Does the national media really hate Sarah Palin? Or is their relationship a little more complicated?
Late last week Richard posted the following link to an article by a reporter taking the media to task for its treatment of Palin: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/07/08/sarah-barracuda-palin-and-the-piranhas-of-the-press/
Here's the NYT today on the circumstances of her resignation, implicating pressure by the media as one of many factors: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/us/politics/13palin.html
For a completely different take, here's former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal - who argues that the media actually loves Palin: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124716984620819351.html
And here's the NYT's unapologetically liberal columnist Frank Rich, improbably comparing Palin to Michael Jackson: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/opinion/12rich.html
Though they are coming at the issue from opposite sides, I think Noonan and Rich agree on at least one point - Palin's career seems far from over. I honestly think she could take enough early-primary states over Romney or Pawlenty or Jindal or any other obvious GOP choices to have a serious shot at the 2012 nomination - unless some major national event happens as a game changer.