At 11/8/12 01:36 AM, Angry-Hatter wrote:
Palin never actually said that. It also wasn't meant as a joke. She was being asked in an interview about her foreign policy experience, and she responded by saying basically that Russia being so close that you could see it from some parts of Alaska was some kind of experience. All she managed to do was bring attention to the fact that she had absolutely no foreign policy experience, and using such a memorably dumb excuse of an example only cemented the perception of her as a foreign policy lightweight.
fine, let's, for argument sake go with this. How much foreign policy experience did Obama have beyond growing up in a foreign country and why didn't it keep getting brought up?
Obama's comment was clearly a misstatement. I don't think even you could make the argument that Obama ACTUALLY thought there were 57 states when he made that comment.
Point is, if the media made a big deal about it, it would have sunk his chances of being nominated and hillary clinton would have gotten the nomination. people are stupid and would have lapped up the words of the talking heads.
What you seem to be missing is the fundamentals of why some gaffes causes damage to the candidate and why some gaffes don't.
It's a simple matter of whether or not those people listen to make a huge deal out of it. It's like Romney's "binders full of women" and how the media pounced on it, torn the context away and began screaming "Sexist! Sexist Pig! Don't vote for this Sexist Pig!!" when there was nothing sexist about it. He wanted to hire more women seeing as all the resumes he had were from men. of course, NEVER let the truth get in the way of bashing the guy you don't like.
It's all about whether or not the gaffe reinforces a negative perception of the candidate that is already there. Palin was already being questioned about her level of knowledge before she was ever asked this question in the interview, so when she gave her comical response, it prompted another news cycle focused on her stupidity.
The media was already in bed fellating Obama and wanted anything and everything they could get their hands on to crush his opposition for him because he was a rookie with no real experience and wanted him in the white house.
By contrast, Obama is pretty clearly an intelligent person,
I suppose that's a matter of perception,
as was evidenced by his eloquent speeches,
written by his speechwriter and put on a teleprompter which he read from.
his Harvard education,
that he flat out refused to show the records from... wonder what he's hiding?
and the fact that he had written two books,
*shrug* so? I wrote a book once. doesn't make me a genius.
so it would never even occur to anybody to question whether or not Obama knew the number of states in the Union. Thus, trying to paint Obama as someone with such an immense lack of geographical knowledge was an exceedingly tough sell, which is why it didn't stick.
true, still, the media squashed and suppressed anything that would have hurt Obama. The only people that bothered to mention anything controversial about Obama were of course, Fox's political commentators. and the media squashed them and damned them as racists and idiots.
Can you just imagine the beating that, say Herman Cain would have had if he were affiliated with a pastor that spouted "not god bless american, god DAMN america!" among other things on camera? his political career would be over before it began. he'd be labeled as unamerican and would be beaten in the face with it until he dropped out. Much like he did when he his political campaign was beaten to death by women claiming he made sexual advances on them. The media saw it, focused on it, and shot him down because they did NOT want Obama running against another black man, especially one with some real life experience.
Obama's cocaine use and Preacher spouting anti american rhetoric, ACORN affiliation, among other things? "That's in the past and I'm sure Obama, despite being in his congregation for 20 years, does not agree with anything he says!" Cain's women? "Sexist Pig! Drop out now! No one wants you! May the past damn you!"
But no, no controversy, however damning has stuck to Obama because when one does arise, it might be report on, once, to say "see? i DID cover it!" and then bury it, then call anyone who keeps bringing it up as racist and republican shill.
The Media is free to use its power to report (or not) to manipulate politics to suit its own needs. Given the media is full of Unionized liberals, it's no wonder that Obama has survived all of his controversies, controversies that would have sank the career of just about anyone, except him.