The cable news channel is “completely out of control,” said writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat.
She added that she would prefer a lunch date with right-leaning Fox News star Sean Hannity over left-leaning MSNBC star Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann was criticized by many who attended Monday’s luncheon sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was dubbed “Hollywood, America and Election ’08.”
Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC — and other media — has attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while demeaning her supporters.
“We should stop the demonizing,” she said, adding that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned. “It diminishes us,” she said of her fellow Democrats. She stressed, though, that its Palin’s small-town American roots she wishes to defend and not her politics or policies.
Bloodworth-Thomason even suggested a defense of Palin and her supporters should be written into TV programming, just as she went out of her way to portray Southern women as smart in her hit TV show “Designing Women.”
You may remember that Harry and Linda Thomason are die-in-the-wool Clintonistas who were very prominent in that administration. You know it’s bad when she’d rather have a lunch date with Sean Hannity!
But the whole business of demonising Sarah Palin goes to the heart of what this election is all about. We’ve been building up to this for a long time, but the blunt truth of the matter is that Sarah Palin is a major threat to the élites in our society just by being who she is.
What we are being presented with by the left is simple: only a few people, who have gone to the right schools, live in the right places and associate with the right people are fit to govern the country. The rest of us are simply too stupid. I’ve beat on this issue before on both a political and personal level before, and the sad part is that too many on the right agree with them (for example, Peggy Noonan and her attacks on Sarah Palin.)
What Linda Bloodworth-Thomason may not realise is that Palin’s “small-town American roots”–and her sticking to them in her life–are the core issue. What we have is two groups of people who cannot survive if the other is in charge. Or, as one Russian ambassador put it about the conflicts in his own time, “No treaties are possible between them. The existence of one means the death of the other.” That explains much of the viciousness we see in this election cycle.
Irrespective of whether you think that Sarah Palin is the ideal standard bearer for her values and those like her, the triumph of the élite idea of success is the end of the American social dynamic as we have known it. And that leads to the next question: will this new “Plan B” work? I doubt it.