Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sarah Palin versus The History Channel

Identical to the original
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem about "The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere" always was short on historical facts but leave it to professional dog-whistle Sarah Palin to turn one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution into a half-baked alternate reality for gun lovers:
"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed."
Think Progress

Yes, once again she's been sandbagged by that infamous "gotcha" journalism. Recently, Newt Gingrich (of all people) also found himself in the sights of one of those "gotcha" journalists. First, he stuck his foot in his mouth with this dangerously cogent remark about Paul Ryan's Medicare-gutting budget proposal:
MR. GREGORY: …some premium support and–so that they can go out and buy private insurance?
REP. GINGRICH: I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.
Crooks & Liars

The expression "right-wing social engineering" didn't go over too well with the usual suspects but the important thing is that Newt has now caught on to their game:
"I didn't go in there quite hostile enough, because it didn't occur to me going in that you'd have a series of setups," Gingrich said, according to the Washington Examiner. "This wasn't me randomly saying things. These were very deliberate efforts to pick fights."
Wow, they conned the con artist. Who would have thought?  (TPM)

As a result of this dastardly ambush Newt was forced to kiss Rush Limbaugh's ass:
GINGRICH: By the way, it was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer.
LIMBAUGH: Well then what did you apologize to him about?
GINGRICH: Because it was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble, which he doesn’t need or deserve. And it was causing the House Republicans trouble. One of my closest friends, someone I truly and deeply respect, emailed me and said your answer hits every Republican who voted for the Budget. Well, my answer wasn’t about the budget.

But now he's learned his lesson and has hit on the perfect strategy:
In effect, Gingrich claimed a blanket exemption from discussing parts of his career he doesn’t want to address – and broad license to bring up whatever he wants.
Asked to define the line between relevant information and “gotcha” question, Gingrich said that “everything is fair” for candidates asking “to lead the American people in the most important governmental job on the planet.”
But in the event he gets asked for information he doesn’t have at his fingertips, or considers trivial, Gingrich said: “My answer in the future is going to be: That’s really interesting, and I’m going to check it out and I’ll let you know.”
How very convenient. I'll have to try that the next time I'm in court. (Outside The Beltway)

Fortunately, there is a god—or rather, goddess—to explain all this:
"There's got to be the preparation on all the candidates' parts for those gotchas. That's what the lamestream media is known for nowadays is the gotcha trip-up questions"
And who else should know better, eh? (LA Times)

E-Z ryder
Meanwhile, Palin is leading the media around by the nose. I think they should just call it a day and impose a Paris Hilton-style news blackout.

"The future of our past looks bright"—Henry Rollins

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And meanwhile, the media can't stop talking about Anthony Weiner's weener. Thus taking the focus off what Weiner was trying to get publicity for--that massive conflict of interest by Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas.