At this year's Right Online conference, Sarah Palin was more than happy to prop up Matt Drudge and Andrew Breitbart's Big Government sites as bastions of new media that's cutting through the traditional media outlets... like say... her employer at Fox. Somehow that was missing from her speech to the right wingers that attended this weekend.
It was a rousing pep talk for a ballroom full of conservative bloggers, and a tribute to a fallen compadre Friday evening, as Sarah Palin honored the memory of the late Internet entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart and told an annual gathering of conservative new media that they fill a vital role in the nation’s political discourse.
In some ways, Palin’s 35-minute speech was also a vintage performance, her sing-song voice rising and falling as she also castigated and mocked the “lamestream media,” accusing it of failing to vet then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 and of promulgating rumors about her personal life, which still seem to get under her skin.
“You do what the old media can’t or won’t do, and that’s tell the truth,” said Palin, who remains a hero of the tea-party right despite her withdrawal from the arena of electoral office. “I have learned in the last four years or so, it doesn’t do any good to personally complain about the untruths told by the old media. I might as well save my breath…. Shoot, by now I should have been divorced how many times? Under FBI investigation. Living in the Hamptons. It still is a great mystery who really is Trig Paxon Van Palin’s real mother.”
Speaking in a ballroom of the Venetian Hotel, owned by heavyweight Republican contributor Sheldon Adelson, Palin did not mention this morning’s announcement by President Obama that he would stop deporting young adults brought to the United States as children. In a brief conversation with Politico after her speech, she accused Obama of “pandering to a specific demographic.”
You've gotta' love it when this woman can be both part of and what she's complaining about with that "lamestream" media. Someone should have reminded her after this speech that Uncle Rupert is still signing her paychecks and that if there's some hole that needs to be filled with the lack of real or honest media coverage about anything, she can thank her boss for not filling that hole, or for allowing Palin ilk to fill their airtime with lies, propaganda and nonsense.