Quote of the day

Roger Simon explains why we in the media are so, so sorry for -- having done our jobs.


Alex Koppelman
September 4, 2008 7:42PM (UTC)

Politico's Roger Simon has a very sharp, very funny column today, one that takes aim at the criticism of the media's coverage of Sarah Palin. It's worth reading the whole thing, but here's some of the material I liked best from it:

On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry...

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

Bad questions. Bad media. Bad...

[W]e should stop reporting on the families of the candidates. Unless the candidates want us to.

Sarah Palin wanted the media to report on her teenage son, Track, who enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 2007, and soon will deploy to Iraq.

Sarah Palin did not want the media to report on her teenage daughter, Bristol, who is pregnant and unmarried.

Sarah Palin thinks that one is good for her campaign and one is not, and that the media should report only on what is good for her campaign. That is our job, and that is our duty. If that is not actually in the Constitution, it should be. (And someday may be.)


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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