The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring down a Rising Star

The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring down a Rising Star

by Matthew Continetti


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Sarah Palin spent more than a decade making her town and her state better-she slashed government spending and corruption and encouraged economic growth. In 2008, she took to the national stage and became the hottest rising star the country had seen in years.

Palin was a conservative with traditional values-work, family, and religion-and Washington Democrats and their allies in the so-called mainstream media decided she had to be destroyed. These elite liberals attacked everything from Palin's clothing to her parenting style to her church. They spread one malicious and untrue rumor after another.

The media also treated Palin with such insulting condescension that it frequently lapsed into mockery. Palin was routinely ridiculed and vilified-and so was her family.

Despite the media's disdain, Palin persevered, and remains one of the most important figures in the Republican Party. Because she speaks for Main Street America on issues from energy to health care, her star will only continue to rise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595230706
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 2.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew Continetti is a staff writer at the Weekly Standard. His articles and reviews have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Doublethink. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents


The Palin Myth: From Hero to Harpy in Eight Short Weeks 1

Chapter 1 The Golden Ticket: When John Met Sarah 11

Chapter 2 The Feral Beast: The Media Go Wild 39

Chapter 3 The Village and the City: There's No Place Like Home 65

Chapter 4 The Ties That Bind: The Blistering Assault on Palin's Family 79

Chapter 5 Amazing Disgrace: How the Press Went After Palin's Faith 117

Chapter 6 Sex and Sarah Palin: The Furious Battle over the Governor's Gender 145

Chapter 7 The Classless Media: The Elite's Condescending Attitude Toward Ordinary Americans 169

Chapter 8 Sarah's Choice: What's Next for Palin and Her Party? 203

Afterword 229

Acknowledgments 251

What People are Saying About This

John Ziegler

"If every member of the anti-Palin media was simply forced to read and understand just the first page of this book, what is left of journalism in this country would be greatly improved. If every voter had done so prior to the election, we might have a different President right now."--(John Ziegler, creator of the film Media Malpractice)

Brit Hume

"A compelling account of journalistic malpractice on a grand scale. Those called out in this book should not be allowed to forget what they did."--(Brit Hume, senior political analyst, Fox News)

Karl Rove

"Matthew Continetti has written a tough, revealing look at how the bias or habits of liberals in the media led them to assault a political figure who shared neither their values nor background. Whether you like Sarah Palin or not, this well-researched and meticulous volume strips the bark off influential players in journalism."--(Karl Rove, Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush)

Byron York

"What set off the media feeding frenzy over Sarah Palin's place on the 2008 Republican presidential ticket? Was there something wrong with Palin? Or something wrong with the media? Matthew Continetti finds the answer--and exposes the media's worst excesses."--(Byron York, chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner)

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