Ziegler: Conservatives Who Criticized Palin Are ‘Traitors’ Who Should Be ‘Ostracized And Punished’

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"Ziegler: Conservatives Who Criticized Palin Are ‘Traitors’ Who Should Be ‘Ostracized And Punished’"

Earlier this week, conservative filmmaker and former talk radio host John Ziegler released his latest movie, Media Malpractice, in which he claims that the media’s treatment of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign was “one of the greatest public injustices of our time.” Ziegler promoted the film in a series of contentious interviews this week, including one in which he claimed that MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell should have been fired for incorrectly quoting Palin once.

But as Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins’ pointed out, Ziegler’s ire is often misplaced because “Sarah Palin’s reversal of fortunes came not as a result of ‘liberal media’ criticism. ‘Twas conservatives — Brooks, Krauthammer, Will, Buckley, Parker, and others — that really ran Palin off the road.”

During a CPAC panel today, Ziegler addressed such conservatives, saying that they should be “ostracized and punished”:

ZIEGLER: And I’ve got to say a few words about the Right in this situation too because sometimes we get what we deserve on this issue because we are oftentimes a lot of cowards. We don’t stand up for our own, we don’t stand up for what we believe, we allow ourselves to be tortured in the news media and a lot of us end up selling out to the other side for a guest spot on Meet The Press or Larry King Live because they know that a conservative saying something bad about another conservative is automatically going to be newsworthy and get them a higher profile. Well, those people ought to be ostracized and punished.

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Ziegler then referred to the heretics as “traitors,” adding that it “goes far deeper” than conservative members of the media. “This goes throughout the entire organizational structure of the conservative movement,” said Ziegler. “They do not protect their own.”

Transcript:

ZIEGLER: We as conservatives need to stand up and defend people who are unfairly targeted as Sarah Palin was so that other people on our side in the future will not face the same thing and other people on our side will have the guts to stand up and take the arrows. Because if we’re not defending the people who are taking the arrows on our side, guess what’s going to happen? They’re all going to be lying dead on the battlefield and we’re not going to have any more soldiers because no one else is going to take the chance.

And I’ve got to say a few words about the Right in this situation too because sometimes we get what we deserve on this issue because we are oftentimes a lot of cowards. We don’t stand up for our own, we don’t stand up for what we believe, we allow ourselves to be tortured in the news media and a lot of us end up selling out to the other side for a guest spot on Meet The Press or Larry King Live because they know that a conservative saying something bad about another conservative is automatically going to be newsworthy and get them a higher profile. Well, those people ought to be ostracized and punished. (Applause). And this goes far deeper than just those who are traitors for a spot on Meet The Press. I mean, this goes throughout the entire organizational structure of the conservative movement. They do not take this issue seriously. They do not protect their own. They do not promote causes for people who are truly in it for the cause rather than just themselves and their own self-aggrandizement.

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