Ross "Who's Sarah Palin?" Douthat blamed the media for fixating on the farce from Google search. Nate Silver measures the demand for news on Palin:
If news coverage were based on a pure supply-and-demand model that is, as an exercise in maximizing near-term pageviews or ratings points it is not clear to me whether there would be less or more coverage of Ms. Palin. My guess is that there would be more, although the same might also be true of shark attacks and Natalee Holloway.