Monday, January 10, 2011
Sarah Palin's Facebook Page: Now With Scrubbing Bubbles!
No, she hasn't shot them from a helicopter. But she's got somebody madly hitting "refresh" on their computer, frantically deleting posts that are critical of Herself. Immediately after I realized that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had been one of the "targets" on Palin's "hit list," I put up my own post on this blog, saying that Palin ought to be ashamed of herself, and should publicly say so. By and large, media reports of the connection have been perfunctory and matter-of-fact. It is a salient, newsworthy point to be made, and I've seen very little editorializing about it from the mainstream news. Keith Olbermann--a news commentator--did a "special comment" on the topic (in which he did not exclude himself), and never once did he blame Palin for what happened. Yet read any right-wing report on it, and they will outright state that the left is blaming Palin.
And besides, the shooter was a lefty (it was on Twitter, it must be true). And some little known diarist on DailyKos said that Giffords "was dead to him." And Markos himself used the words "target" and "bull's eye" in a list similar to Palin's. So both sides do it! So there! Or something. Except, Markos isn't known for his "don't retreat, reload" gun brandishing (and fetishizing) rhetoric. Palin is. I know that whoever helps her out with her Facebook page makes her appear far more clever than she actually is. But I don't for a second believe that Palin didn't actually mean to use the words and the graphics she did. The same can't be said for Markos. I'm sure he regrets having used those exact words, but I'm equally sure he wasn't trying to stir up a macho "guns baby, yeah!" image to his readers. In addition, "bull's eyes" on a map of the United States--with no names--is distinctly different from a map with cross-hairs* on individual districts, alongside the names of the people representing those districts.
* And the excuse that those are cartography marks rather than cross-hairs is laughable.
Inexplicable Edits on Sarah Palin's Facebook Page
Sarah Palin has a reputation for being an agressive editor of comments on her Facebook page - a reputation that has always seemed likely accurate to me, given the tedious consistency with which all comments on the page are along the lines of "I love you SARAH!". . .
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