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Investigative book about "Babygate", Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy with Trig, about to be published
Posted on 05/16/2011 11:53:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
"Facts need testimony to be remembered and trustworthy witnesses to be established in order to find a secure dwelling place in the domain of human affairs. From this, it follows that no factual statement can ever be beyond doubt—as secure and shielded against attack as, for instance, the statement that two and two make four.
It is this fragility that makes deception so very easy up to a point, and so tempting. It never comes into a conflict with reason, because things could indeed have been as the liar maintains they were. Lies are often much more plausible, more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage of knowing beforehand what the audience wishes or expects to hear. He has prepared his story for public consumption with a careful eye to making it credible, whereas reality has the disconcerting habit of confronting us with the unexpected, for which we were not prepared."
–Hannah Arendt, “Lying in Politics” in Crises of the Republic (1972)
The ride is not over yet, it's just about to begin.
Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy, for years a taboo subject in the mainstream media, is not a taboo subject any more - but that doesn't mean that the media have "distinguished" themselves. Indeed the opposite has been the case. We have recently observed respected journalists put their credibility on the line for the serial liar Sarah Palin, claiming in a serious of articles that the faked pregnancy never, ever possibly could have happened.
These articles, which will go down in history as one of the major failures of American journalism, steadfastly and stubbornly ignore facts, reason and common sense, as we have explained in a series of posts. Journalists such as Julia O'Malley
from the Anchorage Daily News, Justin Elliott
from Salon, Dave Weigel
from Slate, Megan Carpentier
from Raw Story and Jason Linkins
from Huffington Post are going to ask themselves how it was possible that they actually believed the claims of Sarah Palin, a woman who basically lies about "everything"
, even "about the weather"
, as Palin-biographer Geoffrey Dunn recently mentioned in an interview with Politicalgates
. A woman who also produced a piece of "100% fiction" with her book Going Rogue
, according to the former McCain-campaign manager Steve Schmidt.
Their articles will surely come back to haunt them.
Well, I guess they believed Sarah Palin because they wanted to believe her.
Like it or not, that was how Sarah Palin looked on March 26, 2008, just about three weeks before officially giving birth to a six-pound baby (click to enlarge):
The fact that many journalists were only too happy to embrace the assertion that "Trig Trutherism" is a nutty conspiracy theory becomes particularly apparent when one looks for example the way in which Dave Weigel recently exploited the issue of "Trig Trutherism" in an article at Slate
and wrote what you could call a roundup of the "world of conspiracies", as Weigel calls it, which apparently plague the American nation.
Good news, everyone! We have survived the latest flare-up of the conspiracy theory generally known as "Trig Trutherism"—the discredited hypothesis that Sarah Palin's youngest son is not hers.
Last week, The Lies of Sarah Palin author Geoffrey Dunn published a lengthy piece—spiked by the Huffington Post, then acquired by the traffic-hungrier Business Insider—going over the same turf. His argument was blown to smithereens by Justin Elliott at Salon as well as by other reporters who sighed and decided to engage with one of the duller conspiracy theories of all time. (A serious conspiracy theory should seem less like a General Hospital subplot.)
It's a familiar rationale for conspiracy theorists: They investigate as much in sorrow as in anger. They are always just one confession away from the truth. This kind of logic is much more understandable, if no more sensible, after reading Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground, a smart and serious new book by Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay. His book shows why Americans are becoming so willing to believe lurid fantasies about the government or politicians they don't like or vaccines or the theory that the federal government was behind the attacks of 9/11 (these believers are the "truthers" of his title). And you realize that the world of conspiracies is only going to get larger.
The "world of conspiracies is only going to get larger?" Well, I don't know about that, but I would say that the world of journalists who don't believe in fact-checking and rational arguments is getting larger - and growing very fast.
When McCain picked Palin, his campaign team thought the media would hail Palin as a fellow maverick, a moderate who could work with Democrats, and avoided polarizing social issues by, for example, vetoing a bill banning benefits for same-sex spouses of state workers. That is, Camp McCain expected the sort of in-depth look that Green provided in "The Tragedy of Sarah Palin."
