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Mark Halperin is the co-author of Game Change. He, like many of us, perceives that Palin may actually run in the 2012 race.
Sarah Palin announced yesterday, Jan. 11, 2009 that she had joined the “management team” at Fox News. Indicating her excitement she explained that it was “wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news”. Having devoted the last year to research and writing of “Rebuttal to the Rogue”, I have created a permanent record of the multitude of “misstatements” “untruths” “mischaracterizations” or flat-out lies that Ex-Governor Palin has told. Even though the book has over 400 footnotes documenting the sources for all I have said, some might still suggest that I am not objective. Yet, even an objective observer would have to admit that Fox News tends to present only the conservative view of the news and doesn’t make an attempt to present “fair and balanced news”.
On the same day that Palin announced her association with Fox News, “Game Change” appeared on the shelves of our local book stores. Authored by John Heilemann a national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine, and Mark Halperin a senior political analyst for Time magazine, “Game Change” affirms all that has been reported in “Rebuttal to the Rogue”, and then goes beyond anything I have reported to suggest that Palin is “mentally unstable” (pg 401). Consider the multiple comments of this political correspondent and analyst:
- The McCain campaign was ill equipped to present and defend McCain’s choice. (pg. 365)
- In talking about questions regarding the vet of Palin, there were serious questions regarding the staff’s pick of Palin, and McCain’s sense of responsibility about governance. (pg 367)
- Cheney told his friends that Palin was “woefully unprepared, and McCain had made a reckless choice”.(pg 368)
- They had to attempt to teach Palin to say “NEW-clear” instead of “NUKE-u-lar”.(Pg. 371)
- Palin had a tendency to “shade the truth”. Specific examples included the Bridge to Nowhere, selling the jet on E-Bay, making victims pay for their rape exam kits in Wasilla, Troopergate, asserting that she and Todd had gone without health insurance, and her promise to McCain to affirm his position supporting stem cell research, which she later did not do. (pg. 396)
- Her grasp of rudimentary facts and concepts was minimal. (pg. 397)
- Palin didn’t know why North and South Korea were separate nations. (pg. 397)
- Palin thought Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9-11. (pg. 397)
- Palin didn’t know who the enemy was in Iraq that her son would be fighting.(pg 397)
- There were “two Sarahs”. One was the “perky” one, and the other was a woman in a strange blue funk. (pg. 398)
- Palin’s eyes could be glassy and dead (pg. 398)
- Palin could be sitting in silence, unresponsive, and might complain that she was “fat”. (pg. 398)
- On the campaign trail, Palin would often not eat at all, or eat only a few pieces of steak for the entire day. She might only drink half of a can of diet soda an entire day; she might not drink any water, and was not sleeping more than 2-3 hours per night. (pg. 400)
- She was reportedly in a “catatonic stupor” two days before the Vice-Presidential debate (pg. 400)
- Palin was “mentally unstable”. (pg 401)
- Schmidt thought Palin was irrational.(pg 401)
- McCain was uneasy about Palin’s mental state. (pg 401)
- Palin looked dazed, and her mental stability was in question (pg 402,403)
- Her reason for asking Senator Biden to “call you Joe” was that she kept calling him Senator “O’Biden”.(pg 405)
- Palin’s psychological fragility might lead to a fiasco (pg. 407)
- Palin often deviated from the script. (pg 408)
- Palin said: “I know what I know what I know”. (pg 409)
- Palin was a “big time control freak”. (pg 409)
- Some people in the McCain camp believed Palin was “unfit for high office”. (pg 415)
- Some in the McCain-world were ridden with guilt over elevating Palin to within striking distance of the White House. (pg 416)
The McCain camp was the group of Republicans who chose Palin, so if there were ever a group of people who would be complimentary of Sarah Palin it would be this group. Given their comments, does Fox News indicate Fox’s commitment to the liberation of the American woman and presenting “fair and balanced news” or just ratings?
Some say that the only requirement for a female on Fox News is attractive legs.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1qAnx-_LmY&feature=player_embedded
Do you think Sarah Palin’s legs qualify her to be a correspondent at Fox News, or is it her mental stability that attracted Fox News to her?