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Palin blames Cheney dig on ‘lamestream media,’ of all things

Media-blaming has worked so well for Sarah Palin over the years. The media are responsible, in her emphatic view, for her embarrassing moments, her failures and just about anything adverse that comes her way.

Now she’s really testing the elasticity of this pretext-cum-excuse-cum-alibi-cum dodge. She’s whipping it out in reference to Dick Cheney’s recent remarks that her selection as the running mate for John McCain in 2008 was a mistake.

Seeing as how Dick, excuse me, Vice President Cheney never misfires, that evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years, evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff and that’s a shame, so he characterized me as being a mistake.

Now, Cheney’s been called many, many things over his career. But unknowing victim of media manipulation? This may be a first.

The record shows, of course, that Cheney wasn’t following any media narrative — true or false — when he made his remarks. He was following a single fact. This is what he said:

But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test ... of being ready to take over.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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