The "intentions" of the New York Times is to distort current affairs in order to drive a narrative that fits their agenda. Be that by, promoting left-wing ideology, selling papers (internet hits), or just enjoying their own obsessive crusade against Governor Palin. So, why would the reaction to the governor’s speech in Santa Barbara for the Reagan 100 event, be any different? It wasn’t.
Right after the speech, they posted an article written by Jeff Zeleny called, "Palin Keeps Position Clear and Intentions Vague." He writes:
For Ms. Palin, a speech on Friday evening to a conservative group that gathered to pay tribute to President Reagan offered an opportunity to connect herself to the most iconic figure of the Republican Party. Yet she did not use the appearance — one of the highest-profile Republican platforms in months — to move beyond familiar criticism or attempt to prescribe a new or specific remedy for what she sees as missteps in the Obama administration.
Mr. Zeleny either didn’t listen to the speech, or he has a problem identifying anything outside of a new government program as a "specific remedy." Governor Palin offered many remedies to ills that face our nation. She mentioned domestic energy production, for one. She mentioned cutting corporate tax rates. She also talked about cutting government "back down to size," and cutting overall spending. She discussed reforming entitlement programs, reducing over-burdensome regulations, and ending the cronyism that is corrupting our system. Perhaps Mr. Zeleny should listen to the speech again, or learn that not every solution comes by way of more bureaucracy.
Later in the article, he writes:
Presidential contenders, regardless of their celebrity, are put through a gauntlet of rituals that require a delicate air of patience as they deal with their admirers. Prospective candidates, particularly if they are courting supporters, routinely sit through dinners and mingle with guests. But in her case, Ms. Palin entered the room only for her speech and left immediately after.
The appearance here was marked by tight security and rigid rules, with guests admonished to stay in their seats when she arrived. (“We’d all like to jump up and give her a high-five, but please stay at your tables,” Kate Obenshain, vice president of the foundation, announced from the dais. “There will be no book signings or autographs.”)
He is misleading his readers entirely. First of all, Kate Obenshain says in this clip that Governor Palin agreed to do a photo line. Rebecca Mansour also weighed in via Twitter:
Apparently the NYT missed it that Gov. Palin posed with every dinner attendee after her speech
Palin spent over an hour posing with all the dinner attendees. NYT should have known that. Kate Obenshain announced it after Palin’s speech.
These events were recorded, people were there, evidence exists, so the New York Times is obligated to correct their story. As of now, (4:44 a.m. PST) it is false.
This article is riddled with spin and bias. There was the unnecessary mid-motion photo they posted at the bottom of the page, and the interview with the one guy in the crowd who isn’t (yet) donating to SarahPAC. The media isn’t interested in reporting facts anymore, they are more concerned with painting narratives. They seem to be even more vindictive if they don’t get a scoop. Mr. Zeleny made it known throughout his article that Governor Palin didn’t announce any big news about her future.
The bottom-line however, is that the article contains blatantly false information. The New York Times has been called out about it, and now they have an obligation to correct the record. We’ll be waiting right here.
Update: I’m not sure why I didn’t put make the connection early this morning, but the photo that irritated me that the Times placed at the end of the article has a caption that reads, "Ms. Palin greeted guests after her speech." They sort of destroy the premise that she "left immediately after" the speech with that alone, do they not?
It’s now 11:55 a.m. PST and the story has still not been corrected.