For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members
PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP
With the kind permission of
Another outstanding documentary:
How Obama Got Elected and
Sara Palin was Targeted
Date: Monday May 23, 2011
Venue: Home of Prodos & Barboo, 153 Lennox Street, Richmond.
6.15 – 7.15 PM: Doors Open at 6.15 PM. Meals served until 7.15 PM.
7.30 PM: Commencement of Films + Chaired discussion.
Who: Only registered PRODOS Film Study Group members and guests of members allowed. You can apply to join on the night. To join you need to agree with our purpose and pay the $5 annual fee.
Policy: Leaving straight after a film and therefore skipping the discussion goes against one of the conditions upon which our permission to screen these films is based.
9.45 PM: End of meeting.
Cost: No charge. But if you’d like to make a personal donation to Prodos that’s greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Review by Noel Sheppard
Very frightening, I think, what the media was able to get away with this go round.
So said Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at the beginning of John Ziegler’s must-see documentary “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.”
After a nicely spliced introduction that included many of the disgraceful moments NewsBusters reported throughout the campaign, just before the opening credits rolled, Palin ominously stated, “This is for the sake of our democracy that there is fairness in this other branch of government if you will called media.”
So true, and yet what Ziegler masterfully demonstrated to his viewers was that democracy and fairness were not on the minds of most press members when the campaign began in 2007.
Convinced Hillary Clinton was a cinch to win the Democrat presidential nomination, they chose to not bother scrutinizing Barack Obama in any fashion thereby giving him a pass maybe no other national candidate in history has ever been afforded.
At the same time, frontrunner Clinton was challenged on every misstep. When she erred in an October 2007 debate question concerning drivers licenses for illegal aliens, the press pounced.
Two weeks later when Obama made a similar mistake, so-called journalists didn’t care.
Nor did they challenge the junior senator from Illinois about his claims he had worked tirelessly for lobbying reform as they conveniently forgot how Obama was excoriated by John McCain in February 2006 for being a fraud on the issue.
Sadly, such acts of amnesia were quite common during the campaign, and when the junior senator from Illinois shocked the world by winning the Iowa caucus, “this was all the media needed to transform Obama the candidate from mere mortal to merely God-like.”
But the metamorphosis wasn’t complete until the media took former President Bill Clinton’s “fairytale” comments about the junior senator from Illinois’ Iraq war position totally out of context thereby discrediting the country’s “first black president” as racist in order to prop up its “second.”
This according to Ziegler opened a floodgate of black support for Obama. More importantly, “The media had made it clear: they were dumping the Clintons for a newer, younger, hotter love.”
So strong was their devotion that even when Hillary scratched and clawed her way back into the race thereby making a brokered convention in Denver a real possibility — something that should have delighted real journalists beyond their wildest imaginations!!! — the Obama-loving media did its best to force the junior senator from New York out of the race.
With that accomplished, the next goal was to tear to shreds John McCain’s running mate, who though a successful career woman and mother of five, didn’t come close to representing the media elite’s vision of a modern, liberated female.
Such attacks took center stage right after Palin’s powerful speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, when NBC’s Brian Williams read on air from Joe Klein’s Swampland blog:
I hope my colleagues, meaning his colleagues in the news media, stand strong in this case. It’s important for the public to know Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library, and thinks the war in Iraq is quote a task from God. The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive but unprofessional in the extreme.
Palin responded: “Well, I think that was a call to action…Action to dig up whatever could be dug up and spun erroneously.”
And, sadly, she was right, for the war was on now, and the press were going to do anything to take this woman down in order to preserve their dream of an Obama White House.
In the end, while the news media were indeed successful in getting their candidate elected president, they did so in a fashion that has tremendously damaged the journalism industry as well as their own continually diminishing credibility.
This is the lasting point of “Media Malpractice” which should be mandatory viewing at journalism schools from coast to coast as well as a must-see for anyone still questioning how today’s press have totally abdicated impartiality for political advocacy.
As Ziegler marvelously stated as the film moved to a close:
This is not about President Obama. This is all about the unprecedented and dangerous media coverage that led to his election, and likely lead to his re-election. Our republic was founded on the concept that our electorate must be informed, and our elections be fair. As you have just seen, the evidence is overwhelming that our media has let us down in nearly every respect. If the grotesque display that we witnessed in 2008 does not provoke a backlash against this obvious reality, we may have just reached the point of no return.
Quite fittingly, Ziegler gave Palin the last word:
I believe that once the public understands that this isn’t good for democracy what has just taken place, I think there will be enough public pressure put on those in the media to just be fair. Report objectively. Get back to the who, what, when, where, and why. You want to be a commentator? There is a role for that also, but not in hard news sources to be believed via objective reporting. We got to get back to that or I think we’re in a world of hurt.
John Ziegler writes, after interviewing Sarah Palin for this documentary:
As a former TV sportscaster and radio talk show host, I have interviewed a lot big-time “celebrities,” and I can honestly say that, even though you could argue that Sarah Palin was the most prominent I have ever spoken to one-on-one, she was also by far the nicest, most sincere and, seemingly, honest subject that I have ever questioned.
For context, I admit to being a fan of Sarah Palin from before she was ever named John McCain’s VP candidate. I attended her convention speech and consider it to be by far the finest that I have ever personally witnessed. But, being a world-class cynic, I also wondered if maybe there was at least some truth the to the negative media narrative that had been created about her.
Maybe she really wasn’t that smart, maybe she was indeed a “diva” or a “wack job.”
Well, if anything of those smears are remotely true, Palin should move here to LA permanently because she is a far better actor (not to mention better looking) than the vast majority of actresses in Hollywood.
Our interview started early and ended late … The Governor fully answered every question I asked, even though some of them brought up media episodes that clearly got her upset and, when the subject turned to her kids being targeted, even a little emotional.
She then posed for pictures and signed autographs for the entire crew and casually discussed all sorts of topics, including how the local newspaper is absurdly still trailing the “story” that her youngest son is not really hers at all (this while Todd walked around with Trig on his back and Bristol cared for her newborn Tripp in a nearby bedroom; even Trig conspiracy theorist Andrew Sullivan would have had a hard time not seeing the insanity in his own delusions).
The madness of the local paper’s efforts to prove that Trig is not really Sarah’s baby was not all we learned in the post interview conversations.
Conservatives will be thrilled to know that she immediately “got” and seemed to fully appreciate my joke that Pete Wilson (and not Arnold Schwarzenegger) would go down as the last Republican Governor in the history of California, If that wasn’t enough, when she looked at the back cover of my first film (“Blocking the Path to 9/11” www.blockingthepath.com) and saw the photo of one of the film’s targets, Keith Olbermann, she literally let out a groan and, pointing to his photogragh, declared, “THAT guy is so EVIL! What is wrong with him?”
Beyond the great interview for the film (from which there is still plenty of tremendous stuff yet to come), the most important part of my visit to the Palin house is that there is a big difference between thinking that something is true and knowing for sure that it is. I now know that Sarah Palin is exactly who I thought she was.
I also know now, with morally certitude, that the media assassination of her, her character and her family was one of the greatest public injustices of our time and I am totally justified in devoting my life to correcting the historical record in my forthcoming film “Media Malpractice … How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Smeared”