alaska blogger and radio host shannyn moore isn’t taking the attempted strong-arming by soon-to-be-former governor sarah palin lightly. moore shot back quickly on her radio show and in the mainstream media on saturday, in response to palin’s fourth of july declaration of litigation…
"there is a scandal rumor here that there is a criminal investigation into some activities and that’s been rumored for about, i don’t know, probably six weeks or two months," moore explained to the anchorage daily news prior to the sunday presser, in response to being named, along with a number of mainstream media outlets, by palin’s private attorney, thomas van flein, in a remarkable statement on behalf of the governor.
"to the extent several websites," van flein wrote, "most notably liberal alaska blogger shannyn moore, are now claiming as ‘fact’ that governor palin resigned because she is ‘under federal investigation’ for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation."
van flein failed to cite where moore, or any of the other sites referenced, had reported the wide-spread rumors as "fact," even though he put it in quotation marks, along with other allegations, similarly quoted but notably unattributed. palin spokesperson meghan stapleton has not yet replied to an email query from the brad blog seeking the sources of the unattributed direct quotations in the van flein/palin statement. we’ll update this article, of course, when/if we do.
as the mudflats points out, the only thing that palin’s threats accomplished was to make bloggers dig in even more, and to make shannyn even more famous.
but even as the hardly-ever-right wing trips over itself trying to spin palin into an amazingly brilliant tactician, it becomes obvious to the reality-based americans all over that this woman is, at best, the worst strategist ever, or, at worst, the best crazy person to occupy centerstage since michael jackson died.