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ABC’s Cheap Shot at Palin

By on 1.12.11 | 10:02PM

Late this afternoon I blasted the CBS editor in chief for criticizing Sarah Palin (hardly my own favorite Republican)  for daring to defend herself, and accusing her of "playing the victim card." I had to run to an engagement, but it's time to follow up with similar outrage to this idiocy from ABC News: "Sarah Palin, once again, has found a way to become part of the story."

FOUND a way? Huh? Through absolutely zero fault of her own, minding her own business other than to issue a very brief and appropriate statement of condolences last Saturday as almost every national political figure did, Palin found herself thrust into this story without ever wanting to be part of it. For four days she sat by as numerous figures on the left and in the media (a redundancy) accused her of being all but an accessory to mass murder, merely because she used an absolutely common image in a political ad in an absolutely common and innocuous way. Why is she required to sit back and take it? Does ABC believe she should do what Bobby Knight once said of rape victims, that she should "lie back and enjoy it"? Go back and read her video released today. More than 90 percent of it was eloquent and utterly pitch-perfect from ANY perspective. The self-defense part was pointed but hardly outlandish. Only the "blood libel" line pushed the envelope the slightest bit, although even that wasn't totally outlandish (as even Alan dershowitz acknowledged while defending her use of the phrase).

Sarah Palin no more "found a way to become part of the story" than Richard Jewell "found a way" to be falsely accused of setting the bomb at the Atlanta Olympics. Palin already was part of the story; all she did was try to make the story right. ABC, meanwhile, clearly meant a back-handed insult of Palin in mind when it ended its entry by contrasting, in its "tale of two speeches," Palin with Obama by praising Obama with these words: The "goal of his address will be to lift the nation up in this moment, not sully it with politics." By clear implication, they suggest tht it is Palin who is doing the sullying. Easy for them to say. It wasn't Obama whose was calumnized for four days straight. It was Palin whose ame was sullied by vicious politics. It was absolutely proper for her to denounce the politics and defend her own honor -- in what actually was a rather dignified way.

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