Can the press go cold turkey on all things Palin for the month of February?
Of course it can’t. The former Alaska governor is a guaranteed source of interest, and in 2011, that translates into the ever-important category of web traffic and page views. Indeed, google “Palin” and some 36.4 million web pages will appear for your perusing pleasure.
But amid a sense that we’ve all gone overboard, veteran Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has pledged that February will be Palin free.
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And he’s asking the rest of us to join him. Make no mention of Palin for the entire month of February, Milbank writes in his column, noting that he’s written about her in 42 columns since she was chosen by John McCain to be his vice presidential candidate in 2008.
In his essay, Milbank also notes the tally for the stable of Washington Post and New York Times political columnists: Eugene Robinson (33 Palin mentions), Paul Krugman (14), Kathleen Parker (30) and Maureen Dowd (45), according to Milbank’s count. “We need help,” Milbank says.
So will the boycott last? As an insight into the mutually beneficial relationship between the press and Palin, it might be worth noting that Milbank chose the shortest month of the year to hold his boycott.
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