I know we’re all sick and tired of hearing about Sarah Palin, but Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick has a must-read piece on Godsilla (Godzilla + Wasilla = Godsilla).
That’s why the strangest part of the Sarah Palin saga will always be her loathing of the media. She never failed to remind us that she didn’t like being “filtered.” She only wanted to talk directly to us, her listeners. Yet the reason Sarah Palin continues to have any kind of political force at all in this country is because of the media “filter.” The media helped refine and define her Dada statements and arguments into something that briefly sounded like a coherent worldview. Yesterday morning, Gov. Palin excoriated Andrea Mitchell for “not listening to me” in an NBC interview. You have to go back and watch the clip before you can apprehend that Mitchell was indeed listening. It was Palin who was speaking in half-expressed thoughts and internal contradictions.
The Andrea Mitchell interview she refers to perfectly captures Palin’s odd love/hate relationship with the media. Throughout the interview, she seems exasperated, tired, and borderline contemptuous, as though she’d like them to all just go away. But it’s not as though she was surprised outside her place of work by a gaggle of reporters. She summoned them up to East Bumfuck, Alaska to film her dragging fishing nets out of the sea (message = I’m a worker, not a quitter). It’s surreal.