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NYT -- Front page Palin story was incorrect

This is how they roll. Report it and get it out there. Get it picked up by all the television reporters who repeated it as recently as today's morning news/chat shows. Too bad it isn't true.

The chairwoman of an Alaskan political party that advocates a vote on the state's secession from the union said Tuesday that she had been mistaken when she said Gov. Sarah Palin was a member of the group.

A front-page story in The New York Times on Tuesday and articles in other news media reported that Ms. Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party for two years in the 1990's.

The information in the Times article was based on a statement issued Monday night by Lynette Clark, the party's chairwoman, who said that Ms. Palin joined the party in 1994 and in 1996 changed her registration to Republican.

On Tuesday night, Ms. Clark said that her initial statement was incorrect and had been based on erroneous information provided by another member of the party whom she declined to identify. The McCain campaign also disputed the Times report, saying that Ms. Palin had been registered consistently as a Republican.

Too bad the corrected story didn't make the front page. I listened to this Alaska Independence Party smear being referenced on the network morning shows today and did not realize the correction was posted last night. Evidently those on the morning shows didn't realize it either. Or they didn't care. Maybe if the NYT had run the correction as prominently as the original story they would have seen it. At the time of this posting the incorrect story was the third most forwarded on the NYT website and the original online story still included the incorrect information and included no reference to the correction that was posted last night on the blog.

Update: Read Bob Owens on the state of modern journalism.


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Comments (54)

This is getting to be unacc... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

This is getting to be unacceptable. I don't think it's nearly enough to just criticize their (all MSM)'s bias anymore -- more needs to be done. Any ideas?

All the left has is lies. T... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

All the left has is lies. That is it. ww

Good catch, Lorie. "Uh...s... (Below threshold)

Good catch, Lorie. "Uh...some guy said she was a member for a couple of years. His name? Umm, like some guy, you know? Front page of the New York Times? Wow. Yeah, um, sorry about that. It was just an honest mistake! So what sort of vetting process do y'all have for your front page stories nowadays, anyway?"

nehemiah - it's getting out... (Below threshold)

nehemiah - it's getting out there - the media's 'trusted' rating is about the same or below Bush's approval rating nowadays. Just keep getting the message out, that means talking to friends and coworkers about whatever lies or smears they're hearing about in the news, point them to accurate sources (be accurate and concise! otherwise you come off like a crank), offer to email them corrections or original sources or rebuttals as appropriate. If you're so inclined, write POLITE and BRIEF letters to the editor of your local paper, the word 'nazi' should appear no where in your correspondence in case that's not obvious. Send POLITE and BRIEF correction notices to your local paper (they're usually carrying NYT and LAT and WaPo nonsense and their own columnists/editorials will regurgitate it), I do it by email, with a link or quote or source for the correct information and close it with a THANK YOU or statement of their appreciation for looking into it. Of course they will ignore it, but keep it up. If you have a source to get the info out, like a blog (no matter how small) or newsletter or something, go ahead and mention how many corrections you've sent to the newspaper WITH THE CORRECT INFORMATION that they refused to correct, keep records in case anyone wants to look at them.

As an example, papers are STILL saying that Bush lied us into a war in Iraq or made up or doctored evidence. Simply point out that "both bipartisan groups that evaluated the Iraq war lead up, the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence and the Robb-Silberman commission, both found that claim to be false. This warrants a printed correction in your paper." Another good one is the 'Bush did away with habeus corpus for Americans' meme. Grab the text of Boumediene where the liberals admit that habeus corpus for foreigners during wars outside the US didn't exist before they invented it in Boumediene. Get out there and do it!

Or they didn't care.... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Or they didn't care.

More fabrication. More lie... (Below threshold)
Linoge Author Profile Page:

More fabrication. More lies. More misinformation. More deception.

The left most assuredly is running scared, but, even better, they are running sloppy.

