Sarah Palin: The “Lamestream Media” Is Responsible For Newt Gingrich’s Gaffes

Sarah Palin made some rather odd comments last night about the whole Newt Gingrich/Ryan Plan kerfuffle:

Newt Gingrich’s misstep this week was actually a double fault in Sarah Palin’s eyes. Not only did he attack his own party’s proposal to reshape Medicare, but he did so by appearing on the oh-so-dreaded “lamestream media.”

Palin offered her diagnosis on a pair of Fox cable shows Wednesday and used Gingrich’s latest woes as an example of why Republican presidential hopefuls should avoid the traditional media.

“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,” she told Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel show Wednesday

She took Gingrich at his word when he told NBC’s David Gregory that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposal to overhaul Medicare was “right-wing social engineering,” an assessment she called terribly wrong. But that doesn’t mean he should have apologized for it.

“I don’t know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they said just because they’ve gone through a 24-hour cycle of the lamestream media giving them a hard time,” she said. “If Newt Gingrich believes that it’s right-wing social engineering to undo Obamacare and reform Medicare … then say so. But don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged you on what you said.”

Though Palin faulted the media for playing the “gotcha” game, Gingrich’s response since his “Meet the Press” appearance was driven by the wave of outrage from conservatives themselves. He said he actually supported Ryan’s plan but was tripped up by adversarial questioning on the show.

Yea Sarah, sure, it’s not Newt’s fault, it’s that terrible media for daring to, you know, ask him questions.

Here’s the video:

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  1. Bleev K says:

    The “lamestream media” Pfff… How pathetic is that?

  2. john personna says:

    Channeling Tina Fey.

    (Is she daring Fey to wear that hair?)

  3. Mike Farrell says:

    Mataconis and his PDS continues-perhaps he can find something negative to say about her sons wedding announcement.

  4. anjin-san says:

    The “lamestream media” Pfff… How pathetic is that?

    It’s kind of like the kid in the 8th grade who says something that is semi-clever the first week of school, gets a few laughs, then continues to trot it out and beat it to death all year long after everyone else is sick of it.

  5. wr says:

    Yes, but where’s Smoothie? Has he gone off and jumped on the Bachman train? Or is he still begging Donald Trump to run? Come back, Smoothie, come back!

  6. narciso says:

    Seeing as she was one of the foremost supporters of the Ryan plan, she’s making the point that Newt commit to the truth. Frankly I have no idea what he was trying to do.

  7. CB says:

    Frankly I have no idea what he was trying to do.

    speak truth to crazy?

    the man can read a poll. he was trying to jump out in front of a potential backlash, but seems to have severely underestimated the echo chamber.

  8. TG Chicago says:

    It’s worth remembering that David Gregory’s questions on Meet the Press were quite tame and not “gotcha trip-up questions” at all.

  9. Murray says:

    Yeah all those Gotcha Trip-Up Questions such as: name a newspaper

  10. bandit says:

    Your Pavlovian response rate is most awesome.

  11. anjin-san says:

    You have to love the “personal responsibility” crowd. Make a fool of yourself on TV? Hey, it’s someone else’s fault…

  12. ilovedessert says:

    Sarah Palin: The “Lamestream Media” Is Responsible For Newt Gingrich’s Gaffes