Sarah Palin’s Incomprehensible Press Criticism

Think Progress (6/7/10) claims Sarah Palin’s criticism of the press regarding Helen Thomas is wrong, but I can’t even figure out what she’s trying to say. Here’s Palin’s Twitter statement:

Helen Thomas press pals condone racism? Heaven forbid “esteemed” press corps represent society’s enlightened elite; Rest of us choose truth.

“Enlightened elite” would seem to be sarcasm–Palin does not actually think the “elite” is “enlightened”–but so would “Heaven forbid,” suggesting that she thinks the press corps actually should represent this non-enlightened elite. I honestly can’t puzzle out her intended message.

As for Thomas’ statement itself, the message was all too clear: It was a call for ethnic cleansing, and she was right to apologize for it. It’s a sad way to end an admirable career. I would note, though, along with Glenn Greenwald, that the acceptability of calls for ethnic cleansing in the U.S. corporate media depends on which ethnicity is to be cleansed.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.