Stop picking on Sarah, gosh darnit!
Those Lefty mad men of Slate busted the former beauty queen and vice presidential candidate for having negative comments systematically removed from her Facebook page.
Whoa. A public figure trying to stage manage their image? I mean, even Bill Shakespeare would have refudiated bad public press if they'd had a digital feedback loop back then the way they do now.
Let's look at the categories of comments excised as Slate lists them: Mean comments about Sarah. Mean things about the people who say mean things about Sarah. Racial or ethnic slurs. Criticism of her children. Anything about Obama's birth certificate or conspiracies related thereto. Excessive use of religious prophesy or imagery.
"I do not like you or agree with any dumb thing you say or do," wrote one deleted person. Another asked, "Do us a favor Sarah, trap a few wolves and ship em to D.C., they do eat Rats, don't they? God bless."
So, there, ya see? She cut comments both pro and con, consigning them to Facebook purgatory with a kind of of equal opportunity (a policy Palin apparently believe in unless it's the liberal kind of equal opportunity that disadvantages certain groups of people).
Of course Sarah Palin's Facebook fans are more passionate in their expressions, because so is she. But that doesn't mean she abdicates her responsibility as a future president to pretty up her public Facebook face. She's doing what I'd think "any high profile politician" -- as Slate's John Dickerson states up front in the Slate story -- would do.
Interestingly, Dickerson points out that "President Obama's page is perhaps the only other one that is so carefully tended," though Slate's analysis determined Obama only deleted one percent of comments as opposed to 10 percent on Sarah's site. And the ones scrapped by the President's machinery were "surprisingly rather benign." For example: "We the People are NOT unertaxed..YOU, Mr. Obama are spending too much!""
It makes sense: pallid censorship from a Potus criticized by members of his own party for being way too benign. Obama's gone from death panel demon to comatose conciliator. Nothing happens in this Administration that's not watered right down by the White House Department of Law. But he's still considered a manipulator of social media.
How perfectly wee-weed up.
Or maybe the hyper-articulate Harvard President objected to the "unertaxed" typo in the comment more than he did the message.
Palin's Facebook deletions seem like sound judgment to me, including a ban on meanness from either side. But, as she's said herself, "for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make."
Slate remains part of what Ms. Palin has called "the full-court press picking away right now."
As Nigel Knucklehead posted in a comment on Mr. Dickerson's story that somehow made it past Slate's board of censors: "Thank goodness Slate is following the "most evil woman in the world!" What a bunch of immature, snarky little prats you are. I wonder, does Slate clean off its boards? If you do... Stop, leave the woman alone. Clean up the lefty scumbags who agree with you. No need to attack anymore...you just prove how small and mean spirited you lefties really are!"
Then again, if you're looking for mean and slimy, just consider the software program Slate used to capture the comments filtered by Palin's Facebook team: it's called "Python."
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