Fox News: Sarah Palin – Dumb as Soup

sarah-palin2The GOP’s youngest and brightest stars shine through the foggy gaze of their geriatric seniors. Just a few months ago, Fox News was gushing over Palin, her beauty and her experience as an “executive” – albeit for less than eighteen months.

On August 29th, Carl Cameron from Fox News wrote about Palin:

Palin brings to the Republican ticket a resume that challenges conventional wisdom while it plays into the party’s conservative base. Palin is, among other things, a former beauty queen, a mother of five, an abortion opponent, a union member, hockey player and moose hunter. She is said to be a reformer who takes pride in standing up to the “good ol’ boy network,” and she has served as the top ethics watchdog in her state.

“I would be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States,” Palin said after joining McCain, his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan on stage. “To be chosen is a great challenge. I know that it will demand everything I have to give and I promise nothing less.”

Cameron can’t gush enough over Palin, her qualifications and her bio. And when Team Obama responded, Cameron was quick to point it out:

The tone contrasted with that of a more-critical statement issued earliar in the day by an Obama spokesman questioning Palin’s experience.

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” spokesman Bill Burton said.

After rambling on about Palin’s selection, the secrecy behind the decision and how Governors Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and MItt Romney (R-MA) were skipped over – Cameron goes on gushing:

Palin is well received among both economic and social conservatives. She is quoted saying in 2002 that she is as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” The Club for Growth, a government spending watchdog, described Palin as a “genuine reformer.”

“At a time when many Republicans are still clinging to pork-barrel politics, Governor Palin has quickly become a leader on this issue,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “She is a principled reformer who understands how badly wasteful spending has marred the Republican brand.”

But that was then, and this is now. Carl Cameron is live on Fox News pointing out that Sarah Palin, Alaska’s finest governor, is actually, dumber than a pail of nails. In an interview with Fox News’ Shep Smith:

Carl Cameron talking to Bill O’Reilly just now on Fox reveals that McCain aides were truly “shocked” at the “gaps in knowledge” Sarah Palin displayed once they were stuck with her. He said that, in the most startling shortcoming, she actually didn’t “understand that Africa was not just a country, but a continent.” This led, among other things, to her asking how, in that case, South Africa could be a separate country. She also could not name all of the countries in North America, he said, not even the NAFTA partners. And she did not know many of the basics of civics and local/state/national duties. O’Reilly pooh-poohed all of this.

I’m guessing that Bill O’Reilly pooh-poohed all of this because he didn’t know Africa was a continent and remains confused about South Africa being a country to this day! But, I digress. Please! Let the “GOP Love Fest” continue!!

But the “gaps” explain, Cameron said, why tensions erupted as McCain aides were truly alarmed by all of this — yet Palin wanted to speak out freely. So in the closing week or so, they reveal, she took to yelling and screaming at aides over her press clippings, even “tossing papers” around. She was so out of touch she actually refused coaching before the Katie Couric interviews, then yelled at staffers for not preparing her better or warning her off the interviews. “Temper tantrums,” etc. Then there were the clothes bills and greeting McCain aides in a bath towel….UPDATE: Anchorage Daily News asks her to confirm above, she refuses to discuss it at all.

Below is an earlier Cameron interview on Fox today. Shep Smith at least asked, how could they name someone as veep who didn’t know that Africa is a continent? — Greg Mitchell

The “wearing only a towel” caught the attention here at Fruit Fly central. Huffington Post has that story:

At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter [Senior McCain Aides] went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.

It was only two weeks ago that McCain aides were complaining she was a Diva!

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.

What was their first clue?

Newsweek is running a story where McCain and Palin aides were furious at Palin’s outrageous spending at Neiman Marcus and Sax Fifth Avenue. What was reported earlier on the GOP’s spending for her new clothes was hardly a drop in the bucket.

One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

They called the Palins “Wasilla Hillbillies”. That’s hysterical. Just think, these Hillbillies almost became Vice President of the United States and in charge of the American taxpayer’s money!

Hollywood Flies

Old FruitfliesRupert Murdoch’s Fox television gets more gay

Brad Pitt

Gay and Lesbian people everywhere don’t know whether to love or hate Rupet Murdoch. His Fox News channel is patently homophobic, however his Fox television channels and his FX channel couldn’t be more gay friendly. For example; FX has carried “Nip/Tuck” for it’s fourth season, and nothing was more controversial than when Matt McMahon, the son, makes out with a transvestite and he’s repulsed by it. The season finishes with Matt being chased out by the transvestite and all of her friends who finally catch up to him and they pull down their mini-skirts and they piss on him. (Here’s a YouTube of the scene, but somebody decided to re-record the music track and thought it was funny. It’s very weird, so watch the video with the sound off and you get the jist.)

