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Thursday, November 25, 2010

How Do We Say "Hail To The President Of Our 57 States" In Austrian?

I alluded earlier today, in passing, to the idiocy of the left-wing blogs and some mainstream media outlets in making a big deal out of Sarah Palin's obvious slip of the tongue -- corrected seconds later -- in referring to North Korea instead of South Korea.  Here was my entry:
Can you believe it, that fool thinks Europe is a country, they speak Austrian in Austria, and we have 57 states. That's what happens when you don't get a proper education. And that person wants to be President, hah! Such an ignoramus would ruin our economy, destroy our standing in the world, and get government agents to touch our junk. We cannot let that happen. Get Oliver Willis on the case, he'll stop this person cold.
Now Sarah Palin has issued a more extensive catalog of gaffes by Obama and Biden which largely are excused by the mainstream media or ignored altogether:
My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline. The one word slip occurred yesterday during one of my seven back-to-back interviews wherein I was privileged to speak to the American public about the important, world-changing issues before us.

If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beck’s radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story? (And for that matter, why not just make up stories out of thin air – like the totally false hard news story which has run for three days now reporting that I lobbied the producers of “Dancing with the Stars” to cast a former Senate candidate on their show. That lie is further clear proof that the media completely makes things up without doing even rudimentary fact-checking.)
“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I understand why Palin issued the statement, but it reminds us once again that regardless of who the Republican nominee will be, that person will not receive anything close to a fair shake from the mainstream media.  Every slip up and inadvertent misstatement will be blown up and harped on endlessly.

Those of you who think that the media worship of Obama is over just because of a few momentary lapses in the lovefest are sorely mistaken.  The way Palin is treated now is merely a taste of how any Republican nominee will be treated.

But it is important, nonetheless, to push back even harder.

Update 11-26-2010:  More from the annals of Palin Derangement Syndrome:
This is why it is totally unacceptable when Republicans take cheap shots at Palin.  You want to criticize her positions, experience, electability, etc., that's fair game.  But cheap, mocking shots will get you nowhere, and will cause a schism in the Republican party the likes of which you have never seen.  And, yes, I mean you Barbara Bush and Chris Christie.

CORRECTION:  I was being unfair when I compared Obama's "Austrian" comment to Palin's misstatement.  Obama, unlike Palin, did not misspeak.  Obama really believed that Austrian was a language:

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  1. Heh. Don't forget my personal favorite: "corps" is now pronounced "corpse." According to BO, that is. He said it three times in one speech. I cringed every time.

  2. And the bowing! OMG, the bowing!

  3. Palin is the ONLY Republican in recent memory I've ever seen fight back against the idiocy. They force her to do it, which is a precarious place to be put in, but she does it with aplomb and fun.

    She has mastered the New Media in a way that no other Republican has come close to.

  4. McCain gets a pass from the media because they recognize that he is ineffectual. If McCain happened to have won that election, it wouldn't have been to his credit, it would've been to Sarah's. What is that she is always saying, the flak is always heaviest...

    Give 'em hell, Sarah!

  5. What I don't understand about Saddam, I mean Barrack (sorry, I still have Ted Kennedy's gaffe on my mind) Obama's gaffes is that he is reading from a teleprompter. Palin is responding to questions extemporaneously.

    This sinks to the level of Bart Simpson's game of tricking Principal Skinner into saying "boner". It's childish and only resonates with childish people.

  6. 1. Here is the transcript of the Beck interview. Anyone interested can make up their own mind about whether, per her facebook post, Palin corrected herself wrt North Korea.

    2. I'm not sure she helps herself by comparing her gaffes to Obama's. We don't need an Obama in snowshoes.

    3. IMO the way to run against Obama and Palin is to keep needling them while avoiding outright viciousness. Get under their thin skins.

  7. I have to give Obama a little slack on his frequent gaffes. It has to be hard to think when one goes through every day with George Soros' hand jammed up the backside far enough to make the mouth move.

