For years now, the media has been pushing the narrative that Governor Palin does not do interviews outside of Fox News and that she doesn’t address policy issues. On a number of occasions, we have documented how bogus those claims are. After Governor Palin’s appearance today at the Long Island Associations Luncheon, the media admitted that she covered a number of substantive issues.
Ben Smith at Politico tweeted “Best interview with Palin I’ve ever seen” and ABC News filed the following report:
For argument sake, let’s say we go with the media narrative that this is the first time Governor Palin took questions in a non-friendly environment. Let’s also say we go with the narrative that this is the first time she answered policy questions. So what do we have?
Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues. What did those who were all excited about all those supposed firsts by Governor Palin, decide to run with as their headlines? Let’s have a look shall we?
To name just a few:
CNN: “Palin talks 2012, mocks Michelle Obama”
Ben Smith: “Palin knocks breastfeeding initiative”
ABC News: “Sarah Palin on the First Lady: No Wonder She’s Telling People to Breast Feed, Price of Milk Too High”
Pioneer Press: “Palin follows Bachmann, criticizes Michelle Obama over breast-feeding”
Huffington Post: “Sarah Palin Bats Michelle Obama Breastfeeding Initiative”
It would have been one thing had it been true that Governor Palin actually mocked, knocked or batted the First Lady. As it turns out, not only did the media pick the most irrelevant part of the interview to run with but they also completely faked a controversy.
After examining the video and putting this thing in full context, here is what happened.
Governor Palin was talking about the increase of prices of food, diapers, and milk. She said milk prices were so high that some people can no longer afford to buy it. She made a joke and added with a smile that when she heard Michelle Obama encouraging mothers to breast feed, she was nodding her head in agreement. She said, “yeah, you better because the price of milk is so high right now, regardless of the political [implications], do it for economical reasons”
Note how the Democrat leaning audience including the questioner Kevin Law, a Democrat, appreciated the joke and did not find it at all offensive.
As it turns out, the governor didn’t knock Mrs Obama, she actually agreed with the premise, maybe for different reasons. But whatever the ends, she agreed with the means. Of course the media conveniently left out the last part to make it appear that Palin was knocking Michelle Obama.
Once again, the media has proven how blatantly biased they are and how they would take a critically acclaimed Q&A session and create a controversy that never existed. Usually, we would expect them to spin something out of context, this time as by their own admission, there was nothing to spin, they just made it up.