Video: Palin hits back at the media; Update: Ziegler: Palin is exactly who you think

posted at 9:15 pm on January 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

John Ziegler conducted a series of interviews with Governor Sarah Palin about the treatment she received from the media, including the blogosphere, which he will use in an upcoming documentary. He’s put together a few good excerpts in a lengthy YouTube presentation, in which Palin starts off by taking on the biggest smear of the campaign:

Why would Palin want to go through all of this again? She says this country has a “great need for reform,” and she still wants to provide it. Perhaps, she says, people would pay more attention to her record rather than the lunatics who still pressure her to give them proof positive that she actually gave birth to her youngest son, Trig.  Palin has a few choice words for the strategists in the campaign, and for the media hypocrites who put her and her family through the wringer while anointing Obama.

If we’d seen more of this Palin on the campaign trail … well, we still would have lost, in all likelihood, as VP candidates simply can’t rescue running mates.  However, Palin seems determined not to let 2008 be the last word for her on the national stage.

Update: John Ziegler writes about his experiences meeting with Sarah Palin:

One of the things you quickly learn when you visit the Palins is that the legend that has been created around who they are and how they live is no myth. It appears to be absolutely real and everything about them seems 100% sincere. From the stuffed hunting trophies on the wall, to the Track’s military photo by the TV set, to Piper’s crayon school projects on the kitchen cabinets, everything is exactly as you imagine it might be.

What was particularly valuable about the perspective I had was that, I am not Charlie Gibson, Matt Lauer or Greta Van Susteren (who I understand now gets her mail delivered to the Palin home); the conductors of the three most prominent interviews done in the Wasilla house on the frozen lake at the end of the drive that has the sign “Palins” posted on a tree at the entrance. Unlike them, I am virtually unknown nationally and there was absolutely no reason for anything to be done differently as a “show” for us. We saw the genuine Sarah Palin and it is patently obvious that this is the only one that exists. She is the real deal.

As a former TV sportscaster and radio talk show host, I have interviewed a lot big-time “celebrities,” and I can honestly say that, even though you could argue that Sarah Palin was the most prominent I have ever spoken to one-on-one, she was also by far the nicest, most sincere and, seemingly, honest subject that I have ever questioned.

Be sure to read the whole column, especially for Palin’s assessment of Keith Olbermann.  Keep an eye out for John’s upcoming documentary, Media Malpractice.


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Worthless scumbags! Now that the young man has been hounded out of his apprenticeship they can correct the record.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Even writing a letter to the editor won’t help. Fagan needs a “roast” of his own.

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Even writing a letter to the editor won’t help. Fagan needs a “roast” of his own.

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Doe he consider himself a “conservative”?

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Doe he consider himself a “conservative”?

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

He has called himself one at one time. He is such a freaking liberal.. it is flaming.

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Nice. It only took them five days. Guess they were busy chasing down that Trig Truther story. I like how they mention that his column was on page B-4 when they know well and good that they put up their own story about it on the top of their webpage and on the McClatchy wire so that it would get nationwide pick up. Jacka$$es.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Remember melt. adn.com is a Commiefornia based paper.. going under. :D

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I won’t be crying over its demise. Now if my local paper goes under I’ll be sad. There’s no other outlet for our county news, and it’s a good community paper.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I won’t be crying over its demise. Now if my local paper goes under I’ll be sad. There’s no other outlet for our county news, and it’s a good community paper.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM

You can always start your own. It isn’t hard… the ink is actually the most expensive part of it.

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM

The reasons why Sarah Palin rose so fast to be Alaska Governor are that she’s a quick study on issues, and she is honest and incorruptible. She WAS ready to be Governor of Alaska by 2006, because she had worked on issues involving Alaska as mayor of Wasilla and on the Oil and Gas Commission.

Sarah Palin’s main expertise as of 2008 was on energy issues, which looked good in August 2008 as people complained about $4/gallon gasoline, but as banks failed and the economy tanked, and Bush blamed Wall Street and McCain failed to blame the Democrats who forced Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make unsound loans, Palin’s influence was reduced, because she had not really studied banking and high finance as a major issue in Alaska.

But she has time NOW to study national issues, and watch the Obama Administration with a critical eye, while doing her job as Alaska Governor with solid competence.

In 2012, she will not have to distance herself from President Bush, and can easily distance herself from the policies of President Obama, and present herself as “change” from Obama’s failures, rather than a “maverick” Republican different from the Republican President who was widely perceived as incompetent.

It’s not yet clear whether Sarah Palin is the GOP’s best hope in 2012, but she does show promise, as a young, active, no-nonsense, incorruptible, competent, and solid conservative. If she can learn and express clear positions on national issues as she has for those of Alaska, she could be an excellent candidate. If another GOP candidate shows better all-around knowledge and competence and charisma by then, it will be up to Republican voters to make that choice.

Despite the way the media portray, Sarah Palin is NOT stupid–she just needs time to study national issues to express clear positions on them, as she has in Alaska. She didn’t have the time between her nomination and the 2008 election–she has it now. She needs to do her homework NOW–final exam in 2012.

Steve Z on January 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

“Conservative author” who trashed Palin on O’reilly factor is a contributor to Huffington Post:

Yeah, that’s Frum’s wife. Neocon. Frum has slammed Palin as well.

Jim62sch on January 9, 2009 at 12:17 AM

That’s very interesting and it certainly explains a lot of things about Frum’s thinking.

INC on January 9, 2009 at 12:29 PM

That’s very interesting and it certainly explains a lot of things about Frum’s thinking.

INC on January 9, 2009 at 12:29 PM

She probably asked Frum how he thought Palin looked , he answered wrong and now have to play catchup.

the_nile on January 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Trig Trutherism smackdown of the ADN from McClatchy Watch:

So the paper tries to hype up a discredited rumor by doing a story on the rumor. And when called out by Palin, the editor blames nutcases for for forcing him to act like a crazyman. Isn’t that beautiful?

