It was a metaphysical certitude the liberal media would bash Sarah Palin's marvelous keynote speech to the National Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday, but what the Associated Press did is inexcusable.
First, it attached to its Sunday piece a tremendously unflattering photo of the former Alaska governor.
Then, it ripped her with the very first sentence (emphasis added, h/t NB reader Joe De Angelis):
Sarah Palin, in a speech that was short on ideas but big on enthusiasm, took aim at President Barack Obama and the Democrats, telling a gathering of "tea party" activists that America is ripe for another revolution.
Later in the piece, author Liz Sidoti wrote, "Catering to her crowd, Palin talked of limited government, strict adherence to the Constitution, and the 'God-given right' of freedom."
I guess those aren't "ideas" to Sidoti.
But even worse, the piece concluded, "Her fee was $100,000 for the appearance at the for-profit event."
Amazing. Could you imagine the AP mentioning how much Nobel Laureate Al Gore or former President Bill Clinton was paid in an article about one of their many speeches?
Is this what the AP sees as fair and balanced?