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Should Erik Wemple be attacking Sarah Palin?
The Daily Caller ^ | September 15, 2011 | By Mark Judge

Posted on 09/15/2011 5:58:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

According to Erik Wemple, The Washington Post’s new media writer, Sarah Palin is a hypocrite. The former Alaska governor supports abstinence education, yet according to tabloid reporter Joe McGinniss, in 1988 Palin had a one-night stand with a basketball player. Palin was not married at the time, although she was dating Todd Palin. Put all this together, writes Wemple, and Palin is “fair game.” His reasoning: “Hypocrisy is a quality that must be exposed in our political leaders: If Palin backs abstinence-only education and shuns talk of contraception and the like, then we are entitled to know whether her own lifestyle aligned with her rhetoric. And so we’re learning about Palin’s alleged Reagan-era sex life.”

There are two problems with Wemple’s argument. The first is that he got the facts wrong. In one paragraph he claims Palin endorses “abstinence” education. In the next he calls it “abstinence-only.” Which is it? It would have taken Wemple 30 seconds of googling to figure out that Palin supports both sex education and the encouragement of abstinence — that is, she thinks kids should be encouraged to be abstinent but, in case they can’t live up to that, also be given the facts about sex — but in a non-graphic, non-dehumanizing way. That position may seem muddled to liberals, but it’s where most Americans are. They want their kids to have the facts but they also don’t want them to be treated like rutting animals.

Wemple’s bigger problem is his charge of hypocrisy, and the claim that it allows reporters to reveal personal things about politicians, no matter how old the story is. If that’s the case, perhaps we should hold journalists who set themselves up as moral judges to the same standard.

In 1998 I had lunch with Cathy Alter, who’s now a successful book author who has appeared on “The Today Show.” At the time, she was freelancing and had just written a story for The Washington City Paper, where Wemple was an editor. Cathy said that Wemple had changed her story in order to make the subject look bad. This wasn’t the kind of tinkering that editors normally do, asking her to draw out detail or do a rewrite. This was a demolition job that completely flipped the meaning of her story.

Cathy had been sent to interview Jennifer Ringley, a woman who had started broadcasting her life, including her private life, via a webcam. She called her project the “JenniCam.” Cathy told me that she had gone to interview Ringley thinking that she’d be a very troubled person. But instead, Cathy found her to be nice, funny and highly intelligent. She wrote as much in her story.

Then Wemple changed her story to make Ringley seem crazy. According to Cathy, Wemple said that every week The City Paper ran a story on what the editors called “the freak of the week.” It didn’t matter what the facts were; the point was to make the subject look like a freak.

Cathy was furious. She yelled at Wemple, telling him he was publishing fiction. She also objected to Wemple’s descriptions of Ringley as fat. According to Cathy, Wemple replied, “I was fat as a kid and got teased. She’ll get over it.”

It’s probably worth noting that at the time this happened, Wemple was not the editor-in-chief of The City Paper — a job he would have a couple years later. The editor-in-chief was David Carr, the drug addict and wife-beater who would go on to fame as a New York Times writer. (Carr is the star of the documentary “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”) I wrote a couple pieces for Carr when he was at The City Paper, and I remember him using the phrase “freak of the weak” a couple times. But he never altered my copy to change the meaning of a story. That was left to Liza Mundy, who wempled one of my articles to make the subjects look like idiots. Mundy also went on to work for The Post. At the time of my episode, the editor of The City Paper was not Carr, but Jack Shafer, who would go on to “monkeyfishing” fame.

So ask yourself, which is the bigger hypocrisy and which the greater moral crime. On one hand we have a politician who may have had a one-night stand — before she was married. More than 25 years later that politician supports sex education that promotes abstinence while also acknowledging that kids need to know about condoms.

On the other you have a journalist who liked to destroy people’s reputations by falsifying the copy that reporters brought him. That journalist has now set himself up as an oracle of proper journalistic practice at The Washington Post.

Which is the more dishonorable?

If Palin endorsed abstinence-only education — even though she really didn’t — and this opens her up to a story about a one-night stand in 1988, could we call into question Wemple’s fitness to write about the media because he falsified a story — maybe many — in 1998, and after?

One more thing: On his blog, Wemple sometimes links to Mother Jones, a socialist rag that nobody reads. Does he do so because Stephanie Mencimer, Wemple’s wife, writes for Mother Jones? Is he trying to send traffic to the site his wife writes for?

By all means, let’s check the hypocrisy of our politicians — and our journalists.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Politics; Sports
KEYWORDS: palin; presstitutes

1 posted on 09/15/2011 5:58:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can this A-hole writer name one politician,or for that matter person, that isn’t a hypocrite?

He just wants to besmirch SP under the guise of being a moral reporter.


2 posted on 09/15/2011 6:02:41 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I feel tepridation of even seeming to give this story any credibility.

