Gov. Palin, questioned by NBC’s Matt Lauer:
What was the biggest misconception that you would’ve loved to have corrected at the time?
It started off with the rumors, the speculation – even in mainstream media – that Trig wasn’t actually my child, that Trig was somebody else’s child and I faked the pregnancy. That was absolutely ridiculous, and it took days for that false allegation to ever be corrected…Things like that that could so easily have been corrected if reporters would’ve done their job.
“It started off” with the Trig lie, she says. Indeed it did. It was the most effective libel of the 2008 campaign.
“Even in the mainstream media” — Andrew Sullivan was key to that, since he republished and mainlined the lie on his widely respected and read Atlantic Monthly Group-owned web site before checking the facts.
The lie was “absolutely ridiculous,” as everyone knows, which is why neither Palin not the McCain campaign gave Sullivan the fig leaf of medical proof, since that would’ve enabled him to claim he had acted properly.
“If reporters would’ve done their job” — Palin knows more about journalistic ethics than Sullivan, who continues to proclaim that publishing a lie before checking it out is the same as “asking questions.”
The ultimate rebuke of Sullivan: Lauer didn’t ask Palin to prove she was the mother of her beloved child. Why? Because he chose to act decently.