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Just a Guess: AP Reporter Doesn’t Like Palin

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 9:50 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Sarah Palin is speaking tonight at the 50th Anniversary of California State University, Stanislaus. Here’s the first six paragraphs of the AP’s
“neutral” coverage
[emphasis supplied]:

Sarah Palin breezed into a gala dinner at a cash-strapped California university Friday, poised to speak before hundreds of well-heeled donors as a throng of students protested her appearance nearby.

The former Alaska governor’s headline speech at the 50th anniversary celebration at California State University, Stanislaus has generated intense intrigue and scrutiny since her visit was first announced and set off a pitched legal feud.

In preparation for her arrival, workers transformed the rural, public school’s humble cafeteria into a glitzy Gala Hall, draped with crimson tablecloths and surrounded by chain-link fences. Officials still refuse to divulge the terms of her contract, her speaking fee, or any additional details about the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate’s trip to California.

News of Palin’s requirements only came to light after students fished several pages of the contract from a trash bin, which prompted California Attorney General Jerry Brown to launch an investigation into the finances of the university’s foundation arm and allegations that the nonprofit violated public disclosure laws.

“We cannot believe the stuff that has gone on with our campus over Sarah Palin’s visit,” said Alicia Lewis, 26, who was one of the students who retrieved piles of paperwork, including pieces of the contract document, from a trash container in April. “And now they’re fencing the campus off? It’s outrageous.”

University spokeswoman Eve Hightower said the extensive fencing and extra security were standard procedure for large campus events, and said the university had remained open to students going to class.”

It’s not until the 7th, 8th and 9th paragraphs that the AP notes something positive about Palin’s appearance:

“Friday’s sold-out dinner will bring in more than $200,000, making the gala the most successful fundraiser in the university’s history, said university foundation board president Matt Swanson.

“We’re not here to make a political statement, we’re here to make money,” said Swanson. “This event has surpassed all of our expectations.”

Most of the money raised comes from new donors, Hightower said. The funds will help pay for a variety of pressing campus needs, which the foundation will determine after consulting with university officials, she said.”

Now imagine how that article would have been written if President Obama were the speaker.


49 Responses to “Just a Guess: AP Reporter Doesn’t Like Palin”

  1. The local Fox camera crew was also making a fool of themselves, she talked about many topics which were
    above their little heads

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  2. “I cannot believe how stupid I still am at the age of 26,” said Alicia Lewis, dumpster diver extraordinaire.
    The MSM knows most only read the headline and maybe the first paragraph. Which is also why they are becoming extinct. Ciao!

    Gazzer (dd9e24)

  3. “The campus is spending thousands and thousands of dollars to hire a divisive political figure to come here. There’s something wrong with that, when they’ve turned away people for scholarships,” said Josh Esteves, a protest organizer with Valley Progressives, a local left-leaning political group.

    Oh brother. There’s something wrong when a student complains about a lack of scholarship funding while simultaneously complaining about the very person who just exceeded all expectations and raised $200,000 for the school to spend on pressing campus needs.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  4. Sarah Palin did conservatism a disservice by raising money for these losers.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  5. Next time, they can ask Soros to write them a check,

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  6. Congrats to FOX for actually having an intelligent Camera Crew on Staff who isn’t brain-washed. Too bad they aren’t in front of the Cameras to bring balance to Crybaby Beck & $ister $arah’s narcissistic personalities.

    BTW…What a disrespect Ms. Palin brought to Stanislaus and the State of California!

    Scarlet (7ed317)

  7. BTW…What a disrespect Ms. Palin brought to Stanislaus and the State of California!

    Considering how fuxored California’s financial outlook is and the clowns in charge at the statehouse, I’m not sure it could be disrespected any worse.

    Another Chris (121ff0)

  8. I’m having to assume comment #6 is parody, right?

    Techie (43d092)

  9. You would think so, but it’s more of a third string Axel troll,

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  10. When I was in journalism school, it was the 5 W’s, hold the modifiers please.

    I’m guessing Burke was(is) an English major? Great piece of writing there Garance.

    em (017d3c)

  11. That’s yet another of the Soros ‘pod people’ that have made it to the Post, along with Sargent and
    the now departed Wiegel

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  12. said Alicia Lewis, 26, who was one of the students who retrieved piles of paperwork,

    Twenty-six, and still a “student”. Life must be truly wonderful in beautiful California, where all is for the best in that best of all possible worlds!

    TexasBob (c9b943)

  13. We Fresno alumni must salute Turlock for their ability to p*ss off the socially conscious Associated Press, and all the socially conscious lefties who hate hate speech and hate Sarah Palin while they’re at it.

