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CNN Portraying Palin's Thug Ex-Brother in Law as Sympathetic

John Fund was on Fox and Friends this morning talking about a trip he took to Alaska to do some fishing and some research. From what he learned about the ex-brother-in-law state trooper that Sarah Palin wanted fired, he said that any media outlets who try to make this guy took sympathetic are making a big mistake because this ex-brother in law is a really bad character.

Well, CNN is doing just what Fund said they shouldn't and I hope it comes back to bite CNN in the butt. CNN is running video of this guy making him look really sympathetic even though he has been investigated by the Alaska State Troopers and found to have broken the law several times. AJ Strata at The Strata-Sphere links to a piece which has this quote from the head of Alaska State Troopers:

The record clearly indicates a serious and concentrated pattern of unacceptable and at times, illegal activity occurring over a lengthy period, which establishes a course of conduct totally at odds with the ethics of our profession," Col. Julia Grimes, then head of Alaska State Troopers, wrote in March 1, 2006, letter suspending Wooten for 10 days. After the union protested it, the suspension was reduced to five days.

Nice. He should have been fired right then and there. And there's more, including that the Alaska State Troopers confirmed that this guy threatened to kill his father in law if he helped his daughter (Palin's sister) get a divorce. Additionally, there were protection orders against him prohibiting him from getting anywhere near Palin's sister. This guy had absolutely no business being anywhere near any police force.

Yet, CNN slaps up a video that makes him look like the victim. Head on over to AJ's site and read all about who this guy really is and how low CNN is going in their effort to hurt Sarah Palin.


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"This guy had absolu... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

"This guy had absolutely no business being anywhere near any police force."

The ex brother-in-law was never fired. He's still a state trooper.


Aren't aggressive cops norm... (Below threshold)
Steve Schippert:

Aren't aggressive cops normally portrayed as villains in the media? It's difficult to find a time when the media goes out of its way to portray police officers in a decidedly good or sympathetic light, especially before the tragic losses of September 11.

We happen to have just found a time, I suppose.

Because other than this, what you normally see is footage of cops pulling people from their cars after chases and open questions of police brutality.

But not with this fine, upstanding, kid-tasering citizen. Oh, no. A victim, he is.

We ask for transparency in government. We are witnessing transparency in media.

CNN about to get punked....... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

CNN about to get punked....again. Wonder who'll they'll blame?

I watched the Video of him.... (Below threshold)

I watched the Video of him. What really struck me is the claim, "I was young, and I made mistakes,..." He's 36. This all started (the offenses mentioned and clearly established) in 2004. That would make him 32. So now we know just how old we can be to use the "I was young," defense.

He seems like a bastard, bu... (Below threshold)
jp2:

He seems like a bastard, but in no way is what Palin did legal. Didn't really address that point Kim.

Where is she by the way? Why is she hiding from the press?

To be fair: he claims to be... (Below threshold)
mcg Author Profile Page:

To be fair: he claims to be excited about Palin's run for the vice-presidency, and CNN actually reported that.

I have to disagree here. I... (Below threshold)
Jo:

I have to disagree here. I saw the CNN interview and I think it makes him look AWFUL. Even the CNN commentator wonders why the guy wants to "get everything out in the open" when his record looks so bad.

I think the interview totally makes Palin look like a hero for wanting to get this thug out of his job.

jp2, it's called campaignin... (Below threshold)
Jo:

jp2, it's called campaigning. She's sorta busy.

Nice try though.

jp2, maybe she'll take her ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

jp2, maybe she'll take her time getting with the press, like Obama did with O'Reilly. What did it take for Obama to meet with O'Reilly? 8 months?

You know what would be funn... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

You know what would be funny? What if Obama arranged to have the ex-brother-in-law get a job on the police force in Chicago.

He'd fit right in there.

Question: has the media now... (Below threshold)

Question: has the media now gone so far that anything they try to bring up against her in the next 2 months will be disbelieved by a large segment of the public? (frankly I don't care what those that rely on Kos for their 'news' think and it seems unlikely they're voting GOP...or know how to tie their shoes) Their 'believed' ratings are in the 30 range, and their 'think are trying to destroy Palin/McCain' is getting into the 50% range...

I saw an excerpt of the int... (Below threshold)

I saw an excerpt of the interview when it was being teased before running on Anderson Cooper and what struck me was that he has been married and divorced 4 times! And he is only in his 30's. There are good people who have been married 4 times, but when you look at it in the context of the allegations against him, it sure makes me more likely to believe his ex-wife's account of events over his.

He seems like a ba... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
He seems like a bastard, but in no way is what Palin did legal. Didn't really address that point Kim.

