What an amazing night in politics was Wednesday. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska gave a rousing, motivating speech to delegates at the Republican National Convention. We will surely be seeing much more of her beyond this campaign, beyond this election, win or lose. This criticism is not for her, however, but for a few misguided members of the media, a few of our institutions that are not acting responsibly in their coverage of politics.
It's fair to first point out that it is the media's responsibility to ask tough questions, to help the electorate, the readers and listeners, to measure the qualifications of any candidate, despite what a campaign might put forth as spin. It's the media's responsibility to pull back the curtain and offer up a "yeah, but ," when there is one, so that something close to the complete truth emerges.
Many of those questions were appropriately asked of and about Gov. Palin. But we all know about some of the questions and innuendo that were not appropriate. We know because leaders of both parties, not just Palin's, rebuked them, saying that family, especially a child, is off limits.