(NEW YORK) — In a pair of appearances on conservative talk shows Wednesday night, Sarah Palin defended presidential contender Newt Gingrich’s criticism of fellow Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan by reiterating her frustration with the “leftist lame-stream media.”
On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Palin argued that Gingrich had no reason to apologize for calling Ryan’s Medicare plan “right-wing social engineering.”
“I don’t know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they said just because they’ve gone through a 24-hour cycle of the mainstream media,” she said. “Don’t apologize later just because the media has dinged ya on what it is that you’ve said.”
She urged Gingrich, Ryan and the rest of the 2012 conservative contenders to tailor their campaigns to avoid the “lame-stream media.”
“Candidates need to get their message out through the new social media,” she said. “Don’t even participate in that goofy game that’s been played for too many years with the leftist lame-stream media.”
Palin went on to call Ryan’s plan, which calls for disposing of direct Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals in favor of a system of subsidized private insurance for seniors, “fiscally sound and courageous” compared to President Obama’s “big-spending government overreach more indebtness plan.”
The former governor of Alaska also criticized David Gregory, NBC’s Meet the Press host, for a “racist tinged” question in which he implied that Gingrich was racially insensitive in referring to President Obama as “the most successful food stamp president in American history” during a speech Gingrich made in Georgia last week.
"Talk about racism, that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory," she told Hannity. "Obviously, it is done to end the conversation, just to distract, divert attention from what the real substance is and stop the conversation."
On Eric Bolling’s Fox Business Network show Follow the Money, Palin echoed her approval of Ryan’s plan and criticized House minority leader Nancy Pelosi for “forcing Obama-care down our throats.”
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