Columbia University; Rampant Elitism And Palin Derangement Syndrome

The Columbia Journalism Review which describes itself as “Founded under the auspices of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism” (not mentioning the advice that they are funded by Soros) and “in conversation with  a community of people who share a commitment to high journalistic standards..” has decided to use those high standards to invest in a classic case  of PDS.

 In an oh so cleverly snarkily titled article “Sarah Palin, Media Critic” CJR takes Palin to task for “hyperbole” in daring to question the Wall Street Journals Sudeep Reddy for stating”grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly”. Firstly Palin is acting as a commentator on economics-Bernanke’s QE2 money printing, which she described as misguided and inflationary, she is not acting as a “media critic”

 The CJR author starts straight into the East Coast ivy league, ivory tower elitism-they just can’t resist it, it is like catnip and a sad and sorry spectacle. “Aw ,shucks” this representative of high journalistic standards commences his hit piece. He continues, “Sarah Palin is “just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, bur even humble folks like (her) can read the newspaper.” Reading’s one thing. Comprehending’s another”. This is brilliant stuff at the Pulitzer level so far.

 Lets see what Palin actually said and which thus determines who is indulging in hyperbole is. “Everyone who goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so.Pump priming would push them even higher.” Reddy in accusing Palin of hyperbole states that “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly. Palin responded that in another article in the WSJ it was stated “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices…an inflationary tide is beginning to ripple through America’s supermarkets..prices of staples, including milk, beef, coffee, cocoa and sugar have risen sharply in recent months”

 We see here the difference between an ivory tower economist and a person who can relate to the ordinary housewife. Grocery prices may have risen y.o.y. at 1.4%  but that is a basket  who palin speaks to and for, especially those out of work or who have not had a wage rise in a long time, will feel these rises strongly. Certainly much more strongly than e.g. a WSJ economist or the Editor of a prestigious ivy league journal.

 The CJR even gets it wrong on their main premise-that Palin selectively quotes and misunderstands. They state “What the WSJ article said…is that food prices may be beginning to rise” Whereas the article said “An inflationary tide IS beginning to rise”. Perhaps they don’t teach the difference between “may “and “is” any more but to me the difference is quite clear.

 They conclude by calling Palin out on her “ethics”, misquoting Reddy, and her having no right to condemn the media.They add insult to their own injury by ending with “Maybe they (Palin and a journalist) can talk about the possible wave of food inflation coming our way” That the editor is so blinded by PDS that he can’t understand what is a few paragraphs above his concluding snark “An inflationary tide IS beginning” shows how far the liberal elite have fallen.

 What is it about New York that it is so blind to the reality of what is happening in the rest of the country? Certainly the city is depressed, when I was there in July I saw shop after shop closed, and the state has a budget crisis like most others. Yet with all that they elect two senators and their governor with majorities of up to 32%-they must think it is still 1936 or something.There must be a unique blend of old line unionism, a financial liberal elite. Poverty struck minorities, who are tied to welfarism, or have not woken up to being kept in thrall by the propaganda of the elite, and are thus blind to the fact that minorities round America are fighting their way up and out of poverty by their boot straps.Thankfully New York appears to be the last bastion of this old line leftism and the state is declining in electoral college power being down to only 29 EC votes, the same as Florida. Once mighty NY was the king maker in presidential politics (as per Grover Cleveland’s two out of three) winning or losing it made you president or not, but that is nearing its end.

As for the esteemed intellectuals who commented on the CJR article, it is as expected. Intelligent, educated people summon up all their years of scholarship and advise pithily “She’s an idiot. Narcissistic personality disorder” and “Palin is a pathological liar…she has most of the hallmark symptoms of a sociopath” and etc. The ultimate indication of PDS elitism is “It is pretty obvious that she and her acolytes have never made it through Econ 101.That fact alone pretty much discredits any opinion she may have on economic matters”

 Harry Truman, who never went to university and was a failed hat salesman, also  never made it through Econ 101 unlike Obama/Carter and seemed to manage somehow. But that doesn’t fit with the world view of elitists who just don’t get it. They, and their Democratic Party, will certainly “get it” in 2012  as voters finish off what was started in 2010. But they won’t like what they will get when the great mass of plain folks show them they don’t like being condescended to.

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 4:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Obama Advises Romneycare Was His Inspiration. Palin Only GOP Choice Now

2012 SCORE – EMBRACING ROMNEY: President Barack Obama pointed to Mitt Romney as a leading presidential rival in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, alluding to the former Massachusetts governor’s record on health care reform as he defended the law his own administration enacted. “I made the decision to go ahead and do it, and it proved … probably, actually, a little more costly than we expected,” Obama said, “partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I had hoped for. We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from bills that had previously been introduced by Republicans, including the Republican governor of Massachusetts who’s now running for president, that you know we would be able to find some common ground there. And we just couldn’t.”

For The Republicans could now even consider nominating Romney as their candidate for 2012 seems an impossibility with President Obama using Mitt as his best defense of the administration’s universally rejected health care legislation.

In any candidates debate Romney would spend most of his time defending his record-basically this is a Crist embracing Obama moment which destroyed Crist as a Republican candidate. Any Republican who so embraces the increasingly isolated Obama or whose policies are seen to be the precursor of the administrations own policies is doomed.

With Obama’s statement using Romneycare as a prop for his own legislation  Palin  now must surely be seen as the de facto nominee–especially given her strong economic policy attack on Bernanke. If Romney is such an inspiration to the Democratic Party perhaps, as part of Obama’s new reaching out after his “shellacking” in the mid terms he could dump Biden and have Romney as his running mate for 2012 ?

Published in: on November 9, 2010 at 7:52 am  Leave a Comment