Tuesday, July 21, 2009

VF Copy-Edits Palin's Resignation Speech

Her speech was obviously rambling and incoherent by almost any reasonable political standards but it takes a professional editor to show just how badly it was written:

If you watched Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, you know one thing: her high-priced speechwriters moved back to the Beltway long ago. Just how poorly constructed was the governor’s holiday-weekend address? We asked V.F.’s red-pencil-wielding executive literary editor, Wayne Lawson, together with representatives from the research and copy departments, to whip it into publishable shape. Here is the colorful result.
The page below is just a sample (click to enlarge) but you can read the entire speech with edits at the above link:
Now of course to the neoconservative brain trust this atrocious piece of rhetoric and her obvious ignorance of the English language used to create it are just evidence of Sarah Palin's working-class, everywoman "real America"-ness while at the same time they also prove her rebellious maverickiness and just how politically savvy she really is. Oh, and the fact that I've written this post and actually dared to say anything negative about her abilities is also proof of my own misogyny and innate liberal fear of her and hatred for every one of the "traditional" values she represents. Just ask them.


1 comment:

magpie said...

I watched her speech online.
I forced myself.
Every time it jumped from one mad hatters teacup of alphabet soup to another I wanted to turn it off. Cover my ears. Do anything to stop the torrent of self-absorbed incoherence from assaulting my mind. But I gritted my teeth and sat through it and wondered... how anyone... can pretend it made any sense.
(But y'know... get a green picture of her pointing a gun and put "free Iran" on it and stick it on your blog and tell people you teach political "science". Then talk about Erin Andrews every other post for 50 days because you KNOW the traffic it will get. 'Moral clarity'....)