When Governor Palin arrived in Iowa yesterday Ben Smith of Politico tweeted:
On the way to the Palin mob, ran into a furious Fox crew who hadn’t been given a heads up.
Ben also writes:
Palin also gave extended interviews to CNN’s Don Lemon and ABC’s Jake Tapper. Fox had a camera at the event, but none of its on-air correspondents appeared at her hourlong press conference.
Evidently Fox didn’t take it lightly and decided to get even. So they sent out Carl Cameron to lie, spin and make stuff up, twice in 90 seconds:
First he said this.
She’s been saying for month really that she might run if she felt that there was not someone that could carry the type of constitutional message that she thinks is important. But today she said she might be able to support Rick Perry, the Texas Governor, who’s going to get into the race tomorrow, she might be able to support Mitt Romney, the national front runner, or anybody else, she said, on the republican side, because she’s an anybody but Obama candidate. The fact that she’s signaling potential support for others may be yet another sign that she’s backing away from the race.
Nice making stuff up Carl, here is what Palin really said.
Asked by a reporter is she would be enthusiastic about Rick Perry being the nominee she responded.
“If at the end of the line he’s the one left standing I would be extremely enthused about him because I’m a believer in ‘ABO’ – Anybody But Obama.”
What she said is that if “at the end of the line“, like at the end of the nomination process, whether she’s in or out, Perry is the nominee, or any other candidate for that matter, she would support them because anyone would be better than Obama.
I’ll go out on a limb here, but I think it’s a safe bet that if you ask any of the other candidates if they would support the eventual nominee they’ll all say they would support that candidate no matter who it might be. So how exectly does that suggest that Palin is backing off from running?
Cameron must have missed the various shots Governor Palin took at Perry:
Where she compared her executive experience to the one of Rick Perry.
Asked to compare her record to Perry’s, Palin noted that Alaska’s Constitution provides for a “very, very strong governor’s office,” which she said is not the case in Texas.
Or where she suggested Perry flip flopped:
I was quite sure that he wasn’t going to run because he was adamant until I think about four months ago that he wasn’t going to run, so it surprised me.
Those are clearly not statements she would make about someone she was about to endorse. Those are statements Cameron would usually use to suggest Palin is going after a future rival.
How about when she was asked who she might support if it comes down to Romney vs Perry:
I don’t see that happening
The only way it won’t come down to Romney vs Perry is if Palin is not in the race. Everyone knows that if Palin is not in the race it will come down to Romney vs Perry. That’s a comment only a potential candidate who believes they will be the last one standing makes.
If Cameron really wanted to be fair and balanced he could have used any of the above quotes to suggest that Governor Palin is seriously thinking about entering the race.
But that wasn’t good enough for Cameron, he went on and doubled down.
Stringing people along suggests, that at the end of her process of deliberating, she’s not going to run. Otherwise she might say that she was just taking time and delaying her decision in order to figure it out. Stringing along suggests very strongly that she does not intend to run.
Apparently Cameron also knows what Governor Palin must be thinking. And unless Governor Palin uses the exact words he prescribes or thinks is appropriate, what she says must be interpreted to what fits his narrative. But here again Cameron was more than spinning it. Here is the clip of what Governor Palin actually said (emphasis added).
“This is what I’ve told Todd over and over: I don’t want to be seen as or perceived as stringing people along. Asking supporters ‘Oh, don’t jump in there on somebody else’s bandwagon because I may jump in. So hold off a little bit.’ That’s not fair to them after another month or two goes by. They need to know who it is that they can jump behind. Now more than every everybody’s got to get involved in this 2012 campaign. … It’s all the more reason to hurry up and decide and make that announcement.”
What Governor Palin said is that she’s seriously thinking about it, and while she believes it’s still way to early to make a an announcement, she does realize that she has to make an announcement shortly. Ideally she would wait much longer to make an announcement, but she is concerned that, whether she runs or not, if she waits too long it might appear that she’s stringing people along. She understands that her supporters will only wait so long and if she leaves it to late it wouldn’t be fair to them, and that may force her to make her announcement sooner than she may want to.
Cameron nit picked things that would make it appear that she isn’t running, and even those he did, he took out of context or spun them to push his pre-set narrative. If Cameron wanted to be fair and balanced he could have taken one of the many comments the Governor made that suggested she will be running.
“There is still plenty of room for a common sense conservative,” the former Alaska governor insisted to a crush of reporters as she inspected cattle with her family at the Iowa State Fair.
[Palin] suggested she was leaning toward a bid, adding: “When we’re ready to announce … you won’t be able to miss the announcement.”
Or how about the one where she elaborated on how she would run her campaign, the one that none biased reporters describe as “revealing of her current thinking” :
“Each campaign that I’ve ever run in these 20 years of elected office have been kind of unconventional — right, Todd? We’ve always been outspent two to one, 10 to one, five to one; never won any polls heading into election night but usually won the election. So it would be unconventional and very grass-roots. Very grass-roots. And I wouldn’t be out there looking for hires out of that political bubble that seem to result in the same old ideas, the same old talking points, the things that Americans get so sick and tired of hearing and kind of suffering through.
“You know, we want new. We want new energy. We want conviction and passion and candidness — even if through that candidness you make mistakes and you say things like ‘the executive power in Texas is different than the executive power in Alaska.’ . . . I’m just saying that candidness, not fearing so much what the interpretation is going to be when it comes to the comments and positions you’re articulating but just speaking from the heart and saying, ‘Here’s where I think America needs to head, and here’s how I think we can turn the economy around, and here’s what I’ve done in the past to show you truly a foundation of where my beliefs come from of what works in a small town, in a state, in a big industry like oil and gas — what is it that can be done to turn things around.’ I’ll express that and not fearing what the ramifications of the expressions would be.”
Governor Palin gave hour long press conferences and extensive media interviews. In each one, her comments and responses were more suggesting that she will be a candidate than were that she will not be. Most reporters, even the usual liberal media, took them as signs that she will be entering the race. Only Carl Cameron with his biased agenda against Governor Palin, encouraged by his employers, opted to go with lies and spin and do whatever it takes to sabotage Governor Palin’s political career. So much for fair and balanced.