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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It’s a bit early in the game to be making any long-term predictions about the next Presidential race – who had ever heard of Barack Obama in 2004? So far, Palin seems to be doing all the right things, and she has an encouraging awareness of the challenges she faces. Republicans usually fare poorly when they let themselves forget the realities of their relationship with the media and the electorate. It doesn’t look like Sarah plans to go into the history books as a hood ornament on the Straight Talk Express. There are a few things she should keep in mind about the next election:

1. The media attempt to define her in 2008 was inconclusive. It would be a mistake think that no damage was done, or that she made no mistakes, but I get the impression she’s honest with herself about that. It would also be a mistake to think the media was able to Quayle her. They tried, but those huge crowds she pulled for Saxby Chambliss testify that it didn’t work. She also seems to be studying the mistakes of the McCain campaign and learning from them, which is very encouraging.

2. If you think the media effort to get Barack Obama elected was disgusting, wait till you see the media campaign to get him re-elected. There’s no point in standing on the sidelines and fuming about it, the way McCain or Bob Dole (aka McCain version 1.0) did. One great advantage Palin has over McCain is that she seems to understand that she can force the media to cover her – she can make them talk about things they’d rather not discuss. Every major candidate has this ability, but charismatic, telegenic ones have it in spades.

3. The defining characteristic of the 2008 electorate was exhaustion. The voters were tired of the war, tired of Bush, tired of the endless media war against them and their values. The soft turnout for McCain was, in part, a surrender – the electorate threw up its hands and gave the media/cultural elite what it wanted, because it was just too damn hard to fight them any more, and McCain didn’t rally them. I expect this attitude to be present in 2012 as well. Voters will be reeling from four years of Obamanomics, but the media will not even entertain the suggestion that any of the devastation is Obama’s fault. Instead, they will spend much of 2011 and 2012 telling the voters it’s THEIR fault, because they’re greedy, intolerant, lazy, and deserve to suffer for the warmongering gluttony of the Bush years. The GOP will need someone who can rally the country, and get voters sincerely interested in the issues. Running one of their decent but painfully bland stalwarts would be a recipe for defeat. A does of the Thrilla from Wasilla would be much better.

4. The electorate of today is much different from the one that elected Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if the decline is irreversible – I certainly hope not – but it would be foolish to pretend it hasn’t happened. The most likely outcome of Obama’s first turn is a fairly decisive shift toward the welfare state – the vast majority of the voters will be net recipients of government largesse, especially if one of the socialist nightmare scenarios, such as nationalized health care, gets enacted. The government of 2012 will be even more of a player in “free” markets than it is today, as the seeds planted during Bailout-Mania bear fruit. It will not be easy to convince the voters to embrace risky, sometimes harsh, but glorious freedom, when too many of them are wrapped in the dull grey blanket of the mommy state. Even if the “free” government goodies are terrible, it will still be hard to convince people to give them up, especially since the media will openly make the case that voting in favor of the free market is immoral. The conservative candidate must be ready for battle, ready to be accused of wanting the poor to die in the streets, of being a xenophobe and racist who only wants to make her fat-cat friends even fatter. The candidate must be ready to draw blood in return, not give a pass to the con artists, crooks, anti-Americans, and nitwits of the Democrat Party because they’re old friends and colleagues. Sarah looks like she’s ready for the fight, and keenly aware of the bloodless corpse of McCain lying in her shadow.

That’s why I like Sarah Palin, and I’m optimistic about her chances, and that’s what I’ll tell a pollster, if they ever get around to polling me.

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Thanks for the propaganda smear. It is all you guys have left.

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

But then you posted this:

Fox News: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (Video)

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Almost laughable…so you think that Obama thinks there are 57 states? Obama thinks that Canada has a president? Is that what you think, I don’t. But you believe what is reported. You believe that 10,000 people were killed in Kansas tornado? Or this whopper…”both China and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon,” Obama said.” Or this:”I had an uncle who was one of the, um, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps.”
–Barack Obama, May 26, 2008.
So many, so many lies from Obama…so many…

right2bright on January 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Love Her.

Firebird on January 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM

when she looked at the back cover of my first film (“Blocking the Path to 9/11” http://www.blockingthepath.com) and saw the photo of one of the film’s targets, Keith Olbermann, she literally let out a shriek and, pointing to his photogragh, declared, “THAT guy is EVIL!”

As funny and insightful as this comment is, it seems to have been made privately, and wish he’d have kept it to himself. Palin, who did I mention I just love, seems to follow the spiritual advice of “always tell the truth, but never a harsh truth”. Her comment on KO is a bit harsh, even if true. Not something she’d say in public. So why publicize it.

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM

does anybody else think that that “howobamagotelected” message needs to be removed?

imagine if you are a “non-informed” voter and you are just looking at a screencap and you have no idea what “howobamagotelected.com” is….

Ziegler has to do that so other media outlets don’t jack his interview and pass it off on their air as their own. Another example is that Rush will break into a Paul Shanklin song in the middle just to say “EIB.” That way a competitor can’t copy and play it.