I think there should be a l... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

I think there should be a law that says if you put a false story that the retraction should be as prominent, for example if false story took up half of page one for three days the retraction has to take up half of page one for three days.

That would rock, Wayne. It... (Below threshold)

That would rock, Wayne. It'll never happen, of course.

Think the New York Times ca... (Below threshold)
bruce:

Think the New York Times cares if the story was true? think again..damage done..next smear

Lying liberal liars are alw... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

Lying liberal liars are always lying.

Too funny that lying liberals in Congress are concerned about 'fairness' in radio, but utter nary a peep about the tv and print media being all but lying liberal press secretaries.

Did I mention libs are all liars?

Check out this video of an ... (Below threshold)
reosor:

Check out this video of an AIP meeting found on youtube. 6 minutes into the video, the speaker talks about Governor Palin and her former membership in AIP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHFY1otOWjQ

<a href="http://twocanpete.... (Below threshold)

http://twocanpete.blogspot.com/
I have real questions about Sarah Palin's fittness as a mother. Her conduct just before the birth of a special needs baby, the fact that you see no pictures of her interacting with the child now, and the idea that she wants such a demanding job now with seemingly no concern for spending much time with this newborn, are all things that set off the alarms for me. I just don't trust this woman or her judgement,

I gave up believing any of ... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

I gave up believing any of the TV media the day I had to call them and tell then the "Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated". And you know what? They didn't care then, and they don't care now.

The better one is where I really wanted to somehow get the news staff of Channel 6 in Orlando arrested for endangering the lives of police officers. They stood outside a house with the SWAT team, and announced the address just before the team was going in.

Or the same news team announcing that the space shuttle was launched 3 days ago on a Friday. To bad I SAW it launch on the prior Thursday (If you live in Orlando, you saw EVERY shuttle go up!)

OTOH It has been said that ... (Below threshold)
Burt:

OTOH It has been said that there is no such thing as "bad" publicity. A week ago 98% of the electorate had no idea she existed. Now, the whole country knows who she is. We know she can field dress a moose. We know her daughter is pregnant. We know her daughter's boyfriend is Levi (a 'hunky' hockey player who calls himself a redneck). The only thing we don't know is whether she prefers Mary Kay or Avon cosmetics--but we want to find out.

All this buzz will have every working TV in the USA tuned in for her speech tonite. The nmbers in the viewing audience will put the rock star Obama's to shame. if it is a fair speech, it will be a game changer. If it is a good speech, it will put McCain in the White House. If it is a great speech, it will change the world.

I'll be watching, and so will you.

<a href="http://www.nytco.c... (Below threshold)

The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

Looks like they've perfected the "creating" part. And their not far behind on the entertainment-----they've become the joke.

Why do the Palin's libtards... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Why do the Palin's libtards like you hate America?

Fixed that for ya.

Well, strkethrough shows in... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Well, strkethrough shows in the preview but doesn't post, go figure.

PP, go troll elsewhere. Go back to the sewers of DU or KoS where you came from, soonest.

The liberals are so despera... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The liberals are so desperate to get us off the successful message of Country First, they are commenting here like crazy. My advice, ignore them. They know they lie. ww

The Pit Hacks:... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

The Pit Hacks:

Palin = Family Values

- get pregnant before you are married just like your mom

- drink while 16 years old

- join a group that wants to quit on america

- have your 16 year old daughter kiss other girls and post it online:

You have got to be one of the biggest, slanderous, idiots in the blogosphere. You just keep spouting ridiculous comments that have nothing to do with the post. LOSER! You obviously have nothing good to say about real family values, and are reduced to mindless attacks. Your immaturity only caps off your dishonest motives.

All the left has is lies... (Below threshold)
Brian:

All the left has is lies. That is it.
...
Lying liberal liars are always lying.

Independents too? Because the woman who put out the misinformation is an independent.

Oh, sorry to bust your meme.

Peachpitoeey = Why are you ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Peachpitoeey = Why are you still commenting here? You have already proven your stupidity.

