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July 22, 2011 - 12:00 am
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Considering it encompassed the release of 25,000 Palin emails, it’s definitely been a more quiet month — except for the media’s obsession with how Bristol lost her virginity and all that portends for the country.

June 8

The Los Angeles Times hits a journalistic low with “Margaret Thatcher refuses to meet with Sarah Palin,“ a story based on a quote from “an unnamed ally”: “Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.”

The Washington Post: “Palin, Bachmann 2012 feud starts early.” Yes, they are pushing a catfight narrative. Why can’t progressive media be professional about two concurrent presidential candidates who happen to be women?

Palin recaps her One Nation Bus Tour: “One of the best weeks of my life.”

Surprise! “Palin leads GOP pack.”

June 9

The gotcha! journalism continues apace. Anticipating the release of 24,000 emails from Palin’s Alaska governorship, the Washington Post begs readers for help seeking smear-worthy material. They dub this new practice a “crowdsourcing call-out.” The New York Times quickly follows suit.

Big Journalism: Palin So “Irrelevant,” Media Begs For Help In Sifting Through Her Emails.

Palin continues to receive media chastisement for her second reference to Obama’s “Winning the Future” campaign slogan. At Facebook, she posts: “Another ‘WTF’ Obama Foreign Policy Moment.” A new emphasis on political decorum from the same bunch — from Anderson Cooper to President Obama — who label conservatives “teabaggers.”

June 10

Sarah Palin emails released to throng of waiting reporters:

About 30 journalists, along with three TV camera crews, had been crammed into a small space in a state administrative building in Juneau on Friday, waiting for the release of boxes filled with 25,000 printed emails stemming from Palin’s tenure as governor.

Nearby, the boxes were stacked up and waiting for representatives of approximately 20 news organizations to grab them and take them from the building in a scene that promised to be fairly chaotic. Each organization was to be given six boxes

“It could be fun,” said the Los Angeles Times’ Ken Schwencke, who was part of the scrum waiting to rush the room where the boxes were stacked.

Not as much fun as anticipated, judging from the profound silence following: no scandals, no potential nooses — well, except that annoying Christianity.

UK Telegraph: American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists

June 13

In Pursuing Palin, the Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund compares the media stalking of a private citizen with the lack of interest in Obama’s historical record.

The UK Telegraph sets the record straight with the quaint journalistic technique of checking the source: Margaret
Thatcher did not “snub” Sarah Palin: The truth about the Iron Lady and the former Governor of Alaska
, concluding:

There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office. However, there has been a great deal of mischief-making and unpleasantness from sections of the liberal press in a vain and futile attempt to use Margaret Thatcher’s name to smear a major U.S. politician.

Palin Facebook Ads “Liked” the Most, Study Shows

June 22

Facebook: *Sigh* Reports of Tour Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

June 29

Palin arrives in Iowa on the same day as Obama and Michele Bachmann. At the premiere of her new documentary, The Undefeated, she schmoozes the crowd — shaking hands, signing autographs, talking up Iowa’s role in the election cycle, and announcing that she isn’t ready to announce a run for for president.

The Undefeated premieres in a small town opera house — 345 seats — in Pella, Iowa.

UK Telegraph: Premiere of Palin biopic The Undefeated leaves mystery ending: Sarah Palin’s presidential soap opera took centre stage in an Iowa opera house for “awesome” premiere of The Undefeated

The Hollywood Reporter: Sarah Palin Blasts Hollywood Stars as “Full of Hate” at Movie Premiere

Sarah Palin stared a bit uncomfortably at a movie screen Tuesday night watching a montage of Matt Damon, David Letterman, Madonna, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Louis C.K. and other celebrities malign her, then asked The Hollywood Reporter: “What would make someone be so full of hate?” . . .

Palin said she hadn’t seen or heard much of the TV and radio footage before seeing it in the movie, which bleeped some of the dirtier language, though it was easy to determine what the entertainers were saying, including lots of profane references to the female anatomy.

“This is the first that I’ve seen much of that. It kind of takes you back,” she told THR. “It makes you want to reach out to some of these folks and say, What’s your problem? And what was the problem? And what is the problem?”

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