On Fox News tonight, Sarah Palin claimed that Newt Gingrich only apologized for his comments on Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal, because of media criticism.
"It sounded pretty clear to me that Newt Gingrich's position -- because he articulated this -- was that Paul Ryan's plan would be social engineering, and he didn't like it.
So I believe that he made the apology because the media dinged him on it. Would he have made the apology otherwise? I don't know."
This is a fascinating answer. She nails one part; misses the mark on another.
1. Yes, Newt Gingrich's apology was clearly generated from media blowback.
2. But the media blowback that mattered was from conservative voices.
The mainstream media hammers Republicans all the time -- often very unfairly -- and rarely do conservatives care. Newt's comments were so perilous, simply because every conservative out there hit him for them.
So this wasn't the "lamestream media" dictating things, as Palin claims, but instead right of center outlets exerting their influence.
It should also be mentioned that Palin's remarks weren't just a rebuke to the media, but a very clear one to Gingrich himself.