Dear Mrs. Couric,
Would you accept to do a second interview with a reporter who had a clear agenda of personal destruction, cut about six hours of footage to intentionally portray you in a negative light-and then got rewarded for it? Why would you visit the same reporter who had the PRIVILEGE to be a pioneer with her own evening news program, only to be cancelled because nobody cared to watch her?
Why interact with a reporter that showed contempt to you, did not have a hunger nor a curiosity for the truth, and mislead the audience and those that wanted to know more about you, yet what they took away from that interview was a crass attack to a “renowned” journalist with a lifelong career?
While all these questions are valid since any reporter worth their salt these days won’t stop and consider that what they do is crucial for Americans as a service and as honest, serious portrayal of national and world news, there’s a clamor for Governor Palin to decline the bait and switch and avoid Couric’s wishes to quench her ratings thirst.
I totally agree with Sarah Palin‘s reaction: “I hear that she wants to now engage in more ‘multi-dimensional story telling‘ versus I guess just the straight on, read into the, that teleprompter screen story telling. More power to her. I wish her well with her ‘multi-dimensional story telling.”
Maybe it’s time Sarah asks Couric what is her problem with sputum.
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will have no say in the presidential election come November, and its Sunday primary has been overshadowed by bigger upcoming races in states like Illinois.
Still, frontrunners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum ventured off the mainland this week to woo Puerto Rico voters. In a race in which every delegate counts — and in which a connection with the Latino vote could pay off in the long run — the Puerto Rico primary will matter more than many probably expected it to this year.
Delegates: Puerto Rico will award a total of 23 delegates after Sunday’s primary — 20 at-large delegates will be allocated proportionally while the last three will remain unbound to any candidate, though they can state their candidate preference.
That makes Puerto Rico nearly as delegate-rich as Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands combined. After Romney won 34 delegates delegates in those territories, his campaign noted boasted in a memo that they “helped expand his delegate lead, pushing him closer to the nomination.”
With that in mind, it’s not that surprising that Romney is heading to Puerto Rico on Friday, while his wife Ann joined Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno to meet with Puerto Rican senior citizens earlier in the day.
Newt Gingrich hasn’t traveled to the island himself, but his daughter Kathy Lubbers has spent the past two days there. Meanwhile, Santorum visited Puerto Rico earlier in the week, but the trip may have backfired after he stirred up controversy by asserting that English should be spoken “universally” in Puerto Rico before the territory becomes a state. Santorum said his initial comments were misconstrued, but they nevertheless cost him two important Puerto Rico supporters who found the remarks offensive.
From El Vocero:
Ricardo Aponte, executive director of the Republican Party on the Island, said that yesterday at a press conference held by the Democratic Party, Juan Eugenio Hernández Mayoral said that “only voters registered with the Republican Party of Puerto Rico can exercise their right to vote. The 384,578 Democrats who voted in 2008 will not be able to vote in the Republican primary on Sunday “(sic).
“All eligible voters in Puerto Rico can take part in the Republican primary and join the Republican Party in this polling. There is a prerequisite of membership and to say otherwise is to try to confuse the electorate,” said Aponte.
“The Hernández brothers carry on for weeks with their demagoguery on a radio show at noon launching such falsehoods. They seem so concerned about the Republican primary to resort to using this kind of demagoguery. Now we understand why they were rejected by their own electorate and none of them appear on the ballot in 2012, “said Aponte.
“Both have talked about how the Republican Party is a private club, when in fact the Democrats in Puerto Rico are the ones who meet in dark rooms and move the goal posts. Turns out Juan Eugenio is the Secretary of the Democratic Party; it seems that he was appointed at the last-minute to send the statement,” he said.
“The Republican Party has over 1,400 delegates at the island level, and they have their regular visits and meetings. The real ‘Wine and Cheese Club’ is their game,” said Aponte.
Finally, Mitt Romney arrived to Puerto Rico via Isla Grande airport (a smaller one and separate from Luis Munoz Marin Airport) and Governor Luis Fortuno greeted him. Anne Romney was already in the island and spent time yesterday in the city of Guaynabo with Guaynabo’s mayor Hector O’Neill.
Anne Romney expressed her support for Governor Fortuno, and said, “Mitt and I are honored to have him as a friend”, in English. She helped hand over a “senior citizens’ bonus” checks and in so, they campaigned for Romney.
Romney landed at about 3:30 pm via private jet. More to come tonight.
