Punch anyone in the face who is so fucking ignorant about the Soviet Union that “Obama’s America” is anything like it. Or is it that they’re ignorant about America itself? Both most like.
Even though your study is published in the APSR, when you refer to George W. Bush as “Bush (II),” you are an idiot.
…why? I’m not seeing the problem here. Although I suppose it’s true that I don’t refer to FDR as Roosevelt (II)… but at least the Roosevelts had the decency to have different first names, making them significantly easier to differentiate.
Isaac Asimov (via politicalprof)
There is an Isaac Asimov quote for any occasion!
Asked by elle-bells
Oh no, a lot of people believe she said that and they’re dead wrong. I agree with you there, and while I don’t honestly think much of Palin, she deserves to be criticized for the things she actually said. Where I’d disagree is that this mistaken notion is the fault of media bias. I don’t think it was really passed on and generated by the news media hence why I said it be hard to find reports attributing the quote to her. I think the real fault simply lies with the meme-ability of the quote. It was more memorable and entertaining than what she actually said and so that’s what stuck in people’s minds long after they’d forgotten where they heard it. I think the culture of the internet and it’s flagrancy of sharing things without bothering to source them is more at fault than political bias in the news media.
We both agree that Palin shouldn’t be judged by someone’s parody of her, we simply disagree as to the cause. I don’t really think it’s anyone’s fault or intention that it became the huge meme it did, except of course for Tina Fey for being too good a comedian.
I find a lot of stuff on your blog objectionable, things I deeply and passionately disagree with, but here’s a friendly reblog: something liberals, conservatives, and policy wonks can all agree on.
y’all must be like
there’s that left media bias again
True, that line was from Tina Fey’s impressions/parodies of her. I hardly think the common misperception can be attributed to media bias though. I’d be impressed if you can find even one news report/article that attributes that quote to her. (though it’s probably happened once or twice, the way foreign news outlets sometimes mistake the onion for news and report on it. But that’s more of an issue of sloppy journalism than bias)
Now what she did say and what Tina Fey was parodying was that You can see Russia from Alaska, which, on a clear day is absolutely true. The ridiculous part was that she was using this fact of geography as evidence that she had meaningful foreign policy experience which I find pretty laughable though in a more subtle way than Fey’s humor.
It’s notable that her successor as Governor, Sean Parnell is going out of his way to avoid this particular criticism: he’s already made three foreign trips since assuming the position. Leads me to believe he’s anticipating a run for another office. Following her example of vice president seems far fetched (though not impossible) but I wouldn’t blink if he decides to run for senate once his term is up.