Now Brad Pitt has joined up with Murdoch‘s bipolar relationship with GLBT issues with a show called 4oz. Variety is talking about Pitt doing an ambitious drama about the metamorphosis of a man who realizes he’s a transsexual.

4 oz. tells the story of a married male gynecologist, who shares a medical practice with his father, with two sons whose life takes a radical gender turn.

Ryan Murphy, the creator for Nip/Tuck and Brad Falchuk, the medical writer for Nip/Tuck are involved in the project.

Fox News hates Hollywood Fred more than you do!

Republican ElephantRoger Ailes and Fox News have begun running negative stories about the Republican’s Hollywood elite: Fred Thompson.

First came Carl Cameron’s report that made a point of observing, somewhat contemptuously, that Thompson wore Gucci loafers to the Iowa state fair. Then Cameron reported that Thompson was the only candidate to get around the state fair in a golf cart, evoking the image not of a golfer as much as someone zipping around his retirement community.

Now we have Fox News reporting on Thompson’s appearance at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention yesterday. He spoke on the same day as Barack Obama and Fox notes that the juxtaposition was not a flattering one…for Gramps.

You can watch that video here.

Princess Sparkle Pony
Most Eligible Bachelorette: Princess Sparkle Pony points out Forbes’s typo

Forbes magazine has made Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “Most Elegible Bachellorette“. Princess Sparkle Pony has objected to this horror and has declared it an obvious typo.

She makes a valid point in saying:Eligible Condi

Clearly this is an error; how, exactly, are they defining eligible? I think this is just another one of those clerical errors, as when she was recently, hilariously, named the most influential person in the District. LOL! As if!

Anything else funny about the article? We’re also tied for 20th place as drinkiest city… with San Francisco? I’m sorry, but DC is way, way drunker. I think the most humorous thing about the piece, though, is that we’re rated #6 best city for singles overall, perhaps due to our 33% unmarried statistic. Um… hello? Forbes? PSSST! We’re all hairdressers! Or otherwise unmarriable! Also, apparently, we’re the fifth best city for young professionals, which means that all those dirt-poor staffers on The Hill who are in their 20s but still have to have roommates are luckier than they knew!

While you’re admiring Princess Sparkle Pony’s blog, be very sure to notice her “Condoleeza Rice Hair-Do Alert System” which is, thankfully, remaining steady at “Guarded”.

Note to self 1 of 2: Forbes lists Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold as “Most Eligible Bachelor”. While Rice is described as “relaxed” and available, Feingold’s description notes he’s been divorced twice already and unavailable for any kind of “presidential material”.

Not to self 2 of 2: Add Princess Sparkle Pony to the Fruit Fly blogroll.

Hollywood Religion: Naked Jesus

Do you remember when John Ashcroft, US Attorney General Ashcroft - Statues paid taxpayer money to have various nude sculptures covered up because “he didn’t like being photographed in front of them”. Apparently, conservative Christians reallly hate nudity.

So if you want to really piss off your Fundie/Neocon relative, talk about this Naked Jesus story a lot.

Michaelangelo was commissioned to sculpture a statute of Christ for a family tombstone. The sculpture was Naked Christcommissioned and Christ’s image was expected to be nude: As a sign of humility towards mankind. Well, whatever happened to it? Michaelangelo didn’t finish the work because of a flaw in the marble and so it went to the back of the art world’s showroom floor. The statue
Apparently, Michelangelo spent two years carving the sculpture from the feet up only to abandon the piece when he discovered flaws in the white marble when he began work on the face, at which point he gave the sculpture away in exchange for a horse.

While Michaelangelo’s David was sculpted with an uncircumcised penis, there’s no word on whether Jesus Christ was cut…or uncut.

Hollywood Preachers

Gulfstream G4SPBenny Hinn is asking for 6,000 of his followers to give him $1,000 so he can purchase a brand-new Gulfstream jet which he will be calling it “Dove One“.

The actor/performer promises that:

As a thank you gift, Benny will send you a “beautiful art-quality model of Dove One for your desk or mantle as a constant reminder that you are a vital part of this last-days harvest for souls,” and your name will be inscribed on Dove One — so you can fly with Benny — in spirit.

Benny Hinn is speaking in tongues here. He states “beautiful art-quality model of Dove One” is the Holy Spirit talking through him. In plain old English for you and I: Benny will send you a piece of shit plastic airplane that Gulfstream makes as a marketing tool for assholes like Benny to lust after.

Pam Spaulding, Pam’s House Blend, has tons of links aboutFruitFly this Jesus-fraud including tax evasion cases, investigations by Dateline NBC on Hinn’s questionable religious practices and investigations by religious organizations.