Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why can't a journalism major name ONE newspaper or magazine?

This is amazing. If your B.S. radar doesn't start beeping wildly, then you're fooling yourself.

COURIC; When it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious ... what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this, to stay informed and to understand the world?

PALIN: I've read most of them,a gain, with a great appreciation for the press, for the media, coming ...

COURIC: But like, what ones, specifically, I'm curious, that you...

PALIN: Um, all uv' em. Any uv' em that, um, have - uh - been in front of me over all these years. Um...

COURIC: Can you name a few?

PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources, where we get our news, too. Alaska isn't a foreign country, where it's kind of suggested, it seems like, "wow! H-how could you keep i-in touch with the rest of Washington DC may be thinking and doing, when you live up there way in Alaksa?" Believe me, Alaska is a microcosm of America.

Wow. So much to comment on.

First and foremost. Why can't someone who has a bachelor's degree in journalism rattle off the names of a few newspapers and magazines? You know -- L.A. Times, Wallstreet Journal, Newsweek, London Times, U.S. News and World Report? I don't even claim to know enough to be Vice President of the U.S. and can name a few without even batting an eyelash!

Second, how, exactly, is Alaska a microcosm of America? 

Alaska has the highest native American population -- nearly 1 in 5 compared with less than 1% for the rest of the nation), 

With BY FAR the lowest population density in the nation -- Alaska has only 1.2 people per square mile, less than half of the next lowest densely populated state, Wyoming, which has 5.4 people per square mile. Compare with Kansas at 33.9 per square mile, or Colorado at 46.9 per square mile, or Kentucky at 106.8 people per square mile, or Florida at 338 people per square mile, or Ohio at 380 people per square mile. (According to Wikipedia, the U.S. average population density is 86.2 people per square mile.)

Alsaska has the lowest women:men ratio, and the highest rates of rape in the nation. 

None of these things are meant to be good or bad (except the high rates of rape in Alaska so women start saving to pay for your rape kit in the hospital if Palin's policies extend beyond Alaska), but the one thing all this does is show that Palin was, once again, talking out of her ass.

I'd say Alaska is anything BUT a microcosm of the United States.

And Sarah Palin is woefully uninformed.

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