Read all posts at Politicalgates about Sarah Palin’s faked pregnancy with Trig – CLICK HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE AND HERE.
Download the research paper regarding Sarah Palin’s faked pregnancy and the role of the media, written by Brad Scharlott, Associate Professor for Journalism at Northern Kentucky University – CLICK HERE.
Read the old post at Palingates about the faked pregnancy with the pictures still intact in hardcopy HERE.
Read the old posts at Palingates online HERE (useful also for watching the video clips which were published with the posts).
In addition, please don’t hesitate to watch the excellent video-documentaries about “babygate” which our reader Lidia17 created – HERE, HERE and HERE.
We break the “Spiral of Silence” – Read the details about the “biggest hoax in American political history!”
Guest post by Prof. Brad Scharlott, Northern Kentucky University
The very talented and intelligent behind-the-scenes regulars at Politicalgates can take a bow. It is thanks to their efforts that the Palin Birth Truthometer came into being.
So while I personally am backing that $10,000, it’s mindboggling imagine circumstances requiring me to pay it. Only a fraudulent document could support Sarah’s crazy birth story, and any fraudulent document would not be “verifiable and irrefutable,” as the reward poster requires. For example, it someone sends a doctored birth certificate, I would require verification by the state of Alaska – and if Palin refuses to give permission for that, then sorry, no reward.
Presumably most of you saw the poster when it appeared here earlier this week. While the text may seem straightforward, the writing of it benefited from the help of many. My first draft was disingenuous in a snarky way, but that soon got ironed out.
Then, the generosity of readers here and elsewhere inspired ACT II. With no prompting, several of you sent me pledges of additional amounts to add to the reward total.
That’s when it became obvious that I could open up the floodgates and simply request pledges. But I needed a handle for this idea, and Truthometer is what sprang to mind. And I also needed an artist.
That’s when I turned to the artistically gifted regular here, Lidia17. I let her know what I needed, and she produced the clean, attractive design you see below:
As you can see, the total is now over $22,000, and I will keep updating every day or two – so as new pledges roll in, the mercury will climb.
It doesn’t take a degree in rocket science to see where this is going. As the mercury in the thermometer gets higher, the Truthometer will get more and more newsworthy. When the total reaches $100,000, the current limit, I will change the calibrations to go up to a million dollars. THEN it might become very tempting for some news (or “fake” news) program – such as the Colbert Report – to report on the Truthometer.
If you think that sounds crazy, let me share this with you: a producer for the Colbert Report called me last spring about flying to New York to be on the show, but at the last minute they got cold feet. The Truthometer might spark their interest again, especially given the current publicity surrounding Joe McGinniss’s book.
So hats off to the PoliticalGates Irregulars (to adapt a moniker from the Sherlock Holmes stories) for showing that many brains working together can give Sarah yet another reason to reach for her pills.
And, by the way, anyone who wants to pledge, just sent your pledge amount and your postal address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. One or two people have already told me they are not comfortable sending me their postal addresses. If you feel that way, then in lieu of a postal address, please send me a back-up email address – either a second one that you use, or your spouse’s or another relative’s. The point is, email addresses sometimes change, and as a good faith matter, I should try to make sure I have a way to get hold of you.
I’ll keep any information you give me private, unless someone specifically asks that I put their name and amount on an “Honor Roll” list. That’s another idea a reader sent me.
If you do pledge, the odds that you will have to pay are roughly the same as those for Des Moines, Iowa, being destroyed by a tsunami this month.
Note by Patrick:
Many thanks for Professor Brad Scharlott for this post, and his persistent efforts to put pressure on the media so that they start reporting about “Babygate.” We are proud of the team effort, and we will continue to push on!