Ever since leaping to the national stage last August, Sarah Palin has been bashing the press.
Palin’s behavior during the during the 2008 campaign didn’t please the media, especially when she banned reporters from her meetings with world leaders, kept the campaign plane off the record, never sat for a Sunday show interview, and at times, refused to answer simple questions.
But even while often avoiding the media’s questions about her candidacy, she’d still criticize the Fourth Estate at campaign events, on talk radio or Fox News. While this tactic never endeared Palin to the press, she must find that its effective in rallying her supporters for whatever her next move turns out to be.
Resigning from office yesterday, 18 months before her term expires, Palin used the opportunity to trash the media yet again. (From JMart in Fairbanks).
“So, how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up,” she said with an insistent voice, prompting loud applause and cheers from a mostly sympathetic audience gathered at a park here.
Palin didn’t specify what she was accusing reporters of making up, but suggested that she was weary of the attention on her family since being tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee last summer.
“Our new governor has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone,” she demanded.