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Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 04:14am

“And you thought her media outings as a vice presidential candidate were as bad as it gets,” says alarmed MSNBC host David Shuster … following footage of Sarah Palin speaking at a turkey processing plant:

Shuster (who urges that young viewers be shielded from the interview) also seems appalled that Palin had “no worries” over being filmed at the tragic turkey massacre site. Even worse – bloodlusting bird-hater Palin admits she’ll actually cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. Among MSNBC’s captions:


What did they expect her to do? Intervene?

UPDATE. Shuster claims his network has “sanitised” the video, removing the “goriest parts”. Here’s uncensored vision. Take a look. Where are the gory parts? Can’t MSNBC nancies even cope with bloodless background vision of a farm animal being offed? Just as well Palin never turned up on Iron Chef: “A lot of resistance being put up by that one!” Note that tiny Japanese actress Naomi Hosokawa is not nearly so squeamish as Shuster.

UPDATE II. NBC finds the video – shot by an NBC affiliate – “too grisly for some”. Meaning MSNBC pantyboys.

UPDATE III. Tellingly, the Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate pre-empted MSNBC’s line: “Just when you thought Sarah Palin’s interactions with the media couldn’t get any worse …”

UPDATE IV. Wonkette labels this a “celebration of death”. Writes one commenter: “She is the dumbest whore I have ever seen.”

UPDATE V. The Fort Mill Times rips at reader hearts over the rescue of the bird Palin pardoned: “As his turkey pals – and maybe some family members – watched, the turkey Palin named Thanksgiving got a second chance at life.” These people are insane.

UPDATE VI. Finally, a sensible comment: “The real problem with this video is that there wasn’t someone on the second machine. C’mon People! Let’s be efficient!”

UPDATE VII. Comment at the Washington Post: “They got a turkey like Palin into a slaughterhouse and let her out alive? For shame.”

UPDATE VIII. Elizabeth Snead in the LA Times:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pardons Tom the Turkey, then blabbles on, making little to no sense (as usual), while talking turkey and politics to a news crew.

What she does not know is that at least two helpless turkeys are being slaughtered alive in the background, their legs wiggling as their heads are stuffed into a grinder by a smiling camera-hog executioner.

Nice to see someone who enjoys their work, huh?

Hey, Elizabeth? How much sense do you think you’re making with “slaughtered alive”? Ever heard of anything being killed prior to slaughter? Enjoy your work.

UPDATE IX. Snead doesn’t know much about guns, either.

UPDATE X (via ninme). The UK Telegraph‘s Toby Harnden is hallucinating:

The death penalty is being administered behind her. “This was neat,” she says, as the turkey strangler goes about his grim business.

That was no turkey strangler – this is a turkey strangler:

Frightened media babies are advised to look away.

UPDATE XI. Ann Althouse: “Deal with it, you candy-asses.” Quite so.

UPDATE XII. Oh my God, Johnny, they’re turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they’re plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!

UPDATE XIII. Even HuffPoster Chris Weigant finds this turkey panic absurd:

Some of the networks who showed this video pixilated (blurred out) the turkeys being slaughtered in the background. Seriously—even though you can barely see what the guy in the background is actually doing, and cannot see any truly gruesome details—the networks were scared to show it.

This is pathetic. Truly, truly pathetic.

UPDATE XIV. The editorial board of the New York Times is worried. As well it might be, considering that the Times is being fed head-first into a bankruptcy machine.

UPDATE XV. Reader Aaron Ong attempts an analogy:

A similar example would be an aspiring politician who claims to be anti-abortion, having a news interview in the front of an abortion clinic while an abortion is taking place in the background.

Wrong, Ong. Palin supports turkey farming and is filmed as turkeys are processed. No inconsistency there. Now let’s see Barack Obama (or any pro-abortion politician) hold an interview at that abortion clinic you mentioned …

UPDATE XVI. Powerline: “Today we learned something horrible about liberals.”

UPDATE XVII. Mark Steyn: “I didn’t think I could like Sarah Palin more than I do, but the nancy boys at MSNBC bleating all over the screen about the Great Turkey Carnage is hilarious.”

UPDATE XVIII. Even the Telegraph warns of “graphic footage”. Someone must’ve left anxious intern Trembles McHandflap in charge of the website.


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