The leaked manuscript for a new book on Sarah Palin, "Blind Allegiance," has made for fascinating reading. There's a useful summary of its contents at the Anchorage Daily News. But there are some revelations that make sense of what previously just seemed bizarre. Take that awful moment in the Couric interview when Palin was asked what periodicals or newspapers or news sources she read and said "All of them." Here's Bailey's account:
Why did Sarah not name anything, when we knew she spent a fair amount of time reading? The answer boils down to image management. Sarah‘s media diet came exclusively from local sources including the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Alaska Business Monthly, and the Anchorage Daily News. In addition, various administrative assistants put together a compilation of stories from major Alaskan news sites each morning. This document, referred to as Daily Clips, ran in excess of thirty pages and Sarah digested those capsulated reports by 8:00 a.m. each morning. To suggest she didn‘t read is wrong.
However, in her mind, admitting to this regional-only emphasis would‘ve made her appear less interested in national and international events—which was absolutely the case. Instead of honesty, she panicked and, once again, made matters infinitely worse.
As I sat and watched this salt-in-the-wound interview, I raised my eyes and asked the ceiling, ―Why can‘t she just tell the truth?
The sheer number of unnecessary Palin lies Bailey recounts boggles the mind.
Oh, yes, and then there's the Trig question. You think I wouldn't be curious? Bailey believes it's preposterous that anyone doubts Palin is Trig's biological mom - and because he's so damning about her in so many ways, that's salient. I'll soon be providing his evidence - of the rumors as far back as March 2008, and the Palins' obsessive emails about the contretemps. Bailey, however, remains as befuddled as the Dish has been by Palin's refusal to kill the rumors - as far back as during her pregnancy - by the "simple solution" of releasing medical records. It's some good crack.
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