Where is she by the way? Why is she hiding from the press?

Seems like a bastard? Tased an eleven year old, divorced four times and reprimanded several. But, let's address Palin's interest in protecting her family. Oh, yeah. I'm sure she hiding, like you said jp2, just because she isn't jumping on the Sunday show circuit to prove she has guts.

It's okay for her to have a private life between appearances and it's also okay for her to appear at the right time. Oh, but wait! If she appears in public all the time, she leaves no time for her family like a good mother, right? You want so badly to find things wrong with Palin, that you can't decipher what an as*hole Wooten really is.

Why is this "thug" (and ser... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Why is this "thug" (and serial groom) still an Alaska state trooper? Shouldn't he be fired? He sounds downright dangerous. Who is responsible for this?

"...but in no way is wha... (Below threshold)

"...but in no way is what Palin did legal."

Tried and convicted.

"Where is she, by the way?"... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Where is she, by the way?"

I know what you can do, jp2. Why don't you scope all the blogsites, including-well-mindsay.com, for instance. Why don't you bookmark those sites and google them every day to see if she is alive and breathing and under your watch so you can keep tabs on her.

That's just how obsessive you sound when you ask where she is, and how biased you sound when you try to find things wrong with her.

If she was pressuring the t... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

If she was pressuring the top cop to fire the bastard, she was in the right to do so. That thug should have had his POST certification removed as soon as any one of those items had been confirmed by the state troopers.

<a href="http://hotair.com/... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

Here she is, jp2. Time for you to make up a new lie.

jp2: ""Where is she, by the... (Below threshold)
Drago:

jp2: ""Where is she, by the way?""

Uh, as of 4pm ET today, in Colorado Springs, CO.

Don't you have a TV in your mothers basement jp2?

"Question: has the media no... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Question: has the media now gone so far that anything they try to bring up against her in the next 2 months will be disbelieved by a large segment of the public?"

When you've throw your credibility (objectivity) down the toilet, it's a little late to whine about people no longer taking you seriously. Some might call it "Karma". Nuance, ya know. SEE: "Peter and the Wolf"

And JO, I might add to the ... (Below threshold)
RAH:

And JO, I might add to the O'Reilly point, not only did he wait 8 months for the interview, but he did it the same night as McCains acceptance speech to reduce the amount of exposure it would get.

To add to Drago's comment..... (Below threshold)
marc:

To add to Drago's comment... here is the video of her and McCain's stop in Denver.

And please note the including story and how the dems apparently trashed all their convention American flags.

RAM - "And JO, I might ... (Below threshold)
marc:

RAM - "And JO, I might add to the O'Reilly point, not only did he wait 8 months for the interview, but he did it the same night as McCains acceptance speech to reduce the amount of exposure it would get."

I'd agree with that to a point. However, his appearance was on at 8pm the speech was on at approx 10pm they didn't coincide.

BUT, O'Reilly did say the night before, and in pimping the interview, an Obama spokesman did intimate that was in part the reason for granting the interview when they did.

SEE: "Peter and... (Below threshold)
SEE: "Peter and the Wolf"
You're probably thinking of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." "Peter and the Wolf" is an entirely different story.
With all the nonsense crap ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

With all the nonsense crap these folks have thrown at Palin, they could dig up Jimmy Hoffa's corpse in her rose garden live on T.V. and most people would think "oh, here comes another story..." while rolling their eyes.

I'm sorry the Palin family has had to undergo this intense... ahem... "vetting" by the Obamites and MSM, but NOTHING these savvy investigating "reporters" come up with has ANY credibility anymore (for some of us, they never really had credibilty to begin with).

When I start seeing the Obammasiah (the guy who wants the top dog position) scrutinized even half as much as Sarah Palin, I'll start listening to them again...

But I think we all know that's not going to happen.

What amazes me is that the ... (Below threshold)
hermie:

What amazes me is that the MSM will pick up these outrageous falsehoods,and broadcast them without at least ONE person in their organizations saying 'Are you serious?'.

These guys actually BELIEVE these things. No matter out stupid the stories are, they mindlessly repeat them.

What next, Lucy Ramirez with more 'fake but accurate' documents 'proving' that Palin actually lives in Indianapolis and commutes to Juneau everyday in an SR-71 she bought on EBAY?

marcThe story of t... (Below threshold)
JFO:

marc

The story of the flags has already been debunked.

In addition, the story came from Carl Cameron at Fox News whom we all know in 2004 published a series of fabricated quotes attributed to John Kerry. Fox issued an apology and retracted the story in 2004. If folks want to hang their hats on what this guy does and says go for it.

