Former Gov. Palin blasts the media reaction to her dramatic exit as “predictable” and “sad”:
The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the ‘politics of personal destruction. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country.
And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.
But if the reaction was so “predictable,” then why did Palin let it happen?
She’s also threatening the press if they publish “defamatory materials”:
To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as “fact” that Governor Palin resigned because she is “under federal investigation” for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation. This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law. The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those “responsible for the abuse of that right.” Alaska Constitution Art. I, Sec. 5. These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any regard for the truth, and is actionable.
But the naysayers are (marginally) gaining credibility. Many of the more serious statements come from the blogosphere, but the New York Times reported yesterday on Palin’s $500,000 debt in legal defense for ethics charges.
Gov. Palin should realize that we’re eager to hear what she has to say, but “predictably” a sudden, cryptic address on a national holiday will generate major speculation.
Also from Palin’s Facebook missive:
I shared with you yesterday my heartfeltand candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint.
You don’t want the media to speculate, but you make 2012 noises while claiming you don’t need a “title…to forge progress.” Which is it? Are you looking for a different title, or leaving politics altogether for awhile?
We’re eager to see eye to eye. But politics is about acting on your predictions. If you do something wild and predict that the public opinion will respond with speculation and condemnation, then feeling wounded is your own mistake. Sarah you whacked your fans with a political sucker-punch. We’re supportive…just trying to understand.