hussein Obama.

Paul-Cincy on July 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Whoa, dude, don’t go off the deep end. We can’t even get half the “conservatives” on this site to agree to that.

SKYFOX on July 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Someone should ask O’Donnell what he thinks of Esquire’s love sonnet to Obama.

Jay Mac on July 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Key West Reader on July 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Throw those musical interludes in when we cover wild, raving commies.

KingGold on July 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

A look inside the abyss of a soul at MSNBC.

May God have mercy on us.

IlikedAUH2O on July 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

O’Donnell is certifiably insane. I wouldn’t know he exists if it wasn’t for the Blaze and Hot Air. If you want to think of something frightening, try to imagine the mind of someone who thinks O’Donnell is relevant.

volsense on July 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

“I’m glad to get career passing grades from that great journalist, Lawrence O’Donnell.”

Newsweek and MSNBC “journalists” trying to out-pretentious each other.

Why is all that money wasted on building supercolliders? At some point, irony can become dense enough to form a black hole.

logis on July 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

You have to like the notion of a second rate cable channel dumping on a third rate magazine (which has been on death row for years now and currently has a lower circulation than some campus newspapers).

Since when does anyone working for Newsweek have the bona fides to make derisive remarks about the journalistic bona fides of anyone?

In any event, it’s a nice little catfight.

molonlabe28 on July 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

That’s how far Newsweek’s fallen ~ to have to use Sarah (we hate her freakin’ guts) Palin in a balanced article to sell magazines.

Damn, but it’s beautiful.

tree hugging sister on July 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Palin’s PAC rakes in $1.6M by end of June

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R) political action committee, Sarah PAC, raised almost $1.6 million the first six months of this year, it will report in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

Sarah PAC has just over $1.4 million in in the bank at the end of June after having spent about $1.6 million — about as much as it raised — between January and June.

The first six months of this year saw a revamped political operation for Palin, who relaunched Sarah PAC’s website this spring and embarked on a national bus tour sponsored by the PAC. That tour, along with some of the former vice presidential nominee’s moves in primary states, has stoked speculation that she might run for president.

The money raised by Sarah PAC can’t be used toward a presidential run, but the haul reflects the extent of Palin’s latent support that could be converted into support for a White House bid.

“We at Sarah PAC are very pleased and grateful for the tremendous support that Governor Palin receives from everywhere across our country,” said the PAC’s treasurer, Tim Crawford. “Sarah PAC more than doubled the amount we raised as compared to the same time period in 2009. We received more that 36,700 contributions from over 24,000 contributors.”

Donations averaged under $50 per person.

24,000 people at abvg $50.00. no big whales. no special interests. Candidate of the people not the special interests.

unseen on July 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

The tide is turning in The Epic Battle of Palin.

She is going to run, and she is going to shock lots of people who haven’t really seen the real Palin since her convention speech.

This is going to be fun.

Brian1972 on July 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I wrote a story that treated her like what she is — in fact, a nationally significant politician.

I have to confess that I was flabbergasted to read such a piece. Kind of like the old days when people were professional.

Dare we hope that more such articles get out there to reach people who know only a lot of anti-Palinprop? Not that Newsweek has a large circulation, but it does have the vestiges of a name.

disa on July 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I’d like to get a copy of this particular Newsweek, but I can’t be seen doing so. I’ll feel dirty doing so. You know, because it’s Newsweek.

madmonkphotog on July 14, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Good luck in trying to find a copy in a blue state.

oldyeller on July 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Larry O’Donnell needs to be SwiftBoated swift-booted.

For that matter, so does O’bama.

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

FIFY

Freelancer on July 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

They (O’Donnell et al.) think they can win against Palin, so they are providing token criticism to bring her candidacy about.

spmat on July 15, 2011 at 12:07 AM

Everyone needs to see this at least once.

KingGold on July 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

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Thanks for that… Doesn’t Laura Ingraham use that ‘creepy liar’ as part of her bumper?
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I always thought if was some deranged A.N.S.W.E.R. punk… Wow.
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RalphyBoy on July 15, 2011 at 3:14 AM

Come on. We all know what this piece is about. Newsweek’s last gasp attempt to increase its circulation by appealing to conservatives before it is shuttered for good.

The Vichy Times was more honorable than this rag . . .

BigAlSouth on July 15, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Maybe its just me but, has anyone ever tried reading Hot Air articles without looking at who wrote the article and try to guess who wrote it by what they say? I almost always get it right but its a little trickier now because Tina is on the team.

NeverLiberal on July 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Boyer = true gentleman
O’donnell = screeching nut job and a cad.

esnap on July 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM