The America-hating media elite apparently didn't get the memo that fact-checking and actual reporting won't be tolerated. The National Enquirer, of course, can be expected to carry water for the Democrats. That publication hates average Americans. But now even the Anchorage Daily News, which showed great restraint in the early days of the vetting of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is looking pinko with an examination of her two e-mail realms. The New York Times, meanwhile, reports that while the governor publicly stated that scientists had found no ill effects on polar bears from global warming, eventual disclosure of the scientists' e-mails revealed "that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger." Oh, and the bigger picture:
... an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics – she sometimes calls local opponents "haters" — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.
Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.
Even Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat has wandered off the reservation: "All candidates spin. And campaigns can get rough. But McCain has crossed into outright lies." Of course, Westneat is a native of the People's Democratic Republic of Southern Ohio, so he's got elite tendencies in his blood.
Here at Crosscut, we learned our lesson two weeks ago when we posted an e-mail critical of Palin's reign in Wasilla. The punishment? Our servers nearly collapsed under the weight people clicking to read the article. With apologies to Yogi Berra: No one wants to know about this stuff — it's too popular.