Nat Hound on January 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

“She is the real deal.”

Says it all.

littleguy on January 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

She went back to alaska with a request to run a special season for the returning vets.

bullseye on January 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Stop it! Stop it! Have you no humanity in you?

Just when I thought I couldn’t take any more goodness from Sarah, you just keep laying it on thick.

S**t, I’m on my way to the tattoo parlor to get Cuda tattooed on my a**.

Somebody, Somebody please come up with some legitimate dirt on this woman. If I see Piper hugging Trig again, I’ll explode!

NO MAS!

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 10:46 AM

It is important to have people like Poptech post. It reminds us of how foolish the left thinks.
They can’t discern what they are reading. They forget that attacking Palin on one hand, they are actually attacking there side.
For instance, when they mention Palin’s kids, they show how they have lost the substance battle and have to resort to personal attacks.
When they report she has no real experience (but the listing ends up being effective and impressive), then they list Obama’s experience, and the ineffectiveness of what he has done, it completely undermines their argument.
“All” of Obama’s credentials, and he has nothing to show for it, nothing of note…if proves he is an ineffective leader that can’t hold down a job. He moves on when they find he has not performed, and before they force him out.
Poptech is important to show just how foolish the left thinks. It is like listening to “Baghdad Bob”, you listen in amazement at the spin, but it gives you insight that some people will say and believe anything to make a point.
Even to the extreme of making themselves look ridiculous…it is amazing that some have no shame, or that they would sell whatever honor they have to perpetuate obvious lies.
Poptech is such a person, important as a study in liberal think.

right2bright on January 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM

DR. Zero,
The reason Obama is president is because he started running in 2004. After he gave the speech at John F. Kerry’s convention, Obama started getting calls from spontaneous supporters who offered to fund his 2008 Run.

So while we are a bit election weary, It’s never too Early to start on 2012.

BiasedGirl on January 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Voters will be reeling from four years of Obamanomics, but the media will not even entertain the suggestion that any of the devastation is Obama’s fault. Instead, they will spend much of 2011 and 2012 telling the voters it’s THEIR fault, because they’re greedy, intolerant, lazy, and deserve to suffer for the warmongering gluttony of the Bush years.

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

So by 2011 we will be a nation of whiners!

Snowed In on January 8, 2009 at 11:07 AM

This is why the mainstream media is dead to me. We’ve always known they were biased, but now it’s also clear they have no journalistic integrity or even common decency as human beings. They’re a hit squad for the Democrat Party. They’ll say and write anything to further their own political agenda, no matter whose lives they destroy. Hell, they don’t even care that they’re running their own papers and networks out of business.

If there’s one good thing that came out of this election it’s that not only was Sarah Palin introduced to the nation and fully vetted (unlike the guy who actually won the damn thing), but she also learned first hand what she’s up against if she intends to pursue a higher office in the next 4 years. You can see it in this interview. Those shots at Katie Couric and the cynicism towards the drive bys. This is the Sarah Palin from the GOP convention. If this version of her takes on Barry in 4 years, watch out.

Doughboy on January 7, 2009 at 11:49 PM

As others said above, this was a great comment on the media.

Media Malpractice is exactly the right name for the documentary, because the media has flagrantly moved from just bias to destructive malpractice.

INC on January 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM

1. The media attempt to define her in 2008 was inconclusive. It would be a mistake think that no damage was done, or that she made no mistakes, but I get the impression she’s honest with herself about that. It would also be a mistake to think the media was able to Quayle her.

Agreed. There’s no question that she did make mistakes and that she did take some solid hits from the media. But, the blows weren’t critical hits and as for mistakes–what counts is whether she learned from them or not and I think she has.

2. If you think the media effort to get Barack Obama elected was disgusting, wait till you see the media campaign to get him re-elected.

Oh, you are going to see the media, which will probably be by that time pretty much entrenched as an openly avowed propaganda arm of Obama and the Democratic Party going full tilt and then some. Not only will Sarah have to force the media to cover her, she will also have to be sure that her real message–not the one the media will say is her message–gets out, and to do that, she’s going to need to go over, above, and around the media directly to the people.

3. The defining characteristic of the 2008 electorate was exhaustion. The voters were tired of the war, tired of Bush, tired of the endless media war against them and their values. The soft turnout for McCain was, in part, a surrender – the electorate threw up its hands and gave the media/cultural elite what it wanted, because it was just too damn hard to fight them any more, and McCain didn’t rally them. I expect this attitude to be present in 2012 as well. Voters will be reeling from four years of Obamanomics, but the media will not even entertain the suggestion that any of the devastation is Obama’s fault. Instead, they will spend much of 2011 and 2012 telling the voters it’s THEIR fault, because they’re greedy, intolerant, lazy, and deserve to suffer for the warmongering gluttony of the Bush years.

True, the Republicans or, rather, Conservatives, will have to run a charismatic leader who can reach the people and show true empathy towards them–that government is not the solution, but rather that government is the problem.

