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The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star Hardcover – November 12, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230614
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Continetti is the associate editor of the Weekly Standard and a contributing editor to National Affairs. Continetti was a 2008 Phillips Foundation journalism fellow, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times .A graduate of Columbia University, he lives in Arlington, VA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sarah Palin wasn't prepared.
arpard fazakas
This book is written for the worshipful minions of the Sarah Palin myth.
Billy Bob Sixpack
The subtitle of the book is a little misleading.
the robster

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42 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Robert on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Having read through this book for as long as I could stomach the author's twisted and inaccurate observations, I could not walk away without giving an opinion of this book. First, do NOT waste your money on this dribble. If you want to hear all about how damaged palin is by the so-called Liberal Media, just turn on fox news. Everything printed in this book has been said on the GOP's propaganda network, fox. The only thing you might be interested to learn is this; if I was to write my opinion on ANY website, the author believes I am then an "Elite Liberal Media" star. After all, most of the things discussed by the author were written by everyday day people in response to palin's speeches, her interviews and God help us all, her books. Aside from a few quotes from MSNBC's 4 Liberal leaning hosts, and Katy Couric, everything else he whines over was found in the "Comments" section of blogs and websites all over the Internet.

To be sure, palin is talked about on NEWS shows, and all over the Internet. I've yet to really understand why. Personally, I find her to be irritating, ignorant, and as vapid a human as I've ever seen in the public eye, and yet here I am writing a review of this guy's whimper-fest of a book. I guess I'm writing this because I am unimpressed with the author's argument that "Liberal Media" tried to bring palin down. That is a very stupid position. After all, if there is a NEWS story in which palin is quoted verbatim, the author uses this as an example of the Liberal Media trying to bring her down. I think it's amusing how the author never discussed the hundreds of lies spread about Democratic politicians on fox, in right leaning newspapers, and all over right wing dominated talk radio.
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33 of 47 people found the following review helpful By arpard fazakas on November 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The "elite" media tried to bring Sarah Palin down by ..... asking her questions about domestic and foreign policy issues ...... by ..... asking her to explain her claims about the Bridge to Nowhere .... by ...... asking her about whether she had any second thoughts about teen abstinence in the light of her daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy .... etc. etc. Sorry, but if you have pretensions to be a national figure, you need to be prepared to back up your claims, explain your positions, and tell us where you stand on important domestic and foreign policy issues. Sarah Palin wasn't prepared.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Lady on November 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Matthew Continetti slavishly worships everything McCain and actually believes the crooked Senator to be an ethical politician as opposed to the corrupt hypocrite most know him to be. He claims that Sarah Palin was a break from the old boys club when in reality she was a CREATION, if not a puppet, of the old boys network.

Continetti is little more than a propagandist who touts neocon talking points. He lacks any real journalistic integrity, including reporting with truth, objectivity, and hard evidence. Instead he spins to advance political causes on behalf of the neocons.

I say this as a Palin supporter. There is a lot to commend Palin, but Continetti's cloying, slavish, uncritical devotion and efforts to cozy up to Palin and McCain, no doubt hoping to win favor in their inner circle, does not do her justice.

Continetti is an immature, sorry excuse for a journalist. He is a good writer, however, if you enjoy works of fiction. As a journalist, he fails.
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30 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Janalina on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book focuses on the negative hype that most people didn't believe about Palin in the first place. What it doesn't mention are the hard facts that brought down the McCain campaign and have further turned the majority of the public against Palin as a candidate for 2012. The media is hard on all candidates and while Palin may have recieved more than herfiskr share of bad publicity the media didn't invent her unpreparedness in interviews, her inexperience or lack of knowledge, and her desertion of her most important political job thus far. She may be a nice person, good mother and loving wife, but she is not Presidential material. If she runs in 2012 the Republicans will lose again.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Billy Bob Sixpack on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is written for the worshipful minions of the Sarah Palin myth. Mr. Continetti dutifully checks off each and every criticism that has come down the pike about former governor Palin and refutes it--whether it needs refuting or not! It is quite one-sided in its approach, and a discerning reader will feel he/she has been short-changed, even at the bargain price. But for the Palin loyalist: Priceless.Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By the robster on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you subscribe to the idea that all media is out to get conservatives you'll probably like this book. But there is not much new here. A more interesting book would compare the coverage Governor Palin received against, say the president, by comparing what are viewed to be liberal sources and conservative sources. But that is not the choice the author made.

The subtitle of the book is a little misleading. The author sites many media stories, and also includes information about how the McCain campaign mishandled her, and sabotaged her after the campaign. This is to his credit. So the book is really about how media and republican enemies have gone after her. But the subtitle probably attracts his desired audience.

There are a number of amusing statements that don't match my recollection of the events. I don't intend to pick apart the entire book, so here are three. He said her religion was dissected by the media, however the concerns about the pastor of then Senator Obama's church we not covered by the media. Uh, no. He said that VP Biden's interviewers gave him softball questions, while Katie Couric tried to trap the governor. I think if Governor Pailn had answered the question about what she reads effectively, liberals would have claimed it was a softball question. Instead, conservatives say it was a trick question. He said that Tina Fey's impression of her blurred the line of reality and comedy (that's not quite it, but I'm trying unsuccessfully to keep it short). I'm pretty sure people could tell the difference. He noted correctly that she never said she could see Alaska from her house but people thought she did. I'd say the same number of people thought this was true as the number of people that thought VP Gore said he invented the internet.
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