A day after Sarah Palin suggested that she was done taking on the unfair "lamestream media," the former Alaska governor took to Facebook to say that she had no intention of retreating. Referring to one of her most inconic slogans, Palin signalled that she was, in fact, ready to "reload."
"Friends, too often conservatives or Republicans in general come across as having the fighting instinct of sheep. I don't," Palin wrote on Thursday. "I was raised to believe that you don't retreat when you're on solid ground; so even though it often seems like I'm armed with just a few stones and a sling against a media giant, I'll use those small resources to do what I can to set the record straight. The truth is always worth fighting for. Doing so isn't whining or 'playing the victim card'; it's defending the truth in fairness to those who seek accurate information. I'll keep attempting to correct misinformation and falsehoods about myself and my record, and I will certainly never shy from defending others who are unfairly attacked. This is in the name of justice."
Some had interpreted Palin's restrained demeanor in an interview with Fox News earlier this week as a sign she might be folding the so-called "victim card" that some conservatives had accused her of playing so frequently. In her Facebook post Thursday, the former Alaska governor appeared to try to reframe her battle with the 'liberal media' by using a different tone.
"We must always remember the big picture. The media has always been biased. Conservatives - and especially conservative women - have always been held to a different standard and attacked," Palin said. "Let's just acknowledge that commonsense conservatives must be stronger and work that much harder because of the obvious bias. And let's be encouraged with a sense of poetic justice by knowing that the 'mainstream' media isn't mainstream anymore. That's why I call it 'lamestream,' and the LSM is becoming quite irrelevant, as it is no longer the sole gatekeeper of information."
Palin also took the opportunity to respond, albeit indirectly, to an insult directed at her by Bill Maher over the weekend, in which the comedian called her a "dumb twat." Asked on Fox News Wednesday evening for a reaction, Palin declined, surprising some observers by saying that she was "through whining" about the media's liberal bias.
"Upon my return from an outstanding and productive trip to India and Israel, I've been inundated with requests to respond to petty comments made in the media the past few days, including one little fella's comment which decent people would find degrading," she wrote on Thursday. "I won't bother responding to it though, because it was made by he who reminds me of an annoying little mosquito found zipped up in your tent; he can't do any harm, but buzzes around annoyingly until it's time to give him the proverbial slap."