Shocker: Sarah Palin Still Doesn't Read Newspapers

Sarah Palin has always had what one could call a tenserelationship with the press. You know, the "liberal media" -- which, as far she's concerned, is every media outlet except Fox News.

Even the Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal isn't friendly enough to her ideology, it seems. This week, Palin took to her Facebook wall to blast WSJreporter Sudeep Reddy for correcting Palin's earlier assertion that food prices "have risen significantly over the past year or so."

On the Real Time Economics blog, Reddy wrote:

Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact. The consumer price index’s measure of food and beverages for the first nine months of this year showed average annual inflation of less than 0.6%, the slowest pace on record.

Palin's Facebook response was:

That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled "Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies." Now I realize I'm just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like me can read the newspaper. I'm surprised a prestigious reporter for the Wall Street Journaldoesn't.

Ooh snap? Not quite, because apparently Palin didn't read past the headline of the 11/4 article. (Not much has changed since that infamous Katie Couric interview, it seems.) As Reddy points out:

The Nov. 4 Wall Street Journal article noted, in its first sentence, "the tamest year of food pricing in nearly two decades."

Slate's John Dickerson went onto Palin's Facebook wall to try and correct the misinformation, but his comments were repeatedly deletedfrom her page.

I made this point in a few sentences and posted them on Palin's Facebook page in the space allotted for readers to participate in the conversations she starts. I wanted to see if any of the other participants would respond, as they sometimes do. They didn't -- because within two minutes, my post had been deleted from the steady stream of acclaim from Palin fans congratulating her for tweaking the media and urging her to run for president.

It's the first time I've been kicked out of a place of worship.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 10, 2010, 3:50am

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