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.