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Palin’s latest facebook post shows an unpresidented level of hypocrisy and zero thanksgiving charm

November 26, 2010

While everyone else sat down to their Thanksgiving dinners on November 25th, Sarah Palin instead sat down and penned another Facebook rant to the nation – well I say Sarah did, but it could have been her ghostwriter given the level of research (lol) that went into it.

Why? Well a few days ago, Sarah Palin was being “interviewed” by Fox‘s Glenn Beck and during the questioning the subject of North and South Korea came up.  Palin made a gaffe – another in a long line of gaffe’s but a gaffe nonetheless – at least we’re saying it’s a gaffe because that way we’re being kind.

Palin told listeners:

But obviously got to stand with our North Korean allies. We’re bound to by treaty. We’re also bound to by..

To which Glenn Neck’s co-host Stu corrected her by saying “South Korea” – Palin offered no apology just dismissed it with a “Yeah.” And if you don’t believe me, the transcript of the show is available on Glenn Beck’s website.

The media picked up on the gaffe and many questioned whether someone who makes such fundamental slip of the tongue’s should even be considered White House material. The Belfast Telegraph posted a tongue-in-cheek reaction on Palin’s foreign affair thinking by suggesting:

After Iraq, we should have gone into Iran, North Korea and any other joint ruled by what, objectively speaking, can only be considered nutters. The only real problem will come if America elects Sarah Palin as leader. Then it will become incumbent upon Britain to cross the Atlantic and invade the States. That would probably be a long, drawn-out conflict, but we all know that wars make the world a safer place, except perhaps for those involved in them.

Palin has a long history of making gaffes when speaking about the issues, so much so that the term “Palinisms” has become a term to describe them, such as “Bushisms” during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Palin’s answer to this has been to dismiss all media as “lame stream” – well except for Fox who she keeps on side because they are the only one’s to allow her an echo chamber.

Anyway back to the issue – Palin (or her ghostwriter) sat down over Thanksgiving and penned a facebook rebuttal to the media’s reaction to the slip of the tongue, where she proceeded to have a go not only at the media but the President – yet again.  And given she has recently been in the press for slamming First LAdy Michelle Obama for her “obesity” program, and given the many other ‘verbal-assaults’ against President Obama, it was no surprise to be fair that Palin could not resist the opportunity.

Starting her “clever” little note with a play on words using, as she says “the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden)”.

Palin then launches into a tirade against the media and how they are happy to highlight her gaffes but not those of the President.

Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline. The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us. (Sarah Palin FB)

The problem with her “tirade” is that it would be all well and good but this is a woman who claims she has more experience than the current President and believes she can beat him.  This is a woman who believes that she can be the best that America has to offer to be its leader on the world stage, speaking as it’s diplomat and without facing an international incident because of her verbal scrimmage.

And the other problem is, this woman believes she can do it from her twitter and Facebook pages – seeing as she has already decided that anyone that scrutinizes her with questions such as “What papers do you read?” is trying so-called “gotcha” journalism and as such does not deserve her time.  In fact her way of dealing with the media also became the way her endorsed candidates during the mid-terms, such as Sharon Angle running from the media, or telling Christine O’Donnell to “speak through Fox” – at least she didn’t try Joe Miller’s extreme ‘arrest the journalist’ when they ask something about your past that the public deserves to know about but you don;t want to talk about.

Palin was right in some ways that the media likes the trivialize and are too quick to pick up on headlines that will generate the hits on the internet, however when Palin tried to claim the media does this unfairly to her but not to President Obama then she is wrong – and she knows this.  Either that or even her beloved Fox doesn’t get her attention and she doesn’t listen to her own verbal stirring which is then printed in the media.  Obama for the past two years has had to put up with daily stories from the right wing side of the media that have been played again and again and again in a hope to embarrass and undermine the President.

The difference is where Obama may apologize for his mistakes, and the same with Michelle Obama whom Palin castigated in her America by Heart book without referencing the fact that Michelle Obama apologized for misspeaking – the difference is Palin is not just an odd mistake but she constantly makes them, even in the safe sanctuary of Fox.  Palin believes she is entitled to make these mistakes and not be called up on them.  She also has a habit of making mistakes and then instead of saying “sorry, my bad”, she tries to play it off.  Take for example her comment about Muslim’s who should “refudiate” the Ground Zero Islamic Center (or mosque as she and other right wingers like to call it).  When this faux pas was called out she deleted the tweet and instead made one comparing herself to Shakespeare:

“English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Get over it!”

As the Washington Post points out, this is not the first time she has used the word – her word “refudiate” but the first time it has been called up on.
See Palin may think it unfair that Obama is given a soft ride – in her mind and not in reality – but Palin does not play on a level playing field.  She addresses issues through her Facebook which is heavily censored and anyone truly with opposing views to hers are blocked.  She doesn’t do the rounds on every media outlet because she knows doing so she will put her foot in it again – though she will take no responsibility for what comes out of her mouth and instead will blame the media – hence why she now refers to them incessantly as the “lame stream media” – what levels of maturity!!!
Fox may have afforded Palin with a palace to spew her rants in the media platform without confronting anything but soft ball questions and the rest of the media allows her to do this by happily given air and internet space to regurgitating her Facebook notes, but remember this is a woman who wants to President, who will have to take the hard questions and will have to speak to the media – even those who give her a hard time.  With her thanksgiving rant she has only shown her hypocrisy knows little or no bounds and she doesn’t care.
The fact that she also harbored this to then launch an attack on thanksgiving shows how little a forgiving bone she has in herself – her vindictiveness and willingness to do anything and say anything in attack to the President just to further brand Sarah should show to anyone with a sane mind – this is not the woman you want running the country.
It is time Palin realized that to be able to take that role, she needs t be able to take the criticism as well as give it, take the hardball questions and not run and most of all not using Facebook and twitter to make snarky little comments at the people she calls on to question everything about the President.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. afrankangle permalink
    November 30, 2010 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the line as I’ve printed it to take to her to follow.

  2. November 30, 2010 2:01 pm

    Well I hope the more she talks the more people will see her for what she is.

    I have her first book – I read it because I wanted to try and understand and not be one of those that didn’t bother to see her book and yet rant about it – it was on offer too! LOL!

    Worried if you got me a copy she’d right “To the Liberal Progressive Commie, Non common sense nazi” – actually thinking about it, can you get her to sign it that way! LOL!

  3. afrankangle permalink
    November 29, 2010 12:15 pm

    All of us have slips of the tongue … even embarrassing ones … so I can forgive her on this one. BUT – not her immediate, casual reaction to it! She loves all the media attention, thus continues to be both a revisionist and blinded by her own faults and expectations.

    • November 30, 2010 12:38 pm

      That would be fine, if this was just a rare gaffe, but it’s not – take her rant against Obama over Wikileaks – she shows a distinct lack of understanding and knowledge – she’s not just blinded she is wilfully ignorant as long as it suits her agenda.

      Huffington Post:

      Sarah Palin Rips Obama White House Over WikiLeaks

      “Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book “America by Heart” from being leaked,but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?”

      In that tweet alone she shows she doesn’t understand law, doesn’t understand traitor, and doesn’t understand the government can not stop another countries websites. (See rest of news article) But hey she got a great plug for her book, which means her mission is done for the day – promote Team Palin at any cost!

      • afrankangle permalink
        November 30, 2010 12:52 pm

        I’m with you as she is a fountain of intellectual gaffes. Meanwhile, since she has no chance of my vote, “Keep her talking”.

        By the way, on Friday her book signing tour will be about 10 miles from my home. Should I get an autographed copy for you? 🙂

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