The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXVIII: Her Brother’s Burnt Foot

Luke Dittrich dismisses the uproar over Palin's use of Canadian healthcare back in the '60s:

Whitehorse General Hospital, where my own daughter was born three years ago, remains, to this day, the closest major hospital to Skagway. When Chuck and Sally chose to take their kids there, it would have been a choice dictated strictly by geography, not politics. There are many things one could criticize about Sarah Palin's views of health care in the United States. That she once participated in cross-border medical tourism to Canada is not one of them.

Juneau is roughly the same distance away, of course. The problem, however, is that – surprise! – she has previously said the Palins did not take their kids for care to Whitehorse, Canada, but to Juneau, Alaska:

Her brother burned his foot badly jumping through a fire, and her mother had to take him down to Juneau on the ferry to the hospital. “All these years later, that’s still what people have to rely on here in some instances,” she said.

Maybe this is just an innocent memory lapse, and her father says it was Whitehorse, not Juneau. But that would make Palin's previous statement objectively and trivially, er, untrue.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXVII: Limbaugh, Emanuel and “Retards”

Sargent examines Palin's blatant lie with regard to Limbaugh and Rahm using the word "retard". She claims on Fox News that Limbaugh never used the term in reference to a group of people. He did:

Palin’s latest falsehood is almost laughably easy to debunk, yet she went ahead with it anyway. The point is that if you never subject yourself to any kind of media cross-examination, it gets easier and easier to lie, because there’s simply no downside, or any disincentive of any kind, to lying as much as you want to.

And why has no one asked her if it's true that she calls Trig her "retarded baby" in private? We have an eye-witness account – the father of her grandson. But noooo – exposing her for the total fraud she is is something no one in Washington ever wants to do.

And this is the point: the press is complicit in all this (although I have to say that Chris Wallace was pretty fair).

It started in the campaign when she was never held to account – or even asked about – the lies and lies she has told. She never held a press conference – a first for a vice-presidential candidate in modern times. She has never faced a Tim Russert. She is treated like a Hollywood celebrity.

And now she is to be exclusively "interviewed" by Fox News which now employs her. And that will be her only venue for scrutiny, apart from Limbaugh, Levin, Beck et al., even as she runs for president. And because she is no longer an elected politician, this game will go on and on. And eventually the lies will become the truth.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXVI: “Which We Have Done”


In some ways, this is an addendum to this post asking again for any actual evidence that Trig is Sarah Palin's biological son. In her interview with far right radio host, Rusty Humphries, she said:

Hey, you know, that’s a great point, in that weird conspiracy-theory

freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son. And a lot of people say, “Well you need to produce his birth certificate! You

need to prove that he’s your kid!” Which we have done.

I noted that this is a lie. The Palins have never released Trig's birth certificate or proved that he is Palin's kid. If she had, I would have posted it on this blog. In fact, we all begged for it in the campaign. And yet she simply said so outright on a radio show. The Dish appears to be the only high-traffic blog to point this out. No one in the MSM has noted that her statement is a lie. And when you examine the blogosphere's response to this, you find the same glaring avoidance of "what is in front of our nose", as this Alaskan blog notes:

Robert Stacy McCain, dissing Sullivan, fails to mention Palin's Thursday lie.

[David Swindle] at David Horowitz's site, excoriating Sullivan, fails to mention Palin's lie.

Mark Milian, in the Los Angeles Times, while more critical of Palin over the first part of her Humphries statement, neglects to question the veracity of her own birth certificate claim.

Gottalaff, at the Political Carnival, while quoting Sullivan on his Palin birth certificate question, fails to really get into questioning Palin's veracity.

Riehl World View and the blog's commenters wander off to the tea party, blithely predicting Palin as next president, while dissing Sullivan.

Maria Newman, writing an abridged summation of blog posts for the New York Times, on Palin's Humphries appearance, totally neglects quoting Palin's lie.

Rick Moran, blogging for Pajamas Media, writes:

And no, not “a lot of people say” that we need to see Trig’s birth certificate. What planet is she on? Who, besides Andrew Sullivan and the same kind of fringe kooks on the left who mirror the righty loons wondering if Obama is eligible to be president, is concerned one whit about Trig’s parentage?

but neglects to observe that Palin's claim is false.

If Obama had not released his birth certficate but went on the radio and point-blank said he had, do you think the press would simply ignore it and let it go?

