Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin made young conservatives fall in love with her all over again Friday night at Americans For Prosperity’s annual Right Online conference for conservative bloggers, telling the eager crowd they were breaking down the barrier of the old media.
“The new media rose up precisely because the old media failed to tell the truth,” she told the audience.
Palin was the keynote speaker at the conference, being held this week at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one of her best speeches since she first hit the national scene at the Republican National Convention in 2008, a relaxed Palin fondly remembered the late Andrew Breitbart and encouraged the conservative bloggers attending the conference to follow in his footsteps by reporting on the stories the ‘old media’ purposely ignores.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am to be here among friends,” she told the mostly friendly press, saying she considered herself part of the conservative new media movement.
She praised the conservative press for restoring everything that is great about America and calling them the vanguard of American democracy.
“You are doing that work because the old media doesn’t know how to do that work, she said. “New media is giving voice to the people because you are of the people and you are leading the charge.”
Palin made fun of the members of the mainstream media who lied about her shooting wolves from helicopters and burning books and hideously claiming she wasn’t her son Trigg’s real mother She also called out MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews for getting ‘leg tingles’ about Obama instead of properly vetting him.
“We would have known, had the media had done their job, of his strange attraction to the most leftist, radical of leftist, ideas,” Palin said referring the President’s health reform legislation and the resulting contraception mandate.
“But say for the sake of argument that they couldn’t afford to do the job, they couldn’t afford to send reporters to Chicago to research a candidate’s record because they say spent all their money in Wasilla. (Palin lives in Wasilla, Alaska.)
If the media had even just read Obama’s autobiography they would have learned a lot about him, Palin accused. “They’d have learned a lot and not just about that pot-smoking and cocaine snortin and what he ate! Fido! Roofus!”
The former Vice Presidential candidate even worked in a few Vegas-themed jokes in honor of the conference’s location, saying that in Washington, like in Vegas, the White House likes to talk a lot about polls.
“They’re a lot of polls in Vegas,” she said to laughter from the crowd. “The White House likes to cite polls, in their recent reports especially, because the figures involved in those polls are usually augmented, too.”
She ended the speech discussing the Occupy movement, which she said believes rape is a form of freedom of speech. Palin said if it weren’t for new media activists, including the ones in the room, the Occupy movement would have never been Unmasked, referencing the hotly anticipated Citizens United film that was publicly screened for the first-time ever later that night.
“I would hope that even tonight, even through this conference, you would be able to reload with that inspiration,” she finished. “So let’s be bold and courageous to win our country back. We can do it.”
Video courtesy of The Right Scoop.