Monday, 16 November 2009
"Going Rogue": Sarah Palin mentions the "Trig Truthers"! How nice of her! Also: How Piper and her family were harrassed by evil reporters!
First, I would like to say a big "thank you" to "Gawker", who linked to us today, as well as to the "Daily Kos", who in a very informative diary post also included a link and even cited from our blogpost! It's great to see solidarity in the blogsphere in this important and difficult fight.
Gawker also posted four scanned pages of "Going Rogue" - NAUGHTY! But then as we know, Christopher Goff from Harper Collins is only going after the non-commercial citizen blogs, not after the commercial blogs like Gawker and Wonkette who certainly would have some sharphish lawyers and large funds behind them. But maybe we also have some battle-hardened lawyers in the background, who would just be too happy to take on Sarah Palin - you never know...!
So - does Sarah Palin mention the Trig Truthers in her book "Going Rogue"?
Yes she does! Hurray!
However, this excerpt is as BIZARRE as anything else in this ultra-bizarre book which was apparently written far far away in loonyland.
But first, another excerpt. Sarah describes how the media "continued to hang out in Alaska sniffing for tabloid stuff" after Sarah's nomination (p. 346). Heartbreaking scenes of unspeakable harrassment followed:
We never shut our doors to anyone, so people of all kinds attended these press availibilities. We didn't check credentials. But glancing along the side wall, I recognized these particular folks as the same ones who had cornered Piper on her walk home from Harborview Elementary School and talked to her for who knows how long about who knows what. That day Piper had come to my office and said, "Mom, remember those reporters who came on the campaign plane with us? You know, the ones Nicolle (Wallace, P.) said didn't like us very much? They just interviewed me on the sidewalk."
That was Piper's last independent walk from school.
Reporters from across the nation camped out at the end of our driveway in Wasilla and on the ice in front of our home. They incessantly called and stopped my parents' and siblings' and inlaws' homes and businesses. Hostile political operatives barraged Meg and her husband's home, medical practice, and neighbours, and bugges my attorney, my doctor and anyone else who might have anything to do with us. (p. 346, 357)
So, Sarah, WHY were you so afraid that Piper was talking to the media - alone, unsupervised? Enquiring minds want to know! Because according to the pictures I have seen from the campaign, Piper didn't seem to mind too much the attention she received during the campaign, so her talking to some reporters could hardly have been such a great deal, can it?
Piper during the campaign:
Then come the "Trig Truthers". But who are they, these mysterious Trig Truthers? Sarah Palin knows:
Challenges with the traditional media were one thing, but in addition there were the "new media" - the left-wing bloggers. The lines between the two were often blurred, with stories starting in the blogsphere and leapfrogging to old-media channels. And some of the strangest, the conspiracy-nut "Trig Truthers" were still at it, harassing my attorney and my doctor. I loved my dad's straight talk on the subject when he had to respond to one Truther: "I know Trig is hers, dumbass. I was there when he popped out!" (p. 347)
Again, that's rich. The Trig Truthers were harassing her attorney and her doctor? Well, not the Trig Truthers I know! And it's the job of every attorney to get harassed, that's what they are there for, so I am not sure what she is complaining about. But who harassed her doctor, I would like to know?
Wait a second....could it have been...the Anchorage Daily News (ADN)? I can hardly believe that I would have to give them some credit to them, after the big mess the ADN left us with: "The story that was researched but never appeared and was forgotten thereafter for all eternity."
So how did they harrass Cathy Baldwin-Johnson?
Thank you, Sarah Palin! Finally, I have the perfect opportunity to tell the world the story which I had mentioned in several comments before, but not in a blogpost.
In the autumn of 2008, the ADN was actually researching the "fake pregnancy rumors", and the ADN-reporter Lisa Demer was assigned to research and write the story. The ADN asked to interview Cathy Baldwin-Johnson about the details of the pregnancy. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson was hesitant at first, but then agreed to do the interview - and we have been told that Sarah Palin's doctor Cathy Baldwin-Johnson brought her lawyer with her to the interview with the ADN.
(If everything is fine and you have nothing to hide, you bring your lawyer to an interview with a newspaper? Of course, what else? After all, lawyers just have too much time these days!)
Asked by the ADN if Cathy Baldwin-Johnson delivered Trig, we were told that she answered that she "cannot confirm it". The ADN then didn't press further.
This story was never published by the ADN, but we received this information through a reliable source. You will find no reference of this story anywhere else. When I mentioned this interview in my "angry email" to ADN-editor Pat Dougherty several weeks ago (amongst a few other things), he didn't respond to the matter of this interview at all.
So there you have it. The ADN are apparently Trig Truthers! Don't tell Pat Dougherty, it might make him feel uneasy, because after all, the State of Alaska so graciously showers the ADN with presents!
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