THE “PALIN-CREATIONIST” issue, to the extent that it’s still mentioned, has settled into the soggy bog of journalistic truth — which is not always the same as objectively verifiable truth. It’s now as well established as the truth that FDR saved us from the Depression, Eisenhower was stupid, and Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty is a great success. You know — journalistic truth.
In most news stories and opinion pieces in which the subject arises (and we dutifully scan them all), Palin is that gun-toting, moose-eating, young-earth creationist who wants to ban books, burn witches, and destroy the planet so that Big Oil can profit.
There is nothing much to be done about media behavior; but we continue to search each day for news that runs against the journalistic tide. It’s an increasingly profitless activity. So why do we do it?
We’re secretly hoping to learn that Sarah isn’t a creationist nutcase, and we’d like answers to our Open Letter to Sarah Palin. Anyway, here’s what we’ve come up with this morning:
In the Philadelphia Inquirer we read Palin stops in at Philly bar. We know the headline isn’t very promising, but we’re desperate. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:
An enthusiastic crowd swarmed to shake hands and pose for photos with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin at the Irish Pub last night in Center City, a short time before the first debate of the presidential election.
Sounds like a great place. Okay, what happened there? We read on:
“Sa-rah! Sa-rah!” the crowd cheered, although outside, a large contingent of protesters booed Palin and chanted Democrat Barack Obama’s name.
Wearing a Phillies windbreaker and blue jeans, Palin spent about an hour in the bar mingling.
An hour mingling in the bar? See, it’s like we’ve been telling you — she’s not all bad. Moving along:
Reba Larney, of Exton, said that having a man and woman in the White House together would bring better balance to the nation’s leadership. “There are some women who are called to stand beside men in power and offer a balance,” she said.
This is the first time we’ve heard of the “White House gender-harmony” theory of governance. It’s difficult to keep up with these things. More from the article:
Inside the bar, James Boney, of Atlantic City, said he had been a McCain supporter but would not vote for him now because of the Palin pick.
Ah yes, the always-convincing preface to some political bombast: “I used to be a McCain supporter but now …”
“I have a problem with anyone who thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old,” Boney said, referring to Palin’s onetime support for the teaching of creationism along with evolution in public schools.
There it is! That’s the creationism reference that qualifies this news article for inclusion in our humble blog. It’s not much, but one learns to grasp at straws.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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