Politico Editor Who Mocked Palin Over Ukraine Doubles Down, Refuses to Give Her Credit
The former Foreign Policy editor who dismissed former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's warnings about Ukraine during the 2008 campaign still refuses to give Palin credit for her prescience and not engaging in the groupthink that has plagued the mainstream media and the chattering elite.
As Breitbart News reported, Blake Hounshell, who was then editor of Foreign Policy magazine and now edits Politico magazine, wrote in 2008 that Palin's remarks that Russia's Vladimir Putin may invade Ukraine if Barack Obama were elected president were "strange" and depicted an "extremely far-fetched scenario."
Palin took to Facebook on Friday, linked to the Breitbart News piece, and then simply wrote, "Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I'm usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as 'an extremely far-fetched scenario' by the 'high-brow' Foreign Policy magazine."
However, Hounshell doubled down, dismissing Palin for calling him a "dummy," before sarcastically writing, "Yes, Twitter, Sarah Palin totally called this exact Ukraine scenario 6 years ago."
Hounshell then said that he was getting heat on Twitter and asked a BuzzFeed reporter where she got the strength to deal with barbs.
Politico even wrote about the editor who derided Palin (Hounshell), but conveniently omitted any reference to the fact that he now edits their magazine.
As Breitbart News wrote, Palin rarely brags about herself, but may have had incentive to do so in this particular case:
Palin, as she wrote, rarely toots her own horn. In fact, she has frustrated many of her core supporters for not bragging about her considerable accomplishments, especially the reforms that both political parties hated, while she was Alaska's governor.
But she may have made an exception on Friday because Tina Fey's "I can see Russia from my House" line, which Palin herself never said, has been used to mock and deride her on the national stage. Even today, mainstream media reporters, Democrats, and establishment Republicans who have always been jealous of her appeal and influence mistake Fey's words for Palin's.
Since Palin emerged on the national scene in 2008, the mainstream press have given her none of the benefit of the doubt they have always given to Barack Obama, who Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said was the most naive president on foreign policy issues during his lifetime.