Sarah Palin Meets the Press Whether She Wants to or Not

08baby-span-337.jpgSo much Palin! We’re going to do a round-up:

  • She will meet the press! Looks like ABC’s Charlie Gibson has landed the first interview with the Sarah Palin, to take place at the end of this week in Alaska. Perhaps he promised to be deferential?
  • Speaking of the deferential thing. Does anyone else find this appalling? Talk about four more years of Bush. There is an inherent (reverse?) sexism in this, also — as if Palin expects the media to open the door for her and stand when she enters the room.
  • Not even US Weekly is immune to the bias charge. Per the NYT: The celebrity magazine…drew criticism from readers for the cover. A record number of commenters on the Us magazine Web site — more than 6,600, at last count — weighed in, most focusing on the magazine’s perceived bias. Many contrasted the cover of Ms. Palin with a June cover, “Why Barack Loves Her,” featuring Barack and Michelle Obama. “Barack and Michelle in an embrace and a fluff article on their marriage … only to be followed by a picture of our possible future VP with her newborn baby and an insulting and untrue title to the magazine cover?”
  • Also, things are so bad the Times‘s public editor Clark Hoyt is weighing-in: “In our instant-news and celebrity- obsessed culture, Palin went from Sarah Who to conservative rock star in less than a week. In less than two months, she could be elected vice president to serve under the oldest president, at 72, ever elected to a first term, and one with a history of recurring melanoma. Intense, independent scrutiny by The Times and the rest of the news media of Palin’s background, character and record was inevitable and right.”