The election of 2012 will be a very crucial one–it could well signal either the triumph or the death knell for Jeffersonian and Reaganite individualism for some time.

Matt Helm on January 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM

DR. Zero,
The reason Obama is president is because he started running in 2004. After he gave the speech at John F. Kerry’s convention, Obama started getting calls from spontaneous supporters who offered to fund his 2008 Run.

So while we are a bit election weary, It’s never too Early to start on 2012.

BiasedGirl on January 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I think Palin’s doing all the right things at the moment. I think *we*, meaning the portion of the conservative base that has the energy to post on message boards, and our little constellation of trolls and contrarians, should be careful about either assuming she’s a shoe-in for the nomination next time, or posting a bunch of polls and declaring her a toasted has-been boat anchor who cost McCain the election because she spent a lot of money on clothes and doesn’t know where Africa is.

The 2012 campaign will be a tough job. I think Palin is the right person to do it, and it seems likely she’ll get the chance… but I thought the same thing about Fred Thompson, so I’ve learned to keep my optimism a bit muted until around the third day of the Republican convention.

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I agree. As much as I enjoyed it, he should have kept it to himself. His mention (and her mention of it during the interview) that there are still Troofers out there jives with what her dad said on Alaska talk radio a couple of days ago. Apparently, a reporter from the local newspaper called him about it and he lit into her. I get the feeling that all the Heaths are good, decent people, but that they are not to be trifled with.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

So by 2011 we will be a nation of whiners!

Snowed In on January 8, 2009 at 11:07 AM

2008 America was a nation of whiners. 2012 America will be a nation of serfs. The electorate of 2008 was encouraged by the media to fear the past, and embrace the Hope and Change mantra. The electorate of 2012 will be made to fear the future. The conservative candidate will have to convince them to set aside the crumbs put on their plate by the government, and take a chance on the glory – and danger – of freedom. It’s not going to be easy.

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Poptech is important to show just how foolish the left thinks. It is like listening to “Baghdad Bob”,
right2bright on January 8, 2009 at 10:59 AM

That caused a ‘coffee on the keyboard’ incident.. I remember old Baghdad Bob.

I think A palin – ______ ticket could win in 2012 if

1. Republicans retake the house in 2010 and neutralize Acorn
2. Conservatives/libertarians etc build a replacement media to get the truth out bypassing the lamestream media. The danger here is that any ressurection of the ‘fairness doctrine’ will set us back a bit.
3. People have to spend more time with their teenage kids. I see a lot of conservative parents with teenagers who were totally into the obama thing. We talk politics quite a bit. Our son asks a lot of questions (ie he is not blindly parroting us (but he is a bit of a parrothead)). The schools are doing everything possible to turn out good little socialists/communists.
4. Back in Saddam’s regime, people would get ‘disappeared’ for merely making an unfortunate reference to a mustache. We need to seek out those people on the borderline and put some doubt in their minds about obama and the whole marxist thing. Do it now while you are able to do it without the ‘youth army’ coming for you.

bullseye on January 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Plus, you may have issues with women in general based on your past posts.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Thanks for the propaganda smear. It is all you guys have left.

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

You do know you are probably finished here, don’t you?

And it has nothing to do with your attacks on Sarah.

It has to do with credibility. You have very little now.

There are some legitimate concerns on whether Sarah will be ready in 2012, but your postings here are just Dem talking points and repostings of stories that turned out to be lies. Not only that, I’m detecting something more. It’s like a Nixonian bitterness with others on HA here. I’m not talking about trolls, etc.

I come after you, because, frankly, I can’t resist the temptation to make fun of such a bitter cranky person who feels they are COMPELLED to attack a good woman, and for what? I have not figured that out yet. I’m curious.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I am Looking North To Alaska, Keep Fighting Governor Palin, everyone is not brain dead who watch news coverage. There is a reason Governor Sarah Palin is still in the News.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/01/north-to-alaska-2009-iditarod-starts-7.html

Dr Evil on January 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

LMAO, I guess not since they exposed Palin’s BS. Just like all these other sources:

CBS News
Reuters
The Anchorage Daily News
The Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
U.S. News and World Report
USA Today

They are all wrong and only Palin Fanatics know the truth! LMAO!!!

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 2:59 AM

Yes Pop.

I’ve been reading much of those stories and they are coming out as lies. Believe me, I’ve been analyzing this stuff to confirm rumors and stories. They all come up as false, at least the accusations made against Sarah. An example was the reports that said Sarah as mayor had bills sent to women who were raped. It was complete rubbish.

The real only legitimate criticism of Palin is that she is not knowledgable of national issues well enough. However, this is a non-issue since Obama had little experience here too. And, she will have much more on this the next time around in 2012.

She is not some rightist Franco type either.

It’s like the guy said, she’s the real deal.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Ugh, tired of the media.

Hacks are out up here still.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I’ve been reading much of those stories and they are coming out as lies.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Well I mean because you said it then it must be true.

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Well I mean because you said it then it must be true.

