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Archive for September 9th, 2010

Dr. Gina Loudon Responds to Michael Gross’ Counterattack

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 9, 2010

Dr. Gina Loudon has responded to the counterattack Michael Gross launched after she called him out on one of the inaccuracies in his Vanity Fair article.  In this excellent rebuttal, she points out even more flaws in his contrived story.

Despite His Denials, Still Plenty of Problems with that Michael Joseph Gross Vanity Fair Story

Posted by Dr. Gina Loudon Sep 9th 2010 at 9:31 am

Michael Joseph Gross, the author of the recent Vanity Fair hit piece on Sarah Palin, does not seem to be able to tell the truth. In a new attempt to “shoot the messenger” (me) rather than admit that his story is concocted, he tries to turn the tables and call my credibility into question. The problem–there are witnesses and logistical impossibilities that expose further problems with his story. He says:

I could not have spoken to her in Independence, because I was not allowed backstage on the floor of the arena, where Loudon was; that was a restricted space, and, as far as I am aware, all reporters were barred from the area.

Quoting from the first words of his article:

Backstage in the arena, a little girl in Mary Janes pushes her brother in a baby carriage, stopping a few yards shy of a heavy, 100-foot-long black curtain. The curtain splits the arena in two, shielding the children from an audience of 4,000 people clapping their hands in time to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The music accompanies a video “Salute to Military Heroes” that plays above the stage where, in a few moments, the children’s mother will appear.

When the girl, Piper Palin, turns around, she sees her parents thronged by admirers, and the crowd rolling toward her and the baby, her brother Trig, born with Down syndrome in 2008. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, bend down and give a moment to the children; a woman, perhaps a nanny, [this is the part he already admitted was an “error” after we exposed it on Big Journalism] whisks the boy away; and Todd hands Sarah her speech and walks her to the stage. He pokes the air with one finger. She mimes the gesture, whips around, strides on four-inch heels to stage center, and turns it on.

His next statement in his defense:

(I was sitting several rows up, in a place where I was able to observe what was happening both in front of and behind the curtain.)

Alas for Mr. Gross, that is simply not possible. To quote from a just-released  statement from the organizers of the Independence, Mo., rally:

From a logistical standpoint, if an individual was able to report about activities going on behind the curtain they could not have done so from solely sitting in the audience but would have had to knowingly gone behind the curtain and into the backstage area.

He continues with his story:

Let me state this as unequivocally as possible: Loudon’s accounts have no basis in reality. I do not mean simply that the facts are wrong—I mean that the episode did not occur.

This doesn’t make any sense: he has admitted that he mistakenly identified my child for Sarah’s child at this precise event, in this precise location. Why would he admit that, and then later say that the whole episode never occurred? If the events “never occurred” then why did he write a retraction?

And for the record: despite Loudon’s claim, the Palins offered me no cooperation or access at any time during the reporting of my article.

Okay then, how was it that Mr. Gross was, in his words, “backstage at the Arena” writing about an incident that he later retracted, if the following is true, according to organizers of the event in a statement:

This event was open press but like a lot of other events we discouraged press backstage unless a member of the press had prior approval from our speakers.

Here is the full statement from the organizers of the event in question:

On May 1, 2010, Preserving American Liberty’s Winning America Back conference in Independence, Missouri was an open press event. We distributed approximately 100 press credentials to local and national media who covered the one day event. This grassroots program featured remarks from prominent national conservative leaders such as Fred Thompson, J.C. Watts, and Sarah Palin. In addition to these speakers we hosted two panel discussions. The first discussion was on the economy and focused on how best to create jobs for the millions of Americans who are unemployed, how we should approach our growing national deficit, and the effect the stimulus bill has had on our economy. Panel participants included Dr. Gina Loudon, BUYcott Founder and Conservative Talk Show Host who announced her BUYcott of Arizona and Ken Hoagland, Chairman, Online Tax Revolt. The second panel featured leaders in the African American and Hispanic communities on the importance for conservatives to reach out to minorities. Panel participants included Pastor Stephen Broden who is a Republican candidate for Congress in the 30th Congressional in Texas and Mario Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund.

This program was put on to have a dialogue about real solutions to the problems our country is facing. Preserving American Liberty is solely comprised of unpaid volunteers who have come together to provide educational forums for the Kansas City metropolitan area. This event was open press but like a lot of other events we discouraged press backstage unless a member of the press had prior approval from our speakers. However, some members of the press and general public were able to make their way behind the curtain throughout the day. During those times we kindly asked members of the press and general public to leave the backstage area because this area was solely for our volunteers, productions teams, and an area for our off-stage announcement of our speakers. To help alleviate the distractions going on behind the stage the venue was setup with a curtain backdrop that ran the length of the arena. This curtain didn’t allow audience members (including the press) to see behind the stage. Again, since this was not a professional event but put on by volunteers some members of the press and the audience were able to purposely sneak to the backstage area throughout the day long event. From a logistical standpoint, if an individual was able to report about activities going on behind the curtain they could not have done so from solely sitting in the audience but would have had to knowingly gone behind the curtain and into the backstage area. In order to keep our program running on time and efficiently as possible whenever a member of the press or general public were seen backstage we kindly asked the individual(s) to return to their seats in the arena.

