Sarah Palin Pulls Video Amid "Blood Libel" Backlash? Plus, the Presidential Glow of a Fancy Teleprompter! (UPDATED)

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It quickly became the story of the day, just like she wanted, but then things got uglier. Sarah Palin appears to have pulled her video response to the Arizona shooting from the site Vimeo, which now shows zero clips under Palin's name. Palin's use of the term "blood libel," which usually refers to the old myth of Jews sacrificing Christians to drink their blood or cook it in matzos, in her video has everyone aflutter with either outrage or a race to the bottom to make a quick joke. (It's trending on Twitter, of course.) "If you don't like a person's vision for the country, you're free to debate that vision. If you don't like their ideas, you're free to propose better ideas," said Palin. "But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn." The Jewish community is not thrilled! And now Palin seems to be panicking. [Updated below.]

In one of the endless statements from Jewish groups worldwide already circulating this afternoon, Simon Greer, the president of Jewish Funds for Justice, writes:

We are deeply disturbed by Fox News commentator Sarah Palin's decision to characterize as a "blood libel" the criticism directed at her following the terrorist attack in Tucson. The term "blood libel" is not a synonym for "false accusation." It refers to a specific falsehood perpetuated by Christians about Jews for centuries, a falsehood that motivated a good deal of anti-Jewish violence and discrimination. Unless someone has been accusing Ms. Palin of killing Christian babies and making matzoh from their blood, her use of the term is totally out-of-line.

His outrage is echoed elsewhere. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by Jared Loughner in Arizona and remains hospitalized, is Jewish, and a friend of hers, a fellow politician, has already released a statement condemning Palin's usage:

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a close friend of Ms. Giffords, issued a statement condemning her use of the phrase "blood libel."

"Palin's comments either show a complete ignorance of history, or blatant anti-Semitism," said Jonathan Beeton, Ms. Wasserman Shultz's spokesman. "Either way, it shows an appalling lack of sensitivity given Representative Giffords' faith and the events of the past week."

Abe Foxman of the Anti Defamation League was sure to stand up for Palin's right to defend herself, but noted, "still, we wish that Palin had not invoked the phrase 'blood-libel' in reference to the actions of journalists and pundits in placing blame for the shooting in Tucson on others. While the term 'blood-libel' has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history."

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, meanwhile, has already popped up in Palin's defense. "They criticized her for not saying anything," she wrote on her website. "Now, they'll criticizing her for saying something. The blamestream media is already up in arms -- can we still say that? -- over the use of the phrase 'blood libel.'"

The current roar of the cultural outrage, however, is at the moment muting another possible discussion topic stemming from Palin's Vimeo broadcast. In their assessment of the criticism, the New York Times' Caucus blog writes that the video "appeared to be professionally produced, is sure to intensify speculation that Ms. Palin is planning to run for president in 2012." Also presidential? Palin's use of a teleprompter, which can be seen clearly reflected in her glasses:

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Palin, remember, has been known to call President Barack Obama "any charismatic guy with a teleprompter." And the notes written on the palm of her hand were nothing more than a "poor man's teleprompter." Moving on up, eh?

Whatever your issue of choice -- from Palin's word choice to her speaking technique -- this one's not going away any time soon. More updates on the missing video as they come.

UPDATE: Embedded version of the Palin video look like this now.

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The text of the statement is still available in full on Facebook, where the phrase "blood libel" remains.

Update #2, 3:08 p.m.: The video is now back on Vimeo, though embedding is still disabled. Either someone on the tech side messed up or there's a lot of confusion right now about the right action to take within Team Palin. Whatever the case, the video was certainly hidden for a time:

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MattGordonMD
MattGordonMD

Wonder if Sarah's speechwriter used the phrase "blood libel" to indicate the Jewish-controlled media? "Blood libel" is not a typical nor satisfactory substitution for "myth" or "false accusation". Feigning an "honest mistake" won't cut it this time.

Razorback2
Razorback2

She seriously needs to invest in a roll of ducktape to help keep her mouth shut!