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Now you get it, good for you.

the_nile on January 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Please save us from the old, boring white men Sarah.

I love your honesty and high spirits!!!

omnipotent on January 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM

I am Looking North To Alaska, Keep Fighting Governor Palin, everyone is not brain dead who watch news coverage. There is a reason Governor Sarah Palin is still in the News.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/01/north-to-alaska-2009-iditarod-starts-7.html

Dr Evil on January 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Right now… no one in Alaska cares about Iditorod.

Northway was -68 last night. Anchorage (my neighborhood) was -35 and finally came up around 4 AM to -15. Tok’s high will be a BALMY -50. Last night it got to a nice and warm -73…. try to imagine what that feels like.

Right now you all are hoping Palin does this or that. Right now Alaskans are hoping that their houses don’t burn down, because we are all using our wood burning stoves and fireplaces to help with the deadly cold. Or that our pipes do NOT freeze and burst.

Sorry… I like Sarah as much as all of you. I am just not going to freak out about it when it doesn’t look like it is going to get warm in the next week. The Weather people are clueless up here.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I hear you. Right now, I think it’s pretty clear that Sarah’s leading the pack. She may decide not to run, something she does may knock her out, or a better candidate may emerge.

Me, I’m just having fun cracking on PDS “she’s a socialist!!” goofballs.

cs89 on January 8, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Well I mean because you said it then it must be true.

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Look here you media wannabe hack.

Why don’t you find a HOBBY! You are grating on everyones nerves with your crap MSM sites that have BEEN debunkend over and over and over. You don’t have a clue about Alaska, the people, the politics and you sure as heck don’t have any understanding of Sarah and what is going on up here right now. Get a life, get off the coputer and go work out that pent up anger SOME WHERE ELSE!

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Make a mental note . . . oh, I see you’re out of paper!

Palin won beauty pageants to help pay her school tuition, therefore she cannot be President. (No mention of Title IX scholarships or basketball championships won.)

Polls without dates or links… pretty harsh indictments.

Newspapers without articles… who’s the genius now?

chunderroad on January 8, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Gee, I thought Sarah Palin and her husband also were commercial fisherman and owned their own business…what else did you forget to mention.

right2bright on January 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM

She did not own the business her husband did.

Sarah the CEO? (Inc.com)

“Both returns name Todd Palin as proprietor and the couple’s Wasilla home as a main office.

On her public financial disclosure form, Palin describes the business as a sole proprietorship owned by her husband, listing the type and amount of proceeds simply as “Fishing Income.”

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

She did not own the business her husband did.

Sarah the CEO? (Inc.com)

“Both returns name Todd Palin as proprietor and the couple’s Wasilla home as a main office.

On her public financial disclosure form, Palin describes the business as a sole proprietorship owned by her husband, listing the type and amount of proceeds simply as “Fishing Income.”

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Troll go away. You are an embarrassment.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

She did not own the business her husband did.

Sarah the CEO? (Inc.com)

“Both returns name Todd Palin as proprietor and the couple’s Wasilla home as a main office.

On her public financial disclosure form, Palin describes the business as a sole proprietorship owned by her husband, listing the type and amount of proceeds simply as “Fishing Income.”

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Have you ever known a married couple before? Ridiculous.

TheUnrepentantGeek on January 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Her comment on KO is a bit harsh, even if true. Not something she’d say in public. So why publicize it.

Paul-Cincy on January 8, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Calling KO is “a bit harsh?” Calling KO “a scum of earth bottom feeder on loan from the inner circle of Hell” might be harsh but still true and justified.

katiejane on January 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Right now Alaskans are hoping that their houses don’t burn down, because we are all using our wood burning stoves and fireplaces to help with the deadly cold. Or that our pipes do NOT freeze and burst.

Sorry… I like Sarah as much as all of you. I am just not going to freak out about it when it doesn’t look like it is going to get warm in the next week. The Weather people are clueless up here.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM

After January 20, the temperature in Alaska will be a state secret handled by A.Gore and thermometers banned.
An official temperature will be announced each day.

the_nile on January 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Whats with your site? It seems very anti-liberal for your very liberal anti-Palin rants here.

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

oops – left out EVIL

katiejane on January 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Whats with your site? It seems very anti-liberal for your very liberal anti-Palin rants here.

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 12:19 PM

As if it thinks! Read the comments.

chunderroad on January 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM

the_nile on January 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I am knocking on wood for a nice summer. But global warming will probably make it for the polar bears again.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM

“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.”

To whom is this a revelation? Those of us who supported Governor Palin new it instinctively.

SKYFOX on January 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Fox News: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (Video)

“The hoax was limited to the identity of the source in the story about Palin _ not the Fox News story itself. While Palin has denied that she mistook Africa for a country, the veracity of that report was not put in question by the revelation that Eisenstadt is a phony.” (Fox News)

Here comes all the conspiracy theorists who think Fox News is now making things up, LMAO!

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

As if it thinks! Read the comments.

chunderroad on January 8, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, I get confused sometimes by the theme of the links folks use and the tenor of their comments here.

