Veteran mainstream media journalist: We were biased against Sarah Palin

This (h/t: Tim Graham) is probably one of the most explosive and detailed pieces of journalism you’ll ever read on the double standards the media employed last year in their coverage of Sarah Palin versus Joe Biden. One of the money quotes:

In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don’t know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I’m not saying the better side lost. What I am saying is that we simply didn’t hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession.

The writer, Carl Cannon – who used to be the DC Bureau Chief for Reader’s Digest – also took liberal female journalists and columnists to task:

From the beginning, and for the ensuing 10 months, the coverage of this governor consisted of a steamy stew of cultural elitism and partisanship. The overt sexism of some male commentators wasn’t countered, as one might have expected, by their female counterparts. Women columnists turned on Sarah Palin rather quickly. A plain-speaking, moose-hunting, Bible-thumping, pro-life, self-described “hockey mom” with five children and movie star looks with only a passing interest in foreign policy — that wasn’t the woman journalism’s reigning feminists had envisioned for the glass ceiling-breaking role of First Female President (or Vice President). Hillary Rodham Clinton was more like what they had in mind – and Sarah, well, she was the un-Hillary.

Yes. She didn’t fit the establishment mold. And she had to be stopped. At any cost.

Make sure to read the whole thing.

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