Mark
Mark

There are times when a person feels like they are bursting with pride about being an American and such a time was last night when I watched and listened to President Obama address the survivors of the heinous attack in Tucson, their loved ones and the loved ones of those who did not survive, the people of Arizona, and the American people. If there is such a thing as a healer-in-chief the President eloquently performed that role last night.

I am so very happy that I had the chance to cast my vote for Barack Obama in November of 2008. Despite the discordant notes echoed every day from the right wing who would prefer to accentuate the things that bring us apart rather than Obama who prefers to accentuate the many more things we have in common that bring us together for a common purpose, to truly form a more perfect union, what rang true last night was that the majority of the American people are tired of the finger pointing, the blame, the angry words, and the mistruths that are doing more to harm our nation than to help it.

There are those on the Progressive, or Liberal side, who believe Obama has not moved fast enough or done enough to promote their agenda, and of course there are those on the Right who believe he has done far too much, but then again, to the Right wing anything that smacks of equal opportunity, hope, and a better future for all Americans conflicts with their belief that government should be by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful.

Have we forgotten that Obama has been in office for only two years and in that time (which seems like eons shown by the grey hair and lines on his face) he has saved our country from an economic depression, reduced our forces in Iraq by 75%, instituted financial reform, the end of the discriminatory don't ask don't tell policy where those risking their life and limbs to defend our country were treated like the enemy, a health care reform act, although far from perfect and needing more stringent efforts at cost containment and controls will still reduce the rolls of the uninsured by more than thirty million people, and he has helped enact legislation that will enforce workplace safety, equal pay for equal work, and a host of other laws to protect the American people.

In two years Obama has accomplished more than any other President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and I have no doubt under his leadership immigration reform will be adopted and we will stop treating those who come to our country seeking a better life for their families as our parents and grandparents did, and who are willing to do the most menial labor tending to the fields on our farms, the sick and infirmed at our hospitals, and willing to clean bathrooms and kitchens, as our enemy. It is through his leadership that one day we will see the people who come here and are willing to do whatever they can to succeed as part of the American dream and no different than our ancestors who came here with the same hopes and dreams.

As an American Jew and supporter of Israel I also truly believe that the best hope for a lasting true peace in the Middle East between a Palestinian State living side by side with the State of Israel lies with the leadership of Barack Obama who is not afraid to say the things that must be said even though there are some, including supporters of Israel, who would prefer not hearing them.

When I watched the speech last night, a few hours after viewing Sarah Palin's absurd "blood libel" speech the thing that amazed me was not that current opinion polls showing Obama leading Palin 75% to 25% in the latest 2012 Presidential Election poll, but that 25% of the electorate would ever consider someone so inept, so totally unqualified, and so shamefully self aggrandizing to be our leader as Sarah Palin is.

If the speech showed the American people anything last night it should be that we without any doubt have elected the best person to be our President a little more than two years ago. I am proud to be an American and proud of our President. He has achieved much and will achieve much more, and at the end of his Presidency his dream of helping America become a more perfect union will be fulfilled.

Raushaun1a
Raushaun1a

Having Glenn Beck right her speech, what was she thinking.....oh yea she wasn't!

Charlotte
Charlotte

I wonder if that old, cranky McCain has ever wished that he would not have dragged that ignorant horse out of Alaska. Of course, he would never admit to making a horrible choice.

Anon
Anon

Kind of off-topic, but I'm a liberal and I hope she never goes away. She's unelectable in a national election, and she's sure to fling plenty of mud during the 2012 primary, ensuring that none of her colleagues on the right will be elected either.

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seriously? It would have been better for her to say nothing...that way she wouldn't have gotten it wrong. She looks for things to offend people...she is offensive.

Bill Twyman
Bill Twyman

Hey Sarah

How's that reload thing working for ya?

Joeblow
Joeblow

she is having a bad day. i beginning to fell sorry for her again.

Peg Wainscott
Peg Wainscott

She's melting...melting....bub-bye, Wicked Witch of the North.

bruin2ct
bruin2ct

she meant "blood surveyor"

Dsalzer
Dsalzer

She meant "blah blah blah"...

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