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Archive for March 24th, 2011

Lamestream Media: Reload or White Flag?

Posted by Ron Devito on March 24, 2011

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

“Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.”

Upon my return from an outstanding and productive trip to India and Israel, I’ve been inundated with requests to respond to petty comments made in the media the past few days, including one little fella’s comment which decent people would find degrading. (I won’t bother responding to it though, because it was made by he who reminds me of an annoying little mosquito found zipped up in your tent; he can’t do any harm, but buzzes around annoyingly until it’s time to give him the proverbial slap.)

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the never-ending issue of media bias.

When it comes to responding to the media, the standard warning is: Don’t pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel because calling out the media and holding them accountable is a risky endeavor. Too often the first instinct is to ignore blatant media bias, crudeness, and outright lies, and just hope the media instigator will grow up and provide fairer coverage if you bite your tongue and not challenge the false reporting of an openly hostile press. But I’ve never bought into that. That’s waving the white flag. I just can’t do it because I have too much respect for the importance of a free press as a cornerstone of our democracy, and I have great respect for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much to defend that First Amendment right. Media, with freedom comes responsibility.

Friends, too often conservatives or Republicans in general come across as having the fighting instinct of sheep. I don’t. I was raised to believe that you don’t retreat when you’re on solid ground; so even though it often seems like I’m armed with just a few stones and a sling against a media giant, I’ll use those small resources to do what I can to set the record straight. The truth is always worth fighting for. Doing so isn’t whining or “playing the victim card”; it’s defending the truth in fairness to those who seek accurate information. I’ll keep attempting to correct misinformation and falsehoods about myself and my record, and I will certainly never shy from defending others who are unfairly attacked. This is in the name of justice.

But two decades in politics have taught me that when it comes to picking battles, often it’s best to ignore the truly petty, ugly personal media shots because engaging in a counter argument with disreputable, intolerant people doesn’t vindicate me; it merely gives those people the attention they seek. It wastes my time and it distracts from what we should focus on.

We must always remember the big picture. The media has always been biased. Conservatives – and especially conservative women – have always been held to a different standard and attacked. This is nothing new. Lincoln was mocked and ridiculed. Reagan was called an amiable dunce, a dangerous warmonger, a rightwing fanatic, and the insult list goes on and on. (But somehow Reagan still managed to win two major electoral landslides, and this was in the days before the internet and talk radio when all he had were three biased network news channels spinning reports on him. If he could do so much with so little and still be such an optimistic and positive leader, then surely we can succeed with the new media tools at our disposal.)

Let’s just acknowledge that commonsense conservatives must be stronger and work that much harder because of the obvious bias. And let’s be encouraged with a sense of poetic justice by knowing that the “mainstream” media isn’t mainstream anymore. That’s why I call it “lamestream,” and the LSM is becoming quite irrelevant, as it is no longer the sole gatekeeper of information.

Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Even with limited time we can try to call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.

I’ll keep correcting false reporting, and I’ll defend others to the hilt; but I won’t spend any more precious, limited time responding to personal, vulgar, sexist venom spewed my way.

Today, our country is faced with seemingly overwhelming challenges. We have an unsustainable and immoral $14 trillion debt problem which, combined with a self-inflicted energy crisis, could bring America to her knees. The President of the United States is manipulating an energy supply by refusing to develop our U.S. energy resources. Shouldn’t that be the media’s focus today? Wouldn’t you like more information on the deficit that for last month alone was the highest in our history at $223 billion? That single month’s deficit was more than the entire deficit for the year 2007! We still have a 16% real unemployment rate. We had 2.9 million home foreclosures last year alone, with this year predicted to be even worse. Americans who are struggling to make ends meet are now hit by rising food and energy prices – exacerbated by the Fed’s decision to drop that $600 billion money bomb known as QE2 on us. Gas has already hit $4 per gallon in some areas. And let’s not forget that our men and women in uniform are deployed far from home today. From Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, to who-knows-where tomorrow under a clouded, confused Obama Doctrine, our armed forces are in harm’s way, defending our interests and protecting our freedoms.

Now these are the real concerns to Americans. These are times when real leadership is needed. We must never be distracted from these real concerns.

Petty comments from the small-minded are used to distract. Stay focused, America. Don’t wave any white flag. Simply put, let’s spend our precious time on causes that are worthy.

– Sarah Palin

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Palin: Obamacare less popular than ever

Posted by loricalabrese on March 24, 2011

President Obama and democrats celebrated yesterday as it was the one year anniversary that the new healthcare law was enacted. Even though its full implementation does not go into effect until 2014, many Republicans have stepped forward to state that Obamacare has already resulted in harmful impacts to Americans, including rising health care premiums and uncertainty for businesses.

Former Governor Sarah Palin appeared on FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren and discussed whether or not the law is doing what Democrats promised it would.

Palin said, “No, I think a year later, no, it’s less popular than ever. And remember Pelosi saying, You got to pass it and then we’ll find out what’s in it. Well, now, a year later, we’re starting to find out what’s in it, and I think people are even more and more hesitant to embrace this job-killing, $3 trillion dollar, unaffordable overreach of a government program!”

Palin and Van Susteren discussed how many politicians during the midterms in November were elected because they campaigned on repealing Obamacare and Palin says she sees 2012 to mirror that.

“You’re going to find in 2012, people are going to get elected again on the idea of the promise of repealing “Obamacare.” They know it’s killing jobs,” Palin said. “They know that premiums are going up. They know it doesn’t fix any problem, and they know that we were not told the truth by the White House as it pertained to information, facts, numbers that have to do with “Obamacare.” We were told that it was going to reduce premiums. We were going to told — be told that, no, overall, this is going to help provide more health care coverage!”

