British Media Snobs Look Down Their Noses at Palin

This is the type of comment that keeps creeping up in comments sections, this time of the Independent in response to an admittedly rather fair piece:

After she starts her own inquisition of those of a different religious persuasion than her (or NO religion at all), burns/bans books like the good little Nazi she is, mandates HER creationism be taught in public schools, and hunts down and shoots all of the non-straight (or even the straight ones who do not follow her biblical "bedroom laws") citizens of this country like just so many of the moose she's bagged (all in the name of Jayzus, of course), etc., etc. WHAT's NEXT on her agenda??

And it is not just Gov. Palin who gets trashed in the UK media. Alaska and her husband are coming in for vicious barbs as well, like this one:

Even the drunk-driving ticket he picked up when he was 22 just adds to his standing as a "true Alaskan." Everybody drinks in Alaska.

Bucking the trend are people like Bruce Anderson, Janet Daley, and onetime sufferer of Obamaitis Dan Hannan. Bruce Anderson’s praise of Palin, like this, was met with vitriol in the comments:

She comes back from the wilderness to the checkout queue in one of the cheaper supermarkets, swapping stories about price increases with all the other housewives. Sarah Palin has a quality which will guarantee her a high place in politics. She is an extraordinary ordinary person. In old Europe, no one can understand her success. In America, her story has great political power. She is the most important vice-presidential candidate in American political history.

Heady stuff from the always-eloquent Mr. Anderson. Janet Daley has picked up on the Margaret Thatcher meme and uses it to defend Palin against some of the more vicious attacks on her character:

Like Margaret Thatcher before her, Mrs. Palin is coming in for both barrels of left-wing contempt: misogyny and snobbery. Where Lady Thatcher was dismissed as a "grocer's daughter" by people who called themselves egalitarian, Mrs. Palin is regarded as a small-town nobody by those who claim to represent "ordinary people."

Dan Hannan, MEP (Con.), has this to say on his blog:

Mrs. Hannan -- who, in an unpolitical way, is a much better conservative than I am -- is especially enthusiastic about her, and has joined the growing band of people who have lost patience with my fondness for Obama.

And, of course, the Sun had to opine on such a momentous choice. Now one could argue that the fact that she is a rather attractive woman might have inspired such praise. But in times like these Palin must take it where she can get it:

She was an electrifying mix of passion, energy, optimism, and plain speaking. The exact opposite of the slippery, two-faced, depressing bunch of third-raters who parade on our Westminster stage.

The paper referred to her speech at the RNC in a headline as “the mother ... of all speeches.” And they have managed to shy away from some of the saucier comments about her feminine attractions.

Overall, the vast majority of media coverage in the UK of Sarah Palin has been neutral sneering to downright nasty. One thing that has become apparent, again, is the complete inability to grasp the realities of American politics in the British media. They don’t seem to understand that politics in the U.S. are nothing like that in the UK or the rest of Europe. Like it or loathe it, nevertheless it is still a fact.