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Exactly! That’s what I was saying last night. They were embarrassed into dropping their story by Palin’s email to them, and then they turn around and whine about it. And they have the unmitigated gall to claim that they were doing it for her own good to “once and for all” dispel the rumors that no sane person believes.

Gee, let’s once and for all dispel the rumor that Janet Reno was Hillary Clinton’s lesbian lover. Let’s just phone up Hill and ask her about that. She couldn’t possibly find the question offensive, could she? I mean, we’re just asking so that we can set the record straight (no pun intended).

These people are slime.

BTW, I was trying to post a comment on the Ziegler article at Breitbart’s new Big Hollywood website, but it won’t let me. What gives? Every moonbat lefty with a keyboard can post page long screeds denouncing the satanic witch from Wasilla, but I can’t post a grammatically correct and temperately worded three paragraphs. Soon we’re going to be run off our own conservative websites by Axelrod’s minions.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Yeah, that’s Frum’s wife. Neocon. Frum has slammed Palin as well.

Jim62sch on January 9, 2009 at 12:17 AM

That’s very interesting and it certainly explains a lot of things about Frum’s thinking.

INC on January 9, 2009 at 12:29 PM

That’s Frum’s wife. This is proof that Frum is a crazy liar. He once accused Taki Theodoracopulos of hitting on his wife. Taki has flirted with the likes of Princess Di. He has standards. There is no way he would ever hit on Danielle Crittenden. To put it bluntly and uncharitably, she has a face that was meant for radio. Frum’s accusation always sounded ridiculous, and Taki ably defended himself against it. But now I realize that Taki’s defense was far too polite. He should have just shown us a photo of Danielle Crittenden and we would have all laughed at the absurdity of Frum’s accusation.

BTW, it was Frum’s stupid wife who spread the story that he coined the phrase “Axis of Evil.” He was fired from his White House gig shortly after that.

If Palin has these repulsive carpetbagging Canucks as enemies than she must be doing something right.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I agree, and I get her frustration and anger over it. I can’t blame her for smacking them down for harassing her family with this insanity (especially since they obviously thought that their harassment would never come out unless they put it out with their own spin on it), I’d do the same. But I still think she might have been better off publicly ignoring it. My concern about it is that this gives the moonbats a little of the attention that they crave, and gives other MSM an excuse to talk about it (which they’ve obviously been dying to do since Sept.). But she kept quiet about it for the entire campaign, and the idea that it’s continuing and that the ADN was giving it credence would probably be enough to make anyone want to smack them in public.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 1:25 PM

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 1:25 PM

She’s damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t. She gives an interview for a documentary on media malpractice — a subject that she is eminently qualified and justified in discussing — and she gets slammed.

If she were to slink quietly away and descend into her hobbit hole with a copy of the Federalist Papers and the Collected Works of Thomas Sowell, Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, Phyllis Schlafly, and William F. Buckley, Jr., conservatives would criticize her for not standing up and fighting back at the media’s smearing of her record.

If she does nothing, the narrative of her as an unqualified and unintelligent rube will become set in stone.

If she gets too much exposure she opens herself to criticism that she’s ignoring her work as governor and is acting like an attention hog.

If she sticks to her work as governor, people will say that she has no national appeal.

If she comes out and gives an eloquent discourse on the situation in Gaza, she will be criticized for trying to usurp the new Obama administration by pretending as if she won the election.

She can’t win with these people. She needs to do what she thinks is best, and ignore the chattering.

When she merely opens her mouth, people will automatically claim that she is a bumbling rube because her accent is jarring. I have a great love of odd accents. I remember marvelling at the phrase “language fossil” when I first saw PBS’s documentary “The History of the English.” Palin’s dialect is a sort of language fossil — a result of the Minnesotans who settled in Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley. It’s interesting to me to hear her unique pronunciation of words like “real” or “trail.” (She does sound like Marge Gunderson. But we forget that Marge was the heroine of “Fargo”.) So she’s got the accent against her. She can say the exact same thing that an Obama or a Caroline Kennedy says and she’ll be thought of as stupid.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM

She’s damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t.
ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Right on. You can see it on this board, including my posts on it.

I love how defensive the media gets when someone dares to call them out. They can dish it, but they can’t take it. NewsBusters has several good posts about the media’s reaction to this interview. I especially enjoyed Ziegler vs Shuster:

You’ve clearly seen this through the prejudiced eye of MSNBC, which has had an agenda since the beginning of the campaign, pro Obama, against Palin, it continues today. And it’s very obvious to everybody you’re a joke.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Notice how Shuster tries to make it sound as if Palin is slamming Ziegler for circulating the interview excerpts rather than the MSM for willfully misinterpreting the excerpts.

Ziegler handles it nicely, and actually proves that MSNBC is willfully ignoring the facts. The idiot Shuster still says that she never answered the newspaper question even though she clearly did. She answered the question the day after the vp debate when Carl Cameron asked her about it.

Ziegler is right. They’re a joke.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Notice how Shuster tries to make it sound as if Palin is slamming Ziegler for circulating the interview excerpts rather than the MSM for willfully misinterpreting the excerpts.
ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Yeah, I noticed that too. I hope some people email Ziegler to make sure he knows that she was criticizing the media for taking the interview out of context, not him. I might do that myself actually.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, I noticed that too. I hope some people email Ziegler to make sure he knows that she was criticizing the media for taking the interview out of context, not him. I might do that myself actually.

meltenn on January 9, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Betcha the guv’s already done that herself.

ramrocks on January 9, 2009 at 4:50 PM

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