Politico Omits Reference to Their Editor Who Derided Palin for Ukraine Warning

Politico Omits Reference to Their Editor Who Derided Palin for Ukraine Warning

Politico reported on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s Facebook post on Friday in which she mentioned that she had been “derided” by the “high-brow Foreign Policy magazine” for suggesting in 2008 that Russia’s Vladimir Putin may invade Ukraine if then-Senator Barack Obama were elected President. 

But the inside-the-beltway publication conveniently did not mention that the person who dismissed Palin in 2008 now works for them. 

Palin said then:

After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.

As Breitbart News reported, Blake Hounshell, who wrote then at Foreign Policy and is now an editor for Politico magazine, wrote that Palin’s comments were “strange” and “this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.”

Politico wrote that Palin “said she was derided for her comments” but conveniently left out the reference to the Hounshell that Palin included in her post. 

In her Facebook note on Friday, Palin 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.” 

As Breitbart News noted, Palin pointed out how so much of the ridicule she has received on the national stage stemmed from her comments that Alaska’s proximity to Russia forced her to be familiar with a country she believed was less friendly than the conventional wisdom in Washington has believed. 

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. 

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