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LAP DOG: The Palin Hunter June 7, 2009

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After a few moments of reading, I do not see how anyone in their right mind could seriously consider the Huffington Post as a credible news source. Throughout the day I will browse the net and see some laughable story that is pro-Obama Kool Aid regurgitation which is the only way it comes with these guys. During last year’s election a criticism that I found completely unwarranted and quite nasty was the “Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) is as dumb as rocks” narrative. “Huff Poop” as I affectionately call it, was one of the main internet newspapers combing through Sarah Palin’s life and interviews for zingers. At the core of this criticism was the charge that Sarah Palin could not speak well. This was meant to be juxtaposed with the ever so eloquent Barack Obama. Obama crushed all competition with his well paced words and perfect diction. Obama is such a great speaker that even Rush Limbaugh could not stop praising the guy. Ahem.

RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 26 first, Mike. I didn’t know we’d get to this this early. I asked Cookie to put together a little montage here of all the stuttering around that Obama did in his press conference today and I want you to hear this because — and we didn’t repeat anything here. It goes 46 seconds, and we’re doing this because we hear constantly, “What a great orator and a great communicator! Ohhhh, this man is smooth!” Just listen. This is a great illustration here of what happened when you take the teleprompter and your prepared remarks away from the dude.

OBAMA: Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That’s — that’s a bunch — so — so let me tick these off. Deh… Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh. So the issue is not a perception that, uh… Weh, weh, let me put it this way. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, We’re — we’re trying to — you know, we’ve got a bipartisan group here and — and — and, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh, uh, uh.


Wow. Martin Luther King has nothing on Obama and his teleprompter and obviously neither does Sarah Palin. Our good friends at the Huffington Post are here once again to make sure that you do not forget that. And guess what? Now not only is Sarah Palin not a great speaker according to Geoffrey Dunn at Huff Poop, she is also guilty of plagiarizing:

Palin Lifts From Gingrich in Anchorage Speech
Huffington Post
Geoffrey Dunn
June 6, 2009

Sarah Palin’s speech delivered in Anchorage on Wednesday — the one in which she declared “screw political correctness” and wondered why “we have to pussyfoot around our troublesome foes” — repeatedly lifted from an article written four years ago by Newt Gingrich and Craig Shirley without attribution.

While Palin twice mentioned Gingrich in the speech (she never acknowledged Shirley), she frequently mixed her own remarks about Reagan with passages that appear to be pulled directly from the Gingrich-Shirley article.

Now Dunn just said that Palin mentioned Newt Gingrich in the speech then he goes on to write this:

During her speech in Anchorage, Palin went through her standard introductions, including the “First Dude,” Todd Palin. You can now view it at HuffPo. This first excerpt appears to echo the Gingrich/Shirley article but doesn’t lift from it directly.

Palin: First, I think what we’re going to learn tonight via Michael is that Ronald Reagan’s ideas were the right ideas and all we have to do is look back at his record, his economic record and his national security record to know that his ideas were right.

Gingrich/Shirley: What should Americans learn from this remarkable man and his remarkable Presidency?…The “right” ideas really matter (the left was wrong and Reagan was right about virtually every major public policy issue and the historic record is clear for those willing to look at it).

After that, Palin acknowledged that, “Recently, Newt Gingrich, he had written a good article about Reagan….” (Recently? It was four years ago.) Without mentioning Shirley, she quotes and paraphrases from the article at length:

So Sarah Palin “acknowledged” that Newt Gingrich wrote the article? Then it is not plagiarism. Had she not mentioned Newt at all it would have been plagiarism. While she is guilty of not mentioning the co-author, what the governor did is not out and out plagiarism. Dunn continues by spending the rest of the article parsing Palin’s speech and comparing it to the “Gingrich/Shirley” work. Yawn. More Palinius Haterus moonbattery.

If Sarah Palin is indeed guilty of plagiarizing, isn’t it possible that she “lifted” the bad habit from Vice President Joe Biden? You know, the guy with ‘foot in mouth” disease.

Biden is not the only member of the plagiarism club, his hamburger helper Obama is also an initiate:

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10 Responses to “LAP DOG: The Palin Hunter”

  1. Kathy Barkulis Says:

    I love hypocrisy on videotape. Keep it up Afro…good job!

  2. HuffPo is a smear machine. During the election, there were sometimes a dozen or more HuffPo pieces dedicated to smearing Sarah Palin every day. Hardly shocking since both Barack Obama and Joe Biden have written for The Huffington Post.

