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The News is SO Depressing!

Sarah Palin has really grown into herself in last couple of weeks. It’s precious to watch. Not only has she learned some valuable lesson, like what the vice president does, but she’s also come to terms with what she doesn’t know. Rather than dancing an uncoordinated ballet around her ignorance, she now wears it across her chest with the same confidence that a West Virginian home wears a confederate flag.

Less than a few short weeks ago, Palin struggled to tell Katie Coutic where she got her news and information. Instead, she stirred up a classic Palin cocktail response of generalizations, avoidance and non-sequiturs:

Couric: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

But after seven weeks on the campaign trail, Palin appears much more comfortable in her own skin, and ignorance. During a fundraiser in Greensboro, North Carolina last night, Palin unapologetically professed that her staffers keep her from watching the news because the news can make her “depressed.”

She told her supporters [voices.washingtonpost.com], “At those times on the campaign trail when sometimes it’s easy to get a little bit discouraged, when, you know, when you happen to turn on the news when your campaign staffers will let you turn on the news,” she said, prompting laughter from the group. “Usually they’re like ‘Oh my gosh, don’t watch. You’re going to, you know, you’re going to get depressed.’”

Being a public figure can be really tough. People say bad things about you, discuss your personal life and spread rumors. It’s kind of like the seventh grade, but on a public, international scale. And apparently Palin’s staffers have given her the same advice our mothers gave us: just ignore them.

But Palin ignores ALL of them. She does not watch or read the news—apparently any of it, except for last Saturday’s New York Times article about Bill Ayers.

But at least she’s comfortable with this fact and no longer tries to hide it, the way she did earlier in her campaign. And she has her reasons. After all, if she were to tune in, the information coming at her would likely confuse her talking points. And worse, she might gain a better sense of what the public is hearing about her and thinking about her, as well as of what is going on in the world. After all, not that any of us would know, but this stuff can be kinda depressing!

–Jamie Wong