I alluded earlier today, in passing, to the idiocy of the left-wing blogs and some mainstream media outlets in making a big deal out of Sarah Palin’s obvious slip of the tongue — corrected seconds later — in referring to North Korea instead of South Korea. Here was my entry:
Can you believe it, that fool thinks Europe is a country, they speak Austrian in Austria, and we have 57 states. That’s what happens when you don’t get a proper education. And that person wants to be President, hah! Such an ignoramus would ruin our economy, destroy our standing in the world, and get government agents to touch our junk. We cannot let that happen. Get Oliver Willis on the case, he’ll stop this person cold.
Now Sarah Palin has issued a more extensive catalog of gaffes by Obama and Biden which largely are excused by the mainstream media or ignored altogether:
My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…
Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.
Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline. The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us.
If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beck’s radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? (And for that matter, why not just make up stories out of thin air – like the totally false hard news story which has run for three days now reporting that I lobbied the producers of “Dancing with the Stars” to cast a former Senate candidate on their show. That lie is further clear proof that the media completely makes things up without doing even rudimentary fact-checking.)
“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I understand why Palin issued the statement, but it reminds us once again that regardless of who the Republican nominee will be, that person will not receive anything close to a fair shake from the mainstream media. Every slip up and inadvertent misstatement will be blown up and harped on endlessly.
Those of you who think that the media worship of Obama is over just because of a few momentary lapses in the lovefest are sorely mistaken. The way Palin is treated now is merely a taste of how any Republican nominee will be treated.
But it is important, nonetheless, to push back even harder.
Update 11-26-2010: More from the annals of Palin Derangement Syndrome:
- I Demand a Palin Eye Roll Commission
- Psst…Don’t Tell Andrew Sullivan Our Secret
- Palin Derangement Syndrome – Yukon Edition
- Anti-Palin Faux-troversy of the Day: The Black Bracelet
- Palin Exposes Misogyny In The Democratic Base, Again
- Wonkette Goes After Trig Palin Again
This is why it is totally unacceptable when Republicans take cheap shots at Palin. You want to criticize her positions, experience, electability, etc., that’s fair game. But cheap, mocking shots will get you nowhere, and will cause a schism in the Republican party the likes of which you have never seen. And, yes, I mean you Barbara Bush and Chris Christie.
CORRECTION: I was being unfair when I compared Obama’s “Austrian” comment to Palin’s misstatement. Obama, unlike Palin, did not misspeak. Obama really believed that Austrian was a language: