- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bristol Palin took to her blog Monday to vent against RedState editor Erick Erickson and Fox News, arguing that Republicans are “just as bad” as liberals in manipulating public opinion.

“I used to use this blog to point out how liberals use the ‘outrage industry’ to manipulate people and keep their power. Now Republicans are just as bad,” she wrote.

Ms. Palin is the 24-year-old daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was also the former governor of Alaska and who has been vocal in her support of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Ms. Palin mentioned how Mr. Erickson disinvited Donald Trump from his annual RedState Gathering on Saturday, because he said, “There are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.”

“Want to learn some ‘lessons in sexual and political decency’ from Erickson?” Ms. Palin asks.

“Erickson’s RedState once used a demeaning fake photo (wearing a revealing shirt with Santa Claus) of my Mom for an attack article on her. Erickson refused to take it down even after he was made aware that it was photoshopped,” she wrote.

She then embedded a 2007 tweet from Mr. Erickson that read, “How awesome is Fox for letting Trump come on and bash Rosie!! Awesome.”

Ms. Palin bashed Fox News for its debate moderators asking candidates questions “that the New York Times applauds.”

“Let’s don’t use the Democratic ‘war on women’ talking points when we have ISIS to worry about,” she argued, referring to a question asked Thursday night by Megyn Kelly. “I considered [the Fox debate] an exploitation of the process, which is supposed to inform the American people. Not gotcha questions, not gossip. … I think the American people are owed an apology.”

“Oh and before we get off the topic of Fox News and the fact that they are ‘oh-so-shocked’ at the supposed sexism of Donald Trump … here’s a little perspective,” she wrote. “Back in 2010, [Fox News host] Chris Wallace joked about having my Mom sit on his lap during an interview. In 2011, [Fox News President] Roger Ailes said, ‘I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings.’ “

“Fox and Erickson need to get off their high horse on how outraged they are NOW about sexism and decency,” Ms. Palin concluded. “Let’s focus on winning the election, not winning accolades from the New York Times.”

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