Sarah Palin and Fox “News” LIE

I miss Walter Cronkite.  Having grown up in the 1960s, Mr. Cronkite was reporting the news throughout my formative years.   He wrote for Huffington Post before I had even discovered HuffPo.  Prior to the internet, our news came from T.V. through the nightly news.  Walter Cronkite epitomized truthfulness, integrity and accountability that were previously associated with the news.  As one of the most honest and trusted figures in the United States, Mr. Cronkite became known as “the predominant news voice in America.” Among his many awards, Cronkite was recognized for his fair, factual and unbiased reporting.  He received the President’s Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award in the United States.  If Walter Cronkite said something you knew it was true.

Today people get their news from various sources.  It seems that all too often what is reported as “news” has no relationship to the truth.  Unfortunately, when something is heard on the radio or T.V., many still assume it must be true.  Yet time and time again what we hear is OFTEN not true.  Whether a legitimate mistake was made, or an intentional attempt to misstate the facts, it has become all too common for the news to be much more about ratings and much less about facts.

During the 2008 campaign, the many inadequacies of Sarah Palin became apparent, especially during the Katie Couric interviews. Yet many people still “liked” Palin, focusing on her appearance, her five children, and her special needs baby and her “common sense conservatism” (even if they didn’t really know what that meant).  When Game Change made its appearance on the shelves in our local bookstores I thought the truth about Sarah Palin would finally surface.  I thought Palin would no longer be a celebrity.  Surely people would no longer be foolish enough to pay her a fee of $100,000.00 to give a speech composed of “word-salad.”  John Heilemann and Mark Halperin reported in Game Change that several of Senator John McCain’s lieutenants agreed that if it looked as if their candidate might actually win in November, they would have to discuss how to relegate Ms. Palin “to the largely ceremonial role that pre-modern vice presidents inhabited.”  It was “inconceivable that if McCain fell ill or died, the country (would) be left in the hands of a President Palin.”

As Ex-Governor Palin continued to be hired for speaking engagements and I began to realize that many didn’t believe the allegations in Game Change, or they just hadn’t taken the time to educate themselves. In my ongoing quest for information on Sarah Palin, I discovered an old Fox news clip that had previously escaped my attention.  It must have been “God’s plan” to cause this story to come to my attention, knowing that I would report it today.  The clip is by Carl Cameron, the Chief Political Reporter for Fox News.  Mr. Cameron provided a very revealing report, on November 5th, 2008 the day immediately after the election results were final.  Mr. Cameron explained that he had learned a great deal of information from McCain’s aids regarding Palin.  However Cameron was not allowed to reveal this information until after the election was over.  He explained in his report that as long as the campaign was underway, the comments were “off the record.” However the day the campaign was over, while the information was current, and fresh in his mind, Mr. Cameron gave this report:

Fox News, which advertises itself as the one with “fair and balanced” reporting suggested that Sarah Palin was reported by the McCain campaign to be mentally unstable.  Fox reported that Palin lacked a basic understanding of history and geography.  The Chief Political Reporter for Fox News reported that McCain’s own staff was very concerned about the safety of our country if McCain should win, because Palin would be next in line if anything were to happen to McCain.

Coincidentally, the same day that Game Change was released to the public, Fox news advertised their new hire, Sarah Palin.  Palin explained that she was “thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News,” and found it “wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.” Palin was probably too busy on Nov. 5, 2008 to watch the news, so she probably didn’t realize that she had been the target of such a scathing report by Fox News’s Chief Political Correspondent. Maybe Fox was never interested in “fair and balanced” reporting, but instead ratings.  The “great talent” that was mentioned by Palin must have been a talent for generating ratings and in turn, profit. Palin has clearly demonstrated her aptitude for making money with the truth having never been a limiting factor.

