You’ll Believe a Populist Can Fly

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Monday, November 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Via Rachel Weiner, Joe McGinniss discovers that Sarah Palin is, instead of riding her decked-out book tour bus, “cosseted in the luxury of a Gulfstream II 12-passenger jet.” And according to McGinniss, she might not have even used her real name when checking in on the jet.

Is this a huge scandal? I don’t think so, but I think McGinniss is right about the packaging and the optics.

What’s wrong in this instance is the apparent fakery created and sustained for the sake of building pseudo-populist appeal—and selling books. Sarah Palin and HarperCollins have consciously tried to give the impression that she is doing her book tour by bus when the evidence suggests she is not. At every stop, she’s been filmed getting off Big Blue looking rested and radiant. She dazzles onlookers and interviewers with her seemingly bottomless reserves of energy. And no one suspects she may secretly be hopping on and off her main means of transport, UJT750, and resting up in hotels.

Obviously, there’s nothing here that presidential candidates don’t do, but the story that Palin was actually traveling in the bus has been sold to many, many media outlets.

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4 Comments

joekampf
Comment posted November 30, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

“but the story that Palin was actually traveling in the bus has been sold to many, many media outlets.”

Can you site what media outlets reported this? Link? YouTube Video? Something?


Billy Joe
Comment posted November 30, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

Hey, ” joekampf”:

Lazy, much? Under a rock, much?

And how about those White House party crashers? Or, wait, maybe you need a link to THAT, too?!


Mike_Licht
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

Bottom line: Sarah Palin's bus tour is really taking off.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/…


Mike_Licht
Comment posted December 4, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

Bottom line: Sarah Palin's bus tour is really taking off.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/…


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