Jay Leno lets Sarah Palin have her way with the truth

Here's a tiny bit of Sarah Palin trying to be funny on Jay Leno's "Tonight" show Tuesday. Beyond this little visual joke, the former Alaska governor did some standup comedy, praised the Tea Party movement and took off on a hypocritical critique as to how the media didn't adequately cover her side of the matter in response to a joke made about special needs kids in an epsiode of "Family Guy."

I say hypocritical because a number of media critics like me criticized  the jokes made first by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane and then HBO's Bill Maher. Read my pieces here and here. Yes, two pieces firmly saying politcians' kids should be off limits and criticizing MacFarlane and Maher for "bullying" special needs kids with their ugly jokes, Palin, meanwhile, did not respond to press attempts to get her side of the story. She went on Fox News, which pays her as an analyst, and that was it. What a disingenuous character Palin can be.


Here's what she said:

"I think, yes, that a line was crossed [with the jokes]. I'm still waiting for that line to be uncrossed.... Just some common decency, allowing the kids to not be, I guess, the victim in all this because they certainly don't deserve it."

Referring specifically to "Family Guy," she said, "...It was a lame episode of the 'Family Guy,'...and I commented and then that gets out there in the blogosphere, it gets out there in the different forms of the mediums that we have today. And then it's left there, not an opportunity for me to follow up and kind of elaborate on what I really meant and what I really thought of the thing."

Palin is at her most disingenuous when she plays media critic this way. And Leno should have had his act together enough to at least gently ask her if she did respond to press attempts to get her side of the story out. But waiting for Leno to do anything but ask softball questions is a fool's errand.

Here is what she said about the Tea Party: "It is an uprising of the people -- an uprising of the people to say, 'Hey, Government, we are not to be working for you. You are to be working for us. Let's get government back on our side.' So heaven forbid the Tea Party movement think that they need an individual, a politician to put their faith in, to be their leader."

This is, by the way, textbook in how politicians can use entertainment media for getting their points of view out on controversial matters like the Tea Party movement without fear of being questioned.

These two really do seem to deserve each other.