Screenshot Of The Day: Irony Edition

From the video that Sarah Palin released today:

That reflection in her glasses? It’s the teleprompter she was using to read the speech.

Considering the number of jokes that Palin and other conservatives have made about Barack Obama’s use of teleprompters, I got a chuckle out of that.

FILED UNDER: US Politics, ,
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. EddieInCA says:


    A hypocrite?


    Next you’ll tell me the daughter of this family values leader is a single mom who preaches about abstinence.

  2. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    “… I got a chuckle out of that.”

    You must be easily amused. When was the last time you saw Palin use a teleprompter at a live appearance?

  3. Carroll Lam says:

    I believe that anyone familiar with light of such situations would say that the reflections in her glasses is that of the large “lightbox” used for lighting and not a teleprompter (which has a dark background as viewed).

    She may be using a teleprompter but the reflections seen don’t prove it.

  4. Paul L. says:

    Does the teleprompter Obama uses radiate that much light?
    Does she have a older model and should “invest” in one of those “twin” teleprompters.

  5. JKB says:

    Does the teleprompter Obama uses radiate that much light?

    Can’t tell, his halo lighting drowns the teleprompters out.

  6. Good call, I giggled as well.

  7. Muzz says:

    “Does she have a older model and should “invest” in one of those “twin” teleprompters.”

    I hope to god you’re kidding, Paul L.

  8. mantis says:

    The idea that politicians should be memorizing every speech they give, when they give speeches all the time, is completely absurd. I understand it when the drone wingnuts repeat it (that’s what drones do), but I’ve always thought that politicians such as Palin snarking about teleprompters was supremely stupid. We know you don’t memorize your speeches, Palin. Hell, you probably can’t spell most of the words that are put in front of you to say.

  9. John Burgess says:

    Yeah… I don’t see anything that says, ‘teleprompter’ in that photo. I do see a reflection of lights, but that’s all. The lights, to my mind, are more likely to be used for, well, lighting the scene than some emanation from a teleprompter.

  10. Marvin says:

    It shows the incredible stupidity of Palin and her followers that they make a big deal out of Obama’s use of a teleprompter. Every modern politician uses a prompter yet it’s supposed to be a big deal when Obama uses it for some reason? The idiocy is just overwhelming.

  11. Vriz says:

    Hate to spoil the mood here guys, but that reflection is not a teleprompter. It’s a the soft-light from the camera lighting rig. If you look at where the light is hitting her face, you can see that there is definitely a soft-filtered light to her upper left.

    Still though, way to miss the mark on that speech, Whalin’ Palin.

  12. jamie d says:

    poor sarah 😛

    maybe she should have gone with the anti-reflective coating!

  13. Devin H says:

    The fact that shes using a teleprompter for what should be a simple off-the-cuff speech…

  14. Bob says:

    Well I work at cnn and that is NOT a teleprompter. The prompter only has white letters. That is a reflection of a studio light. If it were the prompter reflection you would ony see letters.

  15. Dodd says:

    Has anyone mentioned that those are reflections of the lights, not a teleprompter?

  16. Espen Uldal says:

    The reflections are from a light box, not a teleprompter. A teleprompter has white letters on a black background.