Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came out swinging against her Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday, ripping the anchor for not taking her latest flirtation with a presidential bid seriously and lumping O'Reilly in with dreaded "quasi- or assumed conservative" elements in the media.
During an appearance on last night's "Hannity," Palin brushed off the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the bizarre spectacle of a speech she delivered before King's summit this weekend. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee then resorted to one of her favorite standbys -- a visceral attack on the lamestream media, who must be vanquished heading into next year's elections.
"Knowing what the media is going to do throughout 2016 — and my prediction, Hillary will be running and she will be, you know, the knighted candidate on the left and with the media — knowing what the media is going to do, it’s going to take more than a village to beat Hillary," Palin told host Sean Hannity.
Palin -- who served half her single term as Alaska governor, flopped as Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential running mate, and has spent much of her post-political career backing unsuccessful Tea Party primary challengers -- proceeded to outline what a GOP victory next year would require.
"There needs to be unity, understanding," she said. "Conservatives have that strike against us right off the bat, that being the media. Even there on Fox, you know, kind of a quasi- or assumed conservative outlet" -- here we pause to remind you that the litmus test of true, undiluted conservatism is unquestioning loyalty to one particular hockey mom from Wasilla --" and soon we have all day listening to the tease of Bill O’Reilly’s," she added.
"He’s talking about the guests on his show tonight, the commentary on his show, and that would be, ‘All these GOP contenders thinking about running for president, like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin,’ and he named some others — and he said, ‘Oh, what a reality show that would be, yuck yuck,'" Palin said. "Well the left doesn’t do that, okay? They take this serious [sic] — because this is war. And hopefully the media — even the quasi-right side of the media — won’t be looking at this as some kind of reality show, a joke."
Right on, Sarah! If she's anything, the host of such programs as TLC's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" and the Sportsman Channel's "Amazing America with Sarah Palin" is most certainly not some kind of reality show candidate.
Watch Palin rip into O'Reilly below, via Media Matters: