Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 11:30 AM
Scott Conroy gets a preview of The Undefeated , the latest Steve Bannon documentary. (He is best known for Generation Zero , the fast-cutting film, premiered at the National Tea Party Convention and promoted with a Sean Hannity special, about the origins of the Tea Party and the role the Left played in the financial crisis.) I'm told that the movie will get a distributor next week, and that it will be in theaters. "Some of these conservative movies are just passed around as DVDs at conventions," said a source close to the production, "but not this one. This a real movie."
Impressed, Palin promoted "Generation Zero" via Twitter before later reaching out to Bannon about creating something to highlight her record in Alaska, where her performance in office was overshadowed by her resignation eight months after the 2008 presidential election.
Palin doesn't actually appear in the film, as she appeared in John Ziegler's documentary Media Malpractice . That film, which premiered shortly after the election, set in stone the concept of Palin as a thin-skinned politician who could not forgive the media for being rough on her. Ziegler played clips of Palin's interview lowlights; Palin tut-tutted and attacked the press (mostly Katie Couric) for what they'd pulled.
It was passing strange to see a just-defeated candidate do this. As Josh Green points out , this documentary sounds like a correction for that movie's overzealousness, and a way for Palin to make the same mistake. Andrew Breitbart and Mark Levin, two conservatives who loudly, daily criticize the people who criticize the media, are two of only 16 featured voices. And there's this:
Bannon dramatizes the theme of Palin's persecution at the hands of her enemies in the media and both political parties, a notion the former governor has long embraced. Images of lions killing a zebra and a dead medieval soldier with an arrow sticking in his back dramatize the ethics complaints filed by obscure Alaskan citizens, which Palin has cited as the primary reason for her sudden resignation in July of 2009.
Yes, that's the problem with Palin's image! Not enough grievance about how the media treats her! It seems like ages ago when the Smart Pundit's program for Palin was to knuckle down and prove, as a governor, that she had serious chops. The new plan: Reminisce about it.