Sarah Palin's spokesperson, Rebecca Mansour, was on conservative radio host Tammy Bruce's program ten days ago when she tried to explain away the cross hairs on her boss' map.
"I just want to clarify again, and maybe it wasn’t done on the record enough by us when this came out, the graphic, is just, it’s basically — we never, ever, ever intended it to be gunsights. It was simply crosshairs like you see on maps."
She then called it a "surveyor's symbol" and then pushed the blame away from Palin, claiming a "political graphics professional" made the map for them.
Now look at Palin's interview with Hannity - she claimed Democrats first used cross hairs on a map, referencing a 2004 map by the Democratic Leadership Committee that displayed circular targets over states, lacking the mention of any particular person, and then stated her PAC took down the graphic, while leaving out the fact that she left it up on her Facebook page.
If she is using the Democratic bullseye-map to justify her map of "surveyor's symbols," then obviously her map doesn't have "surveyor's symbols," but cross hairs, and her removal of the map from the PAC is only smbolic, being she still kept it up on her other page. Maybe she thought noone would notice.
Palin then did what she typically does and played the victim card one more time, also claiming that her children have been targeted.
"I know that a lot of those on the left hate my message and they will do all they can to stop me because they don't like the message," Palin said. "I receive a lot of death threats. My children do."
This is common - Palin claims her family has been the target of whatever, offering zero proof, and we are to believe her because she says it is true. Remember when Willow Palin, one of Sarah's younger daughters, called a critic of her television show a "faggot?"
Like Palin's cross-hair controversy, Palin appeared on Sean Hannity's show saying people said "very, very hateful things about the family," even claiming the people online said "mean things about her little brother Trig," but if you didn't know then, that was not the case - Trig, or any other member of Sarah Palin's family, were not mentioned.
Andrew Sullivan wrote the following for The Atlantic:
And where is the reference to Trig in this thread? Nowhere. Willow, moreover, did not "finally" do anything. She jumped into the thread almost immediately, calling someone a "dumb shit" and another person "effin fat as hell." (The recipient of that comment revealed later that he has Crohn's Disease and the steroids he has to take make him overweight.)See the similarities between this situation and the last?
Of course, this is a trivial issue and what kids say on Facebook is neither here nor there. But it does reveal certain things: the Palin children are clearly used to using the term "faggot" very easily, with minimal provocation. More importantly, Palin's response is not to take responsibility for her children's behavior, and not to apologize for the use of the "bad word" "faggot." Her response is to blame the media and to reassure her daughter that she was the victim in all this.