It’s that time again for a surprising Sarah Palin revelation: journalists aren’t that into her. The former governor and vice presidential candidate gave a speech Friday night in Turlock, California, and upon its conclusion, a bunch of journalists sounded off predictably with lackluster reviews. Except! There was a hot microphone picking up their every word. Dave Weigel, what say you? Jesse Jackson, holler back. Peggy Noon, what up? Point is, these things happen. And they’re funny every time.
Palin’s entire appearance was controversial. Raising money for California State University-Stanislaus, she reportedly charged a $75,000 speaker’s fee and asked for another $18,000 or so in expenses, including first class plane travel for her entourage and luxury accommodations. Although CSU is a public university, its leaders didn’t disclose Palin’s demands — saying a private foundation was raising the funds, and was thus exempt from public disclosure laws – and we only know about them because intrepid student journalists found the contract in a dumpster.
And, ever the bigger person, Palin didn’t let it slide: “Students who spent their valuable, precious time diving through dumpsters before this event in order to silence someone … what a wasted resource,” she said.
As for the rest of the speech?
“Now I know, the dumbness doesn’t come from just soundbites,” one anonymous critic said, caught on the mic. “I feel like I just got off a rollercoaster,” said another. “I don’t know how you’re gonna make a story out of that.” Say word, journalists.
Here’s the video: