Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?

posted at 5:20 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

The ultimate heart-ache.

The CNN Express bus, filled with producers, camera operators and on-air talent sat in Gettysburg for hours Monday, not even sure she was coming. The Times of London sent two reporters to cover Ms. Palin’s bus tour. Two reporters? “It didn’t take hardly any convincing,” admitted one of the paper’s pair of Washington-based reporters in the hotel lobby waiting for Ms. Palin to emerge…

Do reporters who are trailing her feel used and manipulated?

“Ya think?” said one NBC producer who was among those who waited for hours on the lawn at Mount Vernon, when the bus tour stopped at George Washington’s home, only to have Ms. Palin slip out of the tour without making an appearance…

“Congratulations, Sarah Palin, you have turned the Washington press corps into a bunch of paparazzi stalking your every move,” [Time's Jay Newton] Small wrote on Sunday.

Such are the thoughts that run through a seasoned political journalist’s mind, my friends, after he/she has been faked out in a hotel parking lot in Gettysburg. Serious question: What sort of scoop, exactly, does the paparazzi media think it’s going to get by doggedly following her around on this tour? They’ve already asked her 50 different ways whether she’s running and she’s told them 50 different ways that she’s thinking about it but hasn’t made any decisions. I understand why they’d want to be on the scene when she gets to Iowa, especially if it’s timed to coincide with the debut of “The Undefeated,” but she’s not going to announce standing outside an idling bus in Philly with 20 reporters crowding around. The theory yesterday was that she’s doing the tour to test whether her family would be comfortable for months on a bus during a campaign; Shushannah Walshe follows up on that today by quoting a source who says Palin’s having fun thus far and warming to the idea of running, especially since the paparazzi media has been cordial. Could be, but given the increasingly comic reaction to the tour from the press — if you thought Ed’s post earlier was funny, check out Matt Lewis’s round-up of bickering tweets — I prefer one commenter’s theory in Headlines this morning that she’s basically just pranking them at this point. If all she needs to do to earn a ton of free buzz is take a family vacation in a branded bus, why not do it? It’s good for her professionally, especially given the implicit contrast with the snoozefest that is the GOP leaderboard right now.

The prank theory also explains her curious decision not to post her itinerary in advance to let her local supporters know she’ll be in the neighborhood. If she did that, the media would simply rendezvous with her at each locale and we’d lose the whole “Hard Day’s Night” effect. Exit quotation from a Palin fan who showed up at Gettysburg yesterday only to find she wasn’t there: “In a way it’s cool. In a way it’s, ‘Whaa?’”


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She’s so fiendishly clever.

Socratease on May 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Could Palin be manipulating us?

Are you a bunch of suckers? Did St. Patrick manipulate Ireland’s snakes?

Pablo on May 31, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Hey how come Hot Air isn’t talking about the shooting in Arizona of that young Marine??? Confederate Yankee, I have no affiliation, does a fantastic job of showing what a scandal this horrible murder was, so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

How could the dumbest woman in the world outwit the media?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

A Presidential campaign via Andy Kaufman.

I can dig that.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

loling…

catmman on May 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM

why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

Sheriff Clarence, not Sherrif Joe.

Pablo on May 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

How could the dumbest woman in the world outwit the media?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Bill Maher will say it’s her handlers telling her what to do.

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

How could the dumbest woman in the world outwit the media?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Why, it’s just crazy! (and mindbendingly hilarious)

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

She needs to buy a duplicate bus and pay some bus driver to drive it around the country. :p

clement on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I think what’s going on here is that Palin is making the trip to meet Americans, and the press just can’t understand that it isn’t all about them.

Socratease on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Pierre “we” aren’t hammering sheriff Joe because the incident took place in Pima county, not Maricopa county. If you want to hammer a sherrif, hammer The Dupe Dupnik.

BillyGoatGruff on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I saw that. Terrible story.

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

She needs to buy a duplicate bus and pay some bus driver to drive it around the country. :p

clement on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I’d do it for free.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I dont see how Palin could outwit the smartest persons in the nation…

the_nile on May 31, 2011 at 5:29 PM

ROTFL at the whole thing. Good post AP and fun comments. She’s diabolical. I love it.

