sarah palin has never been adept at managing the media. after she was nominated for vp, it was several days before she gave any interviews at all. the result was complete abdication of her message to the media feedback chaotic amplification loop. when she finally did give interviews, the scrutiny was so intense that her actual message was lost.
sarah, if you've got something to say, get out and say it. if you make a foolish remark from time to time, that is ok as long as it is a small percentage of what you've said. jesse jackson, joe biden, and a whole pantheon of public figures have said something difficult to explain, but since it is a small percentage of their total verbal output people are willing to cut them a little slack.
"some will ask why anyone would bother in the first place"
the answer is not easy, but one must acknowledge that creators do bother even when monetary compensation is not part of the equation. one obvious example that springs to mind is the free software movement. there is an entire operating system (several in fact) and a complete ecosystem of applications surrounding them, that is vibrant and growing yet not driven by the desire to extract residual payment from all uses downstream.
people created music before anyone ever thought of copyright and if copyright were to disappear from the face of the earth would continue to do so.
some creators are motivated by vanity, some by altruism, some by their faith and some for a myriad of other reasons, yet they are motivated, nay compelled, to create.
those who create solely for monetary considerations are called 'hacks' or sometimes even 'whores'. who among us would truly be diminished if these voices were to go silent?
is what is implicit in the following excerpt:
"First of all, those 29 other papers are all papers whose local teams are not in the World Series"
what is implied is that each town has only one newspaper. while certainly the norm these days it was not that long ago that most cities of reasonable size had a 'morning' and an 'evening' paper. if one goes back even further in time the larger cities likely had even more than 2 papers. sigh.
i was writing a book about cool stuff one could build with lego bricks. i wrote to the lego corp to get some guidance about how to use their logos and trademarks in ways they wouldn't object to. like for instance they really don't like it when the bricks are referred to as 'legos' preferring 'lego bricks' for example. the response i got was a threat that if i was going to write such a book that i would have to negotiate a royalty arrangement with them my book project would not go forward. i wrote back explaining that the entire project would not need to even mention lego at all beyond stating that 'lego(tm) or any of the excellent compatible bricks are required for the models in this book'. i never heard back from them, also i have yet to finish the book. this still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth a decade later. all i wanted to do was promote their product but they decided to be jerks.
i can't quite put my finger on why it sounds awkward to me to use 'parasite' as a verb. i poked around on at thesaurus.com and found 'leech' to be a pretty good verb to substitute. perhaps english could adopt a foreign word to fill this niche. any suggestions?