Palin obviously took the job with Fox for the money.  I assumed that Fox wanted Palin because of her conservative views; regardless of their previous report of her many limitations and mental instability.  However now I realized that it was not her conservative views, but her attractiveness, and her willingness to lie.  Consider these examples of various people at Fox News who have told lies.  Actual footage has been supplied so there is no doubt about what was said:

Sarah Palin:

Glenn Beck:

Roger Ailes:;

Sean Hannity:

Bill O’Reilly:

However the most revealing video regarding Fox News is made up of people who previously worked at Fox news.  They knew the inside story.  Coincidentally, Walter Cronkite was featured on this video:

Shame on You Fox News!  You don’t deserve to call yourself a “news” channel.  Walter Cronkite was a news reporter.  You don’t seem to have any of those types of people in your employ.  Instead you seek out people who exhibit a blatant disregard for truth, but are able to generate ratings.  You and Sarah Palin perform a disservice to America by your lies and deceit.  People who watch Fox News have put their trust in you, and you lied to them.  You have demonstrated your willingness to say or do anything for money and ratings.  That is not called reporting the news; it is called prostitution.

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  1. Malia, I love your optimism, but in writing this: “When Game Change made its appearance on the shelves in our local bookstores I thought the truth about Sarah Palin would finally surface. I thought Palin would no longer be a celebrity. Surely people would no longer be foolish enough to pay her a fee of $100,000.00 to give a speech composed of “word-salad.” you miss the point that Palin’s sycophants are NOT the same segment of our population that bought “Game Change.”

    Her “base” (love the pun) is interested in neither facts nor data from “elitists” about the campaign and her egregious behavior (like failing to rehearse for the Couric interview). They love that she is the same dumb-as-a-stump “real Amerikun” they are. They love being Rednecks, as she recently referred to herself.

    By having a leader who is like them (instead of better than them), they can nurse their grievances, their biases and project their jealousies through her. She projects their hatred of change (including diversity) and of life’s disappointments (like job loss), BUT they can’t filter her lies from truths, her self-interest from theirs so she’s perfect for them, but not for America.


    1. BW, I know you are right, but I am still wishing for the days when the “news” meant the facts. If I want to listen to, or read opinion, there are millions of blogs I could devote my life to reading. I want to know the truth. If we are to educate the staunch “conservatives” how do we do it unless it is with facts? Malia


  2. Remember Aaron Brown on CNN during and after 9/11? He’s long gone and so is that CNN.

    Ratings and profit are more important than presenting balanced, informative news. We get breaking news and extreme weather, opinion from biased spokespersons…whatever it takes to make this stuff ‘entertaining’.

    And, of course, we get 24 hour news channels that ‘don’t have more time’ to actually interview someone in depth, because the attention span of a three year old might be exceeded!


  3. Yesterday I found that video and followed up on a few others. Some of them gave me a good laugh.

    It is very frightening that Queen of Quit was a heart beat away from the Oval Office, with a 72 yr old cancer survivor blocking the way. What is more scarey is if not 2012, then perhaps 2016, she may find enough support to try it her way – without handlers and filters.

    Unfortunately, the days of Walter Cronkite & Huntly & Brinkley are gone, now it is “how they look” not “what is fact”. Journalists used to have ethics – wanting to get the truth out. Now we have Corporate News feeding us talking points – inaccurate news clips – and a lot of opinions.

    I just made a comment on Mudflats about how world history is
    “propagandized” by School Districts where it is more important to be politically correct in the school text than actual historical facts. (The Language Police by Diane Ravitch)


    1. Enjay,
      I is frightening, and the sad thing is that good people have been deceived by people like Beck and Palin. I am hoping that we can help educate our fellow Americans about the danger inherent in people like Beck and Palin. Malia


  4. Oh dear Malia,

    I too grew up with Walter Cronkite and he truly was the ‘VERY BEST’, no other nightly news could touch him and all news was broadcast between 6:00 – 11:00 PM. M-F, with various times for the weekends w/o Walter. But when Walter was speaking, we all sat around listening to him and we were made to be quiet during his commentary of FACTS PROVIDED WITH TRUTH ONLY. Rarely did Walter change his inflection when speaking – he provided sentences that were complete with lots of information packed in to a very soothing tone which would allow all listeners to digest it and form an opinion. [We would at times want to ask him what he thought of our opinions to his news.]