JimP on May 31, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Maybe Allah and the media could you know listen to what she says. Maybe she is telling you the truth. i know politicans aren’t suppose to tell the truth but maybe Palin is telling you excatly why she is doing what she is doing…

Reminding Reporters, too, of America’s Foundations

It’s interesting when (for the 100th time) reporters shout out, “Why are you traveling to historical sites? What are you trying to accomplish?” I repeat my answer, “It’s so important for Americans to learn about our past so we can clearly see our way forward in challenging times; so, we’re bringing attention to our great nation’s foundation.” When that answer isn’t what the reporters want to hear, we’ve asked them if they’ve ever visited these sites like the National Archives, Gettysburg, etc. When they confirm that they haven’t, it’s good to say, “Well, there you go. You’ll learn a lot about America today.” (They usually don’t want to hear that either!)

Anyway, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are symbols of freedom that ALL of us – not just reporters – can appreciate as reminders of America’s unsurpassed freedoms! What a great visit to these awesome sites!

On July 2, 1776, a group of men in Philadelphia changed the world. They voted to declare their independence from Great Britain, and two days later they approved the wording of their Declaration of Independence.

Together our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the cause of independence. We will never forget that our nation was founded with such courage, and we must not squander what they gave us.

Days later, the bells of Philadelphia rang during the public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the Liberty Bell was probably among those heard throughout the city. The rich history here reminds us of the ideals espoused by the Founders who labored during a hot summer and changed history.

One of my previous summertime visits here was with a team of young hockey players who shared interesting insight in what they believed had to have been enormous physical challenges in forming the union. Physically being here allowed the Alaskan athletes an appreciation for the statesmen’s long travels on foot and horseback and the tedious days in sweltering heat crafting the documents; and of course the boys were interested in the bloody battles before and after 1776. After the trip from such a faraway western state, the kids had a greater appreciation of what our Founding Fathers went through as they dedicated their lives to America’s unity. I’d encourage all, especially those who live close by, to take advantage of opportunities to learn about these historical sites and find inspiration to keep up the fight for what is right in America.

Meeting up with Alaskan friends and their Somerset, PA family today was a treat. Philadelphia is beautiful and awe-inspiring! Philly’s reporters, the police and the park staff were wonderful. Thank you PA!

Those first place Phillies aren’t bad either.

- Sarah Palin

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Well, here’s one reason for not publishing the itinerary – she wants to be able to get off the bus and talk to people who didn’t expect to see her. IOW the kind of people it’s most difficult for someone in her position to meet when itineraries are posted and thousands of supporters show up. That’s the best way for her to find out whether a POTUS run would fly. Get off the bus in all these places, some of which are in deep blue territory, and start shaking hands. See what people make of her.

Second reason – logistically, it’s a lot nicer for the caretakers of places like Independence Hall to not have to deal with thousands of Palin supporters descending upon them, as well. Palin has gone out of her way to thank staff (such as at Mt. Vernon) so she is obviously aware of these logistical complexities.

Third reason – since she’s taking the entire family, she’s going to need to stay flexible. She didn’t want to take her aging parents into the afternoon Gettysburg heat, so she waited until morning. If she had a tight schedule she’d be bound to it.

Yes, the media thing is an angle. I’m sure she enjoys it to a degree. But if you think that’s the only reason to keep it impromptu, I think you’re mistaken. She could find endless ways to prank the media if that were her main goal.

Missy on May 31, 2011 at 5:31 PM

She isn’t telling the press where she’s going to be so that they will not be able to prevent her from meeting with people. The press uses the tactic of surrounding her so that no one can hear what she is saying and then distorting her message.

scrubjay on May 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM

How could the dumbest woman in the world outwit the media?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I was thinking the very same thing.

Mutnodjmet on May 31, 2011 at 5:34 PM

unseen posted this on another thread, but it’s worth reposting. Palin shows just how worthless the media is.

Reminding Reporters, too, of America’s Foundations
Posted on May 31, 2011

It’s interesting when (for the 100th time) reporters shout out, “Why are you traveling to historical sites? What are you trying to accomplish?” I repeat my answer, “It’s so important for Americans to learn about our past so we can clearly see our way forward in challenging times; so, we’re bringing attention to our great nation’s foundation.” When that answer isn’t what the reporters want to hear, we’ve asked them if they’ve ever visited these sites like the National Archives, Gettysburg, etc. When they confirm that they haven’t, it’s good to say, “Well, there you go. You’ll learn a lot about America today.” (They usually don’t want to hear that either!)

