Ding-A-Ling, Meet Bell. Bell, Meet Ding-A-Ling.

For anyone who cares, Palin has arrived in Philadelphia. Shushannah Walshe and Scott Conroy, co-authors of Sarah from Alaska, seem to be the Friendly Media embeds on the tour, although it looks like Michael Smerconish got some face-time with the Unplannedidate herself. 

PS: I don’t do Twitter, but I believe that “rxn” is a compressed form of the Irish word “ruction”...as in “a row and a ruction soon began.” Or if not, it should be.

[UPDATE:] What the—? A party? For me?

Palin was mobbed by over 200 reporters and supporters as she made the brief walk from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell. In a brief interview as she stood next to the Liberty Bell, she said the chaotic nature of her tour is only out of respect for the other people making visits.

“It’s quite chaotic anywhere we get off on the bus,” she said “We don’t want to interrupt any people or their nice plans for vacation.”

[UPDATE:] Below the fold: Eat Microphone, Piper!

Raw Video: Sarah Palin In Philly: MyFoxPHILLY.com

[FURTHER UPDATE:] I know you’re hungry, Baby—but how about you dance for these old farts while Mommy talks to her publicist?

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Christ, I hope she’s not staying.  The last thing I want to run into on my way home tonight is that freak show.

I just hope she steers clear of the Moshulu, which used to be my floating East Coast office back when I had family in Philly.

Shushannah Walshe and Scott Conroy, co-authors of Sarah from Alaska, seem to be the Friendly Media embeds on the tour, although it looks like Michael Smerconish got some face-time with the Unplannedidate herself. 

Hmm. Do I recall reading Greta van Susteren saying a couple of days ago that Palin, like all other Fox employees, was contractually forbidden from giving interviews to non-Fox outlets?

Why, yes. Yes, I do:

Is she giving a press conference today?  or giving another interview? I don’t think so.  She can’t – or at least as far as I know she can’t.  She works for Fox, and just as with any employee or someone on contract with another network, she is contractually obliged NOT to speak to others.  For instance, when I was in Haiti, I could not interview CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta or when I want to talk politics, I can’t interview CNN’s Donna Brazile.  They work for another network.  As far as I know, her contract is like every other media contract and that means it would be a breach of contract to speak to other media outlets. **  I have not seen her contract but assume it is the routine media contract.  She is in an unusual situation in that we in the media have made her into a media topic by virtue of us always talking about her.  She, of course, contributes to that intense interest by painting a bus and taking a tour and taking a tour to historic sites.

I hope Fox sue Palin for every last penny.

Greta’s still getting the exclusives. Conroy (Real Clear Politics) is breaking all the “road” stories and notable quotes. Walshe claims to be “chasing” the bus, but that seems far-fetched. Not sure what she’s thanking Smerconish for, since he hasn’t tweeted about it. Maybe he interviewed Walshe. ;->

Mr. Cole links to a CBS plaint about Palin treating reporters “like paparazzi” and forcing them to give dangerous chase to her stupid bus. Cole notes that the media do have a choice—they could just stop following her.

Maybe she realizes running a campaign (let alone being president) would be a lot of work, so she’s trying to maximize chaos so she can have an excuse to drop out. (“The bus fiasco proved it would be too hard on my family!”) Or maybe she’s got such an inept organization that they really think this is going well and that standing up fans and further alienating the non-Fox media is a good idea. Either theory is plausible.

George Will says that Sarah Palin can’t be trusted with nukes.

“The threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in everyone’s mind in a presidential election. ‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin’s case], answers itself.”

Will is like a man who sees that the ship he’s spent his life on is sinking. But instead of getting into a lifeboat, he’s trying to bail it out with a bucket.

Comment by Origuy on 05/31/11 at 01:28 PM

Yeah, she’s keeping her fans guessing too, and I’d imagine it’s only a matter of time before she alienates quite a few of them with this Scarlet Pimpernel tactic.

they could just stop following her

She may come to regret this if they decide not to take her word for it if she does call a press meetup in future. I mean, here’s CNN:

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her “One Nation” bus tour rolls into its third day.

“Clever”? That’s one word for it. This nonsense is costing the media money for not much return except a load of lip.

BTW, where’s Trig?

@Origuy—Krauthammer’s cutting the rope-line, too.

“It’s quite chaotic anywhere we get off on the bus,” she said “We don’t want to interrupt any people or their nice plans for vacation.”

There’s an easy solution to that.

Strange, are you going to be following the Palin tour all across the country?  At least you’re smart enough to do it from the comfort of your domicile and not literally chase her across the country.

are you going to be following the Palin tour all across the country?

