A faithful reader of the Erik Wemple Blog e-mailed today the following suggestion:
In 2011 Milbank, I believe, declared Feb a Sarah Palin free zone.Could you do a month of Fox free Erik Wemple Blog? Think of all the other issues you might cover.
The faithful reader had his facts right. On Jan. 21, 2011, The Post’s Dana Milbank wrote a much-commented-upon column, declaring that February would be a Palin-free month.
I have written about her in 42 columns since Sen. John McCain picked her as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008. I’ve mentioned her in dozens more blog posts, Web chats, and TV and radio appearances. I feel powerless to control my obsession, even though it cheapens and demeans me.
Here’s how he summed up the ban weeks later.
The notion of doing likewise vis-a-vis Fox News surfaced in a New York magazine piece by Frank Rich, who scoffed at the influence of Fox News and its chief, Roger Ailes, in U.S. politics and implored folks to quit obsessing over the network: “As the post-Obama era approaches, the energy spent combating Ailes might be better devoted to real political battles against more powerful adversaries — not to mention questioning the ideological slant of legitimate news operations like, say, ’60 Minutes,’ which has recently given airtime to a fraudulent account of the murders at Benghazi and to a credulous puff piece on the NSA’s domestic surveillance.”
Okay, we’ll consider this approach. But what if:
- We find that Ailes has been out recruiting generals to run for president?
- We find that Fox News has been skewing unemployment numbers again?
- We find that Fox News has prepared another anti-Obama attack ad?
And what if we find evidence of good programming on “Fox & Friends”? We don’t want to disqualify ourselves from commemorating that occasion!
This’ll require some thought.