    One of those lefties is a reporter who left his mike on after Palin’s speech, and spewed much socially conscious hate in her direction after the speech. Rarely is the corrosion in ‘unbiased media’ so clearly exposed.

    Insufficiently Sensitive (8906ed)

  14. burke learn at knee of
    helen thomas wannabe
    jennifer loven

    ColonelHaiku (181d1a)

  15. The amount of crap AP gets away with makes Pravda jealous.

    Dmac (cfe27e)

  16. Humble rural public school? Sweet Lovin’ Jesus–it’s a campus of Cal State University. Now I’m not saying it’s the Harvard of the West–nor even say the Grambling University of the West–but it’s hardly a little broken down old high school.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  17. only came to light after students

    Here’s my occasional salute to such people…, December 2006:

    The people who give the least are the young, especially young liberals. [Public policy professor Arthur C.] Brooks writes that “young liberals — perhaps the most vocally dissatisfied political constituency in America today — are one of the least generous demographic groups out there….In 2002, they were 12 percent less likely to give money to charities, and one-third less likely to give blood.”

    Liberals, he says, give less than conservatives because of religion, attitudes about government, structure of families, and earned income. The families point is driven home by other results from Brooks. He writes that young liberals are less likely do nice things for their nearest and dearest, too. Compared with young conservatives, “a lower percentage said they would prefer to suffer than let a loved one suffer, that they are not happy unless the loved one is happy, or that they would sacrifice their own wishes for those they love.”

    Mark (411533)

  18. Greetings:

    Me, I’m thinking that the reporters probably don’t remember Mrs. Obama’s speech at the graduation of a California’s campus in Modesto, I think. I wonder what that cost the taxpayers, federal and stat, for the to and fro and how much that venture brought in.

    11B40 (b11add)

  19. Shocka! The same reporter wrote about Palin being blessed for protection from witchcraft.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  20. The same reporter, Garance Burke, was also part of the 11-person team writing that famously fair article about Palin’s Going Rogue.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  21. And for those who care to delve deeper, here’s a brief bio of unbiased AP reporter Garance Burke on Media That Matters, not to be confused with Media Matters.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  22. My, what a resume. Movie producer, protector of gay rights, global warming alarmist, and defender of dumpster divers. When does Garance find time to write stories?

    trentk269 (ee047d)

  23. You might even say that Palin is making it possible for Garance to make a living.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  24. I’d like to see someone (maybe me) compile biographies of Garance Burke and other reporters noted for their totally unbiased journalism.

    Each time they write one of their totally unbiased stories that purely by coincidence reinforces a left-wing meme, we can link to that biography.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  25. Bradley seems to have this reporter’s number.

    I guess folks like that are too busy striving to be relevant to realize they are the only reason Palin is a major factor.

    Had they just treated her the way the right treats Biden, not with horror but with a little humor, I think she’d still be Governor and not nearly so free or motivated to constantly trounce Obama’s folks with her little Facebook page.

    As it is, Palin is a major battle in the renewed culture war.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. of course it is a disgrace. imagine people choosing to spend their own money freely to support education in California and the school administrators going along with it. the proper source of funding for education is taxes which gives the “people” the right to jail those who do not wish to contribute to education. if we let people begin to think that there is something right about people being free to support education through these types of fundraisers it is only a short step to the time when it will not be a crime to refuse raising teachers salaries every year.

    max (2f2a28)

  27. “BTW…What a disrespect Ms. Palin brought to Stanislaus and the State of California!
    Comment by Scarlet — 6/25/2010 @ 10:36 pm”

    Since Scarlet is so offended by Sarah’s speech, hopefully she will refrain from participating in any of the activities paid for with the money raised by said speech.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  28. If Palin had arranged to have her youngest son and her grandson killed she would be a hero to the left.

    Interesting how small decisions will influence ones press coverage.

    Have Blue (854a6e)

  29. I doubt anyone would have ever known if Palin had chosen to have an abortion. Maybe there would be rumors but even if she came right out and talked about it I doubt it would affect her press coverage very much.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  30. June 26, 2010 (AP) Looking rested and refreshed after having yet another abortion, Sarah Palin gave a fabulously well-received speech last night at California State University, Stanislaus. The appeal of Sarah Palin’s “commonsense conservatism” has been undeniable since her failed vice presidential campaign, but last night’s performance did much to showcase the talents of a woman many are already calling the next president of the United States.

    I’m not seeing it.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  31. Bradley,

    What a terrific idea. I’ll help. What can I do?

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  32. Dustin, it’s so freakin’ easy to spot these think-alike individualist leftist reporters. Their style and tone gives them away.

