Of course, folks here know that I am not a “Palinista.” I like her, and would support her in a general election situation, but hope that she does not run for president in 2012. That being said, one thing I do find absolutely fascinating is the mainstream media’s fascination with the former Alaska governor.
In this case, while in Haiti, someone with the Associated Press spotted Palin being attended to by someone fixing her hair. Predictably, as pointed out by user “Kristinn” over at Free Republic, the following items turned up across the Internet:
The Daily Mail titled their story based on the AP photo and caption, Ready for Her Close Up…Sarah Palin Lands in Haiti (where they don’t care what her hair looks like)
The Huffington Post titled their attack on Palin, Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How’s My Hair (and did AP lend a curl?). The AP reference in the headline is based on speculation in the article about whether the AP ran “scathing photo op-defying pictures of “the Sarah show?”"
The raving lunatics at Palingates titled their hit piece, BREAKING NEWS: Palin Looks Good in Haiti.
As it turns out, and as is wonderfully spelled out in photos and prose by “Kristinn” over at Free Republic, the mysterious “hairdresser” attending to Palin was indeed Palin’s own daughter, Bristol. Mom, it seems, likely had a flyaway strand of hair in her eyes, and daughter was kind enough to fix it for her. Harmless enough, but add a mainstream media photographer channeling paparazzi and hoping to catch the likely presidential candidate in an awkward situation, and we’ve got the latest example of Palin Derangement Syndrome. The wire service caption:
“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP”
Head on over to Free Republic. See the AP photo and caption. Then, go on over to HuffPo and the other sites — it really is amusing to see this visceral reaction that Palin receives from the left. Heck, the prospect of four or eight years of PDS might be reason enough to sport a Palin 2012 sticker on my minivan.