Sarah Palin continued her frenzied blitz on the media Sunday, responding to a recent story in Politico which argues -- through numerous unnamed sources -- that the GOP establishment and other Republican presidential hopefuls will soon embark on a mission to dismantle the former Alaska Governor's credibility in the lead up to 2012.
"Politico, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, they're jokes. This is a joke to have unnamed sources tearing somebody apart limb by limb," Palin told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Sunday. "If they would man up and if they would, you know, make these claims against me then I can debate them, I can talk about it, but to me they're making stuff up again."
Palin continued her barrage against the unnamed sources, saying, "And these are the brave people who want to lead the nation and run the world, huh? But they're not brave enough to put their name in an article."
Then she returned to her invective to Politico:
"I don't think the paper that we just printed this article on, you know, it's not worth even wrapping my King Salmon in," Palin said. "I'll just ignore this crap."
"That's why I don't talk to some of these reporters who are a part of this yellow journalism world of not using named sources. I think it's very unprofessional," Palin continued. "I learned back in the day that who, what, when, where, why of journalism. You report that facts; you let other people decide what their opinion is going to be. So having unnamed sources in an article like this is very, very, disappointing, you know."
Earlier in the weekend Palin launched a separate two-pronged assault on both the media and her establishment detractors, particularly Karl Rove, who has agitated the conservative "grizzly" in the past weeks.
On Fox News Sunday, Palin laid into the media, blasting an Alaska-area CBS affiliate as "corrupt bastards." It has since been reported that the station, KTVA, is not owned by CBS, and that the recording in question, which hinted that reporters from the organization were plotting to fabricate negative press of GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller, was supposedly taken out of context.
Later, she said that Rove was incorrect in hypothesizing that her TLC television show would hurt her presidential image, arguing that Ronald Reagan had launched his political career after leaving a successful career as a big name on the silver screen.
Whatever the case, however, Palin's condemnation of the media Sunday evening seemed rather dire and absolute.
"It is unfair to Americans to not be able to trust what should be a cornerstone of our Democracy: a free press, a fair press. When we can't trust what it is they're reporting," Palin said on Fox News. "Where we are in the state of journalism is a extremely -- a scary place to be, a sad place to be."
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