Ed Driscoll

From the Pentagon Papers to the Palin Papers: The Feeble State of the 2011 MSM

As we saw during the past two weeks, the legacy media went out of its way to beclown itself, first ignoring Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal, then wrapping themselves into all sorts of crazed conspiracy theories to explain it away, and then devoting the manpower of their readers to sift through Sarah Palin’s emails. Since there was nothing to be found in the digital equivalent of Al Capone’s vault, the media are forced to invent some news, as Doug Powers writes:

This New York Daily News headline explains the developing scandal: Sarah Palin writes at an eighth-grade level in recently released emails, say writing analysts:

She may have attended four universities, but Sarah Palin still writes like an eighth-grader.

AOL Weird News gave two writing analytic companies samples of the former Alaska governor’s recently released emails and both agree that the Tea Party favorite writes as if she’s in middle school.

You have to keep going to find out that it’s not as bad as they try to make it sound:

It turns out Palin’s writing skills are still better than most educated Americans. Global Language Monitor gave Palin’s emails a score of 8.2, which actually exceeds that of most chief executives.

“She’s very concise. She gives clear orders. Her sentences and punctuations are logical,” said Paul Payack, president of Global Language Monitor. “She has much more of a disciplined mind than she’s given credit for.”

The Daily News didn’t mention one of those chief executives by name. Sarah might not be so dumb after all. Unflippingbelievable!

A cartoon at the Washington Examiner places the cartoon-like nature of the modern legacy media into sharp perspective. Call it an obsession with “Magical Realism,” to coin a phrase: