Mainstream media publications immediately exploited the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday to again advance their political agendas by falsely smearing former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
In a rush to write whatever they could to tarnish both, outlets like Politico and the Washington Post resorted to “reporting” on a fictitious story and an imaginary trip that have already been debunked years ago.
The Post, a publication known for its liberal agenda, immediately “re-upped” the debunked story about Thatcher having snubbed Palin when Chris Cillizza, the editor of “The Fix,” allowed his underling to publish parts of the disproven 2011 report.
Politico ironically included the story in its article about Thatcher as well, even though the publication debunked the story two years ago.
In 2011, a left-wing and anti-Thatcher British newspaper, the Guardian, tried to smear Palin by writing a fictitious story, with an anonymous quote, about how Thatcher supposedly snubbed Palin for a meeting that had never even been scheduled, as both camps immediately confirmed. The British newspaper also claimed a Thatcher adviser called Palin “nuts.”
Rebecca Mansour, a longtime Palin advisor who would have knowledge of all of Palin’s scheduled meetings, told Breitbart News that Palin never had the chance to meet Thatcher.
“Mrs. Thatcher made clear through her staff that there was an open invitation to meet, of course, contingent on Mrs. Thatcher’s health, and this was reported in the British media,” Mansour told Breitbart News. “Unfortunately, Governor Palin did not have the opportunity to travel to the UK, and she along with grateful people and nations across the globe morn Mrs. Thatcher’s loss.”
Doug McMarlin, another Palin advisor, told Breitbart News that it was “unconscionable” that people would use Thatcher’s passing as yet another excuse to attack Palin.
“It is unconscionable that Politico and others use the passing of such an individual as Margaret Thatcher as an opportunity for an ankle-biting missive,” McMarlin told Breitbart News. “The focus should be on the life and legacy of Prime Minister Thatcher, not on using this occasion to further the agenda of reporters who don’t take the time to research their own stories and create a narrative that only fits their agenda.”
Mainstream media outlets, including Politico, and Thatcher’s aides instantaneously debunked the story two years ago.
I’m glad they’re hitting the media back for this reprehensible behavior. You can read Tony’s entire piece here.