Sure, anyone who has watched Entertainment Tonight recently has seen that they have covered Sarah Palin's book tour. (Also, anyone who has watched this show in years has my sympathy. But that's another story entirely.) Of course, every episode I have seen that showed the Going Rogue book tour (have I mentioned I get paid if you buy through this link?) just had to include clips of Levi Johnston, publicity hound and father of Gov. Palin's grandson. (Hey, did you know he did a photo shoot for what's essentially a porno mag? Who freaking cares?)
But their show tonight (19-Nov) appears, at least to me, to show where ET's political leanings lie. Sure, they spent a couple of minutes highlighting the many, many people who waited to see her today, but they spent most of the show hyping an article about a "new book" that would supposedly shed some light on what Gov. Palin is really like. The title: The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power. (If for some strange reason you don't like Palin but frequent my blog--hi Dad--you can click that link to buy the book, and I'll get paid for that link too.) As far as I'm concerned, spotlighting this book is not equal time (Levi got enough of that this week); this is simply a cheap shot at Sarah Palin during her moment in the sun.
Why do I think it's a cheap shot at her? For starters, the book doesn't even come out until April. Secondly--and ET didn't think this was worth mentioning--the author, Geoffrey Dunn, is a frequent contributor to the ultra-left Huffington Post. This casts a bit of a shadow, at least in my mind, on the idea that this book could display anything resembling impartiality. I see this book more as a smear job.
And why do I think it's a smear job? Mr. Dunn has, in recent weeks, had an obsession rivaling that of self-described conservative Andrew Sullivan (no, still no link, Andi) with Sarah Palin. He has already posted columns on HuffPo detailing so-called lies from Going Rogue that he managed to determine despite not having read the book. And no, I'm not going to link to them, either. Instead, I will direct you, dear reader, to Conservatives 4 Palin's takedown of Mr. Dunn on all counts.
So with this kind of track record, what has Mr. Dunn done to deserve a multi-minute spotlight from Entertainment Tonight? Apparently, the only criteria for getting such attention is not liking Sarah Palin. Such is the state of our media at present.