How Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg Flunks Journalism

Another Rant By: BettyJean Kling

OK – I am ready to have it out again – can we have an honest discussion about this. I tend to think the truth lies somewhere in the middle between what Sarah wrote in Palin’s new book,
America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag,
and Michelle Goldberg’s assessment of How Palin Flunks Feminism

The governor-turned-reality-TV-star’s new book dives into feminist history—distorting and misunderstanding it every step of the way, says The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg.

First – someone better clue Goldberg in on Wikipedia- stuff there is not written in stone Michelle—even Sarah can go in and change history on Wikipedia! Talk about being worried about distortions – this gal is relying on Wikipedia for Pete’s sake for her history! YIKES!

“As so often with Palin, it’s hard to tell whether ignorance or dishonesty is at work. Perhaps neither she nor her ghostwriter had time to read up on women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, presented here as a pious Christian conservative. But couldn’t one of them at least have perused her Wikipedia entry?”

Then she leads you to believe that Palin is lying and distorting Susan B. Anthony’s abortion position. It reads thus:

“America By Heart packs a lot of deceit into a small package. Indeed, it’s an object

lesson in the power of right wing propaganda to create imaginary histories.”

Followed by this:

“Palin also tries to claim Susan B. Anthony for her side. The idea that Anthony was anti-abortion is a cherished one on the right; one anti-abortion political action committee calls itself the “Susan B. Anthony List.” “Susan B. Anthony saw the fight for the rights of the unborn as part of the broader fight for women’s rights,” writes Palin.”

And then lays the conclusion that Palin is distorting the facts on others who wrote those conclusions entirely having nothing to do with Palin’s book.

“Again, not really. As Ann Gordon, the editor of Anthony’s papers, and Lynn Sherr, one of her biographers, wrote earlier this year, “We have read every single word that this very voluble—and endlessly political—woman left behind. Our conclusion: Anthony spent no time on the politics of abortion. It was of no interest to her, despite living in a society (and a family) where women aborted unwanted pregnancies. “

Read it at The Daily Beast:$eB7SwhTB8V8yUCz-wH$lK/dail2


Clearly Ms. Goldberg flunks journalism but is queen of distortion and as for being a feminist- she doesn’t even know what the word means. Clearly she is not a woman’s woman – she is a political lemming!

As for the term Feminist and the vote:

The question was – Is Sarah Palin a Feminist? The article presented parts of her book to have you believe she is not and then asks you to vote. I voted yes but the results showed most readers either fell for the ruse or are lemmings!

One has to know the term Feminist and its meaning- obviously these voters know neither to have voted no in such large numbers.  Let me set the record straight.

 A Feminist plain and simple is the belief that females are equal to men! 

To suggest that Sarah Palin is not a feminist meaning she does not think she is equal to any man is a laugh a minute.  No doubt in my mind she thinks she and many of us are equal – she probably also thinks many other women are idiot lemmings and she would be right about that too! Damned fools would believe anything you read!

Finally, I suppose most voters in this poll were Democrats, and Liberals but they certainly were not feminists who stand up for other women – regardless of the political affiliation, religious beliefs or ability to unite. Most of Sarah’s book readers will be Conservatives and Republicans and they certainly were not feminists who stand up for other women – regardless of the political affiliation, religious beliefs or ability to unite. Both conservatives and Democrats have an awful lot to learn and until they do – feminists will never achieve equality- we are holding ourselves back by remaining in two separate camps fighting over abortion. You will fight to the death and never win!

How Palin Flunks Feminism packs a lot of deceit into an even smaller package. Indeed, it’s an object

lesson in the power of left wing propaganda to keep women divided over abortion.

8 Responses

  1. Donkeys continue to disgust me! The rape kit LIE they keep repeating especially makes me want to HURL all over them! Their veiled misogyny fools NO ONE any more! To TRULY be a PRO CHOICE woman you MUST accept LIFE as a CHOICE! And not a BAD one as they continue to try to convince us. Choice is choice.

  2. In her writings, Susan B. Anthony occasionally mentioned abortion. Susan B. Anthony opposed abortion which at the time was an unsafe medical procedure for women, endangering their health and life. She blamed men, laws and the “double standard” for driving women to abortion because they had no other options. (“When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged.” 1869) She believed, as did many of the feminists of her era, that only the achievement of women’s equality and freedom would end the need for abortion. Anthony used her anti-abortion writings as yet another argument for women’s rights.
    She also said unless women resolved the abortion issue it would continue to divide women and 100 years later she was right

  3. Ok so let me get this straight Obama was labeled a feminist with no questions asked but whether Sarah Palin is a feminist is questioned???

    • Yes. Sometimes, you don’t need to ask questions about a person’s feminism, like, if that person signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Geez…


    Your favorite journalist explains her Palin article.

    • Thanks Rishi,
      Very interesting – I am going to listen to the entire hour.

      I am alwys facinated by the extremism of both sides. No moderation from either Phyllis or Goldberg.

      There is a lot to learn in this hour. These young Gals must learn “and somewhere in the middle lies the truth”, these is my goal – to get women to stop taking radical views and look for the truth rather than lining up and finding the answer they want to find!

  5. Betty Jean, the first 35 minutes are relevant. Then the discussion moves on to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The TV show.

  6. This is seriously the most inane post I’ve ever read. What are you even saying? Goldberg was being sarcastic about Wikipedia — as in, Palin could’ve at least tried to read Wikipedia to brush up on feminism, which as any writer knows is absolutely the very least one can do. Palin (or her ghostwriter, let’s get real here) didn’t. Then you go on and on about lemmings without actually explaining why you think Goldberg distorts facts.

    The craziest thing of all is that you then go ahead and define feminism for everyone on the internet. Wow, thank you. Your brilliant mind did what decades of feminism couldn’t do: pare down an entire movement into one sentence. I wonder why other people couldn’t do what you just did. It couldn’t be at all because you have no idea what you’re talking about, right?

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