Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not "wing it." ... This claim has been picked up on Drudge and could quickly enter into the insta-mythmaking about a speech that need not be embroidered.Conservatives need pleasing lies told about them so they can feel good about themselves, I guess. I think she did fine without the mythology, but I guess the Republicans aren't as convinced.
Perhaps there were moments where it scrolled slightly past her exact point in the speech. But I was sitting in the press section next to the stage, within easy eyeshot of the teleprompter. I frequently looked up at the machine, and there was no serious malfunction. A top convention-planner confirms this morning that there were no major problems.
Palin: Lies about the Teleprompter
Rush Limbaugh spent all day talking about how the teleprompter kept going during the applause lines of Palin's speech, and so by the end of the speech it was significantly past the portion she was currently speachfying. Anyone familiar with teleprompters, of course, knows this is bunk. To think that at the Republican National Convention they couldn't find a teleprompter tech who was familiar with the concept of applause lines defies the imagination. There's simply no way they are that incompetent.