Anyway, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are symbols of freedom that ALL of us – not just reporters – can appreciate as reminders of America’s unsurpassed freedoms! What a great visit to these awesome sites!

On July 2, 1776, a group of men in Philadelphia changed the world. They voted to declare their independence from Great Britain, and two days later they approved the wording of their Declaration of Independence.

Together our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the cause of independence. We will never forget that our nation was founded with such courage, and we must not squander what they gave us.

Days later, the bells of Philadelphia rang during the public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and the Liberty Bell was probably among those heard throughout the city. The rich history here reminds us of the ideals espoused by the Founders who labored during a hot summer and changed history.

One of my previous summertime visits here was with a team of young hockey players who shared interesting insight in what they believed had to have been enormous physical challenges in forming the union. Physically being here allowed the Alaskan athletes an appreciation for the statesmen’s long travels on foot and horseback and the tedious days in sweltering heat crafting the documents; and of course the boys were interested in the bloody battles before and after 1776. After the trip from such a faraway western state, the kids had a greater appreciation of what our Founding Fathers went through as they dedicated their lives to America’s unity. I’d encourage all, especially those who live close by, to take advantage of opportunities to learn about these historical sites and find inspiration to keep up the fight for what is right in America.

Meeting up with Alaskan friends and their Somerset, PA family today was a treat. Philadelphia is beautiful and awe-inspiring! Philly’s reporters, the police and the park staff were wonderful. Thank you PA!

Those first place Phillies aren’t bad either.

- Sarah Palin

NoNails on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Hey how come Hot Air isn’t talking about the shooting in Arizona of that young Marine??? Confederate Yankee, I have no affiliation, does a fantastic job of showing what a scandal this horrible murder was, so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Sheriff Joe is Maicopa County (Phoenix and Scottsdale). The shooting/killing of the young Marine occurred in Pima County (Tucson) and was carried out by law enforcement officers under the “leadership” of Sheriff Clarence “The Clown” Dubnik, the guy who tried to implicate Sarah Palin in the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

A Presidential campaign via Andy Kaufman.

I can dig that.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

This isn’t a presidential campaign zipper boy.

mizflame98 on May 31, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Perhaps now is the time to re post the vast archive of left wing “civil” comments on Sarah Palin and her children?

Is Kathy Griffin not feeling the love these days?

Hey Obamatards! Ever heard the expression “pound sand”?

LOL!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 5:36 PM

She needs to buy a duplicate bus and pay some bus driver to drive it around the country. :p

clement on May 31, 2011 at 5:27 PM

How do you know she doesan’t?

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Sheriff Joe is Maicopa County (Phoenix and Scottsdale). The shooting/killing of the young Marine occurred in Pima County (Tucson) and was carried out by law enforcement officers under the “leadership” of Sheriff Clarence “The Clown” Dubnik, the guy who tried to implicate Sarah Palin in the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Along with Weinergate, another story the left is ignoring.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Yup,you’re being played. Like a Stradivarius.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM

A swing of the cluebat to the LSM-You’re following her and you weren’t invited.

single stack on May 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

so much for the enemy lines. seems Philly welcomed her with open arms…

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 5:40 PM

They’ve been manipulated every day for the past 4 yrs. by Obama and his staff, yet they are outraged by Palin doing it? Oh yeah, I forgot, they don’t worship her, so it is really annoying that she won’t give them any info or hold a press conference. Obama doesn’t hold press conferences for months at a time and then only takes pre-screened questions, but he is still the ONE. These people are irrelevent punch-lines and they don’t even know it. I almost feel bad for them b/c they have so little self-awareness.

JAM on May 31, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Hey how come Hot Air isn’t talking about the shooting in Arizona of that young Marine??? Confederate Yankee, I have no affiliation, does a fantastic job of showing what a scandal this horrible murder was, so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Sheriff Joe is Maicopa County (Phoenix and Scottsdale). The shooting/killing of the young Marine occurred in Pima County (Tucson) and was carried out by law enforcement officers under the “leadership” of Sheriff Clarence “The Clown” Dubnik, the guy who tried to implicate Sarah Palin in the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Really Pierre. You must have learned to place blame from the Daily Kos.

mizflame98 on May 31, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Yup,you’re being played. Like a Stradivarius.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM

More like a cheap kazoo.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Those first place Phillies aren’t bad either.

