Sarah Palin Embarrassed By Not Being Invited to John McCain’s Funeral: ‘Kind of a Gut Punch’


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Sarah Palin spoke out about being excluded from John McCain’s memorial service, which was held last August. In a Monday interview with Good Morning Britain, Palin complained that she was not invited to join the funeral of her running mate in the 2008 general election. “I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral,” she said, calling it an “unnecessary step” and adding that the McCain family “didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others.” She then said that it was not just her, “there were good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very very loyal to Senator McCain,” who also were not invited to the funeral. Palin added it was “all weird” and “kind of a gut punch.” Just a few days after McCain’s passing, People magazine reported two prominent exclusions from the funeral invitation list:
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Ten Years Ago, I Did an Interview with Sarah Palin. Sadly, It Helped Pave Trump’s Path to the Presidency


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One of the many counterintuitive aspects of life is that the occasions which seem, at first, to be very positive, often end up creating the opposite result. This phenomenon seems to be increasingly common in the case of news events; for instance, the lasting impact of the initially successful invasion of Iraq on the George W. Bush administration, which is very similar to how the Republican Party is likely to eventually see Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton. In my own professional life, there is no better (worse) example of this quirk of fate’s preferred modus operandi than something that happened ten years ago this week. I am referring to the news-making interview I did in Alaska with Sarah Palin, which is still to this day the most in-depth public discussion she has ever had about her famous 2008 run for the vice presidency. To fully understand the Continue reading "Ten Years Ago, I Did an Interview with Sarah Palin. Sadly, It Helped Pave Trump’s Path to the Presidency"

Sarah Palin Furious After Instagram Meme of Son Disappears: I Was Censored by a ‘Candy-A** PC-Policing Snowflake’


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Sarah Palin blasted social media giants after claiming Instagram removed her politically-tinged meme featuring her son last week. “CENSORSHIP is to sharing opinions as LYNCHING is to justice!” she wrote in a follow up post on the site. “Unbelievable. Instagram took down a post of my son Trig acting like a normal kid ~ which I am so proud he can do.” The latest photo on her page is now a screenshot of what appears to be Instagram’s message to her, letting her know she “violated community guidelines” with an image that juxtaposed superhero-type characters and her young child who has Down Syndrome. The post, uploaded shortly after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation, suggested that protesters look immature. The former Alaska governor also unleashed her anger on Facebook, targeting in part the Instagram parent company with her criticisms and explaining that she had edited the Continue reading "Sarah Palin Furious After Instagram Meme of Son Disappears: I Was Censored by a ‘Candy-A** PC-Policing Snowflake’"

Katie Couric Says Hierarchy at Every Major News Network is Male, Misses Major Exception: Fox News


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Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, journalist Katie Couric and host Brian Stelter discussed the ousting of Les Moonves from CBS and the general media landscape as it pertains to women and the one year anniversary of the start of the #MeToo movement. Couric lamented the fact that the news divisions of the broadcast giants, and every cable news network, are all run by men. But are they? Couric said she never saw or knew about any disturbing behavior from her former news partner Matt Lauer, who was fired in #MeToo moment over alleged sexual harassment, but that she did notice the bad culture at CBS News. “CBS news, I think, it’s clear from Ronan Farrow’s excellent reporting that they have a real culture problem there,” she said. “The culture I found at 60 Minutes personally was very challenging and at times quite offensive, because I think Continue reading "Katie Couric Says Hierarchy at Every Major News Network is Male, Misses Major Exception: Fox News"

Former McCain Campaign Aides Nicolle Wallace, Steve Schmidt Reportedly Not Invited to His Funeral


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It appears that the snub list of Sen. John McCain‘s funeral is longer than President Donald Trump and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. According to a report from Politico, three of McCain’s top staffers of his 2008 campaign were not invited to attend any of the services that are being held in his honor this week. They include his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and strategist John Weaver. Per Politico:
It’s not clear whether McCain ordered the snubbing of formerly high-ranking aides before his death. The McCain family has carefully organized all of the funeral proceedings, which begin Thursday in Arizona and conclude Saturday at the National Cathedral. Invitations were extended on Monday with RSVPs from invitees requested by Tuesday, according to one of the people familiar with the proceedings.
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Sarah Palin Not Expected to Attend McCain Memorial, Per NBC News


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A number of high-profile figures, both Democrats and Republicans, will be in attendance at John McCain‘s memorial. But one report says his former running mate may not be. NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell reports this afternoon that former Alaska governor and McCain ’08 VP pick Sarah Palin is “not expected to attend”: Following McCain’s passing, Palin put out a statement calling him a friend and saying, “Today we lost Continue reading "Sarah Palin Not Expected to Attend McCain Memorial, Per NBC News"

Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air


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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Who Is America? has stirred outrage among certain of its interviewees, perhaps most notably Sarah Palin — who railed against the comedian’s antics in a Facebook tirade warning the public she was duped. However, the much anticipated footage may have not made the final cut. Showtime entertainment president Gary Levine dropped the hint during the Television Critics Association’s Beverly Hills press tour Monday while speaking with reporters, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be headed their way,” Levine said, responding to a direct question about Palin. Pressed on whether the former Alaska governor would appear on the show, he offered a teasingly vague answer. “Sacha is very hardworking and selective in [creating] the final product,” he said. “He’s always refining it. We’ll see.” Palin took to social media last month to vent Continue reading "Showtime Exec Hints Sacha Baron Cohen’s Sarah Palin Interview Might Not Air"

Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’


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Sacha Baron Cohen has fooled a host of prominent current and former politicians — such as; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Sarah Palin, and Joe Walsh — into appearing on his new Showtime series Who is America? But one gun store owner in Riverside, CA totally wasn’t buying what the comedian was selling. Thursday on Fox & Friends, Norris Sweidan described the incident — in which Cohen was purportedly filming a documentary about a Hungarian immigrant looking to purchase a gun. But the gun store proprietor claims Cohen wasn’t even close to convincing with his act. “When he walked in [with] that disguise, he just looked stupid,” Sweidan said. “Tight plants, big boots, that beard, a dumb-looking hat. He didn’t say much. He just kind of…he wouldn’t make eye contact with me…He kept looking at the producers. Soon as I kept trying to make eye contact with him, I Continue reading "Gun Store Owner Tells Fox & Friends How He Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen Prank: ‘He Just Looked Stupid’"

Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim


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Showtime issued a statement on Monday denying that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pretended to be a disabled veteran to dupe Sarah Palin, despite her claims. Cohen’s show Who is America? debuted on Sunday night, and featured the comedian doing what he does best: donning disguises to trick politicians and other public figures into saying stupid shit, including endorsing the arming of toddlers. Palin revealed last week she was one of Cohen’s victims, and claimed he impersonated a disabled veteran to dupe her — causing some outrage over the stunt. But now the pay cabler is denying Cohen’s character, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. who interviewed Bernie Sanders in the show’s premier, is a veteran. Watch that clip above. “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime Continue reading "Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Pretended to Be Disabled Vet, Despite Sarah Palin’s Claim"

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line


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Fox News’ Howard Kurtz lambasted Sacha Baron Cohen after Sarah Palin spoke out a few days ago about how he duped her. Palin wrote on Facebook recently that the comedian was disguised as a disabled veteran. She said, “The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.” She called on CBS and Showtime to donate all proceeds to a group to support American veterans. And this morning, Kurtz said, “Sarah Palin and her daughter fly around the country to do this interview for what she thought was a serious documentary on veterans and she runs into this bozo dressed up as a disabled veteran. Kind of appalling, isn’t it?” Fox News Headlines 24/7 reporter Carley Shimkus agreed and said, “What Sacha Baron Cohen did to Sarah Palin was horrible.” She did say that Baron Cohen Continue reading "Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Palin Interview ‘Appalling,’ He Crossed a Line"

Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers


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Yet another victim of Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on television to give publicity to the comedian’s new show describe how he was duped by the comedian: Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman turned talk radio host. Cohen’s upcoming Showtime show — set to premier Sunday night — has buzzed with anticipation as a series of Cohen’s victims have come forward to decry his methods. Those include Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more. Walsh kicked off his interview with the obvious: Cohen is “a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.” The former congressman confessed that he’s a fan of Borat, before adding that Cohen, “gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them.” Walsh eplained that Showtime flew him to Washington D.C. to present him with an award for his support of Israel. Continue reading "Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers"

Glenn Beck Says Red Hen Owner Has ‘Every Right’ to her ‘Moral Stance’


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“We shouldn’t be compelled to use our talent to make food,” said right wing talk radio host Glenn Beck on Monday, “if it violates our conscience.” The CEO of The Blaze was following up on his explanation for walking out on a CNN interview Sunday and brought up the weekend incident of Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant during a meal because of who she is. “I think the Red– Baron lady or Red Hen lady, I think she has every right to do that if she wants,” he said. “I think it’s foolish, but she has every right to do it.” He says he stands in exactly the same place on the issue of the cake baker in Colorado. “How about you?” he asked. He also echoed Morning Joe‘s panelists in saying that the incident was “polite.” “When Sarah was kicked Continue reading "Glenn Beck Says Red Hen Owner Has ‘Every Right’ to her ‘Moral Stance’"

