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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Oops, my mistake. I thought it was students who were making silly remarks on the audio during Sarah's Speech.

The sophomoric remarks coming out of a more freshman mentality from what I originally believed to be student technicians on the Fox 40 live video feed of Sarah Palin's speech at Stanislaus University has to play on the nerves of any institution that would have made $200,000 and couldn't have figured out a way to run a direct video stream with audio through the board and not an open mic. At first, I thought the idiots were students at the school who worked in the AV department. The unprofessional comments made during and after the speech sounded to me like nothing more than a bunch of kids making stupid jokes about Sarah Palin while they screwed around instead of getting the volume level right, or having the camera properly positioned.

At first I questioned if this is why Stansilaus University needed the money. I thought possibly their AV department was a little short on funds or a little short on brains. But in retrospect, I owe an apology to the students for mistaking them to be the voices on the audio. I should have realized that students are better behaved than reporters.

Maybe Sarah shouldn't have gone. Normally, I would say yeah. But she gave one hell of a speech as she delved intellectually into the thoughts that should be going through most college kids' minds at the time. What does Alex de Tocqueville think? What's the difference between liberalism and conservatism? Why is it funny that she doesn't have the right straw? Who was Ronald Reagan and why was he so great?

After reading this statement from Fox 40, I am even more appauled at the conduct heard on the feed because it wasn't coming from students, but rather from reporters! While it does not excuse my initial reaction, it is understandable that anyone could have easily attributed the behavior of those whose voices were captured on the feed to immature people more likely to be of student age than to professional reporters who are supposedly trained in gathering news and disseminating information. My bad.

Apparently, reporters in today's "media" tend to act more like frat boys than professionals. And that showed. The only thing missing on the video was a keg and scantily clad women.

This clearly proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the media already has a pre-conceived anti-Palin bias. The glaring evidence of this makes one wonder if Palin should ever let media into another event again. It's obvious from the buffoonery that these reporters didn't hear a single word she said. Instead of paying attention to her, they paid attention to themselves and their childish remarks.

Stanislaus University should have provided the media with a clean feed. It would only be fitting of an institution that was cashing in big time on Palin's appearance. However, criticism of the university should end there and not be extended to any department or any group of students.

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