Top 7 Myths, Lies and Untruths About Sarah Palin

September 6, 2008

Source: Fox News

This doctored photo of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is one of a number of falsifications and rumors to emerge since she became Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential running mate.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been subjected to an intense amount of media and public scrutiny since she was named as John McCain’s vice presidential pick one week ago. Many of the attacks have come in the form of unconfirmed reports on the Internet. Among them:

1) Palin “Joined a Secessionist Political Party”

The Charge: Unsubstantiated Internet reports insisted Palin was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, which critics call a secessionist political movement and supporters say is dedicated to seeking greater state control over federal lands across Alaska.

The Facts: Palin has been a registered Republican since 1982. There is no record of her ever being a member of the AIP, or any party but the GOP. Palin’s husband has been a member of the AIP in the past, but since 2002 has been a registered independent.

2) Palin Supported a “Nazi Sympathizer”

The Charge: “Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or, as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer,” Obama Florida spokesman Mark Bubriski was quoted as saying in a Miami Herald article.

The Facts: While mayor of Wasilla, Palin wore a Buchanan button during the sometimes presidential candidate’s 1999 visit. But Palin actually supported Steve Forbes in 2000, and served as a co-chair on his Alaska campaign.

In the weeks after the 1999 report of her wearing the Buchanan button, Palin said: “When presidential candidates visit our community, I am always happy to meet them. I’ll even put on their button when handed one as a polite gesture of respect. … The article may have left your readers with the perception that I am endorsing this candidate, as opposed to welcoming his visit to Wasilla.”

3) Palin “Wants Creationism Taught in School”

The Charge: Palin opposes the teaching of evolution, and would mandate the teaching of creationism in the state’s public schools.

The Facts: Palin said during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign that she would not push the state Board of Education to add creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum, or look for creationism advocates when she appointed board members. She has kept this pledge, according to the Associated Press.

Palin has spoken in favor of classroom discussions of creationism, in some cases. “I don’t think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum,” Palin told the Anchorage Daily News in a 2006 interview.

4) Palin “Was Nearly Recalled” While Mayor

The Charge: Palin was so controversial as mayor of Wasilla that she was almost recalled by a popular voter movement.

The Facts: The Wasilla City Council considered but never took up a recall motion after she fired a longtime police chief, who subsequently brought a lawsuit. A citizen’s group dropped their recall bid, and a judge ruled Palin had the authority to fire the chief.

5) Palin “Opposes Sex Education”

The Charge: Palin opponents say she supported the end of all sex education in public schools. In light of her daughter’s presumably unplanned teen pregnancy, this has been a particularly well discussed Internet topic.

The Facts: “The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” Palin wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates. Palin favors abstinence-based sex education programs.

6) “This Picture Proves Palin is …”

The Charge: A slew of fake, Photoshopped or misdated photographs on the Internet purport to show Palin in any number of embarrassing or compromising poses. One photo claimed to show Palin standing poolside, wearing an American flag-themed bikini, toting a rifle with telescopic sight.

The Facts: The various photos are being discredited and shown to be fake on a number of Web sites. The original of the so-called bikini shot, probably the best-known of the pictures, was shown to have been taken of another woman, with Palin’s head Photoshopped above the body.

7) Palin is the grandmother, and not the mother, of Trig Palin

The Charge: The most salacious rumor of all, this theory holds that Palin did not give birth to her son Trig in April, and was actually covering up for her daughter, Bristol.

The Facts: There are a number of photographs showing an apparently pregnant Sarah Palin, as well as a number of published eyewitness accounts of her pregnancy. These include First Lady Laura Bush, who says she spoke with a pregnant Palin at a governor’s conference in February. An assignment manager for KTVA news in Anchorage, Cherie Shirey, has also been quoted saying: “We worked with Governor Palin many times in 2008. Our reporters worked her on location and in the studio and I worked with her myself. She was definitely pregnant. You could see it in her belly and her face. The whole idea that Sarah Palin wasn’t pregnant with Trig is completely, absolutely absurd.”

The McCain campaign, in an apparent effort to counteract the rumors, announced last weekend that Bristol Palin is five months pregnant, which indicated she would have become pregnant before Trig was born.

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9 Responses to “Top 7 Myths, Lies and Untruths About Sarah Palin”

  1. Track Starr said

    Laura Bush would never lie!

  2. Track Starr said

    Sarah Palin addresses Alaska First party from governor’s office.

  3. Steve said

    Just curious did Foxnews ever do an article clearing up all the lies about Obama? Oh and Sarah palin gave me a blow job at a Wasilla high football game.

  4. irishspacemonk said

    Rumor. Palin’s daughter is pregnant…oh it turns out to be true. Sorry abstinence-based sex education is not sex education and it apparently doesn’t educate that if you’re not going to abstain, at least use a condom. There are no documents that actually prove she was a registered republican in 1982 either. It seems kind of odd that as soon as she graduated she went out and registered to vote and declare her party…give me a break. This is just the story the McCain camp is hoping to portray.

  5. knowledge said

    There are some lousy attitudes on here. Why is that so hard to believe Irish, I am a mother of 4, and abstinence education worked for me. I waited. I also went out and registered my party as soon as I turned 18. SO?? A little projections maybe? You are proving nothing but a bad attitude that feels your movie star is threatened.

  6. peter clarke said

    A veritable counter-industry of Palin defense seems suddenly to have emerged. What is an “obviously photoshopped image”? How does one tell? I’ve seen nothing in the way of proof that Sarah Palin is this kind of victim, and to have had it emerge in the space of just a few days is hard to believe. In any case, disproving unsupported claims of fakery is a pretty easy way to sidestep the issue, and make it go away long enough for people with zero attention spans to be captured by new propaganda. We’re talking about your average information-besotted, semi-educated, American. This woman is a gifted sociopath, which is another way of describing a hyperambitious Republican. But this guy will go no more a-Roving with that fair maid.

  7. Todd Palin said

    Lotta strawmen in that list.

  8. keir said

    I feel so sorry for the uneducated liberal idot voters who actually believe this crap. If you cannot tell an obviously photoshopped photo just by looking at it, then you must really need glasses. If you need proof of when she actually registered with the GOP, then all that is needed is to look at the voter registration records. If you can’t figure this one out for yourself, then you truly are uneducated. As for not printing an article about the Obama slants and mistruths, these have been factually corrected on air by Fox not just in an article.. So fox does try to keep the truth in front and lets you decide, moreso than any other mainstream media outlet, the majority of whom are so far pro-Obama and and alsways put a spin on whatever they report.

  9. Gulliver Dark said

    It’s obvious that the left will stoop to anything in an attempt to discredit Sarah Palin; they must really feel threatened by a politician whose position on certain issues doesn’t change depending upon the audience.

    What I find disheartening is the mainstream media actually lending credence to some of these far-fetched allegations, while ignoring the facts of Obama’s political associations (Ayers, ACORN, Wright, etc)

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