The peasants are revolting (updated)
Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly.
A handful of people wrote to say that I had captured exactly their reaction to the Palin nomination. But the rest of the responses were vehement or venomous... And more than 316,000 people viewed the column on The Baltimore Sun Web site. That number -- more than 100 times the attention I normally receive -- actually frightened me.
She was "actually frightened," you people! Give me a break. What? Is she crying? There's no crying in journalism.
To close my discussion with you, Reimer, I have to ask: don't you see the hatred that you expressed for this woman? Don't you see that your snide comments about her Down Syndrome child and your abhorrence with every American that votes Republican -- which is half the electorate, by the way -- just might raise a bit of ire out there? Can you really be so shocked that your spittle specked rage was met with a bit of resistance?
If not, well, you really aren't as smart as you might like to imagine.
Update: Phil Gallagher writes from Boston on the news priorities of that city's larger newspaper:
The Boston Globe made an interesting decision the other day. On the day that American forces turned over Anbar province to the Iraqi military the Globe printed nary a word. The story below the front page fold was about a 17 year old being pregnant. Of course the Globe was the last major daily to print anything about the Edward's pregnancy scandal. I view that as an indication that they are very very worried about the impact Palin is having on their candidate.