Not surprisingly, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh had some choice words Monday for the media's epic fail concerning their hunt for dirt in the recently-released email of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
Probably the best line concerning this disgraceful episode was, "Palin did better in her public colonoscopy than Katie Couric did in hers" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
(Final Dittocam clip provided by our friends at The Right Scoop.)
RUSH LIMBAUGH: What a spectacular backfire it was. I mean 24,000 e-mails. How many people could withstand a media analysis of 24,000 of your e-mails replete with volunteers looking for any syllable of dirt on you and nobody finds anything? What a giant backfire. Speaking, of course, about Sarah Palin. The media is terribly distraught looking for the knockout shot that they have been unable to deliver.
The State-Controlled Media is clearly hoping to find anything that would knock Mrs. Palin out of the race, even though she's not in it. They want to knock her out of it before she gets in it. They want to knock her out of it before she gets in it so she doesn't get in it. Why? Why do they care, folks? If she's such a idiot and a dunce, why do they care? [...]
So all they found in these e-mails -- and there's 24,000 of them -- all they found is that she's a very hardworking governor. They found out that she is really devoted, a very, very hardworking governor. [...]
Okay, now that we've seen all of Sarah Palin's e-mails, could we finally get a list of all of Obama's tee times? Maybe some of his grades somewhere? Seriously, do you realize what has been done here, the singular effort to destroy a human being by the United States media? It's not all that uncommon, but I've rarely seen it this intense for this long on somebody who's not even elected, not even serving in office. They go through 24,000 e-mails and they find nothing? It backfired and now they're ticked off again?
They were so sure they were gonna find that smoking gun. They didn't know what it would be, they didn't know what it was but all they could find out was that she's very serious, that she's nice woman, that she took being vice presidential nominee very seriously, and they also confirmed that she is the mother of Trig. You know, they tried to spread a rumor that she was not the mother, one of the daughters was. They found out that she -- imagine! -- told the truth about that. (Gasp!) What do you do? I tell you what: Palin did better in her public colonoscopy than Katie Couric did in hers.
For those not understanding the reference, in March 2000, Couric had a colonoscopy performed on her while on the "Today" show.
In Limbaugh's view, Palin having thousands of media members and their minions sift through her email looking for dirt was a similarly investigative procedure.
Since the press found absolutely nothing during their examination, one has to say Palin passed with flying colors.
Far more importantly, the media should be ashamed of themselves for putting someone that isn't even an elected official through such scrutiny. Has anyone since former President Richard Nixon been so investigated?
If the answer is "No," exactly what has this woman done to deserve this?