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Sarah Palin’s Very Un-Presidential Level Of (Im)Maturity

Apparently, that Politico piece that James Joyner wrote about this morning has Sarah Palin a little upset:

On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin mocked her media detractors – Politico, specifically — as “puppy-kicking, chain-smoking porn-producers” for their heavy use of anonymous sources in a quote as memorable as Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

Palin’s latest broadside against the press comes in response to a Politico story that quoted several anonymous Republican operatives worrying aloud that a Palin presidential candidacy could end in disaster.

“We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her,” said a source identified by Politico as “one prominent and longtime Washington Republican.”

Palin and her allies are hitting back, saying the article is part of a broader pattern of the media embracing a “liberal media elite” mindset.

“The ‘reporters’ who continue to cite ‘unnamed GOP-insiders’ as hard news sources are deemed impotent by the American public as we rise up and say, ‘The state of journalism today stinks. Let’s clean it up and expect some accountability’,” Palin wrote in an email to The Daily Caller.

It is, of course, typical for Palin to attack the press anytime someone reports something critical about her so that shouldn’t come as a surprise. But, really, “puppy-kicking, chain-smoking, porn-producers” ? Is she serious?

Yes, actually, she is completely serious. And that’s the problem.

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Comments

  1. tom p says:

    Hey Doug, it could have been worse… she could have added “kitten krushing”….

    I guess even she wouldn’t cross that line.

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  2. I remember seeing the Puppy-Kicking Chain-Smoking Porn Producers way back in college. They opened up for Jane’s Addiction.

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  3. Michael says:

    Give me a break!…you are outdoing yourself Doug with one in a sea of dumb postings.

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  4. John Personna says:

    “James Joiner wrote about …”

    For a sec I thought that said “that James wrote” and that Sarah was callin’ James out.

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  5. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    OK, so Palin said something. Big deal. Just what is your fascination with all things Palin anyway???

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  6. anjin-san says:

    > Just what is your fascination with all things Palin anyway???

    There’s something fascinating about a major party being led by an idiot, and millions flocking to follow her, don’t you think?

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  7. Tano says:

    Its one thing for a politician, and potential office holder, to strongly criticize the media. It is quite another for her to advocate that journalism should be “cleaned up”. How exactly does she propose to do that? Is that going to be on her agenda if she is elected to something, or on the agenda of those elected officials she has supported?

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  8. TG Chicago says:

    Honestly, she has a point about the over-reliance on anonymous sources. If this person wasn’t willing to go on the record, why bother printing their gossip?

    That said, Palin’s language is pretty hilariously un-Presidential. People were complaining about Jon Stewart calling Obama “dude”. Just imagine if she became POTUS.

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  9. mantis says:

    It is quite another for her to advocate that journalism should be “cleaned up”. How exactly does she propose to do that?

    Fairness Doctrine?

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  10. Cuffy Meigs says:

    “Yes, actually, she is completely serious. And that’s the problem.”

    Ummm, no.

    Full quote, Doug:

    “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers.”

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  11. That doesn’t really change my assessment of her, Cuffy

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  12. Cuffy Meigs says:

    Your headline speaks to her “(im)maturity” while the full quote you truncate clearly shows her mocking the reporters’ immaturity: “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too”

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  13. See I don’t find anything immature about using anonymous sources

    I do find something immature about a so-called politician who constantly attacks the media everytime it dares to write a negative story about her.

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