Sorry, my left-wing friends, but today isn’t Christmas, the Palin’s aren’t getting a divorce, and you can’t have a pony. I know that your favorite blogs are running with the unsubstantiated rumor that the Palins are splitsville like Darryl Grant with an errant Gary Hogeboom pass in the 1982 NFC Championship Game, but it’s not victory they’re running toward, just another credibility-demolishing embarassment.
The rumor, which you will surely hear on some Sunday talk show tomorrow is being spread by someone with a history for spreading stuff that not even the Weekly World News would put on its front page.
The Palin family has discounted the fantasy without equivocation in a statement on Sarah Palin’s facebook page, posted by Meg Stapleton.
Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).
Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to “quit making things up.” We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.
“Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I’m not blind!”
You can’t debunk a rumor any harder than that. Well, I suppose you could use a baseball bat or a lead pipe but, if words are your only weapon, that nasty little piece of borderline slander is as debunked as debunked can get.
As for the ancillary rumors, such as why Palin’s not wearing her wedding ring, you can refer to this post for the ultimate debunking. It happens that she addressed the wedding ring matter Nine months ago and from the looks of the picture at this post the Palins appear about as distant and unloving as President Obama is to a photo op.
This should be the end of it but, of course, it won’t. Palin is to the left what a tasty smear of peanut butter on a trap is to a pesky rodent and, if they continue to nibble away, their credibility is going to end up just as dead as the rat. My friendly advice to anyone of the left is to walk away from this story just as quickly as possible. It’s not going to help you even a little bit.
(Cross-posted at Right Wing News)
UPDATE: Linked by Scared Monkeys (what do I need to do to be Number One, eh?).
UPDATE 2: Good commentary here from Carol. Children aren’t the only ones who need boundaries.
UPDATE 3: Stacy decided to take a close look at the original story and found it stinky and covered in flies. Lesson one, Zak: don’t piss down a real journalists’ back and tell him it’s raining. It’ll help you avoid getting paragraphs written about you like this:
Let’s look at the story with which Zak destroyed whatever scrap of credibility he ever had. Take a close look at what we call “sourcing” and “attribution”:
* Zak first links a notorious anti-Palin blog;
* Next, he says, “Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.”
* Next, “A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage . . .”
And next . . .? Zero, zilch, nada. Having touted these “multiple sources” in his lede, Zak neither quotes, paraphrases nor describes them at any later point in the item. Nor is there so much as a “could not be reached for comment” indicating that he had attempted to get the Palins to verify what he heard from these mysterious “multiple sources” (who for all we know are his wife’s hairdresser, the shoeshine man at the bus station and a night-shift clerk at the second-largest convenience store in Wasilla.)
UPDATE 4: Linked by Little Miss Attilla.