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Fox News: Palin’s ‘Telepalmer’ Notes Were A Clever Plot To Call Attention To Obama’s Teleprompter

By Alex Seitz-Wald  

"Fox News: Palin’s ‘Telepalmer’ Notes Were A Clever Plot To Call Attention To Obama’s Teleprompter"

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As ThinkProgress reported on Saturday night, paid Fox News contributor Sarah Palin was caught using “hand”-written notes during a Q & A session at the National Tea Party Convention this weekend. Ironically, during the appearance, Palin also criticized President Obama for using a teleprompter during speeches.

On Fox & Friends this morning, the hosts defended their colleague’s Telepalmer notes. Carlson suggested that it was a brilliantly clever plot to draw attention to Obama’s use of a teleprompter:

CARLSON: I think she did it on purpose. I think she did it on purpose, yeah. Because it’s an exact opposite of reading off the teleprompter with a script written for you with every word in a sentence and here’s she’s just taking crib notes on her hand. It makes her look like she can just talk off the cuff and she just jotted down a few couple notes before she went out to give a big long speech.

DOOCY: I think she did it because she probably does it a lot. I do that all the time. [...]

KILMEADE: But to sit there and look at, and do the interview and look down at her hand, I think that is — like you said before, Gretchen — folksy, absolutely, down-to-earth, I can identify. But if you’re going to write on your hand, why not just say, ‘staffer, hand me a card.’ And then it would be okay.

CARLSON: Nah, like I said, I think it was on purpose. But anyway, we we may never know.

Watch it:

Event organizers admitted the questions were “pre-screened,” but a Palin spokesperson said the former VP candidate had not seen the questions ahead of time. Still, as Huffington Post’s Stefan Sirucek points out, Palin’s “extra help” in front of a friendly crowd is especially ironic because Obama wasn’t using notes of any kind during a recent unscripted Q & A with House Republicans. Obama has also recently held several town halls, where he took questions from the audience and spoke at length without notes.

Transcript:

DOOCY: One of the first things she said, was she took a shot at the guy who used a teleprompter. And yet, they looked at some of the closeup photographs of her hands during something and as you can see, right there, it says at the top, she’s written on her own hand. She wrote the word ‘energy,’ something illegible, then ‘taxes,’ and ‘lift America’s spirits.’ Seven words. And those on the left, a number of people on the left have said, ‘oh look, she’s taking a shot at the guy using a teleprompter, but here she is, she’s a nincompoop who writes on her hand.’

CARLSON: I think she did it on purpose. I think she did it on purpose, yeah. Because it’s an exact opposite of reading off the teleprompter with a script written for you with every word in a sentence and here’s she’s just taking crib notes on her hand. It makes her look like she can just talk off the cuff and that she just she jotted down a few couple notes before she went out to give a big long speech.

DOOCY: I think she did it because she probably does it a lot. I do that all the time.

CARLSON: You do?

KILMEADE: I’m personally jealous because I used to get in trouble if I wrote on my palm because my mom explained to me that the ink would get through my pores and I would die, so I stopped doing that in the fifth grade.

KILMEADE: Why doesn’t she just — there’s nothing wrong if she had a card. Just jot a card down. Energy, taxes, hope, whatever it is. But, and then no one has problems looking down. But to sit there and do the interview and look down at her hand, I think that is — like you said before Gretchen — folksy, absolutely, down-to-earth, I can identify. But if you’re going to write on your hand, why don’t you just say staffer, hand me a card. And then it would have been okay.

CARLSON: Nah, like I said, I think it was on purpose. But anyway, we may never know.

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