How Palin Used Facebook to Help Usher in “Post-Truth” Politics | America’s Great Divide | FRONTLINE

How Palin Used Facebook to Help Usher in “Post-Truth” Politics | America’s Great Divide | FRONTLINE


(cheering and applauding) We can no longer afford to put healthcare reform on hold. We can’t afford to do it. It’s time.>>There is nothing more fraught than healthcare, because it is so personal and it is so intimate. And every political party that decides to take on healthcare in some massive, poorly understood way, reaps both the backlash and, and political retaliation.>>Americans are seriously worried that this is going to destroy the healthcare their parents get.>>This has been on the left’s to-do list since neither FDR or LBJ got it done. They have just been waiting, waiting, waiting. “When we have the presidency and both houses of Congress, we are going to push this through.”>>It’s about too much power going to federal government.>>The whole point of this is to get everybody enrolled in the government healthcare plan.>>NARRATOR: From across the divide, Sarah Palin reappeared, wielding a new political weapon.>>She was a maven on Facebook. The original politician who saw that you could skirt the media, and you could get the message out unfiltered, uncut to the public, was Sarah Palin. She did that with Facebook. (keys clicking)>>As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized healthcare plan, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!>>NARRATOR: She exploited fear with a new phrase that went viral– death panels.>>The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel.”>>NARRATOR: It wasn’t true.>>She is the first of a generation of politicians who live in a post-truth environment.>>NARRATOR: Steve Schmidt had also been a top campaign aide for John McCain’s presidential run. He had pushed McCain to select Sarah Palin.>>She was, and there’s no polite way to say it, but a serial liar. She would say things that are simply not true. Or things that were picked up from the internet. And this obliteration of fact from fiction, of truth from lie, has become now endemic in American politics. But it started then.

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  • I remember being banned from Sarah Palin’s Facebook for calling out something they said. That was over 10 years ago folks and look at where we are.

  • "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor". "If you like your insurance policy, you can keep your insurance policy". "My plan will reduce insurance costs by $2,500 a year". Bad Palin. Bad, bad, bad.

  • I love PBS. And I am confident that they will never be post-truth, because they've never played the truth game in the first place.

  • who gets their news from facebook? the 21st century allows access to endless amounts of information around the world to help someone become well informed . versus using a social media site.

  • This is so typical of the propaganda wing of the Democratic party. They blame the right for what they are masters of. They have done nothing but, in unison, tell lie after lie about Trump for the last 3 years. They tell one lie, get busted and then tell an even bigger lie.
    And now that it has become obvious that lying is second nature to them they try to say it's Palin's, i.e. The Rights fault???????? Now that my friends is what you call a lie. A pretty lame lie even for the left. I imagine goebbel is proud of you Frontline for just trying.

  • I would not be surprised if Palin would say she didn't type that.or probably the Tina Fey character did it😂😂😂

  • Palin's online trolls were the model for Trump's. I remember arguing with them like it was yesterday, and it was exactly the same type of language and grammar and tone as the current ones. The similarities certainly beg some interesting questions. One way or another she opened quite a Pandora's Box.

  • Sarah Palin was absolutely right about Obamacare. Steve Schmidt is part of the DC swamp that blames Sarah Palin instead of himself for running a losing campaign in 2008.

  • Sarahs the only honest politico. She and her husband, last month, were FINALLY granted a large audience and the chance to discuss the decade of abuse she and her family have suffered because of dishonest and abusive media.

  • Sarahs the only honest politico. She and her husband, last month, were FINALLY granted a large audience and the chance to discuss the decade of abuse she and her family have suffered because of dishonest and abusive media.

    The two people closest to her on the 08 campaign are still close to her, because they know the GOOD truth.

  • Palin was the "first" post-truth politician? No. Not even close. And she was never one of the most-effective post-truthers because she's never been taken seriously enough for that.
    The first was Bill Clinton; he's an original and probably the best, followed by Obama and Hillary. (Biden is too clumsy for it.) Trump is a lightweight: too easy to read; too outrageous a personality to believe.
    Now we have Bernie, Pocahontas, AOC and the Gang, Pelosi, a couple of Republicans (conservatives aren't cunning enough to be good at this) and a gigantic host of politicians who masquerade as reporters (or "journalists," as they like to call themselves) and talk-show hosts/panel members.
    Anyway, people who actually "get" their news from tweets and Facebook are among the biggest idiots on the planet… and certainly among the most ignorant.

  • Steve Schmidt is living proof that political candidates need not have campaign managers/advisors, or even speechwriters, when running for office. Had it not been for Schmidt, McCain would not have elected Palin to be his running mate and he MIGHT have had a better chance at winning the White House.