Wonder what the % is of lib... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

Wonder what the % is of libs who actually tell the truth, or, keep their campaign promises.

No need to refer back to 9% nancy's April 2006 campaign promises that Dems had a common sense plan to lower gas prices. We all know lying libs lack common sense.

2006 libs said they'd clean up Congress, and its worse than ever. Anyone know of any actions by dems to prosecute corruption in their own party. (No need to mention Wm Jefferson, we know that lying corrupt POS is appluaded by lying libs for getting away with his obvious corruption).

No PP, Ms. Palin was never ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

No PP, Ms. Palin was never a member of the AIP, Even Obama's pet paper, the NYT, finally admitted that:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/alaska-party-official-says-palin-was-not-a-member/?scp=2&sq=alaska%20independence&st=cse


You really should give up slime-throwing, it all seems to end up back on you.

Reading assignment for tomo... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Reading assignment for tomorrow's discussion. Uncle Remus tales of Brer Rabbit.

Didn't Hillary have a nanny... (Below threshold)

Didn't Hillary have a nanny or some sort of Mother's Helper hired for her ONE child?
Joe Biden's wife and baby daughter died within weeks of his first term in the senate. His two sons were injured and in the hospital. Did anybody suggest he should stay home and take care of his motherless, injured, medically needy children? JFK's wife was pregnant part of the time he was running- do newborns not need two parents?

Sarah Palin has FOUR children at home- not five- the fifth is an adult in the military. The oldest at home is old enough to legally get an abortion without her parents being told, she's old enough to drive, she's old enough get birth control without her parents if she wanted it, and within a year she'll be old enough to vote. She's engaged.

Sarah Palin's children have a father who loves them very much and is very involved in their lives. These aren't choices I would make, but the hypocrosy of those on the left criticizing Sarah for making the choices they've all been saying they believe in is vomit inducing.

After checking the party... (Below threshold)
mantis:

After checking the party's archives, Ms. Clark said that she could find no documentation that Governor Palin had been a member of the party. She said Ms. Palin attended the party's 1994 and 2006 conventions and provided a video-taped address as governor to the 2008 convention.

So while not joining the party, she was involved enough to attend two conventions and address a third as governor. What is Palin's position on Alaskan statehood, anyway?

Obama has dinner with a guy... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Obama has dinner with a guy who was an anarchist 30 years ago, when Obama was a preteen. You indict him for that.

Sarah Palin marries a guy who up until six years ago was a member of an organization whose founder advocates "hatred for the American government". But she gets a pass.

mantis, what if a KKK membe... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

mantis, what if a KKK member says you were active in his, waddayacallthem, klavern?

Should we believe an unsupported accusation? Especially after the first one was as bogus as the Al-Gore-Internet?

Should we believe an uns... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Should we believe an unsupported accusation? Especially after the first one was as bogus as the Al-Gore-Internet?

So you believe the correction, but don't believe anything else the woman says?

So basically, you believe whatever you find advantageous, and discard any information you don't as false, even though its all from the same source. Interesting.

These aren't choic... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
These aren't choices I would make, but the hypocrosy of those on the left criticizing Sarah for making the choices they've all been saying they believe in is vomit inducing.

And the irony is always truly mind-boggling. The extreme left is so pro-choice except when it comes to a candidate without the liberal left label.

Brian, Obama does not get o... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Brian, Obama does not get off that easy. Obama had many meetings with Mr. Ayers, in fact he announced his 1995 campaign from Ayers' house, in 1997 they appeared together at a U-Chicago panel discussion,

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/97/971104.juvenile.justice.shtml

and again in 2002 at a U-Illinois conference

http://www.uic.edu/classes/las/las400/conferencealt.htm

Ayers and Obama served together on the Woods Foundation board, as well. What really matters about this, is that these meetings were set up ... by Michelle Obama.

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/97/971104.juvenile.justice.shtml

Barack Obama can't brush this one off, Brian. It's not going to decide the eleciton, but Obama cannot pretend innocence on this count.

