What ‘cheapens and demeans’
Regarding Dana Milbank’s Jan. 23 Outlook commentary, “I pledge to stop obsessing over Sarah Palin. Join me”:
I submit that Mr. Milbank’s apparent inability to control his inexplicably long-undiagnosed obsession with Sarah Palin is not what “cheapens and demeans” him but that he brought those elements to the table himself as he chose the angle from which he would cover the subject. Mr. Milbank essentially admits as much later in his own op-ed. In trying to rationalize his behavior, he explained that the media cover Ms. Palin to generate Web traffic in lieu, presumably, of elevating the national political discourse.
Like many Americans, I hope that the media can return to their natural and innocent pre-Palin state of political coverage, but I remain doubtful that is possible if this is the tone in which the moratorium is to begin. Until then, I’ll look forward to Mr. Milbank’s exegesis on Medicare reimbursement rates as they pertain to the federal budget.
Noel Fritsch, Washington
Please tell us, Dana Milbank, why you’ll go only 28 days without writing about Sarah Palin. Have you surveyed your readership and found out how long we wish you wouldn’t write about Ms. Palin? Some days there are three or four long articles about her. We would appreciate a moratorium of at least a year.
There has been much overkill on the subject, and we could do without further articles for a long time.
F.G. Langford, Lanham
Only a week ago, Dana Milbank swore off writing anything about Sarah Palin for a month. But on Wednesday, he devoted a full op-ed to GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann’s “unauthorized” response to the State of the Union message. Does he have a rogue fetish?
Nancy Serpa, Arlington