    And so the day of 22 November 1963, and Walter, as well as myself, were here on the east coast – he providing the news for all to listen and I was listening in my tiny apartment cleaning and watching my young daughter and him on teevee earlier in the afternoon, when he was interrupted to take a flash news story coming out of Dallas. He listened and then relayed the news of our beautiful, vibrant, exuberant, virile, humorous, young father and our country’s president had been assassinated and each of our worlds stopped momentarily due to shock. During Walter’s newscast, which had started around noon, as soon as he spoke the words of JFK’s death, he had to stop crying, wipe the tears from his glasses and eyes, and try to sound convincing like he had always been, but he choked up so badly when he announced, ‘our President has died at around 1;00 p.m CST.’

    That was the very FIRST AND ONLY TIME I or any of his other listeners every saw him deviate from his factual reporting. We always liked Walter, but in that moment, we LOVED Walter even more because we saw him express his own feelings and we could feel his hurt [because he could NOT help himself thinking like us all] that our beautiful POTUS would never be seen again’.

    It was too much to endure for us all as we [especially here in the DC area and we felt JFK was ours as we Cronkite periodically saw him in the city]. To this day each of us remembers exactly where and what we were doing that day. We realized that Walter was a human being just like us due to his tear soaked eyes and we loved Walter a little bit more. But he regained his composure and continued to finish his report and each day thereafter, he provided his news exactly the way he had prior to this unbelievable horror that he had to relay to us as he continued to affect all Americans.

    Walter was our rock; and today I know how much of a load we put on him, but he never complained or say he did not want to carry it. One man in a million. He never tried to get one of us to buy Goldtime which hopefully Rep. Anthony Weiner will investigate them and Fox because it’s a con game.. That’s something else Walter would never have been part of!

    I MISS WALTER CRONKITE EVERYDAY. HE HAD MY UTMOST RESPECT AND MANY MILLIONS MORE FOR THERE WAS NO ONE WHO DIDN’T RESPECT WALTER. He was so smart and I’m certain there was no one who could pull the wool over his eyes because they cared too much for his respect. I we just had one Walter Cronkite giving Americans news, life would be so much better and easier because we would collectively know he was providing FACTS AND JUST THE FACTS. We would never leave unfulfilled. I know there are many of us who miss him greatly every day of life because there are no journalists of his caliber who’s voice could calm one with his words. We have some wonderful journalists [educated and smart]; Glen Greenwald, Micheal Smirconish and many other people know our democracy cannot continue without ACCURATE AND FACTUAL NEWS for the people of this democracy need in order to make an informed decision. But when you keep children home from school just to home school them, they miss out because they are not socialized with their friends, and when home schooled, they only learn the things that parent is teaching. This method HURTS our children as they are not gaining a broad picture of the earth and all the magnificent events, people and animals they could be exposed to in public school. It’s a total shame since they can never get those years back. As a result, these children will not have the knowledge they need to get great opportunities for great jobs. And perhaps, they will grow up very uneducated compared to others and so will remain at the low end of the totem pole. Walter would have wanted everyone to have school so they could work in so many fields of interests and endeavors which we need in life.

    Thank you Malia, your story is a reminder of several wonderful men and it made me think even more about those blessed days when R’s and D’s actually worked together and accomplished much – so unlike today.



    1. Disparaged, I too remember where I was, and what I was doing the day the president was shot. Cronkite was an example we must not forget in this day of computers and blogs that we must demand facts. It is even more important that educated people stand up for the less educated, because it is even harder for the uneducated to appreciate the difference between “commentary” and fact. Thanks for your support and comment, and don’t be disparaged…the fact that so many people are reading this gives me hope that we really can make a difference. Malia


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