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Sarah Palin Mythology Debunked

By: Ronald Kessler

With George Bush soon leaving office, what will Bush bashers do with themselves? If Sarah Palin is elected vice president, it appears they will target her.

Already, with the help of the media, they have managed to obfuscate the record of John McCain's vice presidential nominee and create a string of myths about her. To set the record straight, here are the chief myths, along with the facts.

Myth: As governor of Alaska, Palin put the governor's plane up for sale on eBay but did not really sell it.

Fact: After she did not find a buyer on eBay, she sold the plane eight months later through a broker for $2.2 million.

Myth: Palin did not really stop the "Bridge to Nowhere."

Fact: During her gubernatorial race in 2006, she endorsed the bridge but as governor rejected it, allocating the federal earmark money elsewhere. Meanwhile, in 2005, Barack Obama voted against a Senate amendment to stop funding for the project.

Myth: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin banned nearly 100 books, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and "Death of a Salesman."

Fact: Palin never banned any books. An emailed list of books she supposedly banned included Harry Potter books that had not yet been published when she was in office.

Myth: Palin fired her public safety commissioner because he would not terminate a trooper who was her former brother-in-law after he had been suspended for five days for misconduct.

Fact: Palin did want Walt Monegan to fire her former brother-in-law. But extensive emails from Palin and her aides show she was upset with him because he repeatedly defied her instructions on a string of budget requests. He was offered another job but declined to take it.

Myth: Palin cut funding for special needs education by 62 percent.

Fact: Funding for the program in question was actually tripled thanks to legislation signed by Palin.

Myth: Palin wanted Alaska to secede from the U.S.

Fact: A member of the Alaskan Independence Party incorrectly told the New York Times that Palin at one time had been a member. She later recanted this claim and issued a public apology to the governor.

Myth: Palin left Wasilla residents disenchanted with her.

Fact: In subsequent elections, Wasilla residents voted for Palin by 70 percent or more.

Myth: Palin has no experience.

Fact: Sarah Palin has a string of accomplishments to show for her herself. As mayor, she cut property taxes by 75 percent and reduced her own salary by 10 percent. After joining the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003, she led an ethics probe of the commission's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, who also was the state GOP chairman. Facing conflict-of-interest-allegations, Ruedrich admitted ethics violations and resigned.

Besides opposing the $400 million "Bridge to Nowhere," Palin as governor used her veto power to cut nearly $2 billion from the state budget. She was successful in enacting ethics reform legislation. While pushing to develop more energy resources, she reformed the system for paying Alaskans royalties from oil production. That will enable her to deliver a rebate of $1,200 — in addition to $2,069 in dividends — to each resident of the state.



  • Facts such as these are important to keep out there, thanks.

    By jarasan, at 1:55 PM

  • There was another myth -- actually a twisting of the facts -- that I have heard used a few times. (And will doubtless be parroted ad nauseam by the salivating media.)

    They say that when Sarah Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla, the town had no debt, and when she left they had a debt of $15 million. ("She's no reformer! She's a big spender!")

    The fact is that many in the town wanted to build a new sports areana, and she objected but left the choice up to the residents. And the residents voted to incur the debt, and agreed to increase their local tax to pay for the new arena. So the *residents* of Wasilla voted to incur debt, not Palin.

    Of course, if a liberal was the Mayor of Wasilla, the residents of Wasilla would not have paid for the new arena -- you and I would be paying for it over the next 50 years -- because the Mayor would make up some kind of "midnight basketball" program and the deceptive US Congress would pay for it with an earmark that was attached to a bill for equipping the troops in Iraq.

    By Todd, at 2:19 PM

  • 'at a boy!

    By spy153, at 2:28 PM

  • Sorry to double post, but I meant to add "you tell 'em!"

    By spy153, at 2:31 PM

  • Please excuse me hogging your blog, but this sheds considerable light on who is generating rumors about Palin. There is far more info on their site if someone cares to read methodically researched facts.

    Source The Jawa Report
    "September 22, 2008
    Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them [Updated]

    ***Sticky***Scroll past on main page for newer posts***Updates sprinkled throughout post and summarized at end***
    TOP OF POST UPDATE: Nailed! Ethan Winner confesses he was behind video!
    TOP OF POST UPDATE II: Obama campaign denies involvement, says McCain behind accusations. Wrong, we were.

    Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

    Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

    It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

    Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
    The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
    Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
    Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
    The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
    This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod's firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as "astroturfing."
    David Axelrod is Barack Obama's chief media strategist.
    The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.
    This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe. Our findings follow.


    [UPDATE: Within 1 hour of posting, "eswinner" has removed all videos from YouTube and began removing any traces of his activities. But we have the video and all relevant websites backed up.

    If "eswinner" isn't Ethan Winner of the Publicis Groupe, then why did "eswinner" yank the video so quickly? Or if this was just an innocent homemade ad, then what does he have to hide? You'd think he'd want more attention for it.

    I uploaded it to my YouTube acount from the original unwatermarked Google version (see below for explanation) and that is the version you now see embedded below. Here's a screenshot of the "eswinner" account before it was taken down.]
                                 [**** VIDEO **** ]
    Who is behind this video against Sarah Palin? It alleges:

    Sarah Palin was ......................."

    By konane, at 3:44 PM

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