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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The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Lynda Armstrong More than 1 year ago
Great to read the truth
ColoradoMikado More than 1 year ago
I think that this book really tells it like it is and gives us the truth about the horrible myths and lies that were perpetrated by the mass media during the last presidential election. Mr. Continetti gives you the myth and lies and then tells you the facts as they truely are. It is a great read about a female conservative who deserved better treatment by the so-called media of today that is so dominated by their liberal bias. It is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"the persecution of sarah palin" is a very remarkable bestseller. the arthur has done alot of research on the former vice president and how certain aspects of the media did not cheak their facts out and printed them whean they turned out to be untrue the writer of this book documented all of these stories and found them to be untrue this is a fasinating book at how some people will go to great lengths to slander a candidate all because they are frightened of them. this is very hard to put down and it showed me alot of courage that sarah palin had and that I got to know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, I enjoyed reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do liberals hate her? She was only running for VP.
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karrylou More than 1 year ago
Very enlightening its amazing how much truth was kept from us! Its nice to hear from Sarah Palin herself in her own words. I felt like she is one of us. A real person. I didn't want the book to end. Good for her The truth at last!!
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SusanmgMI More than 1 year ago
Sarah Palin may be the world's best liar. She is never responsible for anything she says or does....she has been blaming 'elites' and the 'media' for a long time whenever one of her lies is brought to light. If anything, the media has given her a pass rather than risk the wrath of Palin's twittering fingers. Now that babygate is finally coming out, she will be finished, and will have to figure out how to live on the 30 million she has taken from her fans in the name of "freedom, God, and exceptionalism." What is exceptional is that this barely educated woman has remained on the scene for so long while doing so little. Who knew that whining and criticizing the President over nothing could make you rich, if only you were attractive and stayed away from any real journalists who might question your lies.
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
who believes this crap?
Michael Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
sarah palin is a retard
PaineToday More than 1 year ago
Do you remember the time on Keith Olbermann when he asked where was the birth certificate on Palin being born in the US and not Ireland? What, you never heard that? No birther movement for Palin to prove that she is not a citizen of Ireland? No? Well, how about the time when Sarah Palin was accused of denying her actual religious beliefs and of being a secret Hindu who wants to impose Hinduism on America? Nope, well so much much for "persecution." Obama of course has been called a secret Muslim from Kenya but I guess she is the one being "persecuted." The author's defense of Palin's belief in witches (yes, she believes in witches) and her video apperance with a witchdoctor proves this, is that Democrats who are Catholic believe in a church where there still are arachic beliefs in the devil/ possession. In particular he mentions VP Joe Biden. Yes, Biden is a Catholic but I am glad he isn't as close to literalism (though Palin isn't quite a literalist) as Palin. Let's face it, nobody truly follows the bible 100% as literal, even Pat Roberston or Jerry Falwell before he died. They would look like liberal progressive Christians if they went back in time to the 13th century. So would Palin. So, since moving away from biblical literaism is a long and good tradition in the West I would rather have politicans farther along in this tradition, such as Biden over Palin. The author states that Palin did not censor any book and that is true. But there are at least a few witnesses that testify she asked about how to remove library books and the head librarian (Mary Ellen Emmons) was later fired by Palin and then rehired after public pressure. No mention of this fact in the book. Lastly, Sarah Palin is the real "chosen one", not Obama. While segements of America do love Obama, it pales in comparision to the views of the hard right when it comes to Palin. She is viewed in a way that I believe is even beyond that of Ronald Reagan, by the rightwing.