Why will they not do so with Palin? What are they afraid of? How long do we have to put up with a press corps unable to do its basic job?

(Photo: Palin using her special needs child as a book tour prop by Bill Pugliano/Getty.)

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXV: Ambushing Piper

A key part of Sarah Palin's work of magical realism is her victimization at the hands of the evil librul media. So this part of "Going Rogue" is par for the course. Peter Hamby:

"In one early press conference we noticed that our local reporters were flanked by a couple of reporters from the Lower 48 who'd been hanging out around Juneau in search of material for their own Sarah Palin book," Palin writes. "We never shut our doors to anyone, so people of all kinds attended these press availabilities. 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."… According to Palin, Piper returned home [after a press conference] and told her mother: "Mom, remember those reporters who came on the campaign plane with us? You know, the ones Nicolle [Wallace] said didn't like us very much? They just interviewed me on the sidewalk." Palin adds after the incident, Piper was no longer allowed to walk to or from school by herself.

Both the reporters (one of whom worked for Fox News in the campaign) and Wallace deny the story outright.

Conroy and Walshe said in a statement Tuesday that in the course of

reporting for their book, they conducted 190 interviews, including sit-downs with Palin's parents and her husband Todd.

"We did not, however, interview Piper Palin, nor did we corner her on her way home from school," Conroy and Walshe told CNN in a statement. "Contrary to Governor Palin's recollection of having seen us both at a press conference, Scott has never attended a press conference in Alaska."

Wallace, who advised Palin on media strategy during the campaign but fell out favor with the candidate, also rejected Palin's version of the story. She said it would have been impossible for Piper to have used her by name in a discussion about the campaign reporters in question, because Wallace never spoke to Piper about them.

"I have never met Shushannah and Scott and had never seen Shushannah until I saw her on TV yesterday," Wallace said in an e-mail to CNN. "Couldn't have picked either of them out of a line up and never heard their names or had any idea who they were until after the campaign ended."

I put this in the odd lies category because the fact that Scott Conroy never attended any press conferences in Alaska is an empirical fact that makes Palin's story, like so many others she has told, empirically untrue. From Conroy's and Walshe's account, Piper liked them and bumped into them once in Juneau and told them how excited she was to be back in Alaska. For some reason, Palin is extremely defensive about even pleasant interactions of her kids with anyone in the press outside her control. She burst into Bristol's lone TV interview by herself halfway through. 

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXIV: Pulling Out Of Michigan

Here we go again. Yesterday, Sarah Palin said the following to Oprah Winfrey on the air:

WINFREY: Didn’t several times they say to you when actually you mentioned, when you were talking about pulling out of Michigan and you said I wished we’d stayed in Michigan. Weren’t you told then, Sarah just stay on script?

PALIN: Right, told after wards and that, that was always puzzling to me because if I were to respond to a reporter’s questions very candidly, honestly, for instance, they say, “what do you think about the campaign pulling out of Michigan” and I think, “darn I wish we weren’t. Every vote matters, I can’t wait to get back to Michigan” and then told afterwards that, “oh, you screwed up. You went rogue on us Sarah, you’re not supposed to be.” And my reminder to the campaign was, I didn’t know we pulled out of Michigan. My entire VP team, we didn’t know that we had pulled out. I’m sorry, I apologize, but speaking candidly to a reporter.

This was a lie. And we know it was a lie the way we know that 33 other statements by Palin are lies – because objective reality proves it so. On October 3, as Matt Corley explains, Palin told Carl Cameron that she disagreed with the decision to pull out of Michigan. How can she have disagreed with something that she now says she didn't know at the time? Here's the money section of the Cameron interview:

CAMERON: Thanks very much, Governor. I'm going get the hook. I have one quick political question for you that if I don't ask you, I would be (INAUDIBLE).

Yesterday, just before the debate it was announced that the campaign was going to withdraw some of its exercises in Michigan, essentially leave Michigan for Obama to win. What's going on there?

PALIN: Well, that's not a surprise because the polls are showing we're not doing as well there, evidently, as we would like to. But, I (INAUDIBLE) up this morning, also. I fired a quick e-mail and said, oh, come on. Do we have to call it there? Todd and I would happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants where car manufacturers [sic].

We'd be so happy to get to speak with the people there in Michigan, who are hurting because the economy is hurting. Whatever we can do and whatever Todd and I can do in realizing what their challenges in that state are, as we can relate to them and connect with them and promise

them that we won't let them down in the administration. I want to get

back to Michigan and I want to try.

