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Palin-Free Media? Dana Milbank Has A Dream


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Carrie
- 3065 days ago - newsfeed.time.com
Can the press go cold turkey on all things Palin for the month of February? Of course it can't. The former Alaska governor is a guaranteed source of interest, and in 2011, that translates into the ever-important category of web traffic and page views.



   

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Kit B (276)
Friday January 21, 2011, 4:05 pm
I've decided to turn off the station if her name is mentioned. Enough!
 

Carrie B (306)
Friday January 21, 2011, 4:09 pm
"Can the press go cold turkey on all things Palin for the month of February?

Of course it can't. The former Alaska governor is a guaranteed source of interest, and in 2011, that translates into the ever-important category of web traffic and page views. Indeed, google "Palin" and some 36.4 million web pages will appear for your perusing pleasure.

But amid a sense that we've all gone overboard, veteran Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has pledged that February will be Palin free.

And he's asking the rest of us to join him. Make no mention of Palin for the entire month of February, Milbank writes in his column, noting that he's written about her in 42 columns since she was chosen by John McCain to be his vice presidential candidate in 2008.

In his essay, Milbank also notes the tally for the stable of Washington Post and New York Times political columnists: Eugene Robinson (33 Palin mentions), Paul Krugman (14), Kathleen Parker (30) and Maureen Dowd (45), according to Milbank's count. "We need help," Milbank says.

So will the boycott last? As an insight into the mutually beneficial relationship between the press and Palin, it might be worth noting that Milbank chose the shortest month of the year to hold his boycott."

 

Carrie B (306)
Friday January 21, 2011, 4:10 pm
Sounds like a good plan for all of us! Thanks Kit!
 

Kate S (17)
Friday January 21, 2011, 7:37 pm
She needs to go away forever not just the month of Feb.
 

Angela Dubie (306)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:12 pm
Since the media is starting to tone it down a bit, maybe we can just put all of their names in file 13, and just flush it, and froget that they ever existed, imagine if you can, it's more peaceful already!
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:14 pm
I'm with Kit
I totally boycott anything and everything kill baby kill palin
 

Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:16 pm
Always nice to have a dream, isn't it...? Unfoirtunately, though, I'm afraid the media and its devoted flock of sheep can't get enough of this silly, tiresome "woman"...
 

Terry King (113)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:25 pm
I was hoping for a s---- p---- free decade!
 

pam w (139)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:26 pm
Oh, could it be? Is it possible? THIS PERSON reminds me of an attention-seeking toddler...do ANYTHING for attention!

 

Lisa H (180)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:30 pm
I'm with Kit here, except that since I never watch the news, I have to turn the TV much less often.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:33 pm
Noted, thanks. Palin-free for me...she makes my blood pressure go up just thinking about her.
 

Toni C (508)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:50 pm
I would be happy to go Palin-free forever! I'm so tired of the media loving witch's mouth...
 

Trish K (93)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:55 pm
Now that she is bringing herslf down. The repbubicans will cannibilzer her. she keeps shooting herself in the foot. Shooting her mouth off. How could I leave now when the end of days is upon her. I guess I will have to go go a TV or the WSJ ragg to hear what funny thing she has done now.
 

Agnes H (144)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 7:57 pm
I wish it could be here, but my uncle who calls me every night has one of those calendars, the ones you rip the day off at the end? The ones with Proverbs and sayings. I think they're called Desk calendars. He has this years and every day it has something that Sarah Palin has said so far. I wonder what he comes up with tonight as she really makes me laugh and to think that John McCain wanted her as a vice President? Maybe that was the reason he lost!! I'll tell Andy I'm boycotting her as well eventhough she hasn't got the publicity here as she has in the US. I'll also let you know how often she's mentioned here in February!
 

William K (308)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:05 pm
Sarah who?
 

Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:15 pm
There ya go, William...That's the spirit! Ignorance can be bliss...:::grins::: See no evil, hear no evil...
 

Jeannette A (137)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 10:07 pm
Somehow I think we can find enough to make our lives hectic even without, ah, hum, who were we talking about?
 

Michael Carney (217)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 10:39 pm
Palin free would be pain free, for me...So I'm all for it...
 

Mary L (132)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 11:25 pm
I have the same dream. I just keep waking up to a nightmare.
 

Kristy M (70)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:27 am
Pretty please may this dream come true?
 

