Palin Dodges Tough Questions About Existence of "Alaska"
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 3, 2008; A1
Media Bubble, Sept. 2 -- Embattled former beauty queen Sarah Palin* continued to wilt yesterday under the pressure of fair, evenhanded media questions about the existence of the alleged state of "Alaska." Palin has claimed to be what she calls "governor" of the legendary land mass, which was once rumored to contain "eskimos."
Palin first made the "Alaska" claim during an Aug. 29 public appearance with elderly cancer victim John McCain. McCain, a white man, has long blocked efforts by Barack Obama, a black man, to move into his new house. Palin, also white, has been linked to the McCain offensive.
After four days of telling silence from the McCain camp, Palin finally deigned to reappear in public yesterday. In a followup press conference, Palin, who is a girl, lashed out at the media.
"Listen to me: Alaska. Is. A. State. Seriously. The 49th state, in fact. Way up north there. What, did somebody go around your newsrooms and hide all the maps underneath the ethics manuals? Or are you idiots just completely insane?"
Shaking her head in exasperation, Palin -- who is perhaps not as pretty as she thinks she is -- then left the podium without answering followup questions regarding her plagiarism of CBS's Northern Exposure.
Internet reaction to the unfit mother's unhinged rant was swift. Andrew Sullivan, right-wing blogger for The Atlantic, saw Palin's comments as a major misstep. "She's working the refs. Sure, blame the media. Is it their fault she's unwilling to back up these suspicious claims? Look, I'm willing to entertain the idea that there may very well be a place called 'Alaska.' But why is she so afraid to give us some proof? I mean, I've never been there, have you?"
*Real name unconfirmed at press time
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