Gov. Pain chides media for “making things up” in Thatcher/Palin smear attack
Posted by Dr. Fay on April 12, 2013
Earlier this week, Gov. Palin responded to the smear attack after Lady Thatcher’s death in which the media promulgated previously debunked claims that the Iron Lady had dissed Governor Palin.
- Dear media, *sigh*… where did you guys go to journalism school to learn it’s doggone ok to just make things up?
The article she linked to is this one:
Exclusive–Palin Advisers: ‘Unconscionable’ Mainstream Press Exploited Thatcher’s Death for Smears
by Tony Lee 9 Apr 2013
Mainstream media publications immediately exploited the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday to again advance their political agendas by falsely smearing former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
In a rush to write whatever they could to tarnish both, outlets like Politico and the Washington Post resorted to “reporting” on a fictitious story and an imaginary trip that have already been debunked years ago.
The Post, a publication known for its liberal agenda, immediately “re-upped” the debunked story about Thatcher having snubbed Palin when Chris Cillizza, the editor of “The Fix,” allowed his underling to publish parts of the disproven 2011 report.
In 2011, a left-wing and anti-Thatcher British newspaper, the Guardian, tried to smear Palin by writing a fictitious story, with an anonymous quote, about how Thatcher supposedly snubbed Palin for a meeting that had never even been scheduled, as both camps immediately confirmed. The British newspaper also claimed a Thatcher adviser called Palin “nuts.”
Rebecca Mansour, a longtime Palin advisor who would have knowledge of all of Palin’s scheduled meetings, told Breitbart News that Palin never had the chance to meet Thatcher.
“Mrs. Thatcher made clear to us through her staff that there was an open invitation to meet, of course, contingent on Mrs. Thatcher’s health, and this was reported in the British media,” Mansour told Breitbart News. “Unfortunately, Governor Palin did not have the opportunity to travel to the UK, and she along with grateful people and nations across the globe mourn Mrs. Thatcher’s loss.”
Doug McMarlin, another Palin advisor, told Breitbart News that it was “unconscionable” that people would use Thatcher’s passing as yet another excuse to attack Palin.
“It is unconscionable that Politico and others use the passing of such an individual as Margaret Thatcher as an opportunity for an ankle-biting missive,” McMarlin told Breitbart News. “The focus should be on the life and legacy of Prime Minister Thatcher, not on using this occasion to further the agenda of reporters who don’t take the time to research their own stories and create a narrative that only fits their agenda.”Mainstream media outlets, including Politico, and Thatcher’s aides instantaneously debunked the story two years ago.John O’Sullivan, a former Thatcher aide, immediately told the National Review then:
Rich, Curious about this report, I contacted old colleagues in the Thatcher office and got the following denial: “We didn’t say this; we didn’t authorize anyone else to say this; and it doesn’t represent Lady Thatcher’s opinion of Governor Palin.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the two ladies will meet. Lady Thatcher has retired from active public life for health reasons and sees very few people outside her circle of friends. My guess is that any final decision would be made on health grounds shortly before such a meeting. But I’m not even sure Governor Palin’s office has approached Lady Thatcher about one.
The bottom line, though, is that Lady Thatcher certainly doesn’t think Sarah Palin is “nuts.” And given the inaccurate abuse she herself has received over the years, the accusation may even recommend the Governor to her.
But mainstream publications did not even bother to research these accounts–and what had been reported by their own outlets–in a rush to score political points.
Thatcher got such treatment from the liberal press as well because she, as Palin wrote, was “at heart a populist taking on the Conservative party’s old guard, who disdainfully referred to her as ‘That Woman.'” Thatcher disdained the elite, referring to them as the “the not so grand grandees,” and the “grocer’s daughter from the back of beyond” broke class barriers not with “powerful patronage,” but with “powerful ideas” that were based on liberty.
As Thatcher famously said, “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”