Mark Halperin Slurps-up Sarah’s Spoon-fed Spin
By Linda Kellen Biegel
I watched a piece last night on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” that was good overall. It was about Palin’s bus-to-nowhere tour:
I was pleased that O’Donnell pointed out the potential illegalities involved in using her SarahPAC money, regulated by the Federal Election Committee, on a “family vacation” rather than on a campaign. At one point, he even mentions that the media doesn’t report on such things because frankly they generally don’t understand them.
That statement proved to be ironic.
O’Donnell then brought out Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin, co-author of “Game Change”–an analysis of the 2008 presidential campaign. He introduced Halperin with these words:
“Now Mark you in “Game Change” the book you co-authored with Jack Heilemann…you studied Palin and the Palin Campaign very, very closely. Your camera, in effect, went in closer than anyone ever has in that world.”
The two men proceed to banter back and forth on whether they think Palin is going to run in 2012. Later on, O’Donnell gives Halperin even more praise for his alleged “expertise” on the subject of Sarah Palin:
“What I like about this, Mark, is that you’ve actually dug into her very closely and thought about the details of her history that you know and that you’ve worked on discovering.”
When O’Donnell stated his belief that Palin quitting her Governor’s job in Alaska killed any chances she has at the presidency, Halperin responds:
“…and she quit the Governorship — I’m not here as an apologist for her — she quit the Governorship because under the laws of the state, her family was going to be bankrupt by litigation and public records requests and she wasn’t interested in doing that.”
This from the mouth of a much-touted “Sarah Palin expert?”
I refer Mr. Halperin to Chapter 25 of the Alaska Statutes: Public Record Disclosures. I refer him there because that chapter makes it abundantly clear that NO GOVERNOR must delve into HIS OR HER PERSONAL FINANCES to satisfy a request for State of Alaska public records.
Actually, as a paid MSNBC commentator, Mr. Halperin would not even need to do that simple bit of research himself. He would only have to pick up the phone and call fellow-employee Bill Dedman who wrote about the first release of emails to satisfy one of the requests for records made by MSNBC itself. (As another wave of emails is about to hit MSNBC, learning the ins-and-outs of Alaska public records law should be especially simple.)
Secondly, if Mr. Halperin would have EVER bothered to speak to State officials or even those of us who filed an ethics complaint against Palin, we could tell him that there is NO NECESSITY for a lawyer to either file OR respond to a complaint stemming from the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Not only that, far-and-away the most expensive ethics complaint for the State of Alaska (and it can be assumed, Palin as well) was the one she filed against herself to try and circumvent the Troopergate investigation started by a unanimous vote of the Alaska Legislative Council. Not only did she hire her own lawyer, Thomas Van Flein regularly acted as a spokesperson on the right-wing radio circuit, making the rounds sometimes multiple times a week.
That couldn’t be cheap.
Mr. Halperin also needs to understand is that “coincidentally,” around the same time she announced she was quitting, Sarah Palin discovered that an investigation determined there was “probable cause” that Palin’s “Alaska Fund Trust” Legal Defense Fund possibly violated the law. (A second investigator made the same determination and she had to return the money.)
I know I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but I still become flummoxed when I see how readily the media regurgitates the lies Palin spoon feeds to them, even if they aren’t fans. This isn’t the first time I’ve rolled my eyes over something Halperin has said, but it is the first time I’ve stayed up until 2:00 am to finish a rebuttal.
Of course, this is just another reason to buy “Blind Allegiance” written by the true Palin expert(s)!