I wouldn't believe Carl Cam... (Below threshold)
Larry:

I wouldn't believe Carl Cameron if he told everyone that Obama had a "Love child." I might WANT to believe him, BUT *grin*

Anyway, I don't agree that CNN made the trooper a sympathetic figure. For one thing, the trooper was lawyered up. Secondly, if CNN was trying, they failed. Wooden looked like a thug. And he talked like a thug. And his record is that of a thug.

There are two reasons he is still in uniform, maybe three; being a trooper in Alaska is a really, really tough job, probably tougher than any other state trooper job, because of the weather and the SIZE of the territory, plus the rather independent type of person Alaska attracts. Secondly, the troopers have a union, which is charged with fighting for each and every trooper, right or wrong. A third possibility is that any profession has a tendence to circle the wagons when attacked.

"In addition, the story cam... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"In addition, the story came from Carl Cameron at Fox News whom we all know in 2004 published a series of fabricated quotes attributed to John Kerry. Fox issued an apology and retracted the story in 2004. If folks want to hang their hats on what this guy does and says go for it."

He was then promoted, by the way.

Is Palin giving interviews or what? I'm interested in another of her failures via another Murdoch owned outlet....

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122065537792905483.html

Is Palin giving in... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
Is Palin giving interviews or what? I'm interested in another of her failures via another Murdoch owned outlet....

You keep scraping the barrel, don't you? Yes, we know you hate Sarah Palin, but all you have to do is read the comments to get your repetitious, boorish questions answered. As with racism, if you only look for failure, you always will.

Looking for "debunked" flag... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Looking for "debunked" flag story link, and what has 2004 got to do with now?

Isn't Sarah Palin the gover... (Below threshold)
Moonbat Detective:

Isn't Sarah Palin the governor? Forgive me if I am wring but here in Michigan it is right to work state where employers can fire anyone they choose. Isn't this the same in Alaska? If so, she can fire anyone she chooses: those with blue eyes ...fired; those with black hair ...fired. Even if Alaska is not a right to work state this dude was a nitwit and his actions demanded he be fired, or else why would he have been formally reprimanded?

I'm curious if part of the ... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

I'm curious if part of the 10 day reprimand was just part of the state bowing to the police union contract.

That's one of the biggest things I despise about unions. They protect absolute scum some times.

ExSubNuke: that's why he w... (Below threshold)

ExSubNuke: that's why he was accompanied by a union rep during the interview rather than a lawyer.

Jo: "What did it take for O... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Jo: "What did it take for Obama to meet with O'Reilly? 8 months?"

More like 18 months, and his avoiding of Fox News (or any other venue where he would be asked tough questions), was PRAISED and LAUDED by the left.

Obama thought he was pulling a "McCain" by going on OReilly at the end of the Republican convention, but all he did was diminish himself.

BTW jp2, you do realize, don't you, that "the surge has been more successful than" SOME "could have imagined"?

Even IF true, so what? Big ... (Below threshold)
dom:

Even IF true, so what? Big damn deal.

That's my two cents to allegations that Palin leaned on someone to try and get another someone fired from a state job.

Is that all you got Holier-than-thou Obama supporters?

McCain absolutely nailed it when he picked Palin.

I actually DESPISED McCain at the beginning of the primary process. Eight, nine months later, now I don't, primarily because of Palin.

And I actually thought highly of Obama at the beginning. Now I despise his hypocrisy, beginning with all the non-stop radio commercials he ran in my state with sniveling teenagers telling how great and cool he was, but primarily because of his pick of democrat retread Biden.

All McCain needs to win are a few swing voters like me, who will DEFINITELY vote, and a lot of Hillary supporters who will DEFINITELY sit out the election to stick it back to Obama.

The Palin-Biden choices really focused my choice between McCain and Obama -- and it DEFINITELY won't be Obama.

He seems like a basta... (Below threshold)
Amy S.:

He seems like a bastard, but in no way is what Palin did legal. Didn't really address that point Kim.
Where is she by the way? Why is she hiding from the press?

Maybe, just maybe, she's not wanting to be on the Hollywood circuit, hobknobbing with the likes of Oprah, and trying to be a celebrity herself....possibly, just possibly, she's out campaigning, like a good, normal Vice Presidential candidate should be doing!

There are two reasons he is... (Below threshold)
Mark:

There are two reasons he is still in uniform, maybe three; being a trooper in Alaska is a really, really tough job, probably tougher than any other state trooper job, because of the weather and the SIZE of the territory, plus the rather independent type of person Alaska attracts. Secondly, the troopers have a union, which is charged with fighting for each and every trooper, right or wrong. A third possibility is that any profession has a tendence to circle the wagons when attacked.




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