But how can the "Babygate-bloggers" be responsible for Sarah Palin's recent fall from grace, if there was nothing at all "to see?" It would have taken Sarah Palin less than one day to prove that she is the biological mother of Trig - after all, she would virtually "drown" in a huge pile of documentation, wouldn't she? Birth certificate, hospital records, insurance records, photos, emails, etc. etc. etc.
They also thought that personal profiles would portray Palin as a pro-life Republican who walked the walk when she chose to give birth to a son with Down syndrome.
Alas and woe to her, Palin had the misfortune of walking onto the national stage in the era of the blogosphere. A Daily Kos blogger charged that Palin faked giving birth to Trig five months earlier in order to conceal her teenage daughter Bristol's pregnancy. Other bloggers, as well as British and Australian newspapers, joined the pile-on. That rumor was put to rest for all but the most ardent Palin "birthers" when Bristol turned out to be five months pregnant.
While most reputable American news outlets did not report the rumors, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz wrote at the time that reporters deluged the campaign with questions "about the governor's amniotic fluid, the timing of her contractions and whether she would take a DNA test to establish the baby's parentage." Those questions enraged the McCainiacs.
How much documentation do YOU have for the birth of YOUR child, dear journalists all over the USA who do a solid, professional and diligent job every day?
That's the situation we have right now, but it's about to change - radically.
Already more than a month ago, we received information from "somebody in the business" that a major D.C. based journalist is currently writing a book solely about "babygate", Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy - and that the book deal has already been signed and that it should be published soon! We did, of course, immediately share this information with some important people behind the scenes who will no doubt be conducting their own follow up investigations.
Up until now we kept this very important piece of information quiet on Politicalgates because we didn't want to spoil the "surprise". However the facts about the existence of this book are now being alluded to in public so we believe that the time has come to reveal what we know. The pending publication of such a book comes as no surprise to us, as anyone who questions Sarah Palin's account of "babygate" in an unbiased way and with an open mind will quickly realize that the pregnancy was faked.
There are major forces, especially in Alaska, that are desperately trying to prevent the publication of the truth. Several people in Alaska are deeply implicated in covering up Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy, especially the officials of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, where Sarah Palin "officially" gave birth. The largest newspaper in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News
, is "guilty" as well, as their journalists have started to twist the facts and distort the truth
of the details of Palin's pregnancy and the details of the subsequent investigation into the pregnancy in order to keep Sarah's "secret" under wraps. Apparently because they are afraid too lose valuable government contracts.
The ADN interviewed Sarah Palin's now "invisible" doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, in late 2008, as well as other people, including babygate-bloggers, in a new investation by ADN-journalist Lisa Demer, for a story which in the end never appeared
. Editor Pat Dougherty observed back then, in an email to Sarah Palin in January 2009:
It strikes me that if there is never a clear, contemporaneous public record of what transpired with Trig's birth that may actually ensure that the conspiracy theory never dies.
Well, the "conspiracy theory" hasn't died, and how could it - the truth will always prevail, especially when it comes to a serial, and bad, liar like Sarah Palin.
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make ye mad."
I won't be mad, I will just be happy. Although I am still mad with some journalists who do not perform their job.
*** All posts by Politicalgates about Sarah Palin's faked pregnancy are available HERE, HERE and HERE. ***
The donation of ten copies of Geoffrey Dunn's book to those readers who could not afford to buy the book was a great success. Many thanks again to everybody who came up with the idea and who donated! We plan to offer more free books, after publication, by Frank Bailey, Joe McGinniss, Levi Johnston and of course after the publication of the mentioned upcoming book about "Babygate." Some readers have already agreed to take part in our new upcoming " book donation drive." As always, we are happy that we have such a great, vibrant and supportive community here at Politicalgates.
TOPICS: Conspiracy; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: babygate; humor; lampoon; sarahpalin; satire; trig
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Here is what you can do for yourself:
Go to the second photo down on this thread. It is the enlarged area of Sarah's tummy. Click on that photo and it will go to a larger view of the photo. Hit your “Ctrl” button at the same time, scrolling your mouse wheel. It will change the enlargement of the photo. Enlarge to maximum value. Use the arrows to get to the area where the lapel meets with Sarah's dark blouse. You will see a fuzzy, pixtilated area in that area where the lapel meets with the blouse. Move up and down that area. You will see the pixtilated area get wider and abruptly get smaller. This is evidence of photo shopping my friend.
posted on 05/16/2011 4:03:27 PM PDT
(2012 can't come soon enough.)
