Friday, July 23, 2010

Palin Did Not Resign Just Because of Media Pressure

So the latest narrative is that Palin resigned from the Governorship of Alaska because the media was mean to her, or something like that.

The idea itself is absurd on its face since she's still making headlines all around the world just because she tweets, and the lion's share of the articles are negative. It's not like the media is suddenly her best friend now that she's out of office.

They get their idea from this quote she gave to the Daily Caller yesterday:

In exclusive remarks to The Daily Caller, Palin described “hordes of Obama’s opposition researchers-slash ‘reporters’” descending upon Alaska in the days after she was picked by McCain.

She said the media became a key reason she decided not to finish out her term as governor and faults, in part, the McCain campaign for failing to vigorously defend her.

First off, we don't have her direct quote, and the article was written rather haphazardly. It kind of jumps from one topic to another and back again. But note the words "a key reason." Just one of them.

The main reason Sarah Palin resigned, pure and simple, was the lawsuits. The money and the time wasted was the reason. The media, however, played a role in all of this, and that was her point:

Palin says the feeding frenzy culture of the media galvanized her political opponents in Alaska. “The media incentivized political opponents to file false ethics charges and expensive, wasteful, frivolous lawsuits against me, my family and my staff, in an obvious attempt to destroy us,” Palin said.

When those lawsuits caused legal costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Palin had finally had it, she said.

“I said, ‘Enough. Political adversaries and their political friends in the media will not destroy my State, my administration, nor my family. Enough.’ I knew if I didn’t play their game any longer, they could not win. I would not retreat, I would instead reload, and I would fight for what is right from a different plane.”

The media helped create the enviromnent for the frivolous ethics complaints that did it. They wouldn't stop. Four more were filed after she announced her resignation, all were later dismissed. And they were headed into an election year. We all followed what was happening in Alaska on C4P. It was crazy. And it would have gotten worse as election time grew closer. The state was paralyzed because Palin posed a threat on a higher level. She wasn't going to allow those intent on destroying her to destroy the state. She simply moved to a battlefield where she could actually fight back.

But now, some in the media, such as David Corn, are misconstruing this as Palin resigning just because of media pressure. Apparently, he lacks the ability to read an entire article without taking it out of context. How he managed to pick up on the media line and miss the parts about the lawsuits is beyond me. Either that or the art of research has completely evaded his abilities. Or, it could be that whole "lying" thing yet again.

After the Daily Caller article yesterday, she said this to Bob and Mark:

And I love how libs like Corn seem to be almost gleeful because they think they got her to resign. In Corn's words she's not "tough enough." Putting aside the fact that that's ridiculous, dude, your role in this is not something to be proud of. You contributed to an environment that cost the state of Alaska millions of dollars by misrepresenting the truth (aka, lying):

“I have lost all respect for the ‘mainstream’ media because they lied; and still lie. And they abuse America’s freedom of the press — because with freedom comes responsibility.

"My son chose to put his life on the line to defend that freedom, and I feel like his, and every good soldier’s, efforts are thrown in their faces when the press takes advantage of their sacrifices instead of respecting the freedoms they’re willing to die for,” Palin said.

Sarah Palin told us all why she resigned when she resigned. If you still don't get it, well, that's your problem. She's not avoiding mainstream media outlets because she's not tough; she's avoiding them because they don't yet deserve a second chance. Once they start telling the truth for a change, she'll reconsider.

1 comment:

Patrick S. Adams said...

The media created the environment and stoked it. The media reported on the ethics violations but never reported when they were dropped.

You're absolutely right. The libs are spinning like a washing machine. The lamestream media is part of the whole nature of the problem, but the problem itself was the actual violations and the time and money it took away from the state to answer them.

When Palin resigned, she didn't blame the media, she simply asked them to stop making things up.