And then the smoking gun, via Walshe and Conroy:

The e-mail that Palin sent was, in fact, essentially how she described it to Cameron. She wrote to her traveling staff and top McCain advisers, “If there’s any time, Todd and I would love a quick return to Michigan-we’d tour the plants, etc. . . . If it does McC any good. I know you have a plan, but I hate to see us leave Michigan. We’ll do whatever we had [sic] to do there to give it a 2nd effort.”

A senior aide replied, “Michigan is out of reach unless something drastic happens. We must win oh and hopefully pa.”

Palin replied that she “got it,” but her subsequent interview with Cameron had shown that she hadn’t. She acknowledged as much in a post-interview e-mail to senior staff, writing, “Oops-I mentioned something about that to Carl Cameron and it’s now recorded that I’d love to give Michigan the ol’ college try.”

So she wants both to insist that she was a team-player and to insist that she was going rogue. Only in Sarah Palin's mind can those two realities be simultaneously true.

So here's a challenge for the MSM. Who will be the first interviewer to ask Palin why she lied twice to Oprah's face?

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XI, Ctd: Asking The Girls

This topic has come up before, and is, in fact, Odd Lie XI. But in the unedited version of the Oprah love-fest, we get yet another version of the story about her asking her children if she should run for vice-president. Here's her latest statement broadcast today:

"This time, there wasn't a family vote. Other steps in my political life, I've polled the kids, and I have abided by some of the results of the polls that the kids have partaken in. This time, no."

This is what she said last fall:

"It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway. And they voted unanimously, yes. Didn't bother asking my son because, you know, he's going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn't be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here. So ask the girls what they thought and they're like, absolutely. Let's do this, mom."

I just want to reiterate the details of the first story. We even find the result of the girls' vote: it was unanimous. And we discover that Track was not polled. But none of this happened at all.

This is not a faulty memory, since the event took place very soon before her first lie about it. And a year later, her memory remembers the truth. So it was a delusional fantasy, or something she thought sounded cool, and had done on previous occasions, so she said it because she figured no one would ever know the truth, so why not make it up?

It was demonstrably untrue at the time, mind you, because we had a contemporaneous document giving a full history of events which proved that logically she had to be lying. And no one in the media, apart from the Dish, ever called her on it.

This is why I will not relent. A person who could have been president told lie after lie after lie in a campaign and the media simply let the fantasies stand. We have no way of knowing what is true or false in her series of statements, and she is never questioned by the media to get at these endless inconsistencies and untruths. Since when does a politician get away with this? And what does it say about our democracy if she can?

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXXIII: Saturday Night Live

On Oprah today, we are told that Palin says she desperately wanted to go on Saturday Night Live – "I thought it would be fun." She says that the campaign was terribly apprehensive about it and thought the appearance could be "atrocious." She also sticks by the transparently incredible story that she watched the priceless Tina Fey skits with the volume down.

Moreover, Palin insists that the campaign opposed the appearance but she wanted to do it because it would "neutralize some of the parody" she hadn't, by her own account, ever heard.

Well: what does objective reality tell us about this latest story of Palin's?

We actually have emails from Steve Schmidt and Palin that provide contemporaneous evidence to allow us to judge this self-serving tale:

In one email thread, dated October 14, 2008, Palin says she is "not thrilled" with the idea of going on Saturday Night Live as a way of marginalizing the show's unflattering impersonations of her.

"Not after seeing clips of what they've been playing re: my family," Palin writes to campaign manager Steve Schmidt, as well as top strategists Rick Davis; and Nicolle Wallace.

"I had no idea how gross 'celebrities' on that show and in other celebrity venues could get when it comes to family and other aspects of my life that have nothing to do with seeking the vp slot. These folks are whack – didn't know it was as bad as it is… what's the upside in giving them any celebrity venue a ratings boost? That's Todd's input also," she concludes, in reference to her husband.

So we find out first off that Palin was lying when she said she never watched the SNL skits with he volume up. This was obvious at the time, but it's good to have it proven in her own words. We also found out that she is lying to Oprah when she says she wanted to do SNL, while Schmidt (for whom one almost feels pity) was opposed.

Again: this is not an artful spin. It is a lie that can be revealed by reading her own fricking emails!

C'mon, Levi. Tell us what you got.