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Fox News: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (Video)

“The hoax was limited to the identity of the source in the story about Palin _ not the Fox News story itself. While Palin has denied that she mistook Africa for a country, the veracity of that report was not put in question by the revelation that Eisenstadt is a phony.” (Fox News)

Here comes all the conspiracy theorists who think Fox News is now making things up, LMAO!

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Have you taken your meds today?

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Why do you link to popular tech? You know you’re providing a great source of Conservative scientific and social thought?

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Sarah is HOT….

originalpechanga on January 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Poptart says it is a libertarian and voted for Barr. Yeah Barr, who now works with the ACLU again and is working against Prop 8… He wants everyone to be marry and gay.

Need I say more?

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The only thing I can verify from reading this whole thread is that Poptech must have a very resiliant ass. He keeps laughing it off, and yet, it keeps reappearing.

Tennman on January 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Honestly…she doesn’t seem to have a clue about the source of the problem…it’s the Stalinist-Left media in this country..not anonymous bloggers, not ‘people just not getting it..’

I watched the interview, and you missed her point. What she said was that it was the leftist media who so readily accepted what “anonymous” bloggers said as truth that was the problem. She went on to say that these people in the media WANTED to BELIEVE these lies so badly that they didn’t bother to do any fact-checking.

JannyMae on January 8, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Calling KO is “a bit harsh?” Calling KO “a scum of earth bottom feeder on loan from the inner circle of Hell” might be harsh but still true and justified.

katiejane on January 8, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Katie you magnificent…uh…Angel you. :)

Our in-house Ann Coulter wanna-be.

Posts like yours are why blogging is still popular.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 12:43 PM

I don’t know how I managed to strike the last paragraph, but here it is correctly:

Honestly…she doesn’t seem to have a clue about the source of the problem…it’s the Stalinist-Left media in this country..not anonymous bloggers, not ‘people just not getting it..

I watched the interview, and you missed her point. What she said was that it was the leftist media who so readily accepted what “anonymous” bloggers said as truth that was the problem. She went on to say that these people in the media WANTED to BELIEVE these lies so badly that they didn’t bother to do any fact-checking.

JannyMae on January 8, 2009 at 12:43 PM

JannyMae on January 8, 2009 at 12:43 PM

But they did have a fact check. Remember factcheck.com or .org… the Obama site for facts. Sad isn’t it.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Palin denied it, no one has come forward to say “yes she thought Africa was a country, not a continent,” and Fox is standing by an anonymously sourced story.

Is that the foundation of your certainty that Palin thought Africa was a country? There’s an old story about foolish people building upon sand….

cs89 on January 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

.

There has been reference to Obama thinking there are 57 states. Well, maybe… just maybe, in his minds eye, there are. Let’s work though this… here are my thoughts on the matter, giving Obama the benefit of the doubt of course:

We have 50, currently. However, if we make the District of Columbia a state, as well as Puerto Rico, we will be up to 52. But we need to be at 57? Let us suppose that Obama really meant what he said. 57… hmmm.

Venezuela! That is probably a state in Obama’s mind…

What other “states” do you think he had in mind?

.

papa_giorgio on January 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

well I think ziegler now has that bad case of Palin fever that all of us have had

ousoonerfan15 on January 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Poptart says it is a libertarian and voted for Barr. Yeah Barr, who now works with the ACLU again and is working against Prop 8… He wants everyone to be marry and gay.

Need I say more?

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Thanks. I understand you guys up in Alaska are having to keep your brass monkeys inside these days.

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

LMAO! ROFLCOPTERWTFBBQ!

!!!!!!!!!!

spmat on January 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM

BOB BARR??? POP Really?

ROTFLMFAO.

Barr???

Neal Boortz even called him a loser!

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Thanks. I understand you guys up in Alaska are having to keep your brass monkeys inside these days.

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I was going to go up to Glennallen this weekend to go ptarmigan hunting. But when the high couold possibly be -45… I think i will take a subzero-check.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 1:06 PM

There has been reference to Obama thinking there are 57 states. Well, maybe… just maybe, in his minds eye, there are. Let’s work though this… here are my thoughts on the matter, giving Obama the benefit of the doubt of course:

We have 50, currently. However, if we make the District of Columbia a state, as well as Puerto Rico, we will be up to 52. But we need to be at 57? Let us suppose that Obama really meant what he said. 57… hmmm.

Venezuela! That is probably a state in Obama’s mind…

What other “states” do you think he had in mind?
papa_giorgio on January 8, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I think you might be able get to 57 if you throw in all of the territories the US has ever had–they are given positions equal to the states in the WWII memorial in DC.
It might only be 56, though.
Anyway, Berry thought he had a few states left to go after that, so the number would be 59 or 60.

Count to 10 on January 8, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The only thing I can verify from reading this whole thread is that Poptech must have a very resiliant ass. He keeps laughing it off, and yet, it keeps reappearing.

