FactCheck.org has published a debunking of some of the latest pack of lies being pushed be lefty bloggers and their mainstream media accomplices. It’s a must read.
We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.
- Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
- She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
- She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
- Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a “courtesy” when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.
- Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of the evolution question, but she also said creationism “doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum.”
A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny. We’ll be looking into other charges in that e-mail for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.
Here’s the link: http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html
I’ve found myself in the exact same situation as the one Jay Tea wrote about yesterday:
I’ll admit I have a bit of a personal grievance here. Twice this week friends of mine who, for some reason, consider me their “expert” on political matters, contacted me about stories being spread about Sarah Palin. In both cases, those stories were completely and utterly false, deliberate lies intended to smear her and persuade people to not vote for her and McCain. And in both cases, my friends had been forwarded an article from Daily Kos touting the lies as indisputable facts.
Let’s face facts, the mainstream media isn’t going to be interested in debunking the lies being spread about Sarah Palin. The left knows this and they also know that the lies (even if later debunked) may have an impact on votes who aren’t obsessive consumers of news or blog readers. If the lies are repeated between friends and in communities they take on a life of their own.
The only way to combat this smear campaign is to go right over the head’s of the media (as Ronald Reagan taught us) and spread the truth to the voters of America – your friends, colleagues, co-workers, and community members.
Stop what you’re doing right now and take the pledge to fight for Sarah, now! Send the FactCheck.org link to 10 people (or more) people in your address book. If you’re looking for a more dangerous mission, spread the link (and future debunking links) back to the sources of the lies.
Truth is a righteous weapon. Use it to slay the Obama hate machine.