So I saw the headline:
Sarah Palin Calls for Uprising Against Letterman for Joke About Her DaughterThis story is at ABC News, but the Google will show you their headline wording has gotten traction on the web.
If you've been out of touch for the past few days, the ABC story will tell you why Governor Palin is disgusted with Letterman. I don't blame her a bit. But that's not what I noticed.
Here's the weird thing: search through the story under the headline, and the word "uprising" is nowhere to be found.
Apparently ABC News thinks it's a great idea to proclaim in its headline that Sarah Palin is advocating an "uprising", but not actually bother to quote where she did that.
Do you smell something foul here? In a week where, after a couple of lunatics murdered an abortion doctor and a security guard at the Holocaust Museum, left-wingers are eager to wield a broad tar brush against conservatives, alleging their rhetoric is fueling a climate of hate and violence.
So screaming that a major conservative figure is calling for an "uprising"—my bet is that's a conscious effort to put a little more fire under that meme.
So what did Palin actually say? Gateway Pundit has the video and provides a transcript of the relevant part of the Today show interview with Matt Lauer:
Sarah Palin: And, then I found out later about the comment that was made about the statutory rape of my 14 year-old daughter Willow knowing that crossed the line and then others chiming in on other comments that Letterman made. It's a sad commentary of our culture and society to chuckle and laugh through comments that he made the other night.I've bolded the (apparently) offending words. You can make your own call about whether the "calls for uprising" headline is:
Matt Lauer: Since David Letterman is not here let me just say that he did did not mention Willow by name and that he went on to say that he was not referring to your 14 year-old daughter. I do want to...
Sarah Palin: Hey Matt... Matt... OK Matt I would say that you and anybody else are extremely naive to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman's. It took him a couple of days to think of that excuse and 'Uhhh... No, he wasn't talking about my daughter that was there with me at the game, the 14 year-old. He was talking about some other daughter.' Well I think it was a weak excuse and regardless it was a degrading comment about a young woman and I would hope that people would rise up and decide it's not acceptable. Why do young girls have such low self-esteem in America when we think it's funny for a so-called comedian to get away with making a similar remark as he did....
- a fair summary of what Palin said;
- an effort to imply a far more inflammatory tone to Palin's words than they actually contained.