Campbell Brown is on a roll!

A few years ago, I went to see ‘Good Night, and Good Luck‘ with some friends. Afterwards we loled at the fact that in order to see reporters kicking ass and taking names, we had to watch a movie.

I am loling no longer. Campbell Brown is on a friggin roll!!! Remember the RNC, when she asked ‘Tucker’ to give one example of Sarah Palins activities as ‘commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard’?

The McCain campaign chastised Campbell for being ‘too aggressive’ and canceled McCains appearance on Larry King because of it. Campbell was being a ‘Mean Girl‘, so to speak.

Luckily, Campbell was not intimidated. Know how we always wish Real Reporters(TM) would do Jon Stewart video montages of politicians being hypocrites?

Campbell even knows how to start memes: FREE SARAH PALIN!!!

Campbell, I would so invite you to join The Plastics.


  1. #1 Coriolis
    September 26, 2008

    Lol. Waaah mommy, the girl is beating on me!!

    This is fun.

  2. #2 flo
    September 26, 2008

    Mmmh, somehow the CNN videos are not working for me. Is that just me or did CNN pull them?

  3. #3 flo
    September 26, 2008

    Mmmh, working now, seems to have been temporary. Nice post!

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    September 26, 2008

    I’m not convinced the gagging of Palin is sexism – I suspect it’s a confidence issue. Her minders aren’t confidence that she would be able to survive a press conference. Which I think says rather a lot about her.

  5. #5 Sili
    September 26, 2008

    Well … to be fair they do treat Palin with exactly as much respect as she deserves.

    Lovely lady. Like Olbermann but without the barely repressed anger.

    Any opinions on Olbermann? I rather like how he usually looks like he’s about to go ARRGLE-RARRGLE-BLARRGLE at any moment.

  6. #6 M2
    September 26, 2008

    Of course it’s not sexism. The whole point of her satirical rant is that the Republicans are trying to cover their lack of confidence in Palin by accusing everybody else of being SEXIST and MEAN. They’ve been saying that for weeks, and it’s wearing very thin.

    And from what bits of Palin-speak have leaked out so far, their lack of confidence is well justified. They are terrified of what will happen when, inevitably, she is forced to answer questions.

  7. #7 themadlolscientist, FCD
    September 26, 2008

    Campbell Brown kicks butt! but the 2 CNN links didn’t work for me either.

  8. #8 Nattering Nabob of Negativism
    September 26, 2008

    Her handlers are terrified that Sarah Palin will speak her mind. That would doom McCain’s.

  9. #9 Cory Albrecht
    September 26, 2008

    The 2nd & 3rd CNN videos say “MALFORMED ERROR The video you are attempting to embed does not exist.
    Please check your URL and try again.” Did CNN pull them?

  10. #10 Stacy S.
    September 26, 2008

    I really, really, really, really, (did I say really yet?) can’t stand her. I am absolutely frightened she may become VP.

  11. #11 Stacy S.
    September 26, 2008

    P.S. The videos work fine for me.

  12. #12 ERV
    September 26, 2008

    LOL! I used CNNs ‘official links’ because I thought they would be more reliable than YouTube.

    heh. Thatll learn me. YouTube clips are up!

  13. #13 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    September 26, 2008

    I’m not convinced the gagging of Palin is sexism…

    Having seen some of the Katie Couric interview, I don’t think so either. I think it’s because Palin really is a) poorly informed and b) stupid.

  14. #14 Jared
    September 26, 2008

    Well, she is from Louisiana…
    I’m convinced, I could do better arguing with these nitwits, though…
    Hey, Abbie, do you think there’s any way to get the political candidates up against a Ph.D. economist or scientist in a debate?

  15. #15 The Chimp's Raging Id
    September 26, 2008

    Wow. A TV journalist with a spine. You don’t see that every day.

  16. #16 Paul Lundgren
    September 26, 2008

    This is a bit of grandstanding on Brown’s part, but the basic idea is dead-on. Andrew Sullivan is always talking about how Margaret Thatcher is a real feminist, but Hillary and Palin are the phony variety. I couldn’t agree more. Katie Couric proved herself more qualified for high office than Palin the other night. At least she does research.

  17. #17 Der Bruno Stroszek
    September 27, 2008

    The thing that galls me about this sort of thing is that the McCain campaign is doing its best to paint Sarah Palin as a tough-talkin’, two-fisted, take-no-prisoners achiever – a “pitbull in lipstick”, if you will – while at the same time telling us that she’s such a fragile little flower that she can’t stand up to a tough interview.

    What would she be like in office? “I want war with Russia! But only if Vladimir Putin stops being a big meanie and shows me a bit of respect.” Yeah, good luck with that, Failin.

  18. #18 Danio
    September 27, 2008

    Love her! I haven’t seen anyone else take Paulson to task like that. ‘Twas a thing of beauty.

  19. #19 Hellen
    September 27, 2008

    Wow, if that counts as a kick-ass reporter over there, I feel like starting a petition to send Paxman ( over there. The politicians would fall over dead!

  20. #20 complex_field
    September 27, 2008

    BOB O’H — Campbell was being ironic. Who new sarcasm could be sexy?

  21. #21 Hume's Ghost
    September 28, 2008

    “Afterwards we loled at the fact that in order to see reporters kicking ass and taking names…”

    Read Matt Taibbi on a regular basis.

    Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she’s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power.

    Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV -and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

  22. #22 Christophe Thill
    September 29, 2008

    I think that giving undue celebrity to someone like Sarah Palin is an active contribution to sexism.

  23. #23 Aaron
    September 29, 2008

    Campbell Brown is so awesome.

    I want to have her babies.

    (joking about the latter, since I’m married, but serious about the former, since she IS awesome)

  24. #24 Calli Arcale
    September 30, 2008

    I remain baffled by the Republican Party’s choice*. They have picked someone with *real* scandals (not just silly sex scandals, but serious abuse of power stuff) whom they do not even trust to make it through a news conference unless it’s all scripted. What on earth were they thinking? Even ignoring her unscientific attitudes, it seems to me that she would be poison for a campaign. Are they *trying* to lose the election?

    Either the Republican Party is run by people foolish enough to pick Palin but effective enough to get McCain to do what they say, or they are pulling a “Producers”. Is it possible that they realize how difficult the next president’s job will be, and are eager to saddle the Democrats with the problem? If they lose the election fair and square, the mess becomes somebody else’s problem, and if/when public opinion turns against the Democrats (as it did in the latter years of the Clinton administration), the Republicans will be well-positioned to swoop in and get someone else (say, Mitt Romney) elected in 2012. That would be an awfully cynical strategy, though, and I don’t think they’d be able to conceal it effectively. No, difficult as it is to believe that this many political experts would be this stupid and impulsive, it seems that they really are.

    *She can’t have been McCain’s choice. She was his *campaign’s* choice. If nothing else, this convinces me that McCain is not really in control of the situation; someone is directing from behind the scenes. And that’s very sad on many levels, because I *liked* McCain, back when he had a spine.

  25. #25 Monado in Toronto
    October 1, 2008

    There are about three possibilities for how Palin got picked.

    1. They said, “We gotta get a woman to attract those disgruntled Clintonites, and picked a name out of a hat – any woman would do.
    2. They let McCain do it and he picked cute & perky.
    3. They wanted someone so junior she’d be easy to manipulate
    4. They can’t tell good from bad and they don’t voters can tell either.
    5. They are sloppy or hasty and failed to do any investigation.
    6. They have bad judgement.
    7. Women all look alike to them.

  26. #26 Monado in Toronto
    October 1, 2008

    Sorry – I lost the notes saying 4 – 7 are all essentially the same as 1. I just liked re-stating it.

  27. #27 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    October 1, 2008

    Campbell Brown is on a roll!

    So what? Mother Teresa was on a cinnamon bun.

  28. #28 Bayesian Bouffant, FCD
    October 1, 2008

    What would she be like in office?

    Because she knows very little about important issues, she would put up a facade of toughness to mask her ignorance. She would also be reliant on advisors, and we know that she would surround herself with advisors who were a) loyal rather than competent and b) neo-con ideologues. Does this remind you of any current, extremely unpopular president?

  29. #29 Bob of QF
    October 2, 2008

    All I will say is that we nee more reporters like Ms Brown.

    Many more.

  30. #30 Juniper Shoemaker
    October 2, 2008

    Does this remind you of any current, extremely unpopular president?

    No. I can’t imagine who you’re talking about. So stop spamming ERV with nefarious, unpatriotic commentary like this.

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