Dr. Karladine Graves

President, Preserving American Liberty

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Palin Talks O’Donnell Endorsement, and more on Hannity Radio

Posted by Ron Devito on September 9, 2010

Gov. Palin on Hannity retrieved from PalinTV.

Gov. Palin today endorsed Christine O’Donnell and spoke about the economy, the proposed (currently canceled) Koran-burning, the congressional races, and more on Sean Hannity’s radio program.

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Debunking Another Lie: Gov. Palin is NOT Receiving Fee for 9/11 AK Event

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 9, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com


Time and time again, people jump the gun in their determination to characterize Governor Palin as someone unworthy of America’s trust. And time and time again, they are proven wrong.

Today’s complaints centered around the teaming of Glenn Beck and the Governor on 9/11 in Alaska, which was announced here. Without knowing the facts, people have run off at the mouth, accusing them of profitting from this event. Jonathan Capehart is one such person. He writes:

“Restoring America” apparently wasn’t enough for Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. They now appear to be cashing in on the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

[…]

If building a Muslim community center dedicated to human understanding and tolerance two blocks from Ground Zero “stabs hearts,” then how should taking money from people at an event “to commemorate 9/11” be described? Disrespectful. Distatesful. Shameful. Greedy. Narcissistic. Did I leave any adjectives out?

No, you just left the facts out. So let’s set the record straight on Governor Palin–again.

Via CNN (emphasis added):

A Beck spokesperson says Sarah Palin is not receiving an appearance fee, and Beck is donating his to charity.

“Glenn had always intended to donate the speaking fee from the event on Saturday, September 11th in Alaska to Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Governor Palin is not and was never going to receive a fee for introducing Glenn at this event,” a spokesperson for Glenn Beck told CNN.

Retraction, anybody?

(h/t Ian)

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Gov. Palin Urges Pastor to “Stand Down” on Koran Burning, and Today He Does. Now Extremists Need to “Stand Down”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 9, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Pastor Terry Jones has abandoned his plans to burn Korans. Reuters reports:

A Christian pastor said on Thursday he was canceling a plan to burn the Koran, which had drawn international condemnation and a warning from President Barack Obama that it could provoke al Qaeda suicide bombings.

Terry Jones, who heads the tiny Dove World Outreach Center church in the Florida university town of Gainesville, told journalists outside his church in this Florida town that he was calling off his plan.

He said at the same time that an agreement had been reached with Muslim leaders to move the location of an Islamic cultural center and mosque planned close to the site of the September 11 attacks in New York.

But sources close to New York Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said there was no agreement to move the site of the proposed Muslim cultural center.

The planned location has been opposed by many who have said it is insensitive to families of the 2001 victims of the attacks by militant Islamist group al Qaeda.

Jones said he had been promised by Muslim leaders in New York that the location would be changed.

Earlier world leaders had joined the president in denouncing Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Islamic holy book on Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.

Read more here.

The plan to burn the Korans was the wrong tactic, misrepresented Christianity, and was an “unnecessary provocation,” as expressed by Governor Palin yesterday when she urged here that he “stand down” on this plan. President Obama later addressed the issue.

The Governor had tweeted the following:

Book burning=bad;Cleric running 4 Afghan Parliament calling 4 murder of US children n response 2 scorched Korans=worse. Where’s media focus?

After Pastor Jones decided to “stand down” today, she tweeted:

Book burner “stands down” -good! Now, followers of book who want to kill innocents bc some people do things you don’t agree with: Stand Down

Amen.

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Christine O’Donnell for Delaware

Posted by Ron Devito on September 9, 2010

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

The wave of positive change can really sweep across our land with the election of Constitutional Conservatives who promise to use common sense and rein in the federal government spending! Please support Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. She will support efforts for America’s energy security, patient-centered health care reform, cutting government waste, and letting the private sector thrive and prosper! We can’t afford “more of the same” in Washington. Christine will help usher in the real change we need to get America on the right track. Please visit her website at www.christine2010.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

– Sarah Palin

Retrieved from: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=428209588434.

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Mike Ditka on Sarah Palin: She’s Real

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 9, 2010

Video courtesy of PalinTV

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Nevadan Encourages Sharon Angle to Bring In Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 9, 2010

Video courtesy of PalinTV

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Dick Morris on the Significance of Joe Miller’s Victory to Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 9, 2010

Video courtesy of PalinTV

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