Palin now attacking her defenders

The Anchorage Daily News was working to debunk a nasty rumor about the governor's family -- so Sarah Palin is accusing the paper of bias against her.

Published January 13, 2009 4:30PM (EST)

Here's a surprise: Sarah Palin is complaining about media bias against her. This time, she aired her grievances in an interview with Esquire, saying:

Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me....I'll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask -- double-, triple-, quadruple-check -- who is Trig's real mom. And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We're gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it's been quite cryptic the way that my son's birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism.

Apparently, Palin lets no good deed go unpunished. She's badly distorting what actually happened here; in reality, the ADN was defending her against the conspiracy theories regarding her son's birth. The paper's editor even sent her an e-mail telling her this, writing:

You may have been too busy with the campaign to notice, but the Daily News has, from the beginning, dismissed the conspiracy theories about Trig's birth as nonsense. I don't believe we have ever published in the newspaper a story, a letter, a column or anything alleging a coverup surrounding your maternity.

In fact, my integrity and the integrity of the newspaper have been repeatedly attacked in national forums for our complicity in the "coverup." I have personally received more than 100 emails accusing me and the paper of conspiring to hide the truth (about Trig’s birth.) ...

[W]e have been amazed by the widespread and enduring quality of these rumors. I finally decided, after watching this go on unabated for months, to let a reporter try to do a story about the "conspiracy theory that would not die" and, possibly, report the facts of Trig's birth thoroughly enough to kill the nonsense once and for all.

During the Esquire interview, Palin also (h/t to Ben Smith) defended her infamous remark about Russia, saying:

You have to let it go. Even hard news sources, credible news sources — the comment about, you can see Russia from Alaska. You can! You can see Russia from Alaska. Something like that -- a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked -- what you have to do is let that go.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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