The American pantheon of love/hate relationships is full of delicious dysfunction—Felix and Oscar, Archie and Edith, Ike and Tina. And, of course, Sarah Palin and the media. She blamed us when she couldn’t name a single newspaper or magazine she reads; she blamed us when she asked “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate”; she blamed us when she was photographed on Maui wearing a McCain/Palin visor with the name of her former running-mate blacked out.
This week, while delivering a speech to the Montana group Teen Challenge, Palin fired another volley in her unending war with the Fourth Estate, reportedly telling the crowd, “Be careful. There may be some media that sneaked into the room.”
The media in question? Reporters from the local daily The Missoulian. Of course, they didn’t so much sneak in as they contacted Teen Challenge months in advance, obtained press passes and, according to Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin, “were very visible, very public and very professional.” But surely those devious liberal journalists wrote something biased and inflammatory, right?
Here’s the lede from the paper’s September 13 story: “Praising God and America, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin brought an adoring crowd to its feet with her message of faith, family and the power of prayer during a Sunday fundraising event to support a Christ-centered Missoula women’s residential center.”