The failed Republican vice presidential candidate is upset with press claims that her 17-year-old daughter Bristol and the father of her out-of-wedlock grandchild are “high school dropouts” just because they stopped going to school.
Such calumny is bad enough, but so-called “professional journalists” forced Mrs. Palin to answer questions not previously submitted in writing, video-recorded her answers, then broadcast the results without editing out her flubs, evasions and errors. Some malicious reporters even had the gall to investigate abuses of power by the Governor and “First Thug” Todd — everyone knows abuse of power is okay when you do it for family.
Governor Palin may be right in criticizing her McCain campaign handlers, who recklessly allowed interviews with reporters who expect coherent if not intelligent answers. Mrs. Palin’s vice-presidential campaign was only ten weeks long, and she could easily have spent all her time doing what she does best, parroting prepared speeches to partisan throngs, just like she did as Miss Wasilla.
It is is no surprise the Governor is complaining about her campaign coverage; she started doing that before the campaign began. The media’s greatest crime again Mrs. Palin was airing her rants so often that citizens realized what first appeared to be righteous indignation was only resentment. Sarah Palin is angry she isn’t Caroline Kennedy? You’re not Caroline Kennedy, either (no email, please; we know you’re not. Kennedys don’t read blogs).
One of Governor Palin’s statements sounds especially odd. Speaking about her disastrous CBS News interviews with Katie Couric, Mrs. Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler: “I never saw the interview after Katie edited it, spliced it together, whatever they did. “
*Governor Palin switched colleges six times in six years, attending the University of Idaho twice before graduating (BA, Communications-Journalism, 1987).
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