PalinTracker: Milbank Goes Cold Turkey, Media Binges

In a nation where the media resist a "rush to judgment" when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan yells "Allahu Akbar" before killing 13 at Fort Hood, all caution is thrown to the wind when a madman shoots Gabrielle Giffords in the head, killing 6 and wounding 13. Without a shred of background on the shooter, within hours, the propaganda press stamped a bullseye on Palin -- eventually offering, as "evidence," her metaphorical map targeting ObamaCare Democrats. Never mind Democrats' similar maps. Or the Clintons' "War Room." Or -- well, see Michelle Malkin's The progressive "climate of hate": An illustrated primer, 2000-2010.

Not only was it all Palin's fault, the left declared; she should do the only honorable thing and commit political seppuku. This even after Loughner was revealed to be a heavy-metal, pot-smoking, Satan-worshipping psycho who'd been stalking Giffords since 2007 -- long before anyone in the lower 49 had heard of Palin.

After a week of nonstop, unrestrained Palin-hatin', Palin had the temerity to release a video statement -- America's Enduring Strength -- and guess what? The most-maligned woman in America was roundly condemned for "making it all about her." Say what?

Palin acquired some unexpected defenders:

January 14

While the media seemed obsessed with comparing Obama's memorial service speech with Palin's statement, Rob Miller brought up the absurdity of such a comparison: A comparison of Two Speeches. Really?

January 15

Katrina Trinko at National Review Online: Blame Palin: The ten most inane comments connecting Sarah Palin to the Tucson shooting

Pat Buchanan at Newsbusters:

I think that for the last week, she's been a victim, Ed, in one the saddest smears that I've seen in a long, long time. From the very moment, they picked up those wounded and dead at that incident, she's been charged with moral complicity in a crime which she had no responsibility whatsoever.

Richard Grant: Palin's character, gut sense carry her through adversity

January 17

Sarah Palin at Facebook:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is a day to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King dedicated himself to justice and the struggles of an imperfect world. In the face of fierce opposition, he stood up for the oppressed, and he ultimately sacrificed all for equality and freedom. His was a remarkable life of love and service for all mankind. His work must continue.

With Dr. King's faith in God and his unwavering hope in a brighter, stronger future, let us recommit today to continuing his work for a more peaceful and just nation.

Consider the source department: Joan Rivers calls Sarah Palin "stupid"

The Ulsterman Report: Once Again, Sarah Palin Emerges Stronger:

It remains a mystery why Palin so enrages the left. From one side of their mouth they attempt to marginalize her as an inconsequential moron, some Alaskan redneck former beauty pageant breeder of too many children. At the same time, they declare her dangerous, cunning, a too-powerful figure corrupting the minds of mainstream America. The many contradictions contained within the liberals' hatred (yes, I am using that word -- because it is appropriate) of Sarah Palin willfully goes unnoticed by them. They simply march on, gleeful in their collective and repeated attacks against the former governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin is a woman. Sarah Palin is a conservative. Sarah Palin is Pro-Life. Sarah Palin is pro-gun rights. Sarah Palin talks of her love of God and country. Sarah Palin has the audacity to openly (and effectively) mock liberalism. We must destroy her.

January 18

Sarah Palin tells Hannity, "I am not going to shut up"

FrontPage: Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin (political)

American Thinker: Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin, by Robin of Berkeley (personal)

January 21

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank: I'm declaring February a Palin-free month. Join me!:

Though it is embarrassing to admit this in public, I can no longer hide the truth. I have a Sarah Palin problem.

I have written about her in 42 columns since Sen. John McCain picked her as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. I've mentioned her in dozens more blog posts, Web chats, and TV and radio appearances. I feel powerless to control my obsession, even though it cheapens and demeans me.

But today is the first day of the rest of my life. And so, I hereby pledge that, beginning on Feb. 1, 2011, I will not mention Sarah Palin -- in print, online or on television -- for one month. Furthermore, I call on others in the news media to join me in this pledge of a Palin-free February. With enough support, I believe we may even be able to extend the moratorium beyond one month, but we are up against a powerful compulsion, and we must take this struggle day by day.

Reading this, I couldn't help but laugh: here's wishing Dana much success!