In an upcoming documentary, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes a swipe at what she calls “very scary” media coverage of her and her family, which she says exemplifies "a class issue" that explains the sympathetic treatment of New York Senate hopeful Caroline Kennedy.
The John Ziegler film, "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected," will be released as a DVD next month and will feature a lengthy interview with Palin, who ran as the vice-presidential candidate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain against Democratic President-elect Barack Obama.
Palin "was assassinated by the media," Ziegler, who was a conservative radio talk show host before becoming a filmmaker, told the Washington Post.
Ziegler, who said Palin was "very concerned about appearing whiny" in the online documentary, said her speech to the Republican National Convention in September was “awesome” and "the fact that she's mocked is a travesty."
The portrayal of Palin in the press as "a diva or a whack job" was totally inappropriate, said Ziegler, pointing to a clip on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” of Palin impersonator Tina Fey saying, "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers," referring to the pending marriage of the Alaska governor’s daughter. In Ziegler’s film, Palin responds by saying, "Cool, fine, come attack me, but when you make a suggestion like that that attacks a kid, that kills me."
Other excerpts from the film that show Palin taking a swipe at the media include: The CBS interview with Katie Couric that tried to poke fun at Palin's inability to cite which newspapers she reads. Palin tells Couric, "Katie, you're not the center of everyone's universe." Palin complaining about coverage of the rumor that she is not the mother of her infant son, Trig. Palin calls the charge "quite absurd." Palin saying, "When did we start accepting as hard news sources bloggers, anonymous bloggers especially? It's a sad state of affairs in the world of the media today, mainstream media especially, that they're going to rely on bloggers, anonymous bloggers, for their hard news information." The intrusive coverage of Palin's 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, in which the media revealed her pregnancy. An earlier report that appeared in People magazine, the Associated Press and the Anchorage Daily News claiming Bristol and her fiancé, Levi Johnston, are high school dropouts who are going to look for government handouts to raise their child. Critical coverage of her Alaska record as governor, her qualifications to be vice president, questioning of how she could handle the job with five children, and her portrayal in the media as being a bit of a ditz. The "kid gloves" approach to Caroline Kennedy's bid for an appointment to the U.S. Senate.
"What is the double standard here, why reporters would choose to believe lies, reporters especially not just taking one extra step to get to the facts," Palin asks. "Is it sexism? What is it that drives someone to believe the worst and perpetuate the worst, in terms of gossip and lies?"
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