Oh what fools we conservati... (Below threshold)

Oh what fools we conservatives have been for believing someone when they say they checked and couldn't prove something while having the absolute gall to not believe the earlier 'some guy told me' story! Thank you, oh, thank you for saving us from ourselves, mantis!

You've really gotten pathetic since the Palin pick. She must really scare the bejeepers outta you.

Oh what fools we conserv... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Oh what fools we conservatives have been for believing someone when they say they checked and couldn't prove something while having the absolute gall to not believe the earlier 'some guy told me' story!

But you don't believe her when she states that she checked and Palin did attend two conventions and address one. My criticism is not that you believe the correction, but that you don't believe the other details that came along with it.

You've really gotten pathetic since the Palin pick. She must really scare the bejeepers outta you.

The more I learn about her, the more I'm convinced that McCain just threw away the election. Lieberman would have scared me. Palin does not.

What is Palin's position on... (Below threshold)
GianniD:

What is Palin's position on Alaskan statehood, anyway? I believe her position is that it's one of the 50.

Unlike B Hussein, who claims Alaska isnt in the 1st 57 states, so, it has to be either 58, 59, or 60.

Only a lying liberal, or an idiot, would claim that he has 'visited 57 states during the primary'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

Between his 'uh's and duh's, the moron actually took a second or 2 before he said 57 states.

I doubt the sincerity of yo... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I doubt the sincerity of your last comment, mantis.

But even if you mean it, it's on par with the guy playing chicken with an oncoming train, convinced the 'other guy' will swerve.

It's as if you really do not see what Palin represents, do you?

I hope the whole Donk Party stays just that dumb. Obama/Biden can win in a lot of ways, but not if they do not understand who and what Sarah Palin is.

Obama had many meetings ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Obama had many meetings with Mr. Ayers

And for that you cite a conference, panel, and board arranged by third parties, which they both independently attended.

What really matters about this, is that these meetings were set up ... by Michelle Obama.

Oh, then if spousal contacts are what REALLY matters, then how about Todd Palin, who didn't just know anarchists, but was one himself?

"Quack!" says Brian.<... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"Quack!" says Brian.

Heh.

And the irony is always ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

And the irony is always truly mind-boggling. The extreme left is so pro-choice except...

I agree, the irony is mind-boggling. Except it's that the right is lauding the Palins for making choices that they've been working to make sure that she should not have been allowed to make in the first place.

"I ran out of deceptive way... (Below threshold)
Brian:

"I ran out of deceptive ways to defend my tenuous position, so I'll fall back to my standard M.O. of insulting those who make more sense than I do!" says DJ.

Double-heh.

Brian,"Obama has d... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Brian,

"Obama has dinner with a guy who was an anarchist 30 years ago, when Obama was a preteen. You indict him for that."

Brian, Brian, Brian. Playing fast and loose with the facts again, are we. Obama did more than have dinner with Ayers, HE LAUNCHED HIS CAMPAIGN AT AYERS HOUSE.


"Sarah Palin marries a guy who up until six years ago was a member of an organization whose founder advocates "hatred for the American government". But she gets a pass."

I understand that as a good little liberal, your knee-jerk reactions are in fine form. But as a thinking conservative, I will wait for all the facts to come out before passing judgement.

I doubt the sincerity of... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I doubt the sincerity of your last comment, mantis.

I doubt the sincerity of most of what you write, DJ. Do you care?

But even if you mean it, it's on par with the guy playing chicken with an oncoming train, convinced the 'other guy' will swerve.

Maybe if I were running for president, but I'm just a voter, so the analogy is, well, stupid.

It's as if you really do not see what Palin represents, do you?

