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…but orange now and black

Media theory with Sarah Palin

Via HuffPo

The medium is the... massage?

And yesterday, from Palin’s lawyer:

To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now
claiming as “fact” that Governor Palin resigned because she is “under federal investigation” for
embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to
address such defamation.  This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the
defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post,
that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in

a court of law.  The Alaska Constitution protects the right of free speech, while simultaneously holding those “responsible for the abuse of that right.”  Alaska Constitution Art. I, Sec. 5. http://ltgov.state.ak.us/constitution.php?section=1. These falsehoods abuse the right to free speech; continuing to publish these falsehoods of criminal activity is reckless, done without any
regard for the truth, and is actionable.

Thomas Van Flein, for
Governor Sarah Palin

Via Palin’s Twitter page

As it was put on Digg, apparently Palin is planning on suing the Interwebs.

Note, if you will, that none of the sources mentioned reported that the investigation was anything more than a rumour (and I don’t even think the NYT or WaPo had reported the rumours yet at all). Reporting rumours becomes ethically problematic when that reporting drifts towards insinuation, but even that is far from illegal. Many a bloviator (conservative or liberal) would be out some heavy legal dough by now if it were. But precedent be damned, Palin has her own egomaniacal interpretation of the first amendment:

If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.

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2 Responses to “Media theory with Sarah Palin”

  1. DId you catch Van Flein’s statement after Shannyn Moore’s press conference yesterday that he has no plans to sue anyone? He was just puffing out his chest in hopes of shutting people up.

    • I think that was pretty clear to everyone from the beginning. How much damage does this do to his professional cred do you think? …that he wouldn’t think that the HuffPo, NYT, WaPo etc. wouldn’t know the basic limits of libel law. Jeesh! Who is this guy anyway?


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