Most children born with Downs syndrome are born to teenage mothers. Women having children later in life almost never have a child with Downs syndrome.
Is THAT quote from the article? Total nonsense. The cases are totally the opposite. Don't know any teens/young women that have had Down's Syndrome children. Know 3-4 women that had late-in-life babies with DS, even a case where one twin had Down's and the other did not.
Oh Lord this is hilarious.
I never want to hear a liberal talk about The Crazy in reference to right-wingers again.
posted on 05/16/2011 6:37:15 PM PDT
(Rage all you want, looters & moochers, but the gods of the copybook headings are your masters now.)
To: JPG; WayneS
Yeah - book suppositories affect my spine...
posted on 05/16/2011 7:19:47 PM PDT
(What disease did cured ham used to have?)
I still think Business Insider “articles” should be posted as blog entries, not news. This story just adds credence to that thought.
Meanwhile, the article pretty much gives the ultimate debunking of the stupid conspiracy. Bristol Palin WAS PREGNANT when Trig was born. Sorry, but there’s no way you can give birth to a kid while you are pregnant with a new kid. It is a scientific impossibility.
And apparently, whoever compared pictures is completely clueless as to the nature of pregnancy and how different body types carry babies in different ways. And also apparently clueless about all the stories about girls giving birth who nobody ever knew were pregnant, even after they give birth.
Why? how does her parentage of a child have anything to do with anything?
Maybe someone should ask Obama to prove his kids are his. After all, he actually IS president, and his kids are getting public housing and taxdollars paying for secret service — so there is MORE of a reason for Obama to “prove” that those kids are his.
But nobody will EVER ask him to prove his kids are his, because the whole idea is STUPID.
Now, if you find the statistics for Down’s children born to a 20-year-old, that might be relevant.
I didn’t know pissant had been banned. So I learned something here.
I see he got canned in a birther argument. Although he seems to have fallen on the sword of arguing to strongly for a rape exception for abortion, defending Allen West who was actually asking to move focus away from the birther arguments.
It’s a strange world. I never would have guessed pissant would get banned for an abortion argument.
You wrote: Now, if you find the statistics for Downs children born to a 20-year-old, that might be relevant.
Um, are you having reading comprehension problems? Bad case of the Mondays?
I wrote (in the post you responded to):
Maternal age influences the chances of conceiving a baby with Down syndrome. At maternal age 20 to 24, the probability is one in 1562
It's right there, in black and white. A 20 year old has a 1:1562 chance of conceiving a Down Syndrome baby.
There was absolutely no need for you to take an insulting tone. If you wanted a different piece of information, or clarification, you could have asked nicely.
I didn’t mean the tone to be insulting, I apologize for that.
But the remark stands. Your comment made the point that looking at probabilities didn’t tell the whole story.
You then said “Although the probability increases with maternal age, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under the age of 35,”
What you need to make that point is what percentage of children with down syndrome are born to 20-year-old girls, NOT the percent of children born to 20-year-old girls who have downs syndrome. Although if we had the number of births to 20-year-old-girls, we could figure out the other thing.
My point was that, while it is more likely that a downs syndrome child was born to an under-35 mother than an over-35 mother, what we want to know is whether it was more likely a down syndrome child was born to a 20-year-old or a 40+ year-old.
It’s really your point, focused on the actual situation.
To: Augustinian monk
“One witness did see the live birth at a grassy knoll.”
He wasn’t one of those accidental deaths by karate chop to the neck, was he?
posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:22 PM PDT
(The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
posted on 05/17/2011 4:42:48 AM PDT
(zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
That’s interesting. I didn’t even interpret his remark that way — I thought he was just bringing up that Tammy was her friend and the whole incident about whether Sarah supported Tammy’s tweet or not regarding DADT.
I guess my mind isn’t purile enough to get that without it being pointed out.
It’s funny since pissant was, for the most part, against Sarah because he was sure she was too liberal, as were most candidates.
Oh well, there go half the Duncan Hunter supporters. :-)
To: I cannot think of a name
My fault, I dish out a lot of sarcasm myself and should have caught that.
posted on 05/17/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT
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