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:37 am
Palin free, Rick 'Sarty' free - how NICE!! No matter if he chose the shortest month, at least he made a CHOICE for the better. Stop the free publicity for political and corporate crap and they won't get very far!!!
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 5:05 am
It's possible to get the news at home and around the world without ever hearing the name. I opt for PBS, NPR or BBC America, and should they stoop to invoking the name of the current "Attention Whore" I will turn them off.
I can not remember even one time when the Palin offered any thing that was in fact news worthy.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 7:19 am
Copy and paste Randy Paynter's poll on whether or not to have care2 declare a month-long moartorium on SP news items. So far, the results are overwelmingly in favor of no more SP items posted.

http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/care2-members-should-we-suspend-sarah-palin-coverage-for-a-month/
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:11 am
Noted. I find this to be a wonderful idea. But we all know that as long as she keeps opening her mouth and spewing forth the idiotic nonsense that she does, the media will be there. But we can dream, can`t we??? Thank you so much for sharing this.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:12 am
Just looking at her gets on my nerves. Is it just me, or do others out there feel the same as I do?
 

Janice P (5)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 8:55 am
News about Sarah Palin is like news about most celebrities ... worthless and of no value to anyone except possibly the celebrity. After all, look at Sarah's daughter, Bristol. She's only "famous" for having a famous mother. She's never done anything newsworthy, yet she's also in the news frequently ... simply because she the daughter of a celebrity.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:15 am
"google "Palin" and some 36.4 million web pages will appear"?
What 'google' was he using? I googled "Palin" and got "About 163,000,000 results" then I googled "Sarah Palin" and still got "About 67,600,000 results". On the other hand "Obama" yields "About 171,000,000 results" but "Barack Obama" gets only "About 64,300,000 results". Oh well.

While a Palin-free month would be a nice change, I don't think it is very useful. That just means we wouldn't hear the opposite side of what Palin is going to do or say in February. That's like giving her free rein to do or say any sort of nonsense she wants without being called on to account for it. Sarah is big on just putting out sound-bites without having to specify what those sound-bites really mean.
 

Angela Dubie (306)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:26 am
Not talking about Manson in dreg for a month, would be like a fisherman kooking a fish, then giving up, and just let it wiggle off the hook!
 

William K (308)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:09 am
I agree with Roger and Angela about whoever this is we are talking about. The Republicans want her to shut up for a while, so that people will forget and give her time to rebrand herself. For the media to not cover her would be doing her a favor in that regard, since she will not do it herself. Keep the pressure on her.

In the meantime, I am trying to envision a near future where what's-her-name's name has been forgotten.

Who were we talking about again?
 

Sharon Karson (82)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:25 pm
Maybe the media cannot go without mentioning the lowest IQ i've ever heard, but we can. Pay no attention and the media will get the message.
 

William K (308)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 12:44 pm
I am not so sure that this is a purely market driven phenomenon. If it were, Fox would have dropped Beck a long time ago. At least from Fox, there will be air time given to those who advance Murdoch's agenda.
 

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:19 pm
Thank you for posting the article, Carrie and Patricia, thank you for posting the link to Randy's poll. I just voted YES!
 

Mary T (178)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:40 pm
I wish she would just go away forever, I am really getting tired of hitting the mute button when the news comes on, Please someone take her away.
 

Carrie B (306)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:43 pm
Thanks for the link, Patty!
 

Joshua I (6)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:53 pm
Well,... In All Truth And Honesty, Sarah Palin is not the one to Ignore, at this present time anyway, but she is good practice for the future, if at all.....
 

Suruna WTF (38)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:06 pm
I think the saturation level of 'the Palin' is having an affect on people, and certainly not positive. It is from annoying to frightening, depending on the individual.

We are helping to maintain this monster, the Sarah phenomenon, by our constant attention and discussion. Her whole shtick is like the horror that you can't pull your eyes from.

I've suggested all along that we deny her, by laughing at her. Don't bother turning the tv off or down, just turn your head and resume a conversation, get up and let the dog out, whatever. Decline to grant her any relevance, it will catch on.
 

Angela Dubie (306)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:14 pm
We should be use to ignoring ignorant, we ignored georgie porgie foe 8 years, but his stink is still here!
 

Aisha D (39)
Monday January 24, 2011, 5:06 pm
Not interested
 

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 1:47 am
I'm ignoring her already. Why wait till February?
 

Toni C (508)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 4:46 pm
Well, I was hoping not to hear the name for a month... but here she is again! So much for that idea...
 

Bruce Eyster (62)
Friday January 28, 2011, 1:12 am
I think they should run a month of Tina Fey / Saturday Night Specials during the month of Feb. !
 

Dotti L (85)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:45 am
Right on, Bruce. Now that would be enjoyable. And Carrie, you are so right. Of course we are not going to have a Palin free month.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 10:27 am
Can I sign up for March, too?
 

Trequl M (170)
Monday January 31, 2011, 9:21 am
Noted with thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 2, 2011, 11:45 am
NOT INTERESTED!
 
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