- Sarah Palin

Oh, for cryin’ out loud, that does it and there goes my support …… as a life long Mets glutton for punishment fan, this just tears my heart out.

Oh, who am I kidding ….. my Mets suck and Palin rocks !!

Jerome Horwitz on May 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

This is pretty much an epic episode of Punk’d by Palin on the media. They absolutely despise her but can’t help but follow her every move across the country.

I think Todd Palin is getting his kicks by tapping the breaks and turning on the blinkers randomly just to see how the media will react.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Maybe… going out on a limb here, but maybe Palin means the actual literal English translation of the words she’s using?

Maybe there is no secret code at all and that is how she is fooling the reporters as to her intentions?

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

How could the dumbest woman in the world outwit the media?

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Aw, come on, Cindy! Marc Ambinder went to great lengths to tell the little people out there that the press isn’t saying she’s not smart, just that she’s “not ready” yet to be President.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Nice spanking…I see he didn’t apologize for making a false accusation…

right2bright on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Hey how come Hot Air isn’t talking about the shooting in Arizona of that young Marine??? … so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

Lefist Troll Moron? the sheriff responsible is the same one responsible for Jared Laughner, Dupnick the Hack. Learn the difference between Pima and Maricopa counties.

skanter on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Sarah Palin knows that the only reason the presstitutes want her itinerary is so they can schedule a bus fleet to carry paid Public Employee Union thugs to her next stop to set up an astroturf protest.

landlines on May 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Weiner-hackergate and Palin playingthepressgate …this is turning out to be a fun week.

ramrants on May 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I am finding the media’s reaction to this extremely entertaining.

I love it when their little egos are bruised, their pretensions exposed, their control taken away.

They love themselves to such a degree they can’t understand why the rest of us don’t.

These reporters might accidentally learn some history along the way.

Brian1972 on May 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Seriously, Instapundit has three banners advertising Palin’s bus tour. She paid some money for this “family vacation”.

ramrants on May 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

This isn’t a presidential campaign zipper boy.

Fine. It’s an ordinary family vacation a la the Griswolds.

And unless you know something about me that I don’t, you’re thinking of YKK.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

so why aren’t we hammering Sheriff Joe?

PierreLegrand on May 31, 2011 at 5:23 PM

As other commenters have noted, Pima County is not Joe Arpaio’s jurisdiction. The sheriff responsible for the SWAT team’s actions is Clarence Dupnik.

Arpaio is sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Scottsdale, where Sarah Palin recently purchased a new home.

There was a rally yesterday in Tucson to protest the shooting. Several hundred people attended.

AZCoyote on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Wolf Blitzer: talking about a Palin run. Maybe Bloomburg should go third party.

idesign on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Oh, who am I kidding ….. my Mets suck and Palin rocks !!

Jerome Horwitz on May 31, 2011 at 5:42 PMOh, who am I kidding ….. my Mets suck and Palin rocks !!

Jerome Horwitz on May 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Hey, they’ll make a comeback. Maybe just not in our lifetime.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

First Debate – October:

“Before I answer that first question I’d like President Obama, the members of the media panel and those in the audience to join me in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.”

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

There was a rally yesterday in Tucson to protest the shooting. Several hundred people attended.

AZCoyote on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Those people were all reported to Sheriff Dupnik. Needless to say, they won’t be invited to the next Pima County cessation rally.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 5:50 PM

“Before I answer that first question I’d like President Obama, the members of the media panel and those in the audience to join me in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.”

Bruno Strozek on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

GENIUS!!!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 5:50 PM

That is one sweet….bike.

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Someone has read their Machiavelli.

mojo on May 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?

Naaaaaaaaaaaah! C’mon people. Buck up!!! You’re the elite liberal press. You’re smarter than anyone, other than Obama. You call the shots. You decide what’s true and what isn’t. YOU decide if it’s news worthy, and YOU decide who is worthy, and who is not. Manipulated? Isn’t possible.

Dumb arses. ROFL!!!

capejasmine on May 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

And unless you know something about me that I don’t, you’re thinking of YKK.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

ZYet, for some strange reason I see KY-J.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Media wonders: Could Palin be manipulating us?</blockquote

Only a couple days into this and I am enjoying it immensely. Maybe a Palin run will be fun!

