What the media wants, the media gets.
Problem is, they don’t always like what they’ve thrown temper tantrums for, kicking and screaming and beating their fists on the floor like so many overly indulged toddlers.
Take the Sarah Palin emails, which were supposed to provide the next big thing in political scandals. The media got to sort through 13,000 of them from when she was just an obscure governor in an oftentimes forgotten state.
The media was undoubtedly hoping for titillating affairs, racism or the trademark Sarah Palin stupidity they’ve worked so hard to invent.
What they got, however, was nothing.
As the Daily Telegraph’s US Editor, Tony Harnden writes:
“The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska… paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.”
Of course, the Daily Telegraph is a conservative publication, so it isn’t surprising that it might publish an almost entirely flattering article on the hard core conservative Palin. But even the ridiculously partisan Politico admits that, “If critics were hoping to see Palin revealed as a hypocrite, they’re out of luck.”
But don’t feel too badly, media. After all, sometimes you win ‘em and sometimes you lose.
Of course, this one seems to have been a particularly painful loss, since the worst Politico’s Molly Ball can write is how the emails “brought back the memory of a long-lost Palin: the popular, charismatic, competent woman of the people.”
She goes on to proselytize: “This was the vice presidential candidate John McCain’s team thought they were getting, before her darker tendencies – defensiveness, thick skin, grudge-keeping – hardened into tics.”
Really? We’re supposed to believe that the second Sarah Palin was nominated Vice President, she did a complete 360 personality-wise and went stark raving mad?
Come on media. You can do better than that with 13,000 emails, can’t you?
Then again, considering how she keeps leaving you in the dust – literally and figuratively – maybe not.