What can I say, we’re in!
The media obsession with Palin began naturally and innocently enough, when the Alaska governor emerged as an electrifying presence on the Republican presidential ticket more than two years ago. But then something unhealthy happened: Though Palin was no longer a candidate, or even a public official, we in the press discovered that the mere mention of her name could vault our stories onto the most-viewed list. Palin, feeding this co-dependency and indulging the news business’s endless desire for conflict, tweeted provocative nuggets that would help us keep her in the public eye – so much so that this former vice presidential candidate gets far more coverage than the actual vice president.
We need help.
I found some hope in last Sunday’s New York Times, where columnist Ross Douthat said it is time for the media and Palin to “go their separate ways” and for the press to “stop acting as if she’s the most important conservative politician in America.”
Let’s take it one step further. I call on Douthat (who has mentioned Palin in 21 of his Times columns since 2008, according to a Lexis-Nexis search, and in scores of blog posts) to join my moratorium – thereby forming a bipartisan coalition of The Post and the Times. I challenge columnists Eugene Robinson (33 Palin mentions), Paul Krugman (14), Kathleen Parker (30) and Maureen Dowd (45) to do the same.
I also call on Keith Olbermann (345 shows mentioning Palin) and Rachel Maddow (183 shows) of MSNBC, as well as Sean Hannity (411 Palin segments) and Bill O’Reilly (664 segments) of Fox News, to take the pledge. Will Politico – with 96 Palin items in the past month alone – join this cause? Will the Huffington Post, which had 19 Palin mentions on a single day last week – stand with me?
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