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“So Long, Sarah”

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July 27th, 2009

Grist, the online environmental magazine, had this very creative and accurate (if a bit mean-spirited) editorial on Sarah Palin’s resignation from her post as governor of Alaska.

Click on the “greeting card” and you’ll see what I mean.

Palin’s no friend of the earth, and the cartoon (or whatever you’d call it) made me laugh. But I can’t help but think that her stepping down — most likely for recently-exposed fundraising improprieties –wasn’t the act of a quitter. More like that of someone savvy enough to split before she gets fired.

I also enjoyed Vanity Fair’s “Public Resignation: The Edited Version,” in which an editor, a fact-checker, and a copy editor corrected Palin’s less-than-eloquent farewell speech. And yet, I wonder if the MSM would satirize a male politician in such a condescending way. Yeah, the speech was typical of this inarticulate, narcissistic governor– but she’s not the only one of those we’ve ever seen! (W., anyone?) I hope Vanity Fair becomes an equal-opportunity basher and regularly marks up other politicians’ speeches.

UPDATE: Grist has indeed become an equal-opportunity satirist, with this item imagining Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s Facebook page.

Kudos to Grist and Vanity Fair for their creative approaches to editorializing.

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