Amy Holmes of America's Radio News Network made a fabulous observation Sunday concerning the New York Times and the Washington Post asking readers to go through Sarah Palin's email messages to assist them in finding dirt on the former governor.
Appearing on CNN's "Reliable Sources," Holmes marvelously concluded, "The media it seemed to me it was like they were putting out an 'America’s Most Wanted' tipline to try to find something to try to nail Sarah Palin...I think the media needs to go to rehab with Anthony Weiner and get over their obsession with this woman" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: But because so many journalists went to Alaska - CNN sent somebody, MSNBC sent Mike Isikoff - they almost were invested in having to do stories to justify the initial expense.
AMY HOLMES, AMERICA’S RADIO NEWS NETWORK: Right, I think that's true. Someone described it as if they were, you know, trying to record the moon landing with all of this. It's just totally ridiculous. I think it was as disgraceful as it was ludicrous. And no, the media does not do this to other politicians like President Obama with this feeding frenzy and sending everybody everywhere to try to get the media try to get the public involved.
DANA MILBANK, WASHINGTON POST: If he released private emails, I’d even go into the office for that.
HOLMES: These were not private emails. This was a FOIA request for government emails.
HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Right, these were state government…
HOLMES: Right. This is absurd. She’s not even…
KURTZ: But why disgraceful?
HOLMES: …she's not an elected politician. She is not sitting in office. She hasn't even yet, if she's going to, thrown her hat into the ring to run for President of the United States or the United States Senate from Arizona.
KURTZ: Why was this a disgraceful exercise by the media?
HOLMES: The media it seemed to me it was like they were putting out an "America’s Most Wanted" tipline to try to find something to try to nail Sarah Palin. All we found out from this is that she wanted a tanning bed. This is ridiculous, and I think the media needs to go to rehab with Anthony Weiner and get over their obsession with this woman.
KURTZ: Alright, you've got your marching orders. Find a clinic for yourselves.
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