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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The Atlantic

The motion was denied.. Now things are going to get interesting.

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Source: The Atlantic

Todd Palin’s former business partner Brad Hanson files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed.

Lets see where this takes us

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Source: iReport
Sources in Alaska say the incident occurred in mid 1990s, right around the time she became mayor of Wasilla. Todd Palin’s partner in a Polaris snowmachine dealership in Wasilla, Brad Hanson, and Sarah were reportedly flirtatious and but never consummated the relationship.
When Todd found out, he reportedly dissolved the partnership and sold the dealership. Hampton is now a member of the Palmer City Council. He was married at the time of the reported flirtation.

The National Enquirer was preparing to publish a story that Republican John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, had an affair with her husband’s business partner. And John McCain is threatening a law suit.
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Look what I found while stumbling around the web this morning

Brad Hanson’s City of Palmer Information

Anyone want to predict the amount of time until they take this down??

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Sharp Looking

What a sharp lookin fella!

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Rumor has it that Mr. Brad Hanson, the man that has spilled the beans on his affair with Sarah Palin to The Enquirer is now a member of the Palmer City Council. He was married at the time when he was alleged to be with Palin.

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I want some reader opinions as to how this Enquirer story is going to turn out.

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Source: Slog
It’s been at least a few hours since the last Palin revelation, so we were overdue for another. This one comes from the National Enquirer, which was right about the Edwards affair but has been wrong about so much else…

You can’t read the “revelation” online because the Enquirer is only hinting at it on its web site:

The ENQUIRER has also learned that Palin’s family is embroiled in a vicious war that is now exposing her darkest secrets, threatening to destroy her political career.

But the McCain campaign is happy to tell us what’s in the Enquirer’s print edition:

The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie… The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it… Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.

My guess is that the McCain campaign wouldn’t be drawing attention to the Enquirer article in this way if it wasn’t false. And if that’s the case, then this is probably one small step in a larger process of using false claims about Palin to distract from true claims about Palin—a process that also lays a foundation for casting her as a victim of a vicious, sexist, media witch hunt.

But you never know… The Enquirer has been right before.

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Source: AFP
ST PAUL, Minnesota (AFP) — Republicans have angrily attacked the US media for the feeding frenzy surrounding Sarah Palin as some observers say it may spark a wave of sympathy for the party’s vice presidential pick.

Since White House hopeful John McCain picked Palin in a surprise choice on Friday, the first time Alaska governor has found herself in a media maelstrom as daily revelations about her political and private life have emerged.

On Monday Palin and her husband, Todd, were forced to issue a statement acknowleging that their 17-year-old daughter was pregnant to dispel Internet rumors that Palin’s baby son, was in fact her grandson.

And then Thursday, the McCain campaign was on the offensive again issuing another press statement this time denying rumors in the gossip tabloid National Enquirer that Palin had had an affair with her husband’s business partner.

McCain senior advisor Steve Schmidt dismissed the allegations as “categorically false.” “It is a vicious lie,” Schmidt told CBS news.

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” Schmidt added. “The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.”

Palin herself hit back in her rousing speech to the convention late Wednesday, telling the gathered press corps that she had “a little news flash” of her own.

“I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.”

In a Mexican wave of wrath, a whole section of the convention floor jumped to its feet, booing and jabbing their fingers at the nearby press stands.

“But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country,” added Palin, winning huge cheers.

Earlier in the evening, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney also laid into the press, castigating journalists as elitists.

“For decades, the Washington sun has been rising in the east — Washington has been looking to the eastern elites, to the editorial pages of the Times and the Post, and to the broadcasters from the coast,” Romney said.

“If America really wants change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, cause it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska,” he said, referring to home states of McCain and Palin.

Palin herself has given no interviews to the national political press since she was selected by McCain as his running-mate.

Once known for courting journalists, McCain also appears to have adopted a bunker mentality with his traveling press corps, despite calling his campaign bus and airplane the “Straight Talk Express.”

Reports have said the McCain campaign has been deluged with reporters asking questions rarely heard on the campaign trail such as whether Palin would have a DNA test to prove that baby, Trig, was her son.

In the corridors of the vast Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, delegates can be heard regularly spewing out invectives against what they contend is a biased, liberal American press.

And some observers say that the torrent of negative reports could in fact trigger a groundswell of support for Palin.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released on Thursday showed that 51 percent of people thought the press was out to hurt Palin, and 24 percent said the wall-to-wall coverage could prompt them to vote for McCain.

“Never underestimate the voters’ dislike of the press. For many voters, Palin will gain visceral sympathy simply because the press is feeding on her,” commented editorial director for National Public Radio’s digital media, Dick Meyer.

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“If we don’t devour her, she will emerge with more intangible support than the press can even imagine.”