John on August 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm
A guy who blogs under the name Gryphen — one of a small group of self-appointed Palin watchblogs that includes Shannyn Moore, Mudflats and a few others — announced yesterday that Palin was on the brink of divorce. The post is titled “Exclusive! Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville!” Here’s how it starts:
Earlier this week one of my best sources claimed to have explosive new information for me.
It took all week for us to finally get together, but last night we finally sat down for an amazing conversation. And what I heard made my jaw drop.
According to my source Sarah is finished with Todd and has decided to end their marriage.
She has purchased land in Montana (I wonder whose donations paid for that?), and may be considering moving herself and the children as far away from Alaska as she can get.
Today, Palin attorney sent Gryphen this letter which is basically a marker letting him know that a) the entire story was false and b) if he doesn’t retract the story, further action will be taken.
This follows a similar stunt a few weeks ago (which I wrote about here) in which Shannyn Moore indicated on her blog and twitter account that Palin’s resignation was in advance of an “iceberg scandal” which was going to destroy her once and for all. Shannyn received a similar cease and desist letter warning (via press release) from Palin’s attorney and promptly set up a press conference for herself in which she claimed to be a martyr for the first amendment. As I noted in my story (link above) Shannyn-the-martyr refused to allow any critical comments to appear on her own blog. So much for the first amendment.
Well, to her credit, even Shannyn didn’t jump on board this latest smear, saying on her blog yesterday:
My email and voice mail are full of questions regarding the bloggosphere’s reporting that the Palins will divorce.
This is one story where I will say: leave the Palins alone.
It’s good to know that Ms. Moore has some standards. But speaking of standards, here’s what Gryphen reportedly said about the letter from Palin’s attorney:
“Nothing that I wrote in my post was meant to be malicious. I trust my source and simply reported what I had been told.
Gyphen has a whole post up today titled “Was it something I said?“:
Well if this were 1945 Van Flein might have a case. But this is 2009, when divorce is almost as common as marriage itself. It is highly doubtful that a report that Sarah and Todd are having marital problems is going to “injure” Sarah Palin’s reputation in any measurable way.
He then recites a laundry list of the left’s greatest-Palin-hits including the bogus ethics complaints, the shopping spree, and previous rumors of an affair from the National Enquirer. In short, he argues that his latest smear is nothing compared to all the previous ones. I suppose he has a point. When the standards are set by the National Enquirer, it’s hard to lose.
Here’s some unsolicited advice for Gryphen. How about holding off on publishing everything the Palin rumor mill gins up until you actually know something. Ways of knowing include: Being in the room. Having a source who was in the room. Having a recording. Or having a collection of facts which provide substantial circumstantial evidence. You don’t have any of that.
This clique of Alaska bloggers that set out to destroy Palin during the election needs a new hobby. If common sense won’t prevent them publishing every rumor they overhear, maybe a lawsuit or two will. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks as far as I’m concerned.