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Sarah Palin: 1

The British Media, not having to deal with actual Republicans phoning in and complaining about their bias, have a free hand to slag off the US right, which they grasp at every opportunity.

Today’s Guardian repeats the false allegations that Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party on the front page.  It uses tactics straight out of the Leon Trotsky handbook of subversion.

First, we have the implication that she was chosen only for being a woman – “McCain’s selection of a woman was hailed as a smart move.” How interesting that the feminist’s ‘paper of choice should write in such a fashion?

Then we have the statement that Palin was a member of the AIP presented as an established fact, despite her denials. Of course, the NYT has now admitted the story was a pack of lies, which the Guardian chose to reprint without checking up on themselves. The AIP have now publicly announced she was not a member. See here. Then the Guardian presents a screenshot from the Governor of Alaska’s address to the AIP conference, as if it was evidence for their claims, despite the fact that those of us who use the internet have known since yesterday that she was delivering the address as a courtesy from the Governor.  The implication in the Guardian article is that she was secretly working towards the AIP’s ends as some sort of mole within the government!

The mud-slinging at Sarah Palin has been truly disgraceful, and trusting in the decency of Americans (unlike the Guardian’s team of champagne socialists) , I personally think it is going to come back and bite the Democrats in November. The treatment of her has been so out of keeping with the behaviour towards other candidates that anyone who is not a confirmed Obama supporter will notice it. Americans, like Brits, believe in fairness.

Consider the source of this story, a story the NYT deemed worthy of a front page splash:

“The information in the Times article was based on a statement issued Monday night by Lynette Clark, the party’s chairwoman, who said that Ms. Palin joined the party in 1994 and in 1996 changed her registration to Republican.

On Tuesday night, Ms. Clark said that her initial statement was incorrect and had been based on erroneous information provided by another member of the party whom she declined to identify.”

So, on the basis of a piece of hearsay, which the professional journalists of the NYT didn’t bother to investigate, Palin was smeared by a national newspaper. Remind me, what is the point of the dead tree press these days? If they can’t be bothered to find information which is available on the internet, if they persist in acting as if something isn’t news until it’s in their pages, if they play out the staged scenario of charge and then rebuttal days after the rebuttal has already been available, why do we continue to prop up their businesses?

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