Palin camp complains of lack of coverage

Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wis., sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, Saturday, April 16, 2011.
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With Donald Trump garnering much of the political media's attention in recent weeks, the rest of the declared and undeclared potential GOP presidential candidates may be feeling some pangs of frustration. 

The Donald has dominated every network and cable channel the last few days with his road show, complete with noteworthy quotes, such as, "I know many people at the White House, and one in particular, and the last person he wants to run against is Donald Trump, that I can tell you."

But none of those contemplating or actually in the hunt for the Republican nomination appears to be as frustrated as Sarah Palin's camp.

On Monday night, one of Palin's chief aides and defenders, Rebecca Mansour, sent out a series of tweets to the major mainstream news outlets -- what Palin calls the "lamestream media" -- asking why the former Alaska governor's speech at a Tea Party event in Madison, Wis. wasn't covered. 

Mansour tweeted to CBS News: "I know no one watches you, but how come you didn't really cover @SarahPalinUSA's Madison speech? What gives? @jjmnolte"  (Jim Nolte is the editor of Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood site).

This series of tweets seemed odd given Palin's strident disdain for the mainstream media and reluctance to appear on any network other than Fox, where she is a paid contributor. "Let's be encouraged with a sense of poetic justice by knowing that the 'mainstream' media isn't mainstream anymore," she wrote last month. "That's why I call it 'lamestream,' and the LSM is becoming quite irrelevant, as it is no longer the sole gatekeeper of information."

Mansour explained her motive in tweet-complaining to what Palin calls an "irrelevant" mainstream media to Slate's Dave Weigel. "Just to be clear: I wasn't demanding media attention, I was mocking the media about which Palin stories they choose to cover," she wrote in a tweet.

For the record, CBS News did post a story and video package on Palin's April 16 speech in Madison--Labor crowd surrounds Palin's Tea Party rally--on the same day she delivered her remarks. 

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