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Filed under: Blogging, Media, Palin, Politics — Rick Moran @ 7:16 am

This is highly speculative but you’ve probably heard by now that a couple of Alaska liberal bloggers “broke” the story about Sarah Palin’s supposed impending divorce from her husband.

It sure sounded solid coming from Alaska Report News:

AlaskaReport has learned today that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage (including a former Palin staffer) have confirmed the split.

A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage and the stress from that led to Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska last week.

The Palins were noticeably not speaking to each other for most of last Sunday’s resignation speech in Fairbanks. Sarah ditched Todd (MSNBC) right after the speech and left without him. Sarah removed her wedding ring a couple of weeks ago.

Sarah has recently purchased land in Montana and is considering moving the family there. Sarah Palin is originally from Idaho.

Very interesting. But not true, according to Stacy McCain who evidently talked directly to Palin or someone who was authorized to speak on her behalf:

“Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I’m not blind!”

Yes, that is her OFFICIAL reponse, which I got via phone at 5:35 this afternoon. Take that to the bank.

I might add that Alaska Report has a about as good a record as Gawker in breaking news - which is better than some MSM outlets but far from perfect. And Gryphen, who apparently started the whole divorce rumor, is even worse.

Nevertheless, once both those sites hit the internet with the story, the blog feeding frenzy on the left began, with a couple of MSM outlets joining in.

As someone who doesn’t consider himself a journalist but who has been around newsrooms for many years, let me just say that if this had come across my desk, I would have smelled a set up. It’s too pat, the pieces fit too nicely together (an “explanation” for why she resigned) not to raise alarms with real journalists. So I think there is at least the possibility, that either someone in the Palin camp with an ax to grind with the media - or, less likely, Palin herself - whispered a few words to a birdie they were sure would get the word to people who would publish it.

The definition of “pwn” is “1. An act of dominating an opponent, and 2. Great, ingenious; applied to methods and objects.” If this was a set up by the Palin camp, it worked magnificently. Now, most of the lefty blogosphere has egg on their face.

Several Alaska bloggers  hounded the former Alaskan governor with bogus ethics complaints while she was in office - Alaska Report being one of them. Could a little payback be at play here?

Stranger things have happened.


  1. American Power tracked-back with, “Behold the Awesome Power of ‘Sources’”.

    Comment by Americaneocon — 8/2/2009 @ 10:32 am

  2. [...] Rick Moran believes this may have all been a set up: I might add that Alaska Report has a about as good a [...]

    Pingback by Flopping Aces » Blog Archive » The Sarah Palin Divorce Idiocy — 8/2/2009 @ 12:27 pm

  3. Renegade hockey mom? That’s the person to lead you back from the wilderness? Dear God.

    Yes. Please place all of your faith in her, Republicans. Send all of the money you were planning to donate to capable candidates to SarahPAC or JoesixPAC or whatever she calls it.

    You guys didn’t learn a single thing from the Bush years, did you?

    Comment by IanY77 — 8/2/2009 @ 4:29 pm

  4. [...] Oh, dear. We’re in completely uncharted territory now. Rick Moran actually used the word “Pwn” in a post title on this story (via Donald [...]

    Pingback by Multiple Sources are Like Magic! — 8/2/2009 @ 6:20 pm

  5. The fact that Sarah Palin almost became vice president of the United States says nothing about Sarah or her ability to pwn. It says everything about the United States as a whole.

    Comment by Chuck Tucson — 8/2/2009 @ 9:55 pm

  6. For a very good laugh, please read Stacy McCain’s “Green Room” post about this “breaking story” at Hotair.com (sorry, I’m not posting the link). Good stuff, very creative.

    Comment by Anonymous — 8/3/2009 @ 7:30 am

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