Ever since her humiliating interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric in 2008, former vice presidential candidate and possible 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin cannot resist the urge to lash out at what she likes to call the “lamestream media.” This week she’s doing it on behalf of Newt Gingrich, who’s 35th appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday was the start of what’s been a really, really bad week for the former Republican House speaker.
In typical “don’t let the facts mess up a good story” fashion, Palin has accused NBC host Dick Gregory of being a racist for asking Gingrich whether his calling President Obama a “food stamps president” might be considered racially coded language.
“Well, talk about racism, that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory,” she said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. “Obviously, it is done to end the conversation, just to distract, divert attention from what the real substance is and stop the conversation.”
Palin said that political candidates should prepare themselves for the “gotchas” that the media purposely use to stir up controversy.
“That’s what the lamestream media’s known for nowadays. It’s the gotcha trip-up questions and you just have to be prepared for it and overcome it,” she said, adding that candidates should use social media networks to get out their message.
Palin also argued that Gingrich should not have apologized for calling the Medicare proposal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) “radical social engineering,” once again blaming the media for the barrage of criticism Gingrich’s remarks elicited—from his own party.
“I don’t know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they said just because they’ve gone through a 24-hour cycle of the lamestream media giving them a hard time,” she said. “If Newt Gingrich believes that it’s right-wing social engineering to undo Obamacare and reform Medicare, then say so. But don't apologize later just because the media has dinged you on what you said.”
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