The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart wasn’t the only person openly mocking Sarah Palin and her great outdoors extravaganza slash reality show slash political ad that aired on TLC Sunday evening. As Mediaite.com revealed Thursday, the former governor of Alaska’s colleagues at Fox News also got into the spirit of mocking her and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” in an open mic moment caught on video.
Although it is quite clear that many in the Republican Party establishment have no qualms talking about Palin and her lack of gravitas or credibility as a GOP nomination for a presidential run (Karl Rove, David Frum, Ed Rollins, etc.), especially in light of her reality show, it is not often that one sees an open display of mockery or derision from conservatives. But a microphone left on during a commercial break of Fox News Watch found a couple of commentators openly laughing at bad reviews posted about “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” While a couple on the panel seemed somewhat uncomfortable during the conversation, Judith Miller and Liz Trotta had no problem laughing at their fellow Fox News contributor.
“Alessandra Stanley had the best line,” Trotta, a former journalist for the Washington Times, says at one point, referring to the New York Times columnist. “She said the new show is like ‘The Sound of Music,’ without the Nazis, without the romance, and without the music.”
At another spot, Miller, who wrote for the New York Times until retiring in 2005, laughed while offering up Washington Post‘s Hank Steuver’s review, ” He said the sound of a voice when warning you to heed the bears — would actually scare the bears.”
“Absolutely right. Absolutely right,” Liz Trotta laughingly agrees.
The Fox News conservative commentators’ fun at Palin’s expense was echoed by liberal and “reasonable” comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart. While showing clips of Sarah Palin hiking, canoeing, fishing, marveling at bears, complaining about leaving her Blackberry behind, churning out ready-made conservative slogans like “Don’t retreat; reload,” Stewart accuses with a smirk, “You’ve never done any of that sh** before!”
Still, Liz Trotta is known to be no fan of Palin, having stated when Palin was first nominated by Senator John McCain as his running mate that the then-governor of Alaska should withdraw from consideration so as not to alienate conservative voters.
Still, unflattering open microphone moments regarding Sarah Palin have happened before, such as the time when conservative columnist and commentator Peggy Noonan was caught on a live microphone on MSNBC. Discussing McCain’s recent choice for vice presidential nomination, Noonan said, ” “It’s over.” She then added, “Most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bull —- about narratives … Every time Republicans do this, because that’s not where they live, and that’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”
It might be a good thing that daughter Willow Palin, who offended millions with her defense of her mother and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” took down her Facebook page…
Matt Schneider, “Fox News Pundits Unafraid To Attack Palin… During Off-Air Commercial Break,” Mediaite.com