Glenn Beck Says Red Hen Owner Has ‘Every Right’ to her ‘Moral Stance’


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“We shouldn’t be compelled to use our talent to make food,” said right wing talk radio host Glenn Beck on Monday, “if it violates our conscience.” The CEO of The Blaze was following up on his explanation for walking out on a CNN interview Sunday and brought up the weekend incident of Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant during a meal because of who she is. “I think the Red– Baron lady or Red Hen lady, I think she has every right to do that if she wants,” he said. “I think it’s foolish, but she has every right to do it.” He says he stands in exactly the same place on the issue of the cake baker in Colorado. “How about you?” he asked. He also echoed Morning Joe‘s panelists in saying that the incident was “polite.” “When Sarah was kicked Continue reading "Glenn Beck Says Red Hen Owner Has ‘Every Right’ to her ‘Moral Stance’"

Sarah Palin Says McCain Claiming He Regrets Choosing Her as VP is ‘Like a Perpetual Gut-Punch’


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Sarah Palin may be Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) former running mate, but she was reportedly shocked to hear that’s a decision the one-time presidential contender regrets. In McCain’s new book, The Restless Wave, the senator writes that he regretted picking Palin as vice president for the 2008 election — a claim he has made before — and one Palin says she can’t believe. Hearing the admission was “like a perpetual gut-punch,” she told DailyMail.com. “I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters.” Palin, formerly the governor of Alaska, says despite talk that McCain would have done things differently back in 2008, his conversations with her suggest he felt that she was mistreated by his campaign’s leadership and the Republican establishment itself. She pushed back on claims that he has now changed his mind. “That’s not what Continue reading "Sarah Palin Says McCain Claiming He Regrets Choosing Her as VP is ‘Like a Perpetual Gut-Punch’"

Van Jones Asks Meghan McCain if Her Father Choosing Sarah Palin as Running Mate Led to Trump


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Van Jones interviewed Meghan McCain on his CNN show on Saturday, and asked the View co-host if she thought her father’s selection of Sarah Palin as a running mate paved the way for Donald Trump’s presidency. “One thing your dad got criticized for is picking Sarah Palin,” Jones said. “Maybe he was ahead of his time.” “Isn’t this the party of Sarah Palin?” Jones asked. “How well do you think Sarah Palin would do in the modern Republican party?” “I still think President Trump is lightning in a bottle,” McCain responded. “I don’t think he’s going to be emulated very easily. “I think it’s a very specific man and a very specific moment,” she added. “The question of Sarah Palin — because I’ve heard it argued to me before, that she was sort of the opening of the populist movement within the Republican party — I’m mixed Continue reading "Van Jones Asks Meghan McCain if Her Father Choosing Sarah Palin as Running Mate Led to Trump"

Sarah Palin’s Son Jailed After Attacking Gun-Toting Father


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Todd Palin, husband to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, had to pull a gun on his own son on Saturday, a move that did not deter 28-year-old Track Palin from breaking a window and beating his father. According to a court affidavit, Sarah Palin called authorities to complain that her son was “freaking out and was on some type of medication.” The affidavit indicated that Track said he was coming to the home, ostensibly to incite physical violence with members of the family, particularly Todd. “Track told him he was (going to) come anyway to beat his ass,” said Wasilla officer Adam LaPointe. Todd met his son at the front door, gun in hand. Track, according to the same affidavit, was not swayed by the weapon, instead breaking a nearby a window, crawling in the house and beating his father to the ground, repeatedly punching him in the Continue reading "Sarah Palin’s Son Jailed After Attacking Gun-Toting Father"

Sarah Palin Claims Her Gun Totin’ Reputation Kept Sexual Harassers Away


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Sarah Palin spoke to MSNBC’s Katie Hunt today, and she said no one has ever tried sexually harassing her because anyone who might’ve wanted to knows they’d be shot if they tried. The former governor of Alaska showed up in Congress today, telling reporters she was visiting Rand Paul while the senator continues to recover from the injuries of the assault against him earlier this month. Hunt caught up with Palin during her visit, and she got her reaction to all of the recent news regarding inappropriate sexual behavior. Palin said the sexual harassment is not a partisan issue and recent developments will prompt new questions about the standard to which people will be held accountable. When asked if she ever experienced harassment in her life, Palin had this to say:
“You know, I think a whole lot of people know that, I’m probably packing. So I don’t think there’s Continue reading "Sarah Palin Claims Her Gun Totin’ Reputation Kept Sexual Harassers Away"

Tapper Claps