But the whole gig provided an intriguing twist on the whole “lamestream media” critique. In the end, NBC was more than glad to use Palin for counterprogramming, and Palin more than glad to accept the media exposure. Is NBC going to win over any Tea Party viewers by having Palin talk canapes with Tori Spelling for one morning? Fat chance, and in a way I wonder if the appearance of such bald-faced cynicism is even more damaging than the appearance of bias. NBC treated Palin as both a political newsmaker and a morning news host within the space of two hours; and Palin took the MSM job with a smile.
By the time it was done, I wasn’t sure which side the whole episode was more degrading for: NBC, blatantly groveling for ratings, or Palin, giving a cheerful Mama Grizzly growl to Al Roker. Welcome to the lamestream, Gov. Palin. It always has room for one more.
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