I thought this story was relevant despite being a couple years old - the National Enquirer posted a story back in September of 2008 detailing an affair Sarah Palin had with her husband's former business partner.
No less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with husband Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.According to the article, Palin denied the accusations - maybe this is why she called Nikki Haley in support. Palin supporters also denied the rumors, attacking the National Enquirer, with the McCain campaign threatening a lawsuit - the National Enquirer stood by their article stating their story had "several newsworthy revelations." Some even claimed the Obama campaign planted the story.
Why do I bring this two-year-old story out now?
The National Enquirer had just published another infidelity story about a famous politician - Al Gore. In a recent Al Gore article, the National Enquirer wrote about the former vice president attacking his massage therapist in a hotel. Unlike the Sarah Palin article, the right-wing propaganda machines picked up on this story right away as a top story item - Andrew Breitbart even featured it on his Big Journalism propaganda site.
I find it interesting that when a story comes out about one of their own, the paper is not a reputable source and is threatened with lawsuits, but when they release stories about Democrats, like Al Gore or John Edwards, then the paper has some "damning details."
The right-wing media are a bunch of hypocrites. If sites like Big Journalism are going to stand by the National Enquirer on the Gore and Edwards stories, then they should stand by the Palin stories, so as far as I'm concerned, Palin had an affair... and she faked her pregnancy...
If true, the Palin story proves that Brad Hanson has incredibly bad taste.ReplyDelete
I've been watching the Gore story closely, as the alleged offense ocurred here in Portland, I'm keeping on top of it. There's nothing difinitive yet.
The difference here is that Democrats ton't claim to be holier that everyone else.
You are completely right...ReplyDelete
I was very disappointed in John Edwards when that story turned out to be true. Out of all the Democrats, I liked Edwards alot, and while he may still stand for good causes, his reputation has been tarnished and now we may never see his fullest potential...
Same goes for Gore. The right is using this "scandal" to try and discredit his positions...
You are correct on the difference, and the reason why disgraced conservatives are ruined is because their infidelities directly contradicted their positions (so-called moral ones).
I hear you Kevin. I supported Edwards over both Obama and Clinton, because his positions were the most progressive.ReplyDelete
EXCELLENT POST Kevin! God, if only more blogs would expose ALL THAT IS PALIN...maybe she's disappear from our everyday lives.ReplyDelete
I wrote a post on Palingates about this subject, I hope you like it.
Excellent piece. Very thorough. Thank you for the reference!ReplyDelete
I sort of hope Sarah Palin doesn't dissappear. I think her lies and interference in national politics will do more harm then good. I am a Republican but I cannot stand where the party has gone.
It has transformed into a party intolerant of everything not Christian, American, or borderline anarchistic. I think this change will hurt them at the polls, and rightfully so. I hope Sarah Palin continues with her shtick until 2012, because then her incompetencies will show, fulfilling The Peter Principle theory...