But it’s not his fault, apparently.
It’s the media for reporting his words. You see, Tina Fey nailed it again on SNL when she said, in the guise of Sarah Palin, “I just hope the lamestream media won’t twist my words by repeating them verbatim.”
Really. What is the media thinking ever quoting these people? How dare anybody record what they say! It’s outrageous.
Of course this cuts both ways. The lamestream media, in so diligently quoting their words verbatim, also tends not to question those words, or (to use on a Palinism) to refudiate them when they’re untrue. The lamestream media, as Sarah Palin calls it, enables her and other Republican candidates. The MSM functions not as a form of journalism but as a form of propaganda. Even at its best today, the MSM more resembles FOX News than Edward R. Murrow, the Gold Standard.
Now it turns out that the MSM erred in quoting Gingrich. Apparently, says Palin, poor Newt was “set up,” ambushed, by Meet the Press host David Gregory. It wasn’t that Gingrich said something gratuitously stupid (he had to know how Republicans would react, didn’t he?) but that the media had the audacity to report on it.
Palin says that Republicans need to be on their guard:
“There’s got to be the preparation on all the candidates’ parts for those gotchas,” she said. “That’s what the lamestream media’s known for now a days, it’s the gotcha trip up questions and you just have to be prepared for it and overcome it.”
A “gotcha moment” being any question/answer situation in which a candidate says something (usually stupid or untrue or –less frequently – accidentally honest) and the media reports it, generally by quoting the candidate verbatim.
Who knew the media would do such a thing? She had some advice for Newt:
“Ignore some of these reporters and their requests for us to comment and be interviewed,” she said. “We know going into what they are going to do to us, to a conservative. So, why participate in their game?”
Well remember of course when Palin said she’d stick to FOX News. As Tiny Fey said, they show her the questions ahead of time.
Of course, Palin didn’t try to defend Gingrich otherwise. This is Republican-land, after all, and it’s feeding season. She told host Sean Hannity,
“I don’t know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they’ve said just because they’ve gone through a 24 hour cycle of the lamestream media given them a hard time for something that they said. A politician either believes in what they just said in an interview or they don’t believe in what they just said. And if Newt Gingrich believes that it is right-wing social engineering to undo Obamacare and reform Medicare to make sure that we provide a safety net for our seniors who are going to need health care coverage, then, say so. But don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged you on what it is that you said.”
Doubtless this won’t be the last time Sarah Palin lashes out at the MSM for recording the words of candidates and then reporting on them. Apparently she prefers modifications to the system that would allow the candidates to edit the transcript to protect them from fact and honesty. Time and again, after all, they find themselves pinioned by their own words, being forced to resort to Bachmann-esque appeals to “urban-legends.”
But you did say it Newt. And you did say it, Sarah. Live with it. The MSM doesn’t hardly pretend to do its job anymore, but to the small extent that journalists do still report on what people say and do, we should be thankful, not irate.
Of course, according to Newt’s spokesman, Rick Tyler, Newt’s a hero, having “emerged … once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimidated by the political elite.”
The political elite, patriotism, the lamestream media…it’s never the candidates fault; there is always somebody else to take responsibility for your actions, which makes President Obama’s admission that the “buck stops with me” all the more refreshing.