Honestly, it's one thing for a political figure to be utterly obsessed with his/her press coverage and to lash out at every perceivable offense. It's quite another though, for a major pol to lash out at the press over imaginary slights. Fox News' Sarah Palin is now so consumed with every real or imagined media wrong against her that she's to the point where she's attacking the press for stuff they don't even do.
Here was Palin responding on Facebook to the flap that occurred when she misspoke on the Glenn Beck radio show last week, suggesting the United States had to "stand with our North Korean allies" [emphasis added]:
Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn't resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline.
But did Palin's quip about the United States having to stand by our North Korean allies become a "major political headline"? And did it become a "major political headline" because "the media" jumped on the story? Apparently in the self-obsessed world of Sarah Palin it did.
In the real world? Not so much.
Because based on a search of Nexis, here's a partial list of the major American newspaper that did not turn the Palin/North Korea gaffe into a "major political headline," did not treat it as news, and did not even mention it when it occurred:
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
New York Post
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Dallas Morning News
Cleveland Plain Dealer
What other news outlets ignored Palin's verbal gaffe when it occurred? All three major networks--ABC, CBS, and NBC--as well as CNN, Fox News, PBS and NPR.
If Palin and her apologist bloggers are going to routinely play the victim and drone on and on about how the nasty media are picking on her, they might want to find out first if the media are, y'know, actually picking on her.
- Sarah Palin