Oh yes, I do. Palin represents a clever attempt to pretty up the social-con ethos heretofore represented largely by crusty Republican codgers. The hope is that she can appeal to the social-con base while winning over independents who are not particularly sympathetic to most of her positions, with a sparkling smile and down-homey attitude. Trouble is, Palin's record, frequently at odds with the reform persona the McCain camp is counting on, is catching up to her fast. She's now ducking the trooper investigation and trying to prevent it from concluding by trying to get it passed on from the legislature to a panel whose members she appointed, after agreeing to fully cooperate not too long ago. She's friendly with, and married to a former member of, a political party whose primary goal is to secede from the union of which she is running to be part of the leadership. Most of her reform-minded positions came about only when it was advantageous to take them, and were often complete reversals of previous positions (bridge to nowhere, anyone?). She worked with indicted lawmaker Ted Stevens to funnel plenty of pork to Wasilla as mayor.

She's a political opportunist whose views shift whichever way the wind is blowing, but she gives social-cons the sweet talk they like (even though she doesn't back it up with any action), and will help energize the base. But the base won't be enough this year for Republicans, and the rest of us will see her and McCain for what they are.

What "facts" are you waitin... (Below threshold)
Brian:

What "facts" are you waiting for? Do you think their marriage isn't valid?

'Cause when the allegations came out that they were both in that party, her camp denied only that she was. What does that say to a "thinking conservative"?

Brian,One relevant... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Brian,

One relevant fact would be: was she involved because she believed in those principals or was she involved to support her husband? Don't you think that makes a little difference?

Sarah was a great pick, if ... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Sarah was a great pick, if only because the lying libs are up in arms about it.


You just keep on doing what... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

You just keep on doing what you are doing, Brian. You don't believe it, but you are convincing a lot of good folk to vote McCain-Palin.

One relevant fact would ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

One relevant fact would be: was she involved because she believed in those principals or was she involved to support her husband?

Her husband dropped out of the party in 2002, yet she attended the convention in 2006 and addressed them as governor in 2008. So who would she be supporting again?

But those are fine questions. Someone should ask her.

Brian reminds me of a certa... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Brian reminds me of a certain character in Lewis Carroll's saga ...

Launching a campaign at som... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

Launching a campaign at someone's house . . . especially your first campaign -- how would a normal person decide where he would do that ? (it's an honest question).

Most would say that they would do that at the house of someone they felt they owed gratitude enough to show it in a public way -- as in a mentor's or a sponsor's house.

Brian,You say her ... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

Brian,

You say her husband dropped out in 2002. I had read earlier that it was 2006. Time will tell which of the two is the correct date.

Again with the word games, Governor Palin offered a video-taped address to the convention this year. Do you know whether or not she offered a similar video-taped address to other parties conventions?

As governor, she represents ALL Alaskans. I certainly don't see a problem with her reaching out to her constituents who happen to be not in her party.

But as a good little liberal, I understand you need to smear her in any way you can.


GianniD,"Sarah was... (Below threshold)
Kenny:

GianniD,

"Sarah was a great pick, if only because the lying libs are up in arms about it"

So you too have noticed the great wailing and nashing of teeth from our liberal friends over the past week. It has been very entertaining to watch. I forget who commented that from the volume of the smears from the left, they must really be running scared. I agree with that sentiment.

Brian reminds me of a ce... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian reminds me of a certain character in Lewis Carroll's saga ...

I'm not surprised. You do seem to dwell in the world of fiction more than is healthy.

She's a political ... (Below threshold)
She's a political opportunist whose views shift whichever way the wind is blowing....Mantis

Mantis deserves a cupie doll for just describing 8 yrs or the Clinton Administration to a tee.

The story wasn't incorrect.... (Below threshold)
Craig:

The story wasn't incorrect. It's what she said. She changed her story after someone got to her. Your headline is incorrect.

No one on the left needs to... (Below threshold)
bogeth:

No one on the left needs to lift a finger. McCain/Palin will fizzle all on its own...Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Huckabee, Guiliani- what were they called? "Also-rans" aka losers, and let us not forget the numbnut in office- Bush...




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