Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Media Moment: "Sarah Palin co-hosts NBC’s ‘Today,’ pokes fun of herself by reading newspapers, writing notes on hand"

I came across this article “Sarah Palin co-hosts NBC’s ‘Today,’ pokes fun of herself by reading newspapers, writing notes on hand”on the Daily News website and it caught my eye. This article takes me back to the class discussion we had the other day on the news clip about Jon Stewart calling out on Gretchen Carlson for "Dumbing Herself Down.”

So 4 years later after the 2008 Presidential Election, Sarah Palin is brought on the Today Show, and she pokes fun at herself, do you think she’s doing it just to please people? She is obviously an intelligent woman, who otherwise wouldn’t have gotten as far as to being the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election if it wasn’t for her credentials, right?? Either way, do you think the producers of the Today Show asked her to poke fun of herself or that was Palin’s decision?


  1. Unfortunately, Palin never really demonstrated herself to be an intelligent person, and as far as credentials go, she doesn't exactly have the sort that one would expect from a vice presidential candidate. She only ever achieved a bachelors degree (...from the University of Idaho), then worked as a sportscaster, and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population 7,831 at the 2010 census). She never held Federal Office prior to running for Vice President.

    With Palin, I can't help but wonder if she is, as the article describes "poking fun at herself," or if those are merely her mannerisms. Like George W. Bush, she never created the expectation that she would be articulate or a deep thinker through her actions priors to entering the public office.

  2. I would have to agree with Nora on this. While she doesn't have the backing to prove herself to be a credibly "intelligent" person or qualified to hold office, I don't think of that to be the issue here. Media in general does a good job of exploiting some of the more humorous qualities in individuals. Watch any season of Saturday night live and you'll see. George W Bush or Palin isn't the first to go through this kind of media satire. I don't believe the producers blatantly asked her to poke fun of herself. Working in the television field I have witnessed that we simply film and edit. its producers working with editors that can make that kind of magic happen.