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Tabloid PDS blogging

Sarah and Todd Palin


Okay, this is truly bizarre.  First we have CNN stringer Dennis Zaki pushing the story that Sarah and Todd Palin are divorcing. His sources include a notorious PDS blog, multiple anonymous informants and the National Enquirer.

Zaki claims Sarah bought property in Montana and is going to move there with the kids.  There is lots of juicy trash, including allegations of multiple affairs on both sides and Sarah angrily throwing her wedding ring into a lake.  Real Jerry Springer stuff.

The story gets picked up by some lefty blogs, including Firedoglake and Hullaballoo. Digby at least acknowledges the tabloid nature of her post but the tone at FDL can only be described as gleeful.  The rumor begins to go viral.

So Sarah responds by having her spokeswoman (Meg Stapleton) post the following message on Sarah’s Facebook page:

Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).

Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to “quit making things up.” We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.

Rightwing blogger Robert Stacy McCain receives this message from Sarah in response to his query about the story:

“Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I’m not blind!”

You would think that should end the story, but here comes Jonathan Martin at Politico:

By having her spokeswoman repeat the charges to rebut them in a public form, Palin effectively guaranteed coverage from the mainstream media that otherwise would not report claims attributed to unnamed sources on an anonymous blog.

It’s all Sarah’s fault for denying an untrue story!

She made us do it!

Even if you forget the fact that Zaki is a stringer for CNN it’s kinda disingenuous for a blogger to act like internet rumors are harmless, especially in the case of Sarah Palin. The PDS blogs started most or all of the vilest lies about Sarah, including the rape-kit smear, Trig-trutherism and the bogus ethics complaints.

I guess the Palinstalkers were upset that Sarah had “gone dark” since she left office last weekend.  They needed a hate- fix so they created a story.  If she hadn’t acted quickly to debunk the rumor they would be talking about her failure to deny it as confirmation that it was true.

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My Voting Strategy – Just Say No To Derangement

A Rabid Obama Supporter

A Rabid Obama Supporter

Riverdaughter asked us to all to come up with a single word to describe why we are voting the way we are on Tuesday.  That’s really a tough assignment because there are lots of words to choose from.  I considered “principles,” “honesty,” “integrity,” “ethics,” “experience” and “shame” because those are all things Barack Obama lacks.

I thought about using “liar,” “fake,” “phony,” or “unscrupulous” because those are all things that Obama is.  I was going to use “hubris” because that is Obama’s favorite sin, but then I saw this and realized that my word had to be “derangement.”

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