By Don Irvine | November 26, 2010
Sarah Palin who has been ridiculed for her North Korean gaffe called for the media to apply even standards when it comes to candidates and their invariable gaffes.
From her Facebook page.
My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate Ė from the FBIís 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israelís. And letís face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I donít know what the term is in Austrian for thatÖ
Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didnít have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you canít remember hearing about them, thatís because for the most part the media didnít consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe Ė even news anchors .
Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldnít 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.
If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beckís radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? (And for that matter, why not just make up stories out of thin air Ė like the totally false hard news story which has run for three days now reporting that I lobbied the producers of ďDancing with the StarsĒ to cast a former Senate candidate on their show. That lie is further clear proof that the media completely makes things up without doing even rudimentary fact-checking.)
ďHope springs eternalĒ as the poet says. Letís hope that perhaps, just maybe, they might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding Americaís free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
- Sarah Palin
Palin has a point. The media has largely ignored the various misstatements made by both Obama and Biden while playing up every gaffe she makes.
And itís not that the media thinks the president or the veep should get a pass based on their respective offices but because it represents a bias to protect them from embarrassment. That was not the standard with president Bush who was a perpetual gaffe machine and was a constant target of the liberal media.
To a certain degree Palin has now inherited that mantle as she moves closer to a 2012 presidential run and becomes more of a threat to Obama and the Democrats and the media would like to negate that threat as soon as possible. And even though I am lukewarm at best on her potential as a presidential candidate I must give Palin credit for having the courage to take on the press and hold their feet to the fire which very few Republicans have been willing to do in the past.
Conservatives will need more of that kind of courage if they are to succeed in beating back the liberal media in the future.
(Video links at source!)