She's as dead on now as she was then.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller has unearthed a number of e-mails from the Journolist forum that plainly and clearly shows what we in the Palinosphere have been saying since the election. It clearly shows that journalists conspired, colluded, compared notes, and enacted media strategies in their reporting with the expressed and complicit purpose of destroying Sarah Palin.
These journalists were not involved in analysis, reporting or even in op-ed writing. They were astroturfing. They were talking about getting enough of them to raise certain issues that it would fly up the media flagpole and get the public's attention to make it look like Sarah Palin was a sexist choice by McCain, portray her as a right wing extremist and to attack her ability to take care of Trig while she was on the road.
Josh Painter at Texas4Palin made another good point in his Quote of the Day (July 21, 2010):
Michael Wiswell at The Bold Pursuit:In another excellent post, Painter lands this money quote of his own: "the chatter on the then-secret listserv sounded more like what one would hear in a Democrat Party campaign war room than a newsroom, and the debate from the outset was about the best way to attack Gov. Palin."
"The old school guys (back in the day, most were guys) believed a candidate should never fight the media – after all, the opponent is a Democrat, not the media. This was the rule until she broke it... Sarah Palin is the rainmaker and the game-changer... Palin knew that we had to take on the media and fight it out, which, if you think about it, makes the old 'experts' from both parties look old indeed – they missed it. No wonder [they] don't like her."
There are no words to describe what a Constitutional crisis this could have become had journalists like Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson not hit the pavement and wear out the soles of their shoes in pursuing the sludge that we all in the Palinoshere knew all along was there.
When America's three branch system of government with it's separation of powers is intentionally undermined... and yes I say intentionally... by the fourth estate, the watchdog envisioned by our Founders, it raises serious concerns about the future of how our democracy will function.
Our system of government could not have come into being and thrived for as long as it did if we did not have citizens in the journalism industry keeping another check and balance on the government by being our eyes and ears. Throughout history, the media has unearthed government corruption and provided information on issues of the day that, as Thomas Jefferson put forth, was necessary in order to have an informed electorate.
The media in 2008 decided that instead of informing the electorate, they were going to lie to them and push memes that would influence the average person who does not spend hours on the internet like some of us geeks do.
American journalism died, as Sean Hannity said, in 2008. While it has always been a staple of American debate and a positive addition to the exchange of ideas to have opposing opinions and ideas discussed and argued on the op-ed pages of our newspapers and now in blogs, it was never, and never should be, the role of the media to influence elections, hide facts or distort facts where the flow of objective information is involved.
These journalists that the Daily Caller has exposed are not wrong for having opinions. However, they are traitorist in the method by wish they disseminated, twisted, distorted and withheld information that was crucial for the American people to have in order to make an informed decision about who they would vote for.
I submit for debate the analysis that America made a huge mistake in electing Barack Obama - a mistake that will have serious negative impacts on the world stage both economically and in the arena of foreign policy. And America made this mistake because the media lied to them and did not provide the proper information, context or understanding of who Sarah Palin was and who Barack Obama was.
Barack Obama's socialist associations with the likes of Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers were completely ignored or glossed over by the mainstream media. ACORN's explicit partisanship in recruiting Obama voters was a national disgrace that the media swept under the rug. The media should have been all over a government funded organization actively campaigning for Barack Obama. Instead they chose to focus their attention on Troopergate, which was nothing more than a family issue for the Palins. And if Sarah Palin was not governor, Todd Palin would as a citizen of the state of Alaska still have had every right to question the commissioner on why a rogue cop was not being fired for threatening someone, whether it was his sister in-law or some unknown lady somewhere in Nome.
At the same time they were portraying an outright distortion of the merits of voting for Barack Obama, they were destroying the character of a woman who had done nothing wrong except miss a couple of questions in an interview. They put her under a microscope while the media turned their backs to serious allegations about socialists infiltrating our government.
John McCain and Sarah Palin did not just run against Barack Obama. They ran against the entire media establishment as well. For all intents and purposes, Barack Obama won an unfair, although legal, election because it was two on one. Had this been a fight, it would be like having one boxer having to fight two, with the second fighter being the referee. The election was a sham. The American people were ripped off by the media and they should be as angry about this as if it was Watergate.
John Ziegler understated it when he called it media malpractice. It actually was media fraud.
America was duped by the media. Barack Obama was elected under false pretenses. The job of the media to provide information and facts to the America people was abdicated in favor of agenda driven journalism. That's not only a shame, that's a threat to our democracy. America has been defrauded and the time has come for the new media to step up to the plate and assist in the rebuilding of a seriously broken fourth estate.