There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption:
“BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic. With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General – we lost an entire Special Forces Division. But he didn’t leave us without the tools and the knowledge we need to fight. This website – Breitbart 2.0 – is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media. The team Breitbart assembled under the leadership of Steve Bannon, Larry Solov, and Joel Pollak will advance his mission with courage and integrity. Breitbart’s most immediate mission was the belated vetting of Barack Obama. This obviously is an issue very near and dear to my heart.
During the ’08 campaign, the same media that reported breathlessly about an old used tanning bed I purchased to get some sun during the dark Alaskan winter, couldn’t be bothered to investigate Barack Obama’s associations, statements or even his voting record as a state senator. Suntans and what I wore on the campaign trail were more important than Obama’s political background. Unbelievable.
But when you come to think of it, the media didn’t investigate either of our actual political records very closely. Barack Obama and I both served in political office in states with a serious corruption problem. Though there is a big difference between serving as the CEO of a city, then a state, and regulating domestic energy resources, and being a liberal Community Organizer, bear with me on the comparison. The difference between my record and Barack Obama’s is that I fought the corrupt political machine my entire career (and I have twenty years of scars to prove it) on the local, state, and national level. But Obama didn’t fight the corruption he encountered. He went along with it to advance his career. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the methods of the Chicago political machine from which he emerged.
You would think the media – those watchdogs of the public trust – would be interested in this. But they refused to vet Barack Obama. With tingles up their legs, they shielded him. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t have been shocked that within days after Obama’s election, his close political associate Rod Blagojevich was caught trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t be astonished to see all the billion dollar green energy kickbacks going to his campaign cronies as the nation heads towards bankruptcy. If the media had done their job of vetting him, we wouldn’t be surprised that Obama brought these same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.
This corruption was entirely predictable. But the mainstream media, who work under our Constitutional right of freedom of the press which our sons and daughters fight in war zones today to protect, dropped the ball and failed America by refusing to vet their chosen candidate.
So, as Breitbart declared in his last CPAC speech, we – the everyday patriotic citizens of the United States – will do the vetting the media refused to do. This is a first step. Ultimately, Breitbart’s goal was to expose what he called the corrupt Democrat Media Complex. He wanted to break it up because he understood how the left uses its dominance of the mainstream media and pop culture to advance its objectives and marginalize its political foes.
Standing up and defending those who are being unfairly targeted and maligned was also the mission. Is it any wonder Breitbart titled his autobiography “Righteous Indignation” when you consider his deep-seated sense of justice and fair play? He was on the side of the little guy and ready to run to the aid of those who needed it. He possessed that old fashioned virtue of courage, compassion, and decency that we once called chivalry. He inspired that in others.
When you’re in the political arena serving for the right reasons and taking flak from all sides, there is nothing more discouraging then when your fellow conservatives sit on their thumbs or worse yet, join in the attacks. Breitbart understood this because he experienced it himself at times, so he was determined to stand by others in need. He was a genius at new media, but his real gift was that he was fearless at a time when too many people are afraid and are retreating. Courage inspires courage. Fearlessness emboldens others to follow your lead.
Lately conservatives are picking up the mantle from Breitbart’s absence on the air and in places like Twitter. Watch for tweet jousts with liberal outlets like the weird and creepy Media Matters and re-tweets of leftwing hate using the Twitter hashtag “#IAmAndrewBreitbart” as the battle cry.Soon we’ll see others imitating Breitbart’s gift for disbanding leftwing protests by simply asking the rent-a-mob, “Hey, what are you protesting?” And I am confident we’ll soon see more conservatives boldly come out of the shadows in Hollywood without fear of retribution.
The task may seem daunting, but a whole new generation of conservatives has been inspired. I’ve seen it first hand. When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!” Yes, he is cool. And “Breitbart Is Here.”
Now let the vetting begin.
Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee.
- Vet, Baby Vet! (thecampofthesaints.org)
- Andrew Breitbart’s Obama tapes to be released, friends say – Toronto Star (thestar.com)
- Governor Palin’s Debate Challenge To Barack Obama (Via Facebook) (thepalinexpress.wordpress.com)
- In New Campaign Ad, Pres. Obama Is Still Running Against Sarah Palin (mediaite.com)
- SOMEWHERE, ANDREW BREITBART IS SMILING: Louis C.K. drops correspondents’ dinner after conservative … (pjmedia.com)
My apologies, it’s her again. This is a must watch, because it presents several issues at hand and I am glad that She-Who-Doesn’t-Want-To-Be-Tweeted did not interrupt Pedro Pierluisi, to get his point across.
The language remarks that Rick Santorum made when he dared touch the English language as an official language for Puerto Rico was a major blunder for the candidate, and let this be a lesson for other presidential candidates: DO.YOUR.HOMEWORK!