Tennman on January 8, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Dude, I think you’re onto something. This is probably why his thinking is so muddled, given that his head is stuck way up his ….

littleguy on January 8, 2009 at 1:25 PM

LMAO! ROFLCOPTERWTFBBQ!

!!!!!!!!!!

The funny!

hawkdriver on January 8, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Thanks for the interview John.

Palin Derangement Syndrome continues in screeeeech mode because, as another poster pointed out, they (the lying slithering left) are scared ****less of this woman. With good reason. She represents everything the left despises.

The left is like a stalker/date who never gives up the idea that even tho’ you don’t love her now, you will come to love her if you just get to know her, and who constantly repeats

I can’t understand why I’m so alone, I have so much love to give

.

Guys & girls, if you ever hear this, run like hell, with all due haste as if your very life depends on quickly putting as much real estate between you and the stalker as possible. It does. That slimy rhetoric from another human being (female or male) translates into AN EMOTIONAL BLACK HOLE THAT WILL SUCK THE LIFE BLOOOD FROM EVERYTHING WITHIN ITS REACH.

The [emotional] black hole defines reptilian leftist ideology as well. If the left wins, it will absolutely suck the life blood out of this country and every citizen in it.

kooziegirl on January 8, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Go vote, here.

Entelechy on January 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

well I think ziegler now has that bad case of Palin fever that all of us have had

ousoonerfan15 on January 8, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Really. What was he thinking? He was a pushover like that Beowulf dude in the movie fallin for Angelina Jolie.

Wasn’t even close.

Welcome to the club. Pass the popcorn and salmon.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Palin 2016

latinchic on January 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Poptech on January 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

99% of Hot Air readers think Poptart is an annoying little man with mother issues (Ramrocks, LLC Polling)

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Ha ha, she dissed AP in the first minute of the video.

Darth Executor on January 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I don’t think the question has ever been one of whether she is “real” or not, it’s whether she has the intellect and experience for the highest office in the land, which she clearly does not….

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Oh, well, then it’s a good thing that it’s Obama who’s becoming president. Oh, wait…

Snowed In on January 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Right on! I need to dump these dollars on the Cuda quick before the long-term slide in the dollar resumes.

Sapwolf on January 8, 2009 at 9:28 AM

If she decides to run for re-election, she’s going to need more for a gubernatorial campaign. The big oil producers are going to dump tons of money into the coffers of whomever runs against her. She was outspent quite a lot when she ran in 2004. In fact, when she and Parnell finished the primaries and headed into the general election they had only $60,000 between them to win the election, and they didn’t have the endorsement from any of the Alaskan special interest groups either — the oil companies, the environmentalists, the native community.

In fact, the oil companies actively worked to destroy her because they knew she wouldn’t play ball with their corruption. She was one governor they couldn’t buy off. One of the groups that wrote lying hit pieces on Palin during the election was a group called the Voice of the Times. According to the Palin biography by Kaylene Johnson, “The Voice of the Times appeared in space purchased from the Anchorage Daily News by VECO, an oilfield-services company. The arrangement ended after VECO’s CEO, Bill Allen, pled guilty to bribing state legislators in exchange for votes favoring the oil industry.”

As John Zigeler noted in his article about his interview with Palin, “the Democrats there, who used to love her, are now fully invested in the ‘take Sarah Palin down’ industry.”

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Oh, well, then it’s a good thing that it’s Obama who’s becoming president. Oh, wait…

Snowed In on January 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Hawaii Pacific College
North Idaho College
University of Idaho
Matanuska-Susitna College

vs.

Columbia
Harvard Law

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

You’ve allowed yourself to buy into the media story when you should know better. You say that she “clearly” does not have the intellect and experience. “Clearly” how?

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Ronald Reagan – Eureka College
George H. W. Bush – Yale

Which was a better president?

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Did you see this? Gotta love that he cites a liberal blogger as his source (that particular lady seems like a poor choice for a starting point for an article too). They’ve also started work on what will, no doubt, be one of their narratives: that she’s not working hard enough for the state, or isn’t concerned enough about state issues (the Dem. that announced his gubernatorial run today tried to make that into a reason for it).

Palin’s going to have to watch her back these next two years. Everybody’s gunning for her (Rep. and Dem. alike). I hope she’s got her administration’s house in order.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I don’t think the question has ever been one of whether she is “real” or not, it’s whether she has the intellect and experience for the highest office in the land, which she clearly does not….

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Fixed it for you…

She had more exec experience than any of the other three contenders including Joe “they won’t let me into the movie theater” Biden…

She has an established record fighting corruption.

I’d match her intellect against obama’s any day of the year. You know.. Mr Articulate.. uhm, er, ah, uhm.

She has run a business … succesfully.

So, what has obama done??? Voted present, never called his committees to session, gave a huge grant to his wife’s organization then she got a huge raise, Totally disrepected a veteran’s torture wounds. etc. etc.

