CNN Bites on “Palin Hates Retarded Kids” Meme

The headline’s benign enough:

Palin’s budget choices praised, criticized

Blah, blah, blah ~ nice stuff, evenly handed…

…some Alaskans see Gov. Sarah Palin as a modern-day Robin Hood who has slashed government spending and given money to the people.
“She has helped to balance our budget. She has done a very good job,” Alaskan Kim Brink said of the GOP vice presidential nominee. “She gave, she fought to get us a little bit of extra money in these hard economic times.”

…right up to this zinger buried at the end.

… As governor, Palin has used her line-item veto to cut funds for special interest programs called earmarks.
But Democrats criticize her for slashing programs, even for people with disabilities — a group she’s vowed to defend.

Sort of intimating…

“Even for SPECIAL NEEDS!!!! WHAT kind of MONSTER….? Doesn’t she have a retarded baby of her own?!?!?!?!”

…wouldn’t you say?
They don’t bother to explain that all sited “slashing” was in the 2006 budget of her predecessor, Frank Murkowski. Palin signed into law a “dramatic reform of the state’s educational financing” that somehow STILL resulted in a 175% increase in the very same “special needs” area that’s she’s accused of cutting.

…A second part of the measure raises spending for students with special needs to $73,840 in fiscal 2011, from the current $26,900 per student in fiscal 2008, according to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

“Raises spending”. Dang. Just no way to spin THAT and still disparage her. Think, think, think…and a light went off at KosQuarters. As the Weekly Standard points out:

So the Netroots and CNN allege that Palin cut special needs funding by 62 percent, by crediting her with the budget proposed by a political opponent.

Well, shoot! If you can get it repeated sans context on CNN, why not just throw it out there?
UPDATE: In yesterday’s article called “Sliming Palin”, lays this baby to rest pretty succinctly:

Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

CNN taking up MSNBC’s slack or what? Unforgivable, when it only takes about 16 seconds to check it out and either leave the quote off, or add the truth for context. What a concept.

14 Responses to “CNN Bites on “Palin Hates Retarded Kids” Meme”

  1. JC says:

    I am all for fact checking reporting but to suggest CNN has been anything but kind to Palin is just wrong. If Sarah Palin is all that, why hide her from the media? I don’t buy that they are trying to protect her from the nasty media, and if they are, then I don’t want a VP that needs to be protected from reporters. Fact is there are a lot of questions this person should be anxious to answer to set the records straight and every day she refuses to answer questions is another day (deservedly) cynical America wonders what the truth is.

  2. to suggest CNN has been anything but kind to Palin is just wrong.

    CNN and ‘kind’? Let’s fact check a little further into the same report, shall we? It was actually a CNN ANCHOR who started this whole schmear:

    No Cut for “Special Needs” Kids

    It’s not true, as widely reported in mass e-mails, Web postings and at least one mainstream news source, that Palin slashed the special education budget in Alaska by 62 percent. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien made the claim on Sept. 4 in an interview with Nicolle Wallace, a senior adviser to the McCain campaign:

    Fact is what you call “questions” have been lies and distortions from the press and Democrats.

  3. ricki says:

    Totally aside from the “is it true” question, so often these “OH NOES they cut money from VULNERABLE PEOPLE” stories overlook something, like there was a bad bad rider on the bill, or it really wasn’t going to do what it was being touted as doing, or something.
    Or of course there’s the old tactic of redefining “no increase” or “increase smaller than desired” as a “cut.”
    I always think of the old question, “So, have you stopped beating your wife?” when I hear these kind of things…they’re setting it up so the person looks bad regardless of truth or the full story.

  4. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I can’t decide which is sadder….the outrageous behavior of the MSM versus Governor Palin, or the fact that my BS meter is shattered into a thousand bits and pieces, thanks to the outrageous behavior of the MSM versus Governor Palin.

  5. Gunslinger says:

    “but to suggest CNN has been anything but kind to Palin is just wrong.”
    I’ve been trying to think of a snarky yet clever response but I’m laughing too hard to concentrate.
    “Fact is there are a lot of questions this person should be anxious to answer to set the records straight”
    Too bad the media is too busy running their smear machine at flank speed and aren’t the least bit interested in setting any record straight. If they were they’d dig into Obama’s record with the same vigor. Of course the only vigor they show vis a vis Obama is to keep his dirty laundry tuck away out of sight.

  6. JeffS — yours too? Mine didn’t so much shatter as it started emitting sparks, black smoke, and grating noises as all its delicate gears just jammed. I’m not sure what was the last straw, all I know is there are limits to how much bullshit even the finest of instruments can handle. Now what do I do with all this fused metal and glass?

  7. Put a statue up at Lake Eola!

  8. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Andrea, at least you have something left. Me, I’m still picking shards out of my hair, and shrapnel from the walls and ceiling. It’s a good think no one else was in the room, and I had the couch to dive behind.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    I thought all you ignorant gun clingers had your couches out on the porch?

  10. The_Real_JeffS says:

    The old couch is on the porch. Now the new couch is the old couch, and I need a bigger porch.

  11. With YOU, I thought the old GROUCH was on the porch.

  12. The_Real_JeffS says:

    The old grouch is on the couch with the pouch!

  13. nightfly says:

    While the fogey with the stogey watches movies with Bogey.

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