New Left Media: Palin Book Tour

I've been enjoying a series of video interviews by a group called The New Left Media.

The video below features footage from a Sarah Palin book signing event. I think it's a real problem, but I know any political "phenomenon" could be accused of the same - we all remember the Biggest Celebrity in the World critiques of Obama...

Here's how The New Left Media responds to obvious criticism:

It has been said in comments that we would find similarly talking point-driven, substance-less supporters at an Obama rally, and we agree. But no politician has emerged on the national stage as undefined and unqualified as Sarah Palin, and her public persona--which is anti-intellectual by definition--discourages substance. Instead, we get winking. One could hardly imagine her giving a complex speech about race in America, or speaking eloquently about our country’s relations with Islam. Not just because she couldn’t write such a speech (Obama has speech-writers, of course) but because she wouldn’t--such necessarily academic discussion is antithetical to the persona she’s created for herself and that her supporters have come to love.

As for accusations of cherry picking, which are commonly thrown at interview-based videos, it simply isn’t what we did. We interviewed only a few more people than ended up in the video, not hundreds, and what was cut was done for time purposes. The people were selected at random--some offered to be interviewed--and we were only there for 90 mins (it gets dark early and fast in Ohio right now). What didn’t make it into the video was just more footage of people talking about taxes/spending, drilling, and abortion, and we constructed blocks in the piece to represent those issues. Of course the piece was edited to be entertaining (this is YouTube, after all, where the currency is cat videos) but we don’t believe we misrepresented the attitudes of the people at that signing in any way.

This NEW LEFT MEDIA film was produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera).

But you've really got to let the "folks" speak for themselves...

I think this is a problem.


Alex said...

The man in the steelers jacket did make a good point though... Alaska is "right across the street from Russia"

You have to watch those pesky Russians. You turn your back for a second and they all start running across that 58 mile wide water street and into our country! Just like the Mexicans!

Peter said...

Ha! True. Careful, you'll get Lou Dobbs excited.

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