Speaking with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made a bizarre remark comparing her tenure on the 2008 national ticket to Sen. Kamala Harris’s current status.
Carlson suggested that Palin was treated much worse by the media than Joe Biden’s pick.
“Looking back, is there anything you could have done to get the kind of coverage that Kamala Harris is getting now?” Carlson asked Palin on his Wednesday night show. “Like you ‘care about equality deep within your soul,’ that you’re a ‘rock star,’ a celebrity, you’re the Dalai Lama reincarnated — could you have done anything to get that kind of coverage?”
While it’s true that Palin drew sharp criticism in media when her complete lack of qualifications for the presidency became evident, Carlson is wrong to suggest Palin didn’t receive this kind of coverage. When she first hit the national stage, her political stardom was widely hailed.
Here’s just some of that coverage:
- The Telegraph: “Sarah Palin makes speech of a lifetime”
- Wired: “Sarah Palin’s Campaign Debut Electrifies the GOP, Galvanizes The Twitterati”
- The New York Times: “In our instant-news and celebrity-obsessed culture, Palin went from Sarah Who to conservative rock star in less than a week.”
- Star Tribune: “Fired-up Palin rocks arena, rips her foes”
- Wall Street Journal: “Palin’s Style Sparks Buying Frenzy, And Fashion Firms Rush to Cash In”
- Access: “TV News Anchors On Sarah Palin: ‘A Star Is Born’”
But put all that aside. There certainly was some unfair and sexist coverage of Palin. But what Palin said next to Carlson was precisely in line with the kind of misogyny she faced.
“I would not have prostituted myself,” she said, pausing briefly, perhaps seeming to recognize she had just used an inflammatory word. She awkwardly tried to explained what she meant, but it didn’t make much sense: “In terms of changing any of my positions in order to garner better press.” But her invocation of the word “prostitute” echoed the misogynistic attack Rush Limbaugh recently lobbed at the Democratic vice presidential candidate when he called her a “hoe.”
While discussing the media’s treatment of Kamala Harris, Sarah Palin says she wouldn’t have “prostituted” herself and her positions to get better coverage when she was a VP candidate. pic.twitter.com/uJBjuuyCo9
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) August 20, 2020
She then bizarrely suggested that Harris is “prostituting” herself by backing policies like gun confiscation, which is not a part of the Democratic Party platform.
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