    As for Sarah Palin’s “plagiarism,” isn’t it likely her address was written by a speechwriter? I realize she’s responsible for the work aides do on her behalf. But if someone else wrote the speech without properly attributing some of the ideas, that would make this merely a minor oversight on her part. Sarah Palin is a skilled politician without anywhere near the level of arrogance (cough, Obama, cough) necessary to think she could get away with intentional plagiarism.

    Every bit of nastiness about Sarah Palin spread by The Huffington Smear turned out to be outright lies: the rape kit story, cutting funding to teen moms, the book banning nonsense, and of course, her supposed opposition to sex education. I see no reason at this point to think this plagiarism story will end up being any different.

    • afrocity Says:

      Jenn IMHO, if she acknowledged that Newt wrote the article, I don’t see anything wrong with what she did.

      • I agree, especially since she cited Newt Gingrich not once, but twice during the speech! A nod to the other author would have been ideal, but it seems perfectly clear that her intention was to give credit where credit was due.

        This is just another blatant attempt to seed animosity toward Sarah Palin among centrists and independents who could potentially vote Republican in 2012.

  3. realwest Says:

    Whoa – way to go Afrocity! I read this and then read the “Let Us Prey” article and didn’t know where to post first, so I chose this one.
    First of all, most folks on centrist or right wing blogs refer to it as HuffPoo. Huffpoop is good, but I still like Huffpoo as a nic!
    In any event if you take a long, dispassionate view of things, what it all boils down to is this: The Left are collectively SCARED to death by Sarah Palin. Leftist women because – let’s face it, Sarah Palin is a threat to their reason for being. She HAS done it all, gotten married, had kids, was mayor of a small town and then Govenor of Alaska (and iirc, her approval ratings in Alaska – despite the Alaska Dem’s attempts to smear her “ethics” among other things – are higher NOW than are Obama’s). She didn’t just talk the talk, she also walked the walk – and other than a handful of Leftist feminists, not many can say that – though they love to talk about womyn’s rights. Secondly, she is a LOT smarter than the MSM painted her out to be (how many hours of tape did they edit to get the Katie Couric interview?). And mostly they are afraid because she does hold “true” conservative values – she is not for teaching creationism/religion in public schools, she doesn’t want to have the government needlessly intrude on individual rights and in exhange for that DEMANDS individual responsibility.
    But mostly the LEFT fear that she’ll be the Republican Nominee for POTUS in 2012. Which of course will make the GOP the FIRST major political party to nominate a Woman for President of the United States. And that scares them because after 4 years of America’s first Black President, America will be ready to give that “other big minority” – women – a shot. Unless of course somehow President Obama pulls it out, turns around the economy and (Please God) there are no more attacks like 9/11 on America. I hope Obama does succeed with the economy and with protecting America, as long as he doesn’t take the Socialism route or the typical Lefty route of simply throwing money at our problems in the hope of solving our problems.
    Booga Booga Lefties! – Palin is gonna come and nail your asses to the wall!

  4. bob Says:

    I like your blog very much. I’m something of a Palin fan myself, she seems like a breath of fresh air. She certainly has been attacked a lot, mostly unjustly. I think you have a very good blog going here. Please keep up your good and interesting work.

  5. bob Says:

    By the way, Sarah Palin is now 14 for 14, beating all the fraudulent ethics charges brought against her starting with the 2008 campaign. It’s cost her, and the state of Alaska, a bundle to do so, but worth it, fighting off the politics of personal destruction. 14 for 14, clean sweep for Sarah.

  6. TheRealKim Says:

    Sarah Palin talks funny. Being born in the Appalachian Mountains and raised in the Carolinas, so do I. Why is it that all you have to do is speak in a way different from others and you are labeled “dumb”?

    I think Sarah Palin is refreshing and this liberal likes her.

  7. bob Says:

    Sarah Palin doesn’t talk funny. She talks just like me. Bred and born in Idaho, just like me. Schooled here too.

    I think she has a shot in 2012. Energy policy may be Obama’s undoing, if nothing else gets him. He really has no energy policy. No drilling, down on nuclear, down on coal, just a fantasy of wind and sun. Sarah can say, I’ve had the answer all along, right up here in Alaska.

    If gas is four or five or six bucks, people will be feeling it.

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