When it comes to mainstream media reportage on Gov. Palin, the Don
Henley classic "Dirty Laundry" could not be more apropos. The closing
lyric to Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" is,
We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it's said and done, we haven't told you a thing
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry
For most of the media "crap is king," when writing
stories about Gov. Palin. Editorializing in news stories is the
principal reason why we refer to the "lamestream" media as such. A
blatant example of this is an AFP article written by Andrew Gully,
accuses Obama of being in bed with big oil".
Obama and Big Oil
The headline implies that Gov. Palin is making a false accusation.
Gov. Palin stated the facts on the Chris Wallace Show, and on Twitter.
BP did in fact make a $77K
donation to the Obama campaign, which is indeed the largest
donation of the $3.5 million the company has made to federal candidates
in the past 20 years.
According to Cassandra LaRussa, who wrote, "BP
Enjoys Lobbying Strength, Close Ties to Lawmakers as Federal
Investigation Looms," on Open Secrets, only ConocoPhilips has
lobbied more extensively than BP. This connection could explain Obama's
interest in Alaska's gas pipelines.
Gov. Palin correctly indicated a strong correlation between BP's
lobbying and donations to candidate Obama, and his administration's slow
response to the Horizon Deepwater tragedy.
Three Lies in One Paragraph
In his closing paragraphs, Gully wrote,
"Palin, who quit the Alaska governorship after serving
less than half of one term, famously promoted the slogan "Drill, baby,
drill!" that rallied supporters while dismissing possible environmental
impact of off-shore drilling."
Lie No. 1 Figures Don't Lie, but Liars can Figure
Truth: Gov. Palin served almost two thirds of her term, not "less
The "quit the governorship" meme is a typical Alinsky-esque Obama
talking point. Gov. Palin served 31 months out of the four years
(48-months), which is 64.58% of her term. Even if we accept the notion
that Gov. Palin "quit," 64.58% is 14.58% more than half.
We do not expect reporters to do differential equations, but accurate
simple arithmetic is not too much to ask. The clause; therefore, about
"serving less than half of one term" is pure, unadulterated baloney.
Lie No. 2 - The "Quitter" Meme
Truth: Palin Administration's Agenda was Accomplished when She
Most importantly, her administration accomplished every goal on its
agenda within those 31 months. I challenge anyone to find a governor of
any state in our lifetimes who accomplished what she has in 31 months.
The number, size, scale, scope, and frequency of accomplishments of
the Palin-Parnell administration from 2006
through 2008 and 2009
is a record that cannot be beat.
Frivolous Ethics Complaints and FOIA Requests
Any news person who follows Gov. Palin knows or should know why she
left office after 31 months: a barrage of frivolous ethics complaints
and FOIA requests tied up her entire administration and ground work to a
halt. Gov. Palin was personally liable for defending against these
complaints and had incurred over $500K in legal bills. Had she stayed in
office, bankruptcy was a distinct possibility. The state had incurred
over $2 million dollars in defending against these cases, and those
costs were climbing. "Clinging to power" would have been a losing
proposition for Alaska, its taxpayers, Gov. Palin and her family.
Transformational Leadership and Succession Planning
Leaving office as she did was not "quitting." It was the right thing
to do under the circumstances. Gov. Palin is also an astute
Transformational Leader and followed a key aspect of John
Kotter's 8-Step Change Model to the letter:
"Create plans to replace key leaders of change as they
move on. This will help ensure that their legacy is not lost or
Gov. Palin's successor, Gov. Parnell is ensuring that Gov. Palin's
agenda continues on. While Gov. Palin is a Transformational Leader, Gov.
Parnell is more Transactional. She could not have picked a more perfect
successor. It was this decision, made when Gov. Palin was a candidate
that led to her being able to leave office and still have her agenda
continue on. It is why, we at US 4 Palin support Sean Parnell for
Alaska's Governor with Eddie Burke as his
Moving on When the Mission is Accomplished is a Trait of
Finally, Transformational Leaders, by definition, seek to
transform. When the organization does not need transforming and people
are happy as they are, then such a leader will be frustrated. Like
wartime leaders, however, given the right situation they come into their
own and can be personally responsible for saving entire companies.
Having achieved her mission, there would have been little point to
Gov. Palin staying in office any longer than she did. As she said in her
own farewell address, "only dead fish go with the flow." Her departure
was also well-planned, and its timing could not have been more
When one closely analyzes her departure, staying in office would have
been the real "quit," as Gov. Palin would have short-circuited her own
future impact and relegated herself back to obscurity.
More Impact Without a Title
In her farewell address, Gov. Palin said she could have more impact
without at title than with one. A cursory review of her accomplishments
10 months on supports her statement. Using Facebook and Twitter, she
shaped the political debate on key issues such as Obamacare and
cap-and-tax. She authored a best-seller,
which was Number 1 for six weeks, and had a major book signing tour.
Gov. Palin's second
book is coming out this November 23. Her endorsements carry heavy
weight as evidenced by the anger of non-endorsed candidates, and their
supporters. She is a consultant on Fox News, has a special series with
them, and is working on a Learning Channel series about her state. Gov.
Palin is electrifying crowds of thousands in venues nationwide. People
routinely travel thousands of miles, spend thousands of dollars, and
endure extremely long wait times just to have a few seconds bonding time
with her. Most only get to see her from afar.
Gov. Palin went from nearly being driven to bankruptcy to being a
millionaire in mere months. With her Reagan-esque optimism, Gov. Palin
turned bitter lemons into sweet, delicious lemonade. Gov. Palin
throughout her life has demonstrated an uncanny ability to turn
adversity about on its head and emerge stronger than before.
Lie No. 3: "Dismissing possible Environmental Impacts
Truth: Gov. Palin is a Steward to the Environment
The third lie Gully told in that paragraph was "dismissing possible
environmental impact of off-shore drilling." Gov. Palin never did such a
thing. In her most recent interview with Chris Wallace as covered by
Adrienne Ross and
myself, Gov. Palin explained how she took on the big oil companies
such as BP. She explained how her administration went after Exxon-Mobil
to hold it accountable for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which affected
her husband's fishing business. Her handling of Exxon Valdez spill,
which brought tremendous strife upon the state of Alaska is very well
documented in Going
Rogue: An American Life.
We expect this kind of trash reportage from amateur hate bloggers.
Professional journalists should know better. Even if they don't
particularly like Gov. Palin, their job is to accurately and truthfully
document her record. Purposely understating the length of her term,
using loaded words to describe her departure from office, diminishing
her accomplishments, and printing blatant falsehoods about her
environmental stewardship is nothing less than politically motivated,
sexist slinging of the bull at a wall and hoping some of it sticks.
know that crap is king. Give us dirty laundry."