Reading "Going Rogue" is a hard job. It's one of the worst books you will ever encounter in your lifetime - it's a real slog. However, sometimes it can be very rewarding to read what "Pinocchio Palin" has to say, because the book contains lie after lie. Today, we found another big, fat, unashamed lie, which serves as an example for the countless other lies and distortions in "Going Rogue".
Starting on page 110 of "Going Rogue", Sarah begins to describe how she ran for the Governorship of Alaska in the years 2005/2006, first in the Republican primaries, then in the general election.
On pages 115 and 116, Sarah Palin writes:
"It wasn't the last time I'd find that there's no better training ground for politics than motherhood. At one point during the general election, motherhood became the focus of a unique line of questioning. In my responses to a series of debate questions on abortion, I remained consistent and sincere, explaining how personal and sensitive the issue is and that good people can disagree.
But the debate moderator decided to personalize his hypotheticals with a series of "What if..." questions. He asked:
"If a woman were, say, raped..."
"...I would choose life."
"If your daughter were pregnant..."
"Again, I would choose life."
"If your teenage daughter got pregnant..."
"I'd counsel a young parent to choose life...consider adoption," I answered.
I calmly repeated my answer to all of his "what-ifs,", then looked pointedly to my right and my left, to one opponent, then the other. Then I returned to the moderator and said, "I'm confident you'll be asking the other candidates these same questions, right?" Of course, he didn't."
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This is the full account of the TV-debate which Sarah Palin gives on "Going Rogue".
So far, so good. Sarah is treated unfairly again. The moderator viciously singled her out - because she is a mother! But this time, the "gotcha media" didn't get her, because she was strong and "remained consistent and sincere." There you have it, moderator! See what happenes if you try to "personalize" your questions - Sarah calls you out! Of course, the other candidates weren't asked the same questions. Well, the moderator was probably a liberal. Sarah can sniff these people from miles away, can't she?
However, I know that there is something that Sarah Palin has forgotten: The recording of this TV-debate still exists! It has remained buried since November 2006 in this inconspicious internet archive, before it was unearthed and a substantial part of the debate posted on youtube in December 2008.
Apparently the fact-checkers have forgotten to tell Sarah about the existence of the TV-recording. Oh, there were no fact-checkers? Too bad! It's a real shame that Harper Collins has lots of cash readily available to pay for exclusive private jets, but cannot afford to hire fact-checkers!
Here is what REALLY happened in the debate on November 2, 2006. Sarah Palin debates Tony Knowles (Democrat) and Andrew Halcro (Republican, who ran as an Independent for Governor in Alaska in 2006):
Sarah Palin, I have some questions for you - and we all know you read this blog ;-)
Sarah - did the moderator single you out - YES OR NO?
Sarah - did the moderator single you out - YES OR NO?
Sarah - did you give the answer in the debate: "I'd counsel a young parent to choose life....consider adoption" - YES OR NO?
Sarah - did you "look pointedly to your right and left, to one opponent, then the other" before asking the moderator whether he will be asking the same questions to the other candidates - YES OR NO?
Sarah - did the moderator then ask your opponents to address the same scenario - YES OR NO?
Sarah - was the discussion ANYTHING like you described in your book - YES OR NO?
Yup Yup, I know the answers - and now everyone else knows.
No wonder that Steve Schmidt said on the record that "Going Rogue" is "not 70%, but 100% fiction!"
SARAH PALIN: STOP LYING! STOP LYING RIGHT NOW!
(this is an ironic reference to an incident described by the New York Times in THIS ARTICLE)
So, what happened there in Sarah's crazy mind? Did she just forget what really happened? I don't think so! I think that she didn't WANT to remember, because at the end of the clip, Andrew Halcro completely blows her out of water, by giving an incredible intelligent and thoughtful answer. Sarah just does what apparently is her strategy throughout the whole book: She gives a "fantasy version" of what really happened, in order to make her look brilliant, to make her look like a victim, to make her look as if she is being singled out because she is a woman and a mother, to make her look as if she actually knows what she is doing, to make her appear as a competent politician.
No wonder that this book has previously received labels like
DO YOU WANT THIS WOMAN TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT?
REMEMBER: THERE IS NO PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR THIS POSITION!
FACT-CHECKING IS NOT "OPPOSITION-RESEARCH"! DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY THIS SAD WOMAN AND HER FANATIC SUPPORTERS! EXPOSE HER LIES!
I have just been in contact with Andrew Halcro, and he has confirmed in an email that the facts of my blog post are correct.
The above video clip is the debate that Sarah Palin references in her book.
Andrew Halcro wrote to me on December 4, 2009:
Your blog is correct.
If you review what Clark asks her, he wants to know if Palin has any exceptions to her pro-life belief. This is commonly asked of pro-life candidates because many who are pro-life will accept a woman’s right to choose in the case of incest, rape or the life of the mother.
In addition, Knowles and I were pro-choice so there was no reason for them to try and find if we had any “grey” areas on the issue, as one of the moderators (Chris Clark) had asked Palin.
I would also like to point out on more thing; if Clark is the moderator that she is complaining about in her book…she hired him for her press office after she got elected."
I would like to urge all new readers to visit our extensive documentation about Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy with Trig ("babygate")! SEE THIS LINK.
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