Palin stressed that the American people have made it clear that they do not want Obamacare and that it’s the Senate’s turn to do something about this and “not just kind of be namby-pamby about “Oh, you know, fixing some of the things that” — no! Just repeal the thing!”

As published on Examiner.com

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Sarah Palin Talks Policy In Naples, Florida In Front Of A Sold-Out Crowd

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 24, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin spoke to a sold out crowd today in Naples, Florida. From the News-Press:

She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, she was in Naples, bringing her conservative message to a gathering of about 1,000 at the Ritz-Carlton.

The one-time vice presidential candidate and self-described Mama Grizzly from Alaska talked about her visit last week to India and Israel, recounted how her daughter wound up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and gushed over the fine residents of Naples.

But mostly, she hammered away at President Barack Obama, especially his administration’s economic and foreign policies.

It sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race, which Palin said was not the case — at this point.

Tonight,” she said before delivering her speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”

She didn’t disappoint.

The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.

And then she got rolling around the globe … Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.

Obama’s recent trip to South America had her riled up over America’s current energy policy.

We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It’s gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”

Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.

She said the United States’ policy on Libya is inconsistent, and that she’s concerned that China is building a vast arsenal of sophisticated submarines and aircraft.

Palin said the right foreign policy ought to be, “If you’re in it, win it. If there’s doubt, get out.”

Palin said the nation’s debt of more than a trillion dollars is the country’s biggest threat.

The president’s budget was a political document,” she said.

About a Democratic political slogan “Winning The Future,” Palin energized the crowd.

That is too easy … the acronym WTF,” she said, and the audience loved it.

Her speech was full of Palin-isms. From the Democrats’ “jack wagon ideas” to “only dead fish go with the flow.”

The audience was made to order for Palin as Collier County is one of the most conservative areas in Florida.

Dick Jay, a retired football coach from Des Moines, Iowa, and an avid Republican, liked what he heard.

I came to hear what she had to say,” the 30-year Naples resident said. But Jay said he isn’t sure who might make the best Republican candidate in 2012.

Might Palin be one of the contenders?

We’re all pretty much saying the same thing right now,” Palin said. “I am thinking about it … praying about it.”

She said her experience in the 2008 campaign was tough on her family, and any decision will come with them in mind.

Family is paramount,” Palin said.

One thing is for sure. I will stay engaged.”

NaplesNews.com adds:

The question on everyone’s mind loomed throughout Sarah Palin’s hour-long appearance in North Naples on Wednesday: Will Floridians see more of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012?

The answer was simple: You betcha.

I’m thinking about it and praying about it,” Palin said when asked whether she’d run for president in 2012. “(But) whether I’m a candidate or not … I’m going to stay engaged.”

Palin spoke to a sold-out audience Wednesday as part of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series at the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach Resort. Her speech focused on issues facing the United States as the country enters what is expected to be a heated election season.

America faces real threats, and to face these threats we need unapologetic leadership,” she said. “(People say) there’s a lack of leadership, but that’s nothing another election can’t turn around. My faith is not in big government. It’s in the people. And the people will turn it around.

Palin’s appearance was her first U.S. appearance after a whirlwind trip to India – where she was the keynote speaker for the India Today Conclave – and Israel last week. While in Israel, Palin said she met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and spoke to him about her commitment to the country.

So many Americans stand with them,” Palin said of Israel. “It is in the interest of freedom, peace and security that I say we must stand with them.”

While Palin spoke briefly about her trip abroad, she focused primarily on domestic affairs and the current state of the economy. She promised to keep things real as she spoke about the issues that faced Americans.

I call it like I see it,” she said. “If the press is here, we’ll deal with the press later. But I’ll be blunt and candid with you.”

The country, Palin said, is in the midst of “a dangerous and unsustainable federal debt” crisis that needs to be corrected before any change can occur. Palin said the country would be in serious trouble if it loses its AAA bond rating, and as debt grows she said she was concerned the country wouldn’t be able to dig itself out.

Politicians are patting themselves on the back for cutting $6 billion when borrowing $400 billion to keep the country afloat,” she said. “We’re not heading toward the iceberg, we’ve hit the iceberg.

Palin criticized President Barack Obama for his position on the federal debt, said he “just doesn’t care” and called his proposed 2012 budget—themed ‘winning the future’—a “political document.” She went on to say that after submitting a budget to Congress, the president “went AWOL on spending.”

Under the guise of winning the future, which I call WTF, we’re spending more money,” she said. “We’re not getting the economic truth out of the White House. …If this is winning the future, then what is the future?

Palin praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott for saying “no thanks on excess” when he turned down federal dollars for high speed rail in Florida.

Palin’s concerns weren’t just about the economy. She spoke out against the president’s energy plan, particularly the fact that the “president and (his party) continue to lock up offshore drilling” in the United States. Instead, she said, the administration is supporting drilling overseas.

The ‘Drill, baby, drill’ mantra has turned into ‘Drill, Brazil, drill,’” she said. “In Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, the Dakotas — there are so many other places I’d like to see the president rooting for than another country.”

Policy and a potential presidential run weren’t the only matters on Palin’s agenda Tuesday. She also gave those in attendance a peek into her personal life with stories about her husband, Todd, and oldest daughter, Bristol.

Bonita Springs resident Terry Major said she thought the event was interesting, particularly as a way to compare Palin to her portrayal in the media. Major said she enjoyed the lecture and was pleased to see the real Palin.

I was impressed,” she said.

Later Wednesday evening, Sarah went On The Record with Greta for a lengthy interview. {report to follow]

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