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How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

WNYC

Adding Sarah Palin to any event makes it bigger, more high profile and, for one restaurant owner in Manhattan, more litigious.

Padriac Sheridan wanted to draw customers into his restaurant, Murphy & Gonzalez, on Waverly Place near NYU, by showing the 2008 Vice Presidential debate, featuring Palin and Senator Joe Biden.

So, as he did with other big television events that he hoped would draw customers into his restaurant, Sheridan put a note about it on his restaurant's web site. For this occasion, he Googled a little bit, found what appeared to be official portraits for the governor and the senator, and downloaded them. Then, Sheridan inserted them onto his web site, along with details about the October 2 debate.

Customers came. They watched, they ate, and the one year-old restaurant did brisk business that night. Sheridan considered the whole thing a success and didn't think much about it — until two years later.

On September 13, 2010, Sheridan received a letter from an attorney representing a company claiming that Sheridan's web site stole their photograph of Palin, and they wanted him to pay for it.

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Christie plays it nice

Thursday, January 13, 2011

On Good Morning America, NJ Gov. Christie played Mr. Nice Guy, passing on easy opportunities to take shots at other 2012 GOP contenders.

Christie defended Sarah Palin's intent, though not particular choice of words on the Tuscon shooting.

Later, when asked about the criticism he got from Rudy Giuliani for staying in Disney World during a snow storm that hit his state, Christie laughed it off and said, "we agree on so many more issues" and "we'll disagree at times and this is one that we do."

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It's A Free Country ®

Comments Roundup: Palin's 'Blood Libel' Remarks

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin made headlines this morning by saying that she was the victim of "blood libel." In the wake of the tragic Arizona shootings this past weekend, Palin has drawn heat for her previous use of gun-related imagery in speeches, and for releasing a map that featured a cross-hair symbol over Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' district. In a video statement, Palin dismissed her critics for attributing Jared Lee Loughner's actions to Tea Party rhetoric. That set off a flurry of commenting on the It's a Free Country message boards.

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Palin's Use of 'Blood Libel' Draws Ire

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin has spoken up about the Arizona shootings that killed six and seriously wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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It's A Free Country ®

Open Thread: Sarah Palin Criticizes 'Blood Libel'

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Early Wednesday morning, Sarah Palin released a video response to the tragedy in Tucson. In her first extended remarks since Saturday's attack, she condemned the debate about violent political rhetoric that's followed.

"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible," she said.

Watch the video below, and tell us: what do you make of Palin's response?

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It's A Free Blog

The Nonsense, and Danger, in Blaming Sarah Palin

Sunday, January 09, 2011

If there's one thing we learned from the awful shooting in Tucson on Saturday, in case we didn't know already, Sarah Palin makes some liberals completely lose their minds. It was about 10 minutes after the shooting was announced that Markos Moulitsas of the liberal website Daily Kos, last seen advancing political discourse by writing a book comparing conservatives to terrorists, linked to a map on the Sarah Palin website which featured crosshairs "targeting" Gabrielle Giffords' district in the last election. Obviously, then, Sarah Palin was responsible for the shooting.

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My List of 2010's Most Fascinating

Friday, December 31, 2010

With just a few hours to go this year, let me add my picks for the most fascinating people of 2010 to the mix:

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A Gross Misunderstanding

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Daniel Gross, writing in New York Magazine, can't understand the Republican outrage over Ben Bernanke's latest tinkering with the economic markets. After all, Gross notes, Bernanke is himself a Republican! Oh, well then, we Republicans were not aware of that. Of course we'll all sit quietly now! As Sarah Palin said about John McCain: "You don't have to fall in love. You just have to fall in line." Oh wait, that wasn't a Republican leader. That was Hilary Clinton explaining to Democrats that you just pull the (D) lever for John Kerry in 2004 and keep your mouth shut.

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Half of indys not behind Obama; Bloomberg 2012 dims

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Some Marist poll numbers for 2012:

50 percent of independents say they won't vote for Obama.

And in a three way race:
45-Obama
31-Palin
15-Bloomberg

Also, 61 percent of voters nationally do not want to see Bloomberg run for president.

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The 2012 Temperature: Which Potential Candidates Have You Excited?

Monday, November 22, 2010

You may be thinking about Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season, but pollsters are already looking to November 6, 2012. And if that election were held today, Obama would be in trouble according to a Quinnipiac poll out today – but not if his opponent were former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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The Mix: Deathly Hallows Edition

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. This week, a look at a magical (or at least, other-wordly) week in political theater, from Sarah Palin to Charlie Rangel. As always, characters in bold, connections in italics; link for more information.

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Paladino on Palin: She Just Throws a Bunch of Words Around

Friday, September 17, 2010

Something I couldn't resist posting during my day of exceedingly light blogging:

The video accompaniment of Carl Paladino explaining why he doesn't think much of fellow Republican insurgents Sarah Palin and Chris Chistie.

Note: the audio isn't stellar, but the disdain comes across loud and clear.

While discussing 2012 presidential candidates, I asked what he thought about Palin.

"We need a real leader, not someone who is going to go there and just throw a bunch of words around," Paladino said.

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Paladino Doesn't Like Palin

Thursday, September 16, 2010

So, since the Daily News unloaded some of their best Carl Paladino quotes, here's mine.

In an earlier interview Paladino, he told he doesn't think much about Sarah Palin, or other maverick, outsidery Republicans.

I asked him which Republican he could see himself supporting for president in 2012:

Paladino:

I don't see anybody. Not Newt Gingrich. Not Sarah Palin. Sure enough not John McCain. I don't see 'em. Not Governor Christie either.

I followed up and asked him why he didn't like Sarah Palin. Paladino told me:

"We need a real leader. Not someone who just wants to go and throw a bunch of words around and proverbs and - I want somebody that is going to be totally responsible. Someone that is a student of that government."

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Reports: Palin's Candidate in Staten Island Wins

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sarah Palin's candidate in the Republican primary on Staten Island, Michael Grimm, beat his challenger, Michael Allegretti, according to New York 1 News and the Daily News.

Grimm, who was also backed by Rudy Giuliani, was a former FBI agent and Marine veteran. He was criticized for raising a lot of money outside the district, and not having lived there as long as Allegretti, whose family ran a local business on the Brooklyn side of the district.

I'm a bit weary of wading too deep into the fault-lines of Staten Island Republican politics, but it is worth noting that the losing candidate, Allegretti, was backed by the former congressman there, the very popular Vito Fossella. This may get people to start questioning Fossella's ability to deliver Republican votes in the district he once (and still?) dominated.

Grimm will take on freshman Rep. Michael McMahon, a moderate Democrat who has the backing of the Conservative Party and who voted against Obama's health care policy.

McMahon came under criticism earlier when a campaign aide distributed to a reporter documents that described how much money Grimm raised outside the district, labeling one category as "Jewish money." The campaign aide was fired and McMahon apologized.

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Palin's Question for those Other Mosques

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What's the point of another mosque, Sarah Palin wonders, during an appearance on Fox last night:

There are already a hundred mosques in New York…

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Now, if the purpose of this mosque, as we are lead to believe, is to create this tolerant environment to avoid anything like a 9/11 ever repeating, you have to ask ‘Why didn’t any of those 100 mosques already accomplish such a thing, allowing that tolerance and acceptance of differing views?' So, I don’t buy into that reason, that that’s the purpose of this location being chosen.

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The Takeaway

What's Your Career Advice for Sarah Palin?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Sarah Palin has stepped down as Alaska's governor. No one seems to know exactly why, but she may be hunting for the next big thing. What do you think she should do next? Run for president? Host a talk show? Give your career advice.

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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