The BBC And Guardian Use Margaret Thatcher’s Lie To Slam ‘Nuts’ Sarah Palin
I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.
When told of this, the Iron Lady’s aide (billed as a Thatcher “ally” in the Guardian) was reported to have uttered:
“Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.”
It’s odd that no-one can name this source who knows the aged Thatcher’s mind. But there is word from a member of Maggie’s gang who will go on the record. An email is sent:
Just sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Thatcher being used to smear Sarah Palin?
As a strong conservative American with family origins in Britain this simply does not seem right. In a week that Obama sides with Argentina and calls the Falklands the “Malvinas”, comments attributed to Lady Thatcher’s staff are being used to discredit a leader of American conservatism.
Further, the remarks are an insult to me and to other Sarah Palin backers. I am a 60 year old with advanced degrees in medicine and business who has started businesses and been the CEO of two of them. Is Lady Thatcher’s position that I am unable to judge the sanity of those I support?
I urge Lady Thatcher, who is a real hero to many Americans, to re-evaluate this alleged derogation of Sarah Palin, and if possible to meet with her directly to strengthen the cross Atlantic ties of freedom loving Brits and Americans.
A reply is forthcoming:
From: Margaret Thatcher Foundation
Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 4:51 PM
Subject: Mrs Palin
Dear Mr ——-,
Thank you for your message.
I have no inside knowledge of this business to offer I am afraid and
certainly am not in a position to make any kind of statement on Lady
Thatcher’s behalf. I’m happy though to give you my personal view.
The Guardian, of course, is not a newspaper at all
sympathetic to Lady Thatcher (or to Mrs. Palin), so reports on this
topic, from that source, have minimal credibility. If nothing
else, would Lady Thatcher have ever described a prominent US
conservative politician as ‘nuts’, or approved an ‘ally’ who used the
description? I would hope that question answers itself.
Of course, sadly, Lady Thatcher’s health is not good these days and such considerations naturally dominate her schedule.
That much is true. Someone once said that if you plaster together the
true and the false you thereby manufacture the plausible, but in this case I don’t think even that much has been achieved by the Guardian.
On the ‘Malvinas’, the OAS never learns and the State Department
endlessly seeks to curry favour with it for the sake of the a quiet
life. The question is a closed one as far as we in Britain are
concerned, as it is in the Falklands themselves where opinion is
Margaret Thatcher Foundation
As for Maggie calling Palin nuts, well, anyone who recalls her last moments in power may well chuckle. But the bigger issue is that the UK’s Left wing media seem fearful of Palin. If she is nuts, let her talk. She’ll bury herself. The Guardian should know that meddling in US politics is unwise:
A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to this page at the Guardian, a UK-based newspaper. The brain surgeons at the Guardian got the bright idea to have Brits launch a letter writing campaign aimed at the citizens of Clark County, Ohio, a swing county in a swing state. The Brits would plead with the Ohioans to consider the global ramifications of their vote, and to make the “right” choice in November. The results were pretty predictable to anyone who’s spent more than a day in the US. For example:
KEEP YOUR %@#$IN’ LIMEY HANDS OFF OUR ELECTION. HEY, @#$%HEADS, REMEMBER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? REMEMBER THE WAR OF 1812? WE DIDN’T WANT YOU, OR YOUR POLITICS HERE, THAT’S WHY WE KICKED YOUR ASSES OUT. FOR THE 47% OF YOU WHO DON’T WANT PRESIDENT BUSH, I SAY THIS … TOUGH $%#@! –PROUD AMERICAN VOTING FOR BUSH!
Even before I read the responses, my first reaction was that this is about the dumbest possible thing a group of pro-Kerry foreigners could possibly do. There was at least one letter in which the author promised to switch his support from Kerry to Bush because of the paper’s meddling.
Ian Katz, an editor at the British newspaper who thought up “Operation Clark County,” said in a letter posted to the company’s Web site on Thursday that despite garnering an overwhelming response from the public, the project was being scrapped. The campaign asked for non-American volunteers to pen letters to undecided voters in Clark County, Ohio–which the Guardian had identified as a crucial region in a battleground election state–urging them to vote against Bush in next month’s presidential election.
According to Katz’ letter, more than 4,000 people visited the Guardian’s Web site to be matched with Clark County voters during the first 24 hours after the campaign was launched on Oct. 13. By the next day, the total had risen to 7,000, and by last Sunday some 14,000 individuals had volunteered to write to the U.S. voters.
However, Katz said the Guardian’s Web site came under attack on Sunday, by “presumably politically inspired” hackers.
Katz is still making news. Palin’s emails have been released. The BBC expects much:
Details are emerging of Sarah Palin’s life as governor of Alaska, following the release of 24,000 pages of her e-mails by officials in the US state. As well as the mundane matters of political office, the correspondence reveals her frustration over rumours about her family and marriage. Media organisations applied to see the e-mails in 2008 when she was picked as the Republican running mate.
Mrs Palin is widely viewed as a potential 2012 presidential candidate. Alaska has released 24,199 printed pages of e-mails covering Mrs Palin’s first 21 months as governor – from 2006 until she accepted the vice-presidential nomination.
What we have actually learnt from them was spotted by Molly Ball at Politico:
She was hands-on and averse to partisan politics. She championed openness in government and had normal relations with the media. She was a little starstruck by her interactions with national politicians but unafraid to do battle with the chief executives of the world’s largest oil companies.
Still, Katz is excited. He shares some tweets with BBC’s Emily Maitlis (via):
The emails are, undoubtedly, interesting. But the Guardian and BBC are talking of their shock value and power before they’ve even been read. Both news organs present themselves as better than the tabloids, but each engages in the same methods of using the facts, or lack of them, to push a biased agenda that will tittilate the audience and salve prejudices…