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He Called Sarah Palin an Idiot?


On CNN recently, Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network," "West Wing") called Sarah Palin an "idiot."

Let's see to whom that label applies.

Last week in the Huffington Post, Sorkin wrote a column attacking the ex-governor of Alaska and her TLC mini-series reality TV show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Sorkin opened with a quote from Palin on the hypocrisy of meat-eaters who condemn hunting for food. He then proceeded with this response:

"You're right, Sarah, we'll all just go f—- ourselves now."

That non sequitur was the high point of Sorkin's column. (Also, as I noted in my last column on the Grammy Awards nominees for Record of the Year, while most people use expletives in private conversation or in a rare uncontrolled outburst, the Hollywood and art-world left uses expletives in public discourse and in writing as a matter of course.)

Sorkin was furious that the documentary showed Palin hunting and killing a caribou. Although she made it clear that she intended to eat the animal, according to Sorkin she had committed an act of murder and torture. To quote Sorkin:

"I don't relish the idea of torturing animals."

"I don't watch snuff films and you (Palin) make them."

"I've tried and tried and for the life of me, I can't make a distinction between what you (Palin) get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing."

"I get happy every time one of you faux-macho s—-heads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face."

"That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain."

"Sarah Palin is deranged."

Sorkin admits that he eats meat and wears leather. So while he and almost any of us in the affluent West can eat healthfully without eating any meat, Sorkin chooses to have animals killed solely for his culinary pleasure. In other words, he is morally at peace with paying others to kill animals for what is in fact the "fun" of eating meat. But when Palin hunts and kills an animal for food, she is a murderer and torturer.

And while on the subject of torture, isn't there more torture in the way in which most animals are confined and killed in the slaughter mills of modern society than in the killing of an individual animal while it freely roams in the wild?

As for comparing Palin's TV show to a "snuff film," what kind of mind likens the murder of an innocent person on film to hunting a caribou? There is an answer: the Hollywood leftist mind.

Likewise, Sorkin's use of the word "murdered." Outside of his confused moral universe, humanity has always reserved that word "murder" exclusively to describe the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.

It has never been used to describe the killing of an animal. By Sorkin's logic, his eating meat renders him a mass murderer.

No wonder, then, that Sorkin sees no difference between shooting a caribou and Vick's using dogs to kill one another in a sadistic sporting event.

I return to the question: Does Sorkin really not see a difference between hunting an animal for food, torturing an animal or murdering a human being — especially given the fact that he pays people to kill animals for his joy in eating them?

If he sees no difference, then it is he —- not Palin —- who best fits the description of her he wrote in his column. The only other explanation would be that he so hates her that he will say anything, including turning moral standards upside down, in order to insult her.

Good people can differ on Palin's political positions or on whether she should run for president in the next election. But what has she ever said, written or done to justify Sorkin's hatred and cruelty? Indeed, what has she ever said or written that was as infantile or morally foolish as what Sorkin wrote about her?

Ironically, all Sorkin's column achieves is an elevation of Palin's status. If people can be judged by those who hate them, Palin must be more impressive than many people have realized.

So, how does one explain Sorkin's irrational hatred and morally twisted thinking?

As noted earlier, it is indicative of the Hollywood Leftist mindset. Members of Hollywood's left generally live in a left-wing cocoon. What strikes most people who live outside of that cocoon as irrational and immoral is often regarded as brilliant in that world. To the rest of us, comparing shooting a caribou to a snuff film, to murder and to torture is the ranting of an immature and morally confused mind. But among many of Sorkin's peers on the cultural left, Sorkin's column is not merely brilliant, it is f—-ing brilliant.

Dennis Prager hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, most recently "Happiness Is a Serious Problem" (HarperCollins). His website is



5 Comments | Post Comment
Palin: A cute, energetic, family oriented, and freedom loving individual.
Long emotionalism, short on intellectualism. Needs more knowledge and better thinking skills.
She is a great cheerleader for American Values.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Fred Starkey
Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:57 AM
I am not sure just what American Values are. If American Values include mooning over the drug and sexcapades of not terribly talented actores I do get that. If it includes electing politicians who seem to espouse hatred for others I get that. If we worship the inane and frivolous I get that. If we are content to let our kids education fall prey to pseudo religeous bigots I get that.
As far as Palin goes , she certainly is a role model for a not very intelectual approach to politics, and has evidenced the thinking skills that will insure her the GOP nomination.
Comment: #2
Posted by: B.D. Trabitz
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:16 PM
The fact that Palin shot a moose and ate it does not make her an idiot. The fact that Palin allows herself to be filmed while doing this, among other things she has said and done, do absolutely make her a huge idiot. But apparently in today's America this is nothing unusual, in fact her popularity has even increased. The rest speaks for itself.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Bill
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:36 AM
I do not claim to know who Aaron Sorkin is. I feel to give him credence is a mis-step.
Comment: #4
Posted by: bill s
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:02 AM
At least she's not a phony elitist who pretends to be better than others and is willing to put herself out there because she believes in her lifestyle
Comment: #5
Posted by: Jeff
Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:34 PM
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