Sarah Palin Moratorium? I’m Not With Dana Milbank on This One

No Sarah Palin news for a whole month.?  Ahhhh. Sounds sort of heavenly, doesn’t it?

No videos from her Alaskan home television studio.  No reports of her playing the victim.  No stories of the obscene sums of money her PAC has raised. No mentions of her reality show reruns.  Sort of like a tropical vacation where the cable TV news doesn’t work and you don’t care that it doesn’t!

Could it be that February 2011 will be the month of radio silence for “She Who Must Not Be Named?”  That’s what Washington Post pundit Dana Milbank says we should all do to remedy our collective mama grizzly fatigue.

Admittedly February is the shortest month of the year, but initially the idea of a Palin-free February sounded almost as good to me as the idea of  Punxsutawney Phil not seeing his shadow on February 2!  But on further reflection, in light of the fact that it was Milbank and not another journo who issued this call for a Palin vacation, two things struck me  — (1) why limit the boycott of possibly irrelevant politicians to Palin, and (2) is this another sexist move on the part of Milbank, whose track record on that sort of thing isn’t so fine?

Milbank was notorious for his running sexist commentary of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign.  And it didn’t stop then.  Even after Hillary had been named Secretary of State, Milbank and his partner in not-so-funny-comedy Chris Cillizza pondered what kind of beer Hillary would have served at the Beer Summit, concluding that her brew obviously would have been ” Mad Bitch Beer.”

So the call for a Palin moratorium made me wonder — if we’re going to call for a respite from “news” coverage about politicians who are all about their own aggrandizement rather than the public good, why call for a boycott only on Palin?  Seems sort of sexist to me.  Milbank says that writing about Palin time and time again makes him feel “cheap and demeaned.”  But doesn’t the coverage of certain male politicians make us feel the same way?  John McCainJohn Edwards? The politician formerly known as George W. Bush?  I definitely feel like a shower is in order after certain news accounts of some of those guys.

So on February 1, when Milbank starts his alleged Palin black-out, maybe we should consider our own month of ignoring those who invoke sexism as news coverage to boost their readership and ratings.  I know a “Boycott Dana Milbank Month” isn’t nearly as sexy as a call for ignoring Palin, but we’ve got to start somewhere.  And if Palin makes news over the next 28 days, I’m going to write about it — whether Milbank likes it or not.

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7 Responses to “Sarah Palin Moratorium? I’m Not With Dana Milbank on This One”

  1. Kristia Says:

    I would love for the media to stop talking about her, maybe she would go away. Please take the pledge.

  2. Becky Says:

    I’m already way ahead of you. I don’t pay attention to Dana Milbank. Or any of a bunch of talking heads.

  3. Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] Says:

    I’m so with you on this. She’s not the problem at large; the spin machine is the problem.

  4. Sheri Says:

    LOL! This is absolutely hillarious!!! Sure hope this post doesn’t jinx it! Happy February!!!

  5. Sheri Says:

    P.S. Can we have a Boehner Moratorium? Pretty Please?

  6. Cynthia Samuels Says:

    I understand all you are saying. It is certainly valid and I am always grateful for your prism, which never neglects the concerns we women face every day. We took a different tack though.

    What we did at Care2 Causes was poll our members. In the poll, we told them that if anything really newsworthy happened, all bets were off and we would of course report it, but for daily atrocities (my word here) about She Who Must Not Be Named (great minds – same channels etc) we’d take a pass. Our almost 900 votes were 10 to 1 to try the moratorium. Many responses were virulently anti-Sarah; those who opposed the ban were concerned about censorship.

    Because I left the final editorial decision to me and the Care2 editorial staff, I felt I hadn’t betrayed responsibilities to cover real news, just worked with our members to try something interesting.

    Again though, you, as always, keep important issues front and center. From PunditMom, I would expect nothing less.

  7. Jack Says:

    Palin’s not currently a politician. Thus, what’s makes a Fox commentator’s every comment newsworthy? Itwas as tru a year ago as it is now.


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