A Charlie Martin has set up a page listing and confirming or debunking all the rumours about Sarah Palin. I suggest anyone writing about her in the media check with this page, before repeating something that is false.
Here are some of the debunked rumours:
- No she wasnâ€™t a member of the (wild-eyed libertarian) Alaska independence Party, although her husband once was
- No, she was never a Pat Buchanan supporter; even when Buchanan claims she was, she was on the board of Steve Forbesâ€™a campaign in Alaska.
- No, sheâ€™s not anti-semitic. In fact, she has an Israeli flag in her office. (Contrary to popular belief, the usual Evangelical thinks Israel has a right to exist, granted by God.)
- No, sheâ€™s doesnâ€™t believe that the Iraq War was directed by God. Yes, she did pray that proceeding with the war was Godâ€™s will. (Ever hear the phrase â€œNot my will, but Thine, be doneâ€?)
- No, Buchanan doesnâ€™t support her now; in fact heâ€™s supporting Obama. (Buchanan did think her speech was amazing, but then so do 80 percent of the people who saw it.)
- yes, she was pregnant when she got married
- Yes, barring immaculate conception, Bristol appears to have had sex with her fiancee. No, Bristol didnâ€™t receive only â€œabstinence-onlyâ€ sex ed.
- yes, she did fire the public safety guy â€” but he said in the Anchorage paper that, for the record, she never, and no one else in her administration ever, tried to make him fire her ex-brother-in-law
- and yes, the state trooper (her sisterâ€™s ex-husband) she was worried about did: tase her 10 year old nephew; drive his state patrol car while drinking or drunk; did threaten to â€œbring her downâ€; and did threaten to murder her father and sister if they dared to get an attorney to help with the divorce.
- No, she didnâ€™t cut funding for unwed mothers; yes, she did increase it by â€œonlyâ€ 354 percent instead of 454 percent, as part of a multi-year capital expenditures program. No, the Washington Post doesnâ€™t appear to have corrected their story. Even after this was pointed out in the comments on the story.
- No, she didnâ€™t cut special needs student funding; yes, she did raise it by â€œonlyâ€ 175 percent.
- yes, she did ask the librarian if some books could be withdrawn because of being offensive; no, they couldnâ€™t; yes she did threaten to fire the librarian a month later; no, that wasnâ€™t over the books thing but instead over administrative issues; no, the librarian wasnâ€™t fired either; yes, the librarian was a big supporter of one of her political opponents; yes, the librarian was also the girlfriend of the Chief of police mentioned above; no, this is not the first time in the history of civilization that someone has been threatened with being fired over a political dispute
- yes, sheâ€™s an was an Assembly of God Holy Roller. No, she doesnâ€™t attend an AoG church now. Yes, she did leave the AoG because they were getting too weird for her.
- yes, she apparently believes in some variant of Intelligent Design
- no, she didnâ€™t try to force the schools to teach it; she said if someone brought it up, it was an appropriate subject for debate.
- No, she doesnâ€™t believe in â€œabstinence onlyâ€ education. Yes, she thinks abstinence is an effective way of preventing pregnancy. Duh. Yes, she believes kids should learn about condom use in schools.
- yes, she kills animals and eats them, and wears their skins
- yes, she has on occasion tried to get money from the federal government.
- yes, she did finally turn down the money for the bridge. Yes, that meant changing her mind about it.
- yes, she was vetted extensively, not just in three days â€” Iâ€™ve got links to press reports about people coming to Wassila on 29 May, and we had her on our Veepstakes at PJM from the first day we ran it.
- Yes, Sarah Palinâ€™s acceptance speech was written by a speechwriter. Duh. No, none of Obamaâ€™s, McCainâ€™s, nor Bidenâ€™s speeches were impromptu off the cuff things either.
This is where the blogosphere can come into its own. It is the ability to specialise, to be the reference point on one small topic very well, and everyone then links to you. Martin has had huge traffic since the big US blogs started linking to his Palin Rumours page.
Talking of debunking rumours, Snopes is worth subscribing to. Also excellent.