Palin blames media, Gingrich for candidate's Medicare flap

Political observers have closely watched how potential GOP presidential candidates have reacted to Gingrich's remarks, which sparked talk of infighting within the Republican Party.

Gingrich's comments were widely panned, no only by media pundits, but conservative activists and leading Republican politicians. But Palin, who was put on the spot during a contentious network television interview as the 2008 vice presidential nominee, primarily focused her fire on the media.

"I don't know why politicians feel that they have to apologize for something that they said just because they've gone through a 24-hour cycle of the lamestream media giving them a hard time for something that they said," said Palin, a paid contributor on Fox News.

Palin's response matched that of Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler, who issued an unorthodox statement Wednesday calling the ex-Speaker's troubles an invention of the media.

"The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep, not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail-party invite list, unloaded their entire clip, firing without taking aim their distortions and falsehoods," Tyler said. "Now, they are left exposed by their bylines and handles."

Palin went further, accusing Gregory of asking Gingrich a racist question on Sunday, when he questioned whether Gingrich stepped over a racial boundary by calling President Obama a "food stamp president."

"Talk about racism, that was a racist-tinged question from David Gregory," said Palin, who is a Fox News contributor, said.

"Why do we let the press or the media personalities get away with such? Let's call them out on 'em."