    Here’s more insight into the views of totally unbiased AP reporter Garance Burke
    Indigenous Mexican Migrants in the US:
    Building Bridges between Researchers and Community Leaders
    October 11-12, 2002
    UCSC Inn and Conference Center
    611 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, CA

    Sponsored by:
    Latin American and Latino Studies Department (LALS)
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    Co-sponsored by:
    Frente Indígena Oaxaqueño Binacional (FIOB)
    Chicano/Latino Research Center (UCSC)
    Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community (UCSC)

    Here is a link to her paper about “Indigenous Mexican Migrants”

    Bermejo sees the immigrant community as “an underclass, a hidden society that doesn’t trust the government.”
    “I’ve been really amazed at how many yucatecos are in San Francisco. People are coming here to get a job, save money and then go back. I don’t see people who want to stay here forever, and a lot of them don’t have papers . . . people say they can’t get used to the lifestyle here, and there isn’t the extended family,” she said.

    A certain word doesn’t occur in Burke’s article, replaced by euphemisms such as “undocumented” or “don’t have papers”. Can you guess what it is?

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  33. DRJ,
    What a terrific idea. I’ll help. What can I do?

    Give me names of reporters to research, and helpful links if you have them handy. We can take it from there.

    For that matter, I’ll take suggestions from all. We can then prioritize who to profile first.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  34. “The campus is spending thousands and thousands of dollars to hire a divisive political figure to come here. There’s something wrong with that, when they’ve turned away people for scholarships,” said Josh Esteves, a protest organizer with Valley Progressives, a local left-leaning political group.

    The LAT notes today the college president and board have earmarked 1/3 of the money raised – money that exceeded all expectations – to be specifically used for scholarships. I hope Mr. Esteves above, who was dreadfully concerned about this issue, now agrees that it was a shrewd move on the university’s part to have Mrs. Palin be the keynote speaker.

    After all, it was clearly for the children.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  35. a wiki format would be nice

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  36. Those of latin culture, like moi, understand it as an injunction against ill will, a tool that has been
    very helpful in the last two years, They attack her
    because ‘she does walk the walk’ unlike many we could name, the salamandered one, referenced earlier. So Alinsky tactics, dictate that you attack someone at their strongest point. If faithful, suggest adultery, if honest, corrupt, if thrifty suggest she spends extravagantly

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  37. I’m sure Alicia is upset because Sarah is a threat to her receiving free college until she reaches age 30 or older. I know Alicia, it’s just outrageous! You need to get a job, get purpose to your life, and start contributing to society vice being someone that tries to break it down. I’m sure you also have a clue of who stole the Mojave National Preserve cross when clear heads prevailed in the courts and the wacked liberals got upset. It’s also obvious that Alicia failed math, let’s see; pay out a max of $100k to gain $200k is a bad deal??? How sad at age 26!

    Roger (9e1068)

  38. Bradley,

    Is this limited to the AP? In addition to Garance:

    Thomas Curley, AP President and CEO;
    Douglas K. Daniel;
    Steven R. Hurst; and
    In Iraq — Qais al Bashir.

    I’ll add more as I come across them, plus I have a title suggestion via the Instapundit: The AP’s Reign of Error.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  39. There’s a reason why some including Rush call it Al AP, you can add that non existent massacre in Korea, that phantom Iraqi policemen who witnesses
    burning of mosques,

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  40. One more: Liz Sidoti.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  41. The LAT notes today the college president and board have earmarked 1/3 of the money raised – money that exceeded all expectations – to be specifically used for scholarships.

    Comment by Dana — 6/26/2010 @ 4:40 pm

    Let’s hope they earmark the rest for admissions testing. The students we’ve heard from so far have, obviously, slipped through the cracks and taken valuable slots that otherwise might have gone to others much more likely to actually graduate.

    Matador (5db43f)

  42. DRJ,
    It’s about any supposedly objective reporter. But AP is a good place to start. It’s the most widely used news service in the U.S.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  43. I don’t have time to look much further tonight, but it wouldn’t be complete with McClatchy’s William Douglas and Bobby Caina Calvan.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  44. Hurst is a particularly egregious toadying whore.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  45. Can whores toady?

    Yes but it costs extra.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  46. I would have included Dan Morain, formerly an LA Times reporter. But now he’s an opinion writer at the SacBee, and thus not an “objective” journalist anymore. Now he’s just another ill-informed lefty blowhard sucking up money that could have been used for real reporting. They could get the same opinions from Media Matters for free.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  47. No, actually the prize goes to a McClatchy reporter, Price out of N. Carolina, as I recall, who complained that the drop in casualties was
    affecting the burial shroud business in Najaf, Iraq
    but BobbY Calvan is a close second

    ian cormac (7bb4f2)

  48. To see photos of the Moonbats who protested the Sarah Palin event, click here.

    Kevin Gregory (ff803c)

  49. Thanks for linking that, Kevin. I can write all day but those pictures tell the story.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

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