For centuries men have exploited and taken advantage of women who did not have the education or experience to be in a position to fight back. It is however the 21st Century. In the United States of America, women are more educated than men and share equally in being financially responsible for the support of the family. When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate, I was offended and outraged. His choice was clearly motivated by her appearance and little else. With five other female Republican Senators and three other female Governors at the time, McCain clearly felt that a women’s job was to look pretty and stay quiet. McCain had no expectation that Palin would contribute intellectually to his campaign. In fact, he did his best to prevent her from interacting with the media or the American public. It seems he thought women would vote for a woman, and men would think of him as a stud if he surrounded himself with pretty women. McCain was wrong.
Fox News hired Palin as a “political analyst”, attempting to give the illusion that Palin was capable of analyzing anything. In the recent interview of Sarah Palin by Bill O’Reilly, it became apparent that Fox News is attempting to use Palin, much in the same way that McCain did.
Having watched this interview several times, a few conclusions are obvious:
- The total length of the interview was 7 minutes and 17 seconds. During that time O’Reilly interrupted Palin 7 times, referred to Palin as the “former” Governor only once, and referred to Palin as the “Governor” four times. In case Fox is confused as to her status, she quit, she is no longer a Governor of any state, and she no longer holds ANY political office.
- Palin used a word that does not appear in my dictionary, “repill”. I listened to the tape five times, thinking that I misheard what she was saying, and each time, I heard “repill” which is not a word.
- The first question O’Reilly asked Palin was to identify the thing she found worst about “Obama-care”. When Palin finally answered his question she explained that what she objected to was the notion that “leftists” could push a policy through Congress without regard to the will of the people. O’Reilly disagreed with Palin, explaining that the real problem was that voters elected a Democratic House of Representatives, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic President. O’Reilly suggested that voters gave the Democrats the opportunity to enact policies to which O’Reilly objects, and that voters should do everything in their power to elect Republicans in November. Palin finally caught on and agreed with O’Reilly.
- O’Reilly asked Palin to agree that there were some positive things that the health care legislation addressed, like insurance company abuse. Palin wouldn’t even agree with him on that.
- The interview of Palin takes place outdoors in Alaska. There is no reason that an interview of this sort should ever take place outdoors, but it was a way to divert the attention of the viewer from Palin.
The only logical conclusion is that Fox News, like John McCain, is using the charisma and appeal of Sarah Palin to further its objectives. Poor Sarah seems to be oblivious to the fact that she is being used. If Fox News is willing to pay Sarah Palin enough money, she seems to be willing to let Fox use her as they deem appropriate. I thought it was against the law to pay women to do what made men feel good?