PalinTracker: The Hong Kong Speech (Updated)
Palin in Hong Kong: "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom."
Sarah Palin -- like a growing number of conservatives -- chose to ban the media from her highly-anticipated speech to the CLSA world conference held in Hong Kong earlier today.
But within hours, the media began weighing in.
In her 90-minute address to 1100 international investors, Palin blamed government excess for the current economic crisis and pushed for better trade relations between China and the U.S. She touched on a wide range of topics, including the Asian and U.S. economies, the Fed, Reagonomics, the importance of free markets, and health care. She also mentioned China’s human rights issues.
Scrambling for a story, detractors were limited to talking to delegates, making a veritable Rorschach test of the event. The Raw Story headline screamed "Delegates walk out 'in disgust' at Palin speech." Yet the story cited only two U.S. delegates -- out of 1100 total -- who left early.
The most fair-handed coverage came from the Wall Street Journal, which actually listened to the audio before reporting:
"Palin Addresses Asian Investors"
Former Governor Touches on Budget Deficit, Health Care and China
September 23, 2009, 12:15 PM
By JONATHAN CHENG and ALEX FRANGOS
HONG KONG -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first public-speaking engagement outside North America, blamed the world financial crisis on government excesses and called for a new round of deregulation and tax cuts for U.S. businesses.
"We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place," the former Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate said Wednesday at a conference sponsored by investment firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom," she added.
Of special interest: Palin has recruited John McCain's campaign foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, “as she attempts to build a serious public profile and begins to build a network of aides and advisors typical of a national politician.”
UPDATE: Forget the Rorschach interpretations. Read this freshly posted summary of direct passages from Palin’s Hong Kong address divided by domestic and foreign policy and organized into specific issues:
"Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong" (Wall Street Journal)
Among the leftist fringe -- particularly comment trolls -- the hatred drumbeat is picking up, but the MSM sounds almost pleasantly surprised. Maybe they're noting the contrast with Obama at the UN?