However, even if you ASSUMED falsely that the story was true, it would not be hypocritical for Palin to push Abstinence Education.

In fact, it would make sense that a person who didn’t abstain would see the need to teach people how to abstain.

This would be like claiming someone was a hypocrit if they didn’t take history in college, and later in life argued that colleges should be required to teach history.

Liberals are really good though at spotting false evidence of non-existant hypocrisy.


3 posted on 09/15/2011 6:05:07 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Finalapproach29er
What did this “A-hole writer” have to say about Obama’s admitted drug use?
4 posted on 09/15/2011 6:05:25 PM PDT by beethoven
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good piece!


5 posted on 09/15/2011 6:06:19 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberal writers will typically use two strategies in trying to discredit a position.

If you fail to live up to a position, they will say that you have no right to expect another person to live up to a position that you failed to live up to.

If you, however, are successful in walking the walk, they will then say that you cannot possibly teach others to do the same because you don’t know what it’s like to fail.


6 posted on 09/15/2011 6:07:42 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, I’m GAGGING.


7 posted on 09/15/2011 6:09:04 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know I’m really tired of the msm reporting this supposed one night stand as fact. Even the guy didn’t confirm it. He had nothing but praise for Sarah.


8 posted on 09/15/2011 6:13:17 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Interesting self-disclosure. "If you're not constant throughout your life, you're a hypocrite. Repentance is a myth."

Glib or stubborn? That kind of attitude covers both kinds.

9 posted on 09/15/2011 6:18:10 PM PDT by danielmryan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Erik Wemple, obviously a graduate of the Jason Blair School of Journalism.


10 posted on 09/15/2011 6:20:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin never back abstinence only education, she favored all the above approach, so the story is not one of hypocrisy


11 posted on 09/15/2011 6:20:50 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: CharlesWayneCT

How do you know which people on God’s earth have abstained and which haven’t?


12 posted on 09/15/2011 6:32:09 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She had a one night stand in 1988? (or so someone says) Wow. That’s just so weird. A beautiful, single woman in her 20’s who grew up in that generation... having a one night stand? It’s unforgivable! LOL!!!

She’s not doing it now or since she’s been married. She’s now a mature, grown woman who knows better.

30 years ago? Seriously?
One night stands are always regrettable and embarrassing when they are verified...but a 30 year old one night stand? Get real.


13 posted on 09/15/2011 6:35:31 PM PDT by nagdt ("None of my EX's live in Texas")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The former Alaska governor supports abstinence education, yet according to tabloid reporter Joe McGinniss, in 1988 Palin had a one-night stand with a basketball player."


Would it be hypocritical for a former alcoholic to preach on the dangers of alcoholism?
14 posted on 09/15/2011 6:41:58 PM PDT by rob777
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To: nagdt

Most people have sense enough not to listen to McGinnis, much less trust what he says.


15 posted on 09/15/2011 6:42:14 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Loved the tidbits about Wemple et al. LOLOL


16 posted on 09/15/2011 6:50:51 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You mean “should he do it” as in “is it right for him to do it” or as in “should he do it in order to get attention and advance his career”? Because the answer isn’t necessarily the same for both.


17 posted on 09/15/2011 6:51:29 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wemple is a toilet fag.


18 posted on 09/15/2011 6:53:56 PM PDT by Octar
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To: Marty62

if the guy denies it, he should sue...


19 posted on 09/15/2011 7:03:01 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: reasonisfaith

Q: “How do you know which people on God’s earth have abstained and which haven’t?”

A: See who is smoking a cigarette and smiling?


20 posted on 09/15/2011 7:40:15 PM PDT by PatHimself
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonder how many one night stands this jerk had?


21 posted on 09/15/2011 7:48:36 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bumping...


22 posted on 09/15/2011 8:09:09 PM PDT by redhead (Never Forget. Never Forget. NEVER FORGET!)
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To: Grey Eagle

One with the Left Hand, the rest with the Right Hand.


23 posted on 09/15/2011 8:18:13 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Beat me to it.[No pun intended]


24 posted on 09/15/2011 9:02:06 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great information and an easy read. Loved it. Thanks.


25 posted on 09/15/2011 11:14:45 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not a huge SP fan but PLEASE.... These guys are grasping at straws now. It’s been amazing to watch how far some of these cretins will go to get their 15 minutes of fame.
As someone posted earlier. 30 years ago, she was in her 20’s. Many people have “one night stands” at that age. It’s an age of going to the bars, picking up and hooking up. It shouldn’t have any bearing on your life once you have grown with wisdom and maturity.
In other words, this is a “non-story” and this guy is a nobody. Again, just trying to get his easy 15 minutes of fame. Lame-o!


26 posted on 09/16/2011 4:47:06 AM PDT by Snark
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