The reason Palin scares people like you is that you couldn’t hope to live half the life she has led. You worship an empty suit whose logo looks remarkably like the 1970′s weatherman logo, A guy who won’t divulge any of his past records, a guy who does a sweet quid pro quo with rezko on a sleezy land deal.

Wait till you see what your buddy “No experience” obama does with the economy. The market has tanked 10,000 points since he got elected. He thinks he can spend government money to ‘save the economy’. That means taking money from the producers and re-allocating it to the non producers. Wave bye-bye to the producers in our society as they all move their wealth and assets offshore before they are unable to do so.

Let’s see how long you would last with a caribou tag on your back in bear country, or flying a float plane, or salmnon fishing. What state are you Governor of???

loser…

bullseye on January 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

It’s all-out war now between Sarah and Keith Olbermann. Keith hated her before-now he will seek to not only destroy her but anyone in her family as well. Stay tuned to MSNBC. You haven’t seen anything yet!

technopeasant on January 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM

You’ve allowed yourself to buy into the media story when you should know better. You say that she “clearly” does not have the intellect and experience. “Clearly” how?

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Did you watch her debate or interviews? Have you ever heard her speak? I’m sure she is very knowledgeable about breast milk, formula, the PTA, fixing potholes, etc. but world events and running a country are CLEARLY over her head…

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Let’s see how long you would last with a caribou tag on your back in bear country, or flying a float plane, or salmnon fishing. What state are you Governor of???

loser…

bullseye on January 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

all important qualifications for the presidency, indeed….

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Very well written, sir. Excellent job.

Hawkins1701 on January 8, 2009 at 3:53 PM

3. The defining characteristic of the 2008 electorate was exhaustion. The voters were tired of the war, tired of Bush, tired of the endless media war against them and their values. The soft turnout for McCain was, in part, a surrender – the electorate threw up its hands and gave the media/cultural elite what it wanted, because it was just too damn hard to fight them any more, and McCain didn’t rally them.

Doctor Zero on January 8, 2009 at 10:49 AM

+50!

I was just thinking the same thing the other day. It’s as if people surrendered to the elites because they were tired of being called stupid. They wanted to be liked.

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Did you watch her debate or interviews? Have you ever heard her speak? I’m sure she is very knowledgeable about breast milk, formula, the PTA, fixing potholes, etc. but world events and running a country are CLEARLY over her head…

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Wow, Nonya are you gay? Are you made that she said No to gay marriage but yes to Domestic Partners recieving benefits?

Talk about being a hater. I am quite sure most women steer clear of you due to that little sentence you spewed.

Oh and FYI… men also know about PTA, Breat milk and a few other “child” like items.. they are called Fathers. I guess you are having issues concerning that.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM

It’s all-out war now between Sarah and Keith Olbermann. Keith hated her before-now he will seek to not only destroy her but anyone in her family as well. Stay tuned to MSNBC. You haven’t seen anything yet!
technopeasant on January 8, 2009 at 3:46 PM

You mean the idiot who has already cited her often in his worst countdown? He hasn’t stopped ragging on her even though the election is well over. My money is on Gov Palin.

katiejane on January 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Which VP debate were you watching? Clearly Sarah bested Biden on foreign affairs. which supposedly has been Biden’s bailiwick for the last 35 years. It was Sarah who accused Obama of wanting to ‘wave the white flag of surrender’ to the terrorists. It was Sarah who used Obama’s words against him when he accused American pilots of ‘air-raiding villages and bombing civilians’ and it was Sarah who called out Biden who said during the primaries that Obama was not ready to be President. Admit it Noneya, it’s the substance of what Sarah said that you hate, because you know she’s right on with her criticisms of Obama.

technopeasant on January 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

His mention (and her mention of it during the interview)

that there are still Troofers out there jives with what her dad said on Alaska talk radio a couple of days ago. Apparently, a reporter from the local newspaper called him about it and he lit into her. I get the feeling that all the Heaths are good, decent people, but that they are not to be trifled with.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 11:28 AM

What did he lit into them about? Do you have a link to the radio show?

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Did you see this? Gotta love that he cites a liberal blogger as his source (that particular lady seems like a poor choice for a starting point for an article too).

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 3:44 PM

They admit that these are the people they get their tips from.

You’re right about all the enemies she has up there. It’s pretty amazing. Lots of monied interests up there also want to take her out. Follow the money. Seriously, we should turn the spotlight around and play offense. Who is funding these people? Remember the “Voice of the Times” people who were funded by VECO to publish articles smearing Palin?

