Sarah Palin Disavows Knowledge Of Offensive ‘Favorited’ Tweet, While Defending Ann Coulter

ABC News’ Jake Tapper scored a hard-to-get scoop last night when he got former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to bypass Facebook and comment directly to him about the “controversy” surrounding her Twitter “favorites.” Mediaite, among others, reported that Palin’s favorites included an Ann Coulter tweet that seemed to endorse a scattershot “birther”-themed church marquee.

Palin told Tapper that she has “never purposefully favorited any tweet,” but although she denies bookmarking Coulter’s tweet, she seems okay with it. She then took a shot at the “bored reporters” who wrote about it.

Here’s the offending tweet, which linked to the picture above:

MY NEW CHURCH! [email protected]marclamonthill @AnnCoulter standing in front of pastor manning’s church. Look at this sign! 1:04 AM Oct 26th via web

After denying that she favorited Coulter’s tweet, Palin went on to say:

…but no one can mistake that Ann Coulter was obviously being tongue in cheek with that Tweet.

It’s true that Coulter was probably only kidding about joining the congregation of Pastor James Manning‘s Atlah World Missionary Church, but it’s not at all obvious that she was kidding about thinking the church’s sign was awesome. She could have said that, while Coulter was clearly joking, it’s easy to see why this sign was offensive in about six different ways. She did not.

Instead, she took a shot at the media outlets that ran the story:

Shall I correct this with whichever wonderful media outlet ran with this (an obviously bored reporter…since there must be nothing going on in the world today, like, um, ramifications of a shake up of power in the U.S. House of Representatives?).

On that count, our own “bored reporter,” Glynnis MacNicol, not only pointed out that the Twitter favorite might have been selected by accident, but also managed to squeeze in three articles about those midterm ramifications. That’s just from yesterday.

Palin does have a point, though, that Twitter bookmarks aren’t the weightiest subject in the world. When we reported on a similar “controversy” surrounding a White Power tweet that appeared in Glenn Beck‘s favorites, we pointed out that the bookmarking function is not widely used, and can be applied accidentally.

We also pointed out that bookmarking a tweet doesn’t necessarily indicate endorsement of same, illustrating the point with a Keith Olbermann favorite tweet from Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell.

That’s why it is curious that, after having established the fact that she never meant to favorite Coulter’s tweet, Palin then takes pains to excuse it, if not endorse it.

Update: This story’s lede has been updated to change the description of Jake Tapper’s scoop from “rare” to “hard-to-get.” Tapper scoring a scoop is, of course, not a rarity. Getting Sarah Palin to comment on a story outside her social networking feeds, however, is.

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