Matt Drudge has a link to Gov. Sarah Palin’s prepared remarks that she’ll give tonight before the Republican National Convention. She’s taking a similar approach as former Sen. Fred Thompson did last night: attack the media.
The national press corps has ravenously been scouring Alaska for dirt on Palin, John McCain’s vice presidential pick. They’ve gone after her family, specifically her unmarried, 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, who the campaign admitted, is pregnant and plans to marry the child’s father.
Here’s an excerpt from her prepared remarks:
“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”
She echoes comments from Thompson, who addressed the RNC last night and threw “red meat” to the party’s base on a number of issues. He also chose to swipe at the media’s coverage of Palin:
“Some — some Washington pundits and media — media big shots are at a frenzy over the selection of a woman who has governed rather than just talked a good game on the Sunday talk shows and hit the Washington cocktail circuit.”
It will be interesting to see how effective this line of counter-attack will play out. Usually it’s not a good idea to pick a fight with the national press corps, though conservatives have long complained that the media has a liberal bias, so this could get them fired up.