Palin’s Son A Drug Addict, Enquirer Claims

September 10, 2008

Source: <a href=”http://gawker.com/5047754/palins-son-a-drug-addict-enquirer-claims”&gt; Gawker</a>

The 2008 presidential election is turning out to be ready-made for the National Enquirer. As if John Edwards’ affair and possible love child weren’t fodder enough for the supermarket tabloid, along came Sarah Palin, at the center of enough wild rumors to make Bill Clinton blush. The Enquirer threw some new gossip into the mix today even as it implicitly admitted its prior scoop on the Republican vice presidential nominee might be total bullshit. The biggest claim: The Palin’s son Track, instant Army hero, was a hardcore OxyContin addict. The Enquirer may well end up squandering its newfound semi-credibility publishing and backtracking on wild rumors like this, but it will probably sell truckloads of extra newsstand copies in the process, particularly with stories depicting Track Palin shooting up like a heroin junkie:

The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah’s oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it…

“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”

The tabloid also ties Palin to “a notorious local vandalism incident,” which probably refers to the 2005 trashing of 44 school buses by some unnamed youths.

Also, Sarah Palin supposedly threw her pregnant teenaged daughter Bristol out of the house and transferred her to another school in an attempt to cover up her pregnancy.

But it’s hard to take all this too seriously when, in the same online story, the Enquirer refers to its prior allegation that Palin slept with her husband’s business partner as “claims:”

Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!

(Emphasis added.)

There are enough rumors on Palin to keep an entire reporter — heck, an entire team of reporters — busy trying to nail them all down. Now that the Times has abandoned its stodgy discretion on the family lives of politicians, maybe that sort of fact-checking is actually happening.

[Enquirer]

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