Saturday, September 13, 2008

For The Love Of A Cow....

From the New York Times:

WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.


Complaint Department Manager said...

It's a FEMA thing. Change right?

Jackie Melton said...

Selective information, I suppose that's fair game, surely this must have been an "editorial" piece because usually, in a straight news piece one might have expected to have read about some of the other credentials her high school buddy had for the job.

She might have been highly qualified in other areas but because she was cited as a "former real estate agent" and mentions her citing of a "love for cows," when she was a child, it has the effect of labeling Palin's friend's acquisition of the job as only and purely cronyism. That's unfortunate, I'm sure she had other qualifications but they weren't noted. For reasons such as this, the press is often rightly chastised as biased because, so clearly, part of the information regarding her qualifications was left out completely. True, sure, biased, absolutely. Are there conservatives in the media who practice the same tactics, yep.

That's why we often hear the term "red meat." This was sure "red meat" for those looking for every reason to paint Palin in a derogatory light, unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your personal preference, it is very transparent and will not win votes from anyone new, will simply provide that coveted "red meat" for those who would already be voting for Obama in the first place.

It's a game. More sophisticated than some, less sophisticated than others, but, still a game.