I hope not. I’d like to think this is going to get old, fast. Of course, there’s always a chance she might drop by Pittsburgh to visit the site of the Homestead Worker Massacre or urge a return to coal fuels and choking smog—in which case, I might get motivated to buy a decent lens and go take some snaps.

Jeebus, that poor little kid.

Years ago, I was almost run over by a scrum of photographers in pursuit of Madonna (who was just slumming in my neighborhood; I was not jumping up and down on the sidelines in my fishnets and cone bra. Not that day, anyway). That primal struggle for red meat is no place for a child. Don’t know why, after all this time it’s still shocking, but I can’t believe the lack of concern the Grisly Momma is displaying for her young. Perhaps because Piper is right there being shoved around in front of her, and she doesn’t miss a beat piping her tinny platitudes to her hated “lamestream” outlets.

Her “organization” has never played well with others, because she is an undisciplined, attention-addicted carnival in a flag-decal can.

Essentially, Grisly Momma has turned Piper into the new Turkey In The Background.

All this haring around with the media in hot pursuit—Did Lady Diana die in vain?

Also too.

“It’s quite chaotic anywhere we get off on the bus,” she said “We don’t want to interrupt any people or their nice plans for vacation.”

So we won’t let holidaymakers have advance warning to make the rational decision not to go somewhere because the traveling circus’ll be in town that day, they can just be as surprised as everybody else on the planet and suck it up.

Strange, didn’t know you were a Pittsburgher.  I’m an Iron City native transplanted to Philly.  Can’t see her taking her Cavalcade of FAIL anywhere in Allegheny County.  Now, Ulysses, PA, on the other hand….

lacp, I’m a whelped-and-raised Ohio hick, but I’ve been in SteelTown so long I’m practically a Born-Again Yinzer. We don’t get a lot of GOPers here, since it’s not worth the trip to meet our only living Republican voter. But there are large swaths of misplaced flyover country all around me, so you never know.

BULLDOG X-TRA: PALIN AND TRUMP WILL MEET, DINE TOGETHER TONIGHT.

As they say on Free Republic, this is hugh and series.

‘Should we give this person nuclear weapons?’ And the answer [in Palin’s case], answers itself.”

And that answer is “In what respect, Charlie?”

As they say on Free Republic, this is hugh and series.

Tribble/Quitter 2012!!!1!

It’s going down a storm at ABCNews.

Eat Microphone, Piper!

You know, I’m not a parent, and it’s evident by now that Palin’s parenting skills are a busted flush barely worth commenting on, but if I’d been standing by while some over-eager twerp showed complete disregard for a kid’s personal space, I reckon I’d have been a little “What the HELL do you think you’re DOING?! Careful of her, ASSHOLE!” Then maybe I’d consider yacking on about whatever it was that was on my agenda at that point in time.

Brit, I think what you’re trying to say is that she obviously doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Piper. No argument here.

Ah, yes, just a quiet dinner for three: La Sarah, The Donald, and the mummified beaver on his head.

They’re at Famiglia Pizza in Times Square!

Hurry, Mrs. Polly!

Poor Piper!! No kid deserves a selfish grifter for a mom. Piper is a such an appealing kid. I hope she turns out fine. She’s a cutie pie and she looks very bright.  I wonder if she goes to school regularly?

Dang, I try to avoid everything Palin, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Piper. What kid wouldn’t get into the carnival her mom lives? Travel! Toys! Attention! No school! She’s having a good time, with little to no supervision. I hope she pulls through, but it would be impossible for her not to indulge as she watches her older sibs grab their pieces and run. With roles models like hers, and the magical rewards for certain behaviors so lavish, a smart kid’s gonna learn fast.

She’s pretty canny, no mistake. Piper wasn’t engulfed by that reporter, though he didn’t back away when she insinuated herself under his arm and tried to body block him from her mom. I watched the thing a couple times to be sure what I saw; check it out. She was running interference for the star. If you’ve seen the other Palins in crowds, they all serve as bouncers for the main event, and they like to get physical. For a little ‘un, Piper’s shown the most crowd and camera savvy of the whole family, and I still think she’s a cutie. I can see a Disney gig, she plays her cards right…

@ Twinky P ~~ OMG! You are right. Piper is mummy’s little bouncer. Still poor Piper.

Either that, or she’ll end up marrying a Mexican masked wrestler at 14.

rxn = reaction, would be my guess, not being a Twitterer.

Where’s Trig these days? outlived his usefulness?

“We don’t want to interrupt any people or their nice plans for vacation.”

So we drive around in a bus the size of an old German wonder machine landkruizer painted to look like Uncle Sam is pimping out whores for 20 a piece

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