Sarah Palin is at it again. You remember Palin don’t you? How could you forget her? After all, every time any significant social or political event transpires, the former Vice Presidental candidate and Governor of Alaska is quick to offer her point of view. In this particular case, it is the suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson from the hit A&E television show that prompted Palin to speak out.
Robertson, the 67 year old patriarch of the family detailed on the show, was indefinitely suspended for remarks he made in an interview with GQ. In response to a question about sin, Robertson, citing the Bible, mentioned homosexuality, along with bestiality, promiscuity, adultery, drinking, and swindling.
Since the news broke about Robertson’s suspension, both supporters and detractors have taken to social media with their opinions. Palin was among Robertson’s supporters,tweeting: “Free speech is an endangered species; those intolerants hatin’ and taking on Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing personal opinion are taking on us all.”
Of course, Ms. Palin has every right to voice her opinion on the matter, and she is hardly alone in doing so. There is only one problem: she never actually read the article. In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Palin was asked if she took issue with the manner in which Robertson made his comments. Palin responded with the following:
“I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it. But what he was doing was in response to a question about a lifestyle he disagrees with, and yet he has said over and over again he doesn’t hate the person engaging in a lifestyle he disagrees with.”
When taking a definitive stand on a controversial issue, it seems that it would be a good idea to have all of the information about it before making a public comment; especially when the person taking the stand is a well known political figure. Then again, preparation has never been Palin’s strong point. She is, after all, the one who gave us the following classic statements:
-In an infamous 2008 interview with Katie Couric, Palin was asked which magazines or newspapers she reads. Her reply: “All of ’em. Any of ’em that have been put in front of me over all these years.” Upon being pressed to name one publication specifically, Palin was unable to do so.
-When asked by Glen Beck in 2010 how she would handle hostilities between North and South Korea, Palin responded: “Obviously we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” For those don’t know, North Korea is not our ally.
-In a 2009 interview with ABC news, Palin attempted to explain why, as president, she wouldn’t be subjected to the same ethics investigations that compelled her to resign as governor of Alaska: “I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out.” The Department of Law does not exist.
So it should come as no surprise that Palin would make an off-the-cuff remark without first verifying the facts to which she is referring. Making a strong statement means nothing without making every effort to understand the subject at hand. Wherever you stand on the Robertson issue, perhaps we would all be better off witholding comment until we’ve adequately reviewed the situation.