Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says that, although Newt Gingrich “was terribly wrong” in his assessment of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he has no reason to apologize because he was under a “lame-stream media” assault.
|Sarah Palin accuses "Meet the Press" host David Gregory of racially tinged questioning. (Getty Images Photo)
Palin also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday that the NBC show’s host David Gregory asked a “racist-tinged” question when he broached the subject of Gingrich calling President Barack Obama a “food-stamp president.”
Recalling her own media confrontations, the 2008 vice-presidential candidate said anyone running for national office should be prepared for the “gotcha” questions. Gingrich announced last week that he is seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
“There’s got to be the preparation on all the candidates’ parts for those ‘gotchas’ — that’s what the lame-stream media’s known for nowadays, it’s the gotcha trip-up questions — and [you] just have to be prepared for it, and overcome it,” she said. “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 lame-stream media giving them a hard time for something that they said.”
Palin also noted that Gingrich, who apologized Tuesday to Ryan for his characterization of the plan, was “terribly wrong” in his assessment, but it was his right to do so.
“A politician either believes in what they just said in an interview, or they don’t believe in what they just said,” Palin 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 healthcare coverage — then, say so. But don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged you on what it is that you said.”
For her part, Palin said she believes that the Ryan Medicare plan is “fiscally sound and courageous” compared with Obama’s “big-spending government overreach.”
“I do believe that Newt Gingrich is terribly wrong on his assessment of Representative Ryan's plan,” she said. “And it’s not all just about Medicare — we have to make sure that we are understanding that Ryan’s budget is a big difference as opposed to the Obama budget, which of course has on the road to bankruptcy.”
The former Alaska governor also criticized NBC’s Gregory for a "racist-tinged" question, in which he implied Gingrich was racially insensitive in referring to Obama as "the most successful food-stamp president in American history" during a speech in Georgia last week.
“Well, talk about racism — that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory — he made it sound like if you’re black, you are on food stamps, and the president is referring to you as being on food stamps. I think that's racist,” Palin said. “Then, you know, enough is enough of this calling out, these racism, these false charges. Obviously, it is done just to end the conversation. Just to distract, divert attention from what the real substance is, and stop the conversation.
“Here again, enough is enough — why do we let the press, the media personalities, get away with such? Let’s call them out on them and let’s start concentrating on what the real issue is,” she continued. “The real issue is: We have some 40 million Americans on food stamps — you know why? Because we don’t have a robust economy, allowing the private sector to grow and thrive, and have jobs provided via the private sector because government has overreached, overtaxed, and over spent and got us in debt.
“That needs to be the focus — not allowing David Gregory to false charge Newt Gingrich as being a racist because he’s making a statement, a fact, about how many people are on food stamps,” Palin said.
Palin, who said she is still assessing the presidential field before making her own decision, in fact believes that conservative candidates should avoid most media altogether.
“I think to start with, we ignore some of these reporters and their requests for us to comment and be interviewed —we know going into what they are going to do to us to as conservatives — so, why participate in their game,” she said. “Instead, candidates need to get their message out via the new social media . . . fair-and-balanced reporters who will just allow the facts to get out there.
“Don’t even participate in that goofy game that has been played now for too many years with the leftist mainstream media trying to twist the candidates’ words and intent and content of their statements.”
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