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Saturday, November 22, 2008

MSNBC Manifests Palin Turkey "Gore"

The President of the United States has pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving since 1989; the whole premise behind the act being that at least one turkey, amongst the thousands of others, would receive a reprieve. It’s a gimmick, symbolic in nature, intended to instill a sense of good will during the holiday season. Before the first presidential turkey pardon by George H.W. Bush, there were several governors who participated in the tradition. In fact, Alabaman governors have been pardoning turkeys for 59 years.

In keeping with this two-decade old tradition, Governor Sarah Palin went to a locally-owned turkey farm in Wasilla, Alaska (her hometown) to pardon a turkey on behalf of the state of Alaska. Unfortunately for her, the liberal media pounced.

Here is MSNBC’s coverage of the story:

Apparently Governor Palin (like every other Governor in the country) pardoning a turkey is “breaking news.” Moreover, MSNBC claims to have “sanitized” the clip and “blurred out the goriest parts.” I submit to you, the unedited clip:


Yeah… the MSNBC “blur” was on the turkey’s posterior… in either case, there was no visible gore. Despite MSNBC’s tags at the bottom of the screen suggesting as much.

“GOV. PALIN PICKS WORST POSSIBLE BACKDROP FOR TV NEWS INTERVIEW”

As if she picked the backdrop… and never mind the fact that the backdrop was the very same turkey pin in which she had just pardoned one of the fowl.

“TURKEYS DIE AS GOVERNOR PALIN TAKES QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA”

I’m pretty sure turkeys die every day, especially right before Thanksgiving, independent of Palin’s media endeavors.

“GOV. SARAH PALIN KEEPS TALKING WHILE TURKEYS GET SLAUGHTERED BEHIND HER”

“Slaughtered?” Really? Where is this supposed “gore?” And why does the turkey guy keep looking over his shoulder at Palin? Are they playing a prank on her? It’s not like she suggested that they behead turkeys behind her for the interview – though that’s what MSNBC would have you believe. Boy wouldn’t they be happy if they could convince people 1) that when Palin speaks animals die 2) she’s an oblivious idiot?

Yes, that might just send another tingle up the leg of Chris Matthews; hence why they covered this story in the way that they did. Read between the lines here folks.

“GOV. PALIN APPARENTLY OBLIVIOUS TO TURKEY CARNAGE OVER HER SHOULDER"

“Carnage,” seriously? Even if there had been visible gore behind Palin (which doesn’t appear to be the case), it’s a turkey… at a turkey farm. Turkey’s are killed at turkey farms. That’s how we come to have turkey on our plates on Thanksgiving Day. I fail to see how the killing poultry at a turkey farm constitutes “carnage.” The lack of journalistic integrity here is disgusting.

“GOV. PALIN NOT REALIZING INCONGRUITY OF HER WORDS VERSUS HER BACKDROP”

How could she? It’s apparent no one told her what the idiot behind her was doing or that he was in the frame of the shot – though it seems clear that he realized he shouldn’t be there. Set up anyone?

“TURKEY-KILLING FOWLS PALIN NEWS CONFERENCE”

I wonder if any other governor turkey pardon has ever gotten this much news coverage…

Is this even really a "news story?" A turkey is a bird... that we eat... at Thanksgiving.

Yes it's ironic that she would pardon a turkey and then stand in front of a scene like that, but really, who cares? If not for the fact that this happened to Sarah Palin, this story never would have seen the light of day on MSNBC. Their continued attempts to assassinate Palin's character and credibility are transparent and ridiculous. "See, see! She IS a heartless idiot!"

Palin standing where she dide, didn't diminish or increase the ratio of slaughtered turkeys at that farm or any other. The whole point of her being at that farm was for her to save one of the turkeys, but the liberal media simply couldn’t resist an opportunity to deride her.

It's unfortunate that the idiot behind her didn't have the common sense to wait until she was finished to continue doing what he was doing. But really, unless one happens to be a devout vegan or vegetarian, what's the big deal?

I still intend to gobble up some turkey on Thanksgiving Day and I'm not so sensitive or naive as to think that the sliced turkey on my plate wasn't put there by virtually the same process as the one shown behind Palin.

And why does the guy keep looking back at her? Was he trying to kill those turkeys without her noticing?

The conveniently ironic line of questioning, the mischievous smile on the guy's face as he tinkered around with the turkey behind her, and the false MSNBC claims of "gore" suggest to me that this story is both fabricated and a set up.

Coming from the people who bought the “Eisenstadt” hoax, what do you expect? MSNBC eagerly jumps at any opportunity to push liberal talking points and completely disregards any semblance of real journalistic ethics.

Regardless, this story is about as immaterial as the "wardrobe controversy."

"Good lord, the GOP legally purchased Palin and her family some nice clothes because she couldn't afford to do it herself. Quick, spin it into a controversy! We can’t manipulate public opinion if we aren’t the first to report it!”

Add this turkey tale to the vast analogs of reasons never to listen to MSNBC. If you want to know what they’re going to say, go to The Huffington Post or the Daily Kos. They’re all liberal spin machines, but at least the blogs don’t parade around pretending to be news organizations.
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