Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has now weighed in on the controversy surrounding an ABC interview with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife, and Palin had some tough words for the media.
In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Thursday radio show, Palin likened the pending interview to her experience with author Joe McGinniss, who staked out her Alaska home while writing a book. But according to Palin, with Gingrich the media “overplayed their hand.”
“The American public could really care less about being Joe McGinniss’d, not when there are real issues,” Palin said. “Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife is getting ready to reveal all, again — she has already done that, it seems, like a few times.”
“The liberal media,” she added, “and some of that GOP holier-than-thou machine overplayed their hand this time.”
Palin said that Gingrich, who she identified this week as the candidate she would vote for in the South Carolina primary if eligible, would ultimately benefit from the media attack.
“I call them ‘dumb arses,’” she said. “They think by trotting out this old Gingrich divorce interview — that’s old news and it does feature this disgruntled ex- that claimed that it would destroy a campaign. All this does is, Sean, is incentivize conservatives and independents who are so sick of the politics of personal destruction because it’s played so selectively by the media.”
“Their target in this case, Newt,” Palin added, “is now going to soar even more because we know the game now and we just won’t put up with it. So you know, good call media. Way to go to covertly hype this, even with Gingrich opponents. For being so brilliant, they sure are dumb.”