Palin on 2012: I ain't bailin', but the media is failin'
If you really twisted and contorted it, you could say Sarah Palin kind of talked about her intentions for 2012. But you really had to stretch it.Skip to next paragraph
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Although that would be a great interview.
But that's how it got spun. And spun hard.
If you read the transcript, or better yet watch the video (below), you'll see that reports of Palin announcing her candidacy for 2012 just don't add up.
ELIZABETH VARGAS: If it doesn't go your way on Tuesday ... 2012?
GOV SARAH PALIN: I'm just ... thinkin' that it's gonna go our way on Tuesday, November 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of ... of the people will be revealed on that day. As they enter that voting booth, they will understand the stark contrast between the two tickets. ...
VARGAS: But the point being that you haven't been so bruised by some of the double standard, the sexism on the campaign trail, to say, "I've had it. I'm going back to Alaska."
PALIN: Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that ... that would ... bring this whole ... I'm not doin' this for naught. No, we're going to progress and keep going forward . It is all worth it. And I'm not complaining about any of it."
Headline gone bad
The whole "I'm not doin' this for naught" thing got people thinking she was planning ahead. Out of context, sure you can see it.
ABC News wrote the headline, "Palin has an Eye on 2012" and - BOOM - news outlets around the globe followed suit.
Check out these headlines:
Palin mulling 2012?, Wall Street Journal
Off-the-leash Palin, keen to win, now or in 2012 -Sydney Morning Herald
Palin in 2012?, Forbes
Palin hints at 2012 election involvement, The Guardian
Sarah Palin in 2012? Oh boy., LA Times
But the best headline comes from Counterpunch.com. It reads, "Palin/Wurzelbacher 2012!"
Politico notes that ABC News has since retracted the headline. What was once: