Palin Would’ve Been ‘Wonderful’ In Media’s Eyes—Had She Hillary’s Views, Says Bernie Goldberg
February 19, 2009 - 6:13 PMBernard Goldberg, who won multiple Emmies for his reporting at CBS and HBO, said in an interview with CNSNews.com that the mainstream media would have considered Sarah Palin "wonderful" had she held the same political views as Hillary Clinton.
Goldberg is author of the current New York Times Best Seller “A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media.”
“Now if you took the exact same persona as Sarah Palin—we’re talking about a woman who has five kids, all these characteristics, she is the governor of an American state--and she had exactly the same political views as Hillary Clinton, what would the mainstream media think of her then?” CNSNews.com Editor in Chief Terry Jeffrey asked Goldberg.
“Oh, she would be wonderful wouldn’t she?” said Goldberg. “Can you imagine: She has five kids and she had a baby with Down Syndrome. I mean, that’s a courageous move. And, no, she didn’t go to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, but she went from one college to another until she found just the one that suited her best. This is a wonderful, this is a wonderful story. So, what does it come down to? What does it come down to, Terry? One is a conservative and one isn’t.”
In the interview, Goldberg was asked why the mainstream media did not see Palin as a feminist hero.
“The Sarah Palin you describe, she’s almost like the feminist ideal, after all,” Goldberg was asked.
“No, it’s the opposite,” said Goldberg. “You would think it’s the feminist ideal. Let’s get beyond whether you like Sarah Palin or you don’t like Sarah Palin, or whether Sarah Palin was qualified to be on the ticket or not. Let’s put that aside. The viciousness with which she was attacked was way beyond anything she deserved.”
When asked why the mainstream media was so vicious to Palin, Goldberg said: “I think it only partially had to do with her pro-life conservative politics, only partially. I think there was a bigger issue. And I think liberals in and out of the media detested Sarah Palin because this isn’t how it was supposed to be. ‘We liberal feminists fought like hell to make progress and this is the most talked about woman in America? This isn’t fair. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.’ And related to that, I believe that elitists on the left, again in and out of the media, don’t like ordinary Americans. And Sarah Palin had--my God--she had five children. Who has five children? She had a baby with Down Syndrome? Sophisticated women don’t have babies with Down Syndrome. She was everything that elitists look down their elitist noses at.”
“And the mainstream media are elitists?” asked Jeffrey.
“Excuse the redundancy there,” said Goldberg. “Yeah.”
John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker, asked Gov. Palin in an interview last month how she thought the media would have treated her had she been Barack Obama’s running mate.
“I think they would have loved me as a candidate,” Palin told Ziegler.