The media's 2008 Freedom of Information Act request for the release of Gov. Palin's tens of thousands of work-related emails has failed to turn up anything significant, and yet they continue. The media are obsessed with a petite 5-foot-something female who apparently wields more power with her one-line internet "tweets" than Moses' staff.
What initially seemed like a reasonable request (in 2008) to learn more about the then relatively unknown Alaskan governor who could have been "one heartbeat away" from having control of America's nuclear arsenal, has turned into a chronic witch hunt as these same professional "journalists" fail to hold the man who currently has his finger on "the button" to the same standard.
Three years post-election and the bias continues as enormous media outlets spend untold amounts of energy and resources chasing the bus of a non-candidate and rooting through emails for non-news like drooling hunting dogs on a cold trail. Sort of reminds me of the old "Beggin Strips" television commercial - with a twist: "Palin, Palin. It smells like Palin! Yummy, Chewy! Palin!"
With his 2012 re-election campaign in full throttle, it is curious that Americans are still waiting to get to know our 44th president, the supposed epitome of transparency - who has yet to release certain school and medical records, college theses, law reviews and scholarly articles, and files from his years as an Illinois state senator.
Unreleased school records and university theses pale in comparison to more pressing issues. Obama's undeniable connections to the convicted felon, Tony Rezko, whom Obama called "friend," should be explained. Obama once dismissed his relationship to the unrepentant domestic terrorist, William (Bill) Ayers, as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood" - but failed to mention how Ayers helped him become a political Chicago "insider." Americans are also due an explanation as to why the Los Angeles Times refuses to release a 2003 video of Obama toasting guest of honor and former mouthpiece for Yasser Arafat, Rashid Ismail Khalidi, at a farewell gala sponsored by the Arab American Action Network.
While most of those questions will most likely remain unanswered, one thing is for sure: The left has overplayed its hand this time.
Relentlessly attacking Palin simply because they fear who she is and what she represents has done nothing but helped to elevate her status. Most likely, Palin will not run for president, but she qualifies to join the ranks of esteemed conservatives like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher who each found a way to rise above the relentless attacks of those who hated them. One would even argue they thrived on the challenge.
© 2011 Susan Stamper Brown
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