O’Reilly’s Twilight Zone

The O’Reilly Factor Sarah Palin segment: Mr. “Looking Out for You” traded his No Spin Zone for the Twilight Zone tonight. In the debate segment on Sarah Palin’s recent return to the spotlight (viz., her interview with Internet reporter John Ziegler), O’Reilly introduced pro-Palin Rick Santorum as “former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania” and anti-Palin Danielle Crittenden merely as “conservative author.” Santorum has a well established reputation as a strong social conservative but Crittenden is not as well known.

It seemed odd that O’Reilly failed to identify Ms. Crittenden further. After Googling her, the author learned that she is a Canadian and a Huffington Post columnist married to David Frum (another vociferous Palin critic), former George W. Bush speechwriter and Canadian journalist. Crittenden questioned the credentials of Palin but her own credentials were not fully disclosed.

What happened to “We report: You Decide”?

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6 Responses to “O’Reilly’s Twilight Zone”

  1. Daniel Middleman Says:

    I’m not sure you are being totally fair to O’reilly. I’m still trying to weigh this one in my head. I would have to say from what little I have found about the woman, that in my opinion, the women definitely isn’t a conservative. I looked at her blog and she had a post on global warming which was hard to decipher. It was suppose to be humorous I guess and it appeared that she was ripping on people on the right that are global warming skeptics. I’m sure if you read it, or skimmed it like I did, you might be a little unsure of where she was coming from. I don’t think I can picture myself having a pleasant conversation with her.

    I think there are legitimate criticisms that can be made of Governor Palin. I am a fan, but I really think she needs to work on her sentence structure or something. I just don’t see her ever catching on if she keeps talking the way she does in interviews. It seems like every time I see her, she has some strange way of constructing a sentence which I am sure a lot of people would hear and just assume she is stupid. And it will just feed into the picture that the media and the left are trying to paint of her. I don’t believe it myself, but I just don’t see it ever working. Especially when you compare it to her speech at the RNC. There was none of that in that speech. It was brilliant. I hope it is something that she really works on. I also wonder about her when she talks about bringing democrats into the administration. I think we know how stupid that is. President Bush has done enough of that to prove the stupidity of that kind of thinking with all of the liberals in his administration. As a matter of fact, there is a writer at the Washington Times who wrote a book about the subject of liberals in the Bush administration. I’ve been searching around on the internet tonight, trying to find it, but for the life of me, I can’t remember his name.

    Anyway, what I am really hoping Palin does is run for the Senate. I think she would be far better off going there first and proving herself there. If she can hold her own there, then I think there is no doubt she will be ready for the White House. Plus I think there will be too many other stars running. Bobby Jindal for one will likely be coming on very strong in four years. I just really hope that Governor Palin gets some people around her who can really advise her and help her break through this media contructed smear-job. If she gets the right people, I don’t see how she can go wrong.

  2. Al Says:

    She doesn’t exactly qualify as a “liberal”, so O’Reilly did accurately identify Ms. Crittenden. That she’s married to Frum is irrelevant and that she’s anti-Palin was the point of her being on the segment. It was plain enough for me.

    I’ve lived all over the country (as well Canada and UK) and so I’ve become accustomed to hearing the vastly different regional speech patterns. People make fun of our president’s wording all the time but he talks like a West Texan and, other than overusing the word “also”, Governor Palin sounds like a typical Alaskan … almost a mix of Minnesotan/Western Canadian accent.

    When the timing is ripe, Sarah Palin need only be herself in order to overcome the media bias against her. There hasn’t been a republican president or vice president in my lifetime who didn’t face this same hurdle.

  3. G.R.I.T.S. Says:

    I wasn’t too sure who the supposed “conservative commentator” as either and, as a conservative myself, had never heard of her. Her point seemed pointless. Most conservatives I know adore Sarah Palin. I have no doubt that she will be on the national ticket again. Perhaps first as VP, then on to the big prize. She’ll get my vote.

    I have no problem with Palin’s accent or phrasing. As a Southerner, I always hear remarks about my decided drawl, slow speech or phraseology when I’m out of my geographical region. Truthfully, I don’t have an accent! Everyone I know speaks this way where I’m from. “Slow” and “dumb” are not necessarily synonymous terms. Right, Jake?

    Palin’s a star on the political scene. She reaches people…something elitist media types don’t understand or appreciate. I expect to see lots more Palin in our future! You go, girl!!!

  4. jakeho Says:

    “‘Slow’ and ‘dumb’ are not NECESSARILY synonymous terms.” Well crafted, G.R.I.T.S.

    As the world becomes more and more frenetic, the South often offers a haven for the harried where actions and speech are unhurried. Visitors are welcome to linger or remain, if they prefer.

  5. Boogiewoogee Says:

    Well, just speaking for ourselves, we’re New Yorkers (one native with extensive roots here), and both of us respect and admire Governor Palin. We don’t agree with her on every issue, but we like her, what she’s done and what we believe she can do. If she makes another run for national office, we look forward to giving her a good look and maybe supporting her candidacy.

    Yes, her accent is jarring to our ears sometimes, but that doesn’t change what we think of her. Then again, we New Yorkers probably sound strange to her.

    As for Southerners, we’ve known some super smart and savvy people from that wonderful region, as well some very stupid people from around here.

  6. G.R.I.T.S. Says:

    Thanks, Jake. Glad you liked it. I’ve been known to turn a decent phrase here and there. I like your analogy as well.

    Come on down, sit a spell on the porch and have an iced tea…sweet of course!

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