Sarah Palin

The Palin Principle of Liberal Media Ethics

By on 5.27.11 | 12:35PM

During the Lewinsky scandal, Time magazine White House correspondent Nina Burleigh expressed the prevailing view of liberal journalists when she notoriously said, "I'd be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal."

The obverse of such abject obseqiousness to Democrats is a ruthless hostility to Republicans, a media tendency that nowadays manifests itself as Palin Derangement Syndrome. Having studied the phenomenon at close range -- I visited Alaska last year to explore the native habitat of the original Palin-haters -- I am familiar with the symptoms of the disorder. Those in the thrall of PDS are willing to believe the very worst about the former Alaska governor, and will say or do anything that they think may hurt her, politically or personally.

‘Huge Win’ for Palin Publisher vs. Gawker

By on 11.20.10 | 8:20PM

After the gossip Web site Gawker published unauthorized excerpts of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book America by Heart -- including 14 partial page-scans -- Palin took to Twitter to ask: "Isn't that illegal?"

Gawker's Maureen O'Connor responded by taunting Palin, suggesting the former Alaska governor might "want to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the law."

Oops. Palin's publisher, Harper Collins, went to court and Saturday afternoon, a federal judge issued a restraining order requiring Gawker to take down its excerpts. Associated Press reports:

Fox News Contributors Mock Sarah Palin

By on 11.16.10 | 11:04AM

Two regular contributors to Fox News took turns mocking Sarah Palin behind the scenes of Sunday's "Fox News Watch" program, a video released by the network shows.

The video recorded during a commercial break on the program hosted by Jon Scott shows former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and former Washington Times reporter Liz Trotta laughing about negative reviews of Palin's new TLC documentary series, Sarah Palin's Alaska.

On the video, Miller, Trotter, Scott, Newsday columnist Ellis Henican and Fox News contributor James Pinkerton are seen preparing to go on the air when Miller says, "Oh, I do have something to say about Palin. I even prepared it. Who's doing Palin?"

"I am," Henican says.

"I'll add," Miller says.

The Delaware Fury: Is This Really About 2012?

By on 9.16.10 | 2:22AM

A few months ago, a friend suggested to me that Mitt Romney's supporters were involved in certain behind-the-scenes maneuvers as part of an effort to stack the deck in Romney's favor in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign. And these supporters, it was said, are especially concerned about thwarting any effort by Sarah Palin to get the 2012 GOP nomination.

That came to mind as I was reflecting on the stunning vehemence of some Republican attacks on Christine O'Donnell. Something else that came to mind: The 2012 primary calendar.

Sarah Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte, who won a narrow victory in the New Hampshire GOP Senate primary. Palin's endorsement was also credited with securing Sharron Angle's win in Nevada (which holds Jan. 28 caucuses in 2012) and with lifting Nikki Haley to victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina (2012 primary, Jan. 28), which has been a make-or-break state for GOP presidential candidates since 1980.

Delaware -- where Palin's endorsement gave a decisive boost to O'Donnell -- is a Feb. 7 "Super Tuesday" state.

Alaska Libertarians Courted in GOP Senate Fight

By on 8.27.10 | 3:03AM

Alaska's Libertarian Party suddenly finds itself in the news -- and the object of political courtship -- as a result of Joe Miller's apparent upset of Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary.

Under Alaska law, if Murkowksi is defeated in the Republican primary, her only other option to be on the Nov. 2 ballot would be for her to obtain the nomination of another party. Murkowski's supporters are trying to persuade LP Senate candidate Frederick "Dave" Haase to consider stepping aside so that she could run on the Libertarian ticket -- a move that Haase and state LP officials have so far refused to rule out.

In a telephone interview late Thursday, one LP source in Anchorage told me that although Haase has expressed admiration for Murkowski, he's also a "huge fan of Sarah Palin."

Alaska: Sen. Murkowski Trails Palin-Backed Challenger Miller

By on 8.25.10 | 5:57AM

When Alaska officials stopped counting ballots at 12:30 a.m. Anchorage time (4:30 a.m ET), 77% of the state's precincts had reported, and Republican primary challenger Joe Miller led by nearly 3,000 votes over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The New York Times, Roll Call and Anchorage Daily News reported this result cautiously -- Murkowski was "imperiled" and "battling for her political life," etc. -- but with Miller at nearly 52% of the vote, it appears evident that the challenger has won an upset.

Anatomy of an Anti-Palin Hoax

By on 7.19.10 | 9:47PM

Headline in the New York Post, Monday:

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston eyeing reality show

Headine in US Weekly, later Monday:

Exclusive: Rep: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston Aren't Doing a Reality Show

OK, so what's going on here? Why would the New York Post print a story stating as a fact that Sarah Palin's daughter was pitching a TV show without bothering to get confirmation from any of the alleged stars of such a show? They certainly must have trusted their sources. And who would those sources be?

One online commenter said of their reunion, "When you have no way to come up with $1,700 a month in child support . . . and there aren't any other jobs out there . . . options are limited."