    I do blame the major media, though. Would Obama have been elected dogcather if the normal vetting had been done? What were Obama's grades? How did a guy who has admitted in his (?)autobiography that he could not afford a cab ride when he got to New York manage to make it to "Pockistan" at a time when the State Dept. had an advisory out and most American civilians could not go there? Why is everything about this guy a mystery while we had legions of media up in Alaska, digging through a Vice presidential candidate?

  8. Sarah Palin's career would be over in half an hour in a jumble of word salad gibberish were she ever to appear on "Meet the Press", "Face the Nation" or "This Week."

    Palin also doesn't have enough palms and Sharpies to appear in that press conference she's never had since her 2008 nomination.

    "Fox News: Sarah Palin is an idiot "


  9. At least this year Palin didn't pardon a turkey while the guy in the back was running them through the chipper shredder.


  10. Dave....so typical. You cannot best her in argument so you attack her character with generalizations. Why are you afraid of a mere citizen of the US? Does she represent what REAL Americans think? Read the article, it has nothing to do with "who is the better politician", rather it is about the bias in the mainstream media. Yes, you see it too, don't you?

  11. Palin has been leading the fight against Obama’s Left and their media for a while now. I don’t see anybody else fighting them like she does. She’s a natural leader, and a Constitutional conservative. Unless someone starts leading the fight against the Left better than she does, she has my vote for President.

  12. Dave... Sadly, again, a Kool-aid drinking lib attacks Palin's intellect, or more to the point, the perceived lack thereof. Nothing original here, though. JFK/LBJ operative Clark Clifford once so famously referred to Ronald Reagan as an "amiable dunce". The great political mind Cher , albeit a ninth-grade dropout, who once thought Mount Rushmore's heads were natural formations, publicly declared George W. Bush "lazy and stupid" without fear of embarrassment. I'm not sure what the psychological impairment libs have where they feel they were born with some sort of innate "enlightened state" and that all conservatives are just plain stupid, but it does become tiresome. Given the vast and well-documented, embarrassing, verbal gaffes Biden and Obama have made in just a couple short years, I still don't believe they are stupid people. I just strongly disagree with their policies, which I, as many do, see a destructive to our uniquely American way of life. However, libs can't seem to form this simple distinction, almost always resorting to schoolyard taunts of "he's/she's stupid" instead. Sarah Palin may not be in the top 1% of intellects in the country, but that's not the issue. The issue is, is she an effectual leader? Her quite public record affirms that she is. On the other hand, Obama's record before becoming president is void of anything (name one if you can) that one could point to that showed he possessed leadership qualities. Dave, let's agree to disagree, but save the immature characterizations of those with whom you disagree -- it only weakens your argument and makes you appear like a Cher-like ass.

  13. I'll stand for Sarah against the elites all day long.

  14. You know what? This was amusing although Palin went on too long with it, but at some point, if she's serious about becoming president, she's going to have to grow a thicker skin. Right now she's almost as thin-skinned as Obama. I grant, she has more to take offense at, but I frankly don't want a president who is freaking out at every slight. Times are too serious for it. In some says Palin is too much like Obama, too defensive. We don't need more of that; we need less.

  15. If Sarah Palin is such an idiot who could never win the presidency, then why does the professional left seem so afraid of her?

  16. Dave, honey, clearly you think turkey comes from the freezer case.

  17. As Sarah said on her TLC show, "Don't retreat...reload."

  18. If Sarah doesn't punch back against her critics, who will? I don't see anyone in the political establishment doing it for her. That she refuses to turn the other cheek or go quietly and meekly away as libs and rinos would like, is something I deeply admire about her.

  19. The trolls are to be expected. It's those oh-so-concerned allies... or are they allies? See moby. Regardless, they're right there, johnny-on-the-spot, with a judgment that whatever Ms Palin does, it's wrong.

    Don't say anything! Be presidential - whatever that is.

    Didn't we just recently go through eight years of never contradicting the media narrative? Never hitting back to being called fascist, racist, etc? Why yes. Yes, I think we did.

  20. You really need to excuse president pantywaist... uh... Obama.

    Its easy to mix up Australia and Austria. What he really meant was; he didn't know how to say it in Australian!

  21. Were you aware that according to linguists English can be seen as a Plattdeutsch dialect?