The takeaway is that Palin is still a magnetic figure for reporters and, likely for viewers who couldn’t get enough of her during the campaign. And that means that Politico’s conquer-the-Web ambition—and our continued fascination with the Palins—will keep the Alaska governor in the news. But, as we saw during the campaign, Palin proved too complex and contentious a character for the press to cover as merely a straightforward politician. Yesterday’s pieces are a poor indication that Palin coverage will ever be anything other than polarizing. Please, let’s try to do better.

Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.