Why Palin Responds to Bloggers

Todd & Sarah on July 26, 2009I know there are those haters out there who are wondering why Sarah Palin is responding to bloggers when blogs are not part of the real world of journalism.  Well, here’s a news flash to the haters:  Newspapers print yesterday’s news while the evening news spews out…well, mostly yesterday’s news also, so where do people find NEW news?  ONLINE. And what dominates online?  BLOGS.

When information is printed online, whether it’d be true or not, and in the form of opinion pieces from bloggers or paid political commentators, there is a gradient mesh that overlaps between a blogger/commentator and those who also contributes to major news outlets allowing readers to believe the word of the writer.

Readers just read.  They don’t really stop to think if they’re reading an opinion piece or not.  They just read for the information and the information rests in their head until the next set of information arrives.

Most recently, Dennis Zaki, owner and writer of the Alaska Report, who also contributes to CNN and other major news, wrote a piece saying that the divorce of Sarah and Todd Palin has been confirmed.  His words:

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.

Other blog sites picked up on the “news,” and continued the cycle of Palin bashing.  Before allowing the rumor to grow legs, Palin’s spokeperson Meg Stapleton came out with a statement to debunk the rumor:

Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).

Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to “quit making things up.” We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.

Meg Stapleton (via Sarah Palin Facebook page)

What’s even classier is Palin’s official response to the lie:

Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I’m not blind!” (-via Robert Stacy McCain’s blog)

Imagine what it would be like during the 2008 presidential election if Palin were to be able to slap down rumors and half-truths, statements that are still in the minds of Palin-haters who want to discredit her in every way.  I remembered answering a post to someone on YouTube who said, “Palin thinks Africa is a country, so I would never vote for her.”  I told him that that rumor has been debunked a long time ago and he thanked me for the clarification.  In Palin’s first interview after the election, Palin told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News that the statement was taken out of context.  None of the Africa statements were even recorded, but we have the 44th President of the United States, Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama, who clearly said he has visited “57 states.” Surely, he misspoke and none of us believed that he really thinks there are 57 states in the union, but the haters choose to hammer Palin whom they have no proof of what she really said.  Where did this damaging story originated from?  A BLOG from a fake guy who should be sued for all the crap he writes.  And to THINK how dangerous it was that even Fox News Carl Cameron repeated such a rumor as hard news!  I was a huge Palin supporter and I almost believed that statement and questioned her intelligence for a second there.  Imagine those who didn’t take the time to find out what the truth is.  Imagine if they had voted for Obama just because of that statement released by Fox News during the last few weeks of the election.

And then there’s Matt Damon who had diarrhea of the mouth when he talked about Palin in early September of 2008.   The YouTube video of him ripping Palin has over 6 million views pandering to the ignorant and uninformed.  He says he knows nothing about Palin.  Word to the wise:  Before you cast judgement on someone you claim you know NOTHING about, do some research before you make yourself appear like another smart-alec idiot celebrity with half a brain.

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