BierManVA on May 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

they are waiting for a gotcha moment, pure and simple…

good for sarah!

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Haven’t you figured it out yet? She will keep doing this until only the really diehard reporters are left. The serious ones. She will always get the local TV people and any regular people to talk to (if she was in town, don’t you think local news will be there… and the locals will get the coverage…. screw the national media… after a while and she and her family can actually enjoy the trip and she can meet one on one with many of the “regular folk” and the local media who usually don’t get a chance to meet and question national figures… it would be a huge get for the local media. She would still get the regional coverage that way…. I love it.

PhilipJames on May 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

These are Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Take a pick and see which Palin is using at the moment. Still this is not what I believe is going on; people will catch up in a day or so.

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

ProudPalinFan on May 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

How many media midgets can fit in one clown car?

Naturally Curly on May 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Sarah Palin is crazy….like the arctic fox that she is.

On the other hand the media is behaving like a school of salmon being easily fished in by a Momma Grizzly.

Hellrider on May 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I believe Palin is doing this to inspire herself. I am a thirty year Veteran and last night watched Taking Chance, nothing more inspiring than seeing America react to the loss of one our Great Americans in wartime. Sarah is out their to be inspired by real Americans, not the press.

Sven on May 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Arpaio is sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Scottsdale, where Sarah Palin recently purchased a new home.

There was a rally yesterday in Tucson to protest the shooting. Several hundred people attended.

AZCoyote on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

“Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.”

Dan Rather

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Hey AP and Ed, looks like she sucked you in as well. In just 24 hrs, there’s a week’s worth of SP posts just on the HA homepage. 8)

AH_C on May 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM

For anyone unfamiliar with the Tuscon killing:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/tucson-swat-team-defends-shooting-iraq-marine-veteran/story?id=13640112

bw222 on May 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Over-thinking this a bit, aren’t we?

She has a difficult time giving coherent, substantive answers to spontaneous questions, therefore is trying to avoid as much interaction with the press as possible just as she’s always done. No grand theories or devious strategy needed.

I have no idea why the media would think she’d suddenly start doing press interviews after avoiding them for over two years. After the first couple days it should’ve been obvious that her little publicity stunt isn’t worth covering. That they’d be relegated to papparazi duty was entirely predictable.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

You betcha!

reddevil on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Sven on May 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

i’ve watched that movie several times…instant classic…everyone should watch it…

cmsinaz on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

AP, did you see the bodycheck Piper did on a reporter?

davidk on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

BOO HOO WHERE’S MY PRESS RELEASE

Jim Treacher on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

The beauty part is that Gov. Palin is meeting not just the local folks but tourists and vacationers from around the country. That ends up being an exponential payoff in reaching out to Americans without the filter of the media.

It’s also understandable that the itinerary is not broadcast ahead of time. Why invite some crackpot to be on the scene?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Still need that Kleenex, I see.

kingsjester on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Why invite some crackpot to be on the scene?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Hey, she didn’t invite the media. They’re stalking her.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

On the afternoon of the Giffords shooting Sherrif Dupnik proclaimed it was the rights fault for the shooting with absolutely no evidence to support it. After the SWAT shooting of the former Marine (he was shot 60 times) Sherrif Dupnik refused to release details until the investigation was complete. How do you spell political hack? Dupnik.

Sven on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Of course,dear.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Holy smokes! Allahpundit clearly backing Sarah, PLUS Lady GaGa…all in one post!! Be still my heart!

This is a sure sign of the Apocalypse!!!1!!!!!111

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

And unless you know something about me that I don’t, you’re thinking of YKK.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

ZYet, for some strange reason I see KY-J.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Huh. When I see YYZ all is see is a J.O.

CW on May 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Still need that Kleenex, I see.

kingsjester on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 P

I’m thinking lace hankie. Let us at least recycle.

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Or that she’s gone rogue and won’t listen to her “betters”.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

After the first couple days it should’ve been obvious that her little publicity stunt isn’t worth covering. That they’d be relegated to papparazi duty was entirely predictable.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Maybe they are like you and cannot help themselves?

Just like you they have to show up at every event (thread) and try to make the narrative about them (you).

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

You just can’t resist banging your head against that brick wall, can you?