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 4:40 PM

ramrocks on January 8, 2009 at 4:32 PM

He didn’t really light into anyone on air. He said he gave a reporter from the ADN that called pushing Trig Trutherism a piece of his mind. It’s via this guy again. Mr. Heath is on at basically the very end of the Jan. 6th show at around the 2:40 mark. The host lights into Fagan about Levi at about the 2:15 mark. He talked about that a little on the Jan. 7th show too.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

He didn’t really light into anyone on air. He said he gave a reporter from the ADN that called pushing Trig Trutherism a piece of his mind. It’s via this guy again. Mr. Heath is on at basically the very end of the Jan. 6th show at around the 2:40 mark. The host lights into Fagan about Levi at about the 2:15 mark. He talked about that a little on the Jan. 7th show too.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Burke is pretty decent. He isn’t a Palin follower BUT he is NOT impressed with the BS going on. He actually went to the Anti-Palin-Female Rally here in Anchroage and almost go FIRED because he said they were wacked out and gave a phone number out on air of a woman who had been sending out leaflets saying that she was against Palin and making a group.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Ram and Melt. The Anchorage Times was at one time the only conservative paper Alaska had. It went out of business a while ago, couldn’t make the money. Allen had a stake in the company so asked the Daily News to put them on as “the Voice of the Times” i.e. all the old reporters from that paper. It worked out for a while.. but even they became liberal.

And now you know the history.

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM

She is a stud that Sarah Palin. Love her.

hockey2k5 on January 8, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Did you watch her debate or interviews? Have you ever heard her speak? I’m sure she is very knowledgeable about breast milk, formula, the PTA, fixing potholes, etc. but world events and running a country are CLEARLY over her head…

Noneya on January 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

It’s clearly over EVERYBODY’S head. What you don’t quite seem to grasp is the fact that being knowledgeable about breast milk, formula, the PTA, fixing potholes etc can be just as good a preparation as a stint at the Kennedy School of Government. Even better, I would say, as long as there’s the common sense factor as well.

ddrintn on January 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Thank you again for the on-site intel, upinak. Let me return the favor. Our friend noneya is a regular around here, usually seen on gay marriage or atheist threads. She is a Gay Atheist who believes The Bible is a bunch of fairy tales. She evidently doesn’t like Sarah too much either.

Please be careful up there!

kingsjester on January 8, 2009 at 5:02 PM

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I sort of got that impression listening to a couple of his podcasts. Thanks for confirming. I’m fine with criticism of public officials, and I certainly think that there are plenty of fair criticisms to make of Palin. If she, or her administration, does something unethical or that’s bad for Alaska I would absolutely expect her to take heat for it. And those, like you, in Alaska obviously have an actual stake in her administration and her decisions, unlike those of us down in the Lower 48. I just get tired of the PDS.

Try to stay warm up there! Every time I think it might be good to move to Alaska, or even Wyoming, I look at the winter temps and immediately change my mind.

meltenn on January 8, 2009 at 5:04 PM

These Palin threads have further convinced me that the far right is really not any different from the far left when it comes to their fundamentalist stranglehold and their heroes and ideologies. Some of you folks treat Palin with the same goofy hero worship and unwavering support of the Obamatrons you love to lampoon. Like some sort of junior high crush or scary cult of personality. The constant referring to her by her first name, as if she’s our friend is really kind of embarrassing.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Like some sort of junior high crush or scary cult of personality. The constant referring to her by her first name, as if she’s our friend is really kind of embarrassing.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

So when did you meet Obama?

Because I have meet and worked with “Sarah”. Is that a problem for you dakine?

upinak on January 8, 2009 at 5:12 PM

I used to love listening to Ziegler on the radio just I did Larry Elder.

Sultry Beauty on January 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

You want to talk embarrassing? How about the deification by a sycophantic MSM and subsequent election of an inexperienced politician from Chicago to POTUS.

Gimme a break.

kingsjester on January 8, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Okay upinak, fair enough. If you know Gov. Palin well enough to feel comfortable calling her “Sarah” to her face, then you get a pass. Good for you. I’ve never met Obama. I’ve never worked for Obama. Hell, I didn’t even vote for the guy. You seem like a reasonably intelligent guy upinak, so surely you take my point.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:18 PM

These Palin threads have further convinced me that the far right is really not any different from the far left when it comes to their fundamentalist stranglehold and their heroes and ideologies. Some of you folks treat Palin with the same goofy hero worship and unwavering support of the Obamatrons you love to lampoon. Like some sort of junior high crush or scary cult of personality. The constant referring to her by her first name, as if she’s our friend is really kind of embarrassing.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I refer to Dubya and Barack sometimes, as well. But Sarah has my “unwavering support”? No. She comes out for a trillion dollar “stimulus”, she’s lost me. I would still think she’s hot, though. LOL

ddrintn on January 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM

kingjester, I take your point to a certain extent, but what does that have to do with my post. You deflect.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Point take ddrintn. We’ll have to agree to disagree, however, on Palin being “hot”. To each his own, as they say.

dakine on January 8, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Back on point, then. We call her Sarah because unlike Elite politicians, she does not seem to put on airs. When she speaks, she seems to be speaking to people, not down to people. She gives the impression of a normal American working wife with all the problems and situations that face average Americans. She has been up front about her faith and the way she raised. It has been very refreshing. I wish other candidates had been as forthcoming about their backgrounds. She also has been a very competent public servant. She is still learning but presents her ideas in a straight forward manner. She connects with a lot of Americans. That is why we call her Sarah.

kingsjester on January 8, 2009 at 5:32 PM

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