She took on Obama’s energy in a WaPo op-ed piece yesterday.

For which the Boston Globe slammed Palin, saying she slammed Obama, and this type of sniping is, unfortunately, the norm in the media.

In her post-governor life, Sarah Palin apparently wants to be a serious policy analyst, as well as GOP heavyweight, mother, etc.

In an op-ed piece in today’s Washington Post, she critiques the
energy plan that President Obama and Democratic allies in Congress are
pushing through.

Complaining that “many in the national media would rather focus on
the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity”
of the recession and job losses, she declares that “at risk of
disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost
on my mind and where my focus will be:

“I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy
plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would
undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent
damage,” writes Palin, who stunned the chattering class by announcing
July Fourth weekend that she is resigning at the end of the month with
18 months left in her term.

Anybody can write an op-ed piece, and many journalists and
politicians do, regularly. Even Karl Rove’s frequent pieces in the
press don’t tend to draw the snarky criticism Palin does, no matter what she does.

While she is very circumspect in talking about her
political ambitions — she is in the conversation for the 2012
presidential race — a new CBS News poll found that most Americans
believe she is resigning to boost her political career, not to help her
state, which she said was distracted by her battles against the
Democratic legislature and ethics investigations.

This is part of the Palin phenomenon that the media don’t recognize
because it is about themselves. Because they don’t know what Palin will
do or wants to do, they are speculating wildly about her intentions and
her future and her qualifications for high office, driving and then
criticizing impressions they have created. Note that this piece, like
so many others, comes down to ‘what the surveys say’.

According to the survey, 24 percent accepted Palin’s
explanation that she resigned because it was the right thing to do for
Alaska, while 52 percent cited her political ambition.

The media are relying on polls now more than ever. But one
wonders…..are the people polled just reflecting back the impressions
they get from media coverage? Perception becomes reality, yes, but this
reporting doesn’t quite ever reach the reality. Only what the polls say
it is.

Let’s debate ideas and their merit, and leave the politics of personal destruction to…whoever gets something out of them.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....