Naturally Curly on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Sarah playing the media like trout on a fly line , the fools they are will take any fly, any time of the day !

Sandybourne on May 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Why invite some crackpot to be on the scene?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM
Hey, she didn’t invite the media. They’re stalking her.

teke184 on May 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Yeah, I guess that would be a redundancy in terms. LOL

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

MSM – accidental tourist.

Dr Evil on May 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

The prank theory

Now HERE’s a prank worth covering…maybe she was hacked…

winston on May 31, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Maybe there is no secret code at all and that is how she is fooling the reporters as to her intentions?

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

The genius. Tell the truth and allow others to think ther eis something else. that’s just evil……

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 6:05 PM

That they’d be relegated to papparazi duty was entirely predictable.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

hey at least she hasn’t locked them in a closet yet.

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

And unless you know something about me that I don’t, you’re thinking of YKK.

YYZ on May 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Heh. Beat me to it, RogerWatters!

Lanceman on May 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Word has it Romney’s talking about “Twilight”, and hey he’s a “serious candidate” don’t you know?

What if Palin had done it?

Sharr on May 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

so have they recinded that amber alert for timmy the wonder kid yet?

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM

What if Palin had done it?

Sharr on May 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

she would have done it better, with more class and made those that like the werewolves and vampires think she like their side.

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

This is like Waymarking and Geocaching. My sister America Plum, and I ran a contest last year “The Plums Are Lost In The Past.

It’s fun but are the Palin’s leaving clues on their website or at the last place they have left?

Dr Evil on May 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Just read some comments by David Brooks, George Will etc. They and the reporters are like a bunch of 2 yr. olds having a tantrum! Waaa!! She won’t put out an itinerary!! Waaa, Waa, she didn’t even give the NH GOP a heads up!! Waa!! She’s gonna get someone killed!! She thinks the rules don’t apply to her! She treats us like paparazzi!!

They act like you can’t play if you don’t do it the conventional way they think it should be done. Boy are they getting an education!

JAM on May 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM

She has a difficult time giving coherent, substantive answers to spontaneous questions, therefore is trying to avoid as much interaction with the press as possible just as she’s always done. No grand theories or devious strategy needed.

I have no idea why the media would think she’d suddenly start doing press interviews after avoiding them for over two years. After the first couple days it should’ve been obvious that her little publicity stunt isn’t worth covering. That they’d be relegated to papparazi duty was entirely predictable.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

You really are clueless. She’s met with the media at every stop so far. From @RealClearScott : Appreciate the Paparazzi references but would point out that we’re asking Palin about policy at every stop. And she is answering eagerly.

NoNails on May 31, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Considering that most Americans flunk any kind of history test these days, I think it’s a great idea for Sarah Palin to draw attention to our history with her presence. I bet it’s a treat for her kids too.

The power-hungry in Washington need to be reminded about our roots as well.

I’m a history buff, especially the American Revolution, and I’d much rather spend vacation in a place like Boston than a tropical beach somewhere. I haven’t had the chance to go to Philly yet, but it’s on the list.

Now that are kids are on their way out of the house, we may finally get to travel more.

Common Sense on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

You say that as if the press covering this, is even relevant, or fair. Haven’t you heard? They’re shilling for Obama now.

And it isn’t Sarah that’s whining, nor did she invite them. They’re whining, and complaining because she’s not bowing to them.

capejasmine on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I believe Palin is doing this to inspire herself. I am a thirty year Veteran and last night watched Taking Chance, nothing more inspiring than seeing America react to the loss of one our Great Americans in wartime. Sarah is out their to be inspired by real Americans, not the press.

Sven on May 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Here, here!!

glennbo on May 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

How can she be doing so?

Isn’t she “stupid”? “Idiotic”? A dolt?

How can she manipulate such serious minded intelligent people like the MSM press?

Opposite Day on May 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM

And it isn’t Sarah that’s whining, nor did she invite them. They’re whining, and complaining because she’s not bowing to them.

capejasmine on May 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Bingo! More of the Right needs to learn to do it her way. Make the media play by your fiddle.

Sharr on May 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

You just can’t resist banging your head against that brick wall, can you?

Naturally Curly on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

The hollow reverberations from the interior of his skull are the only sounds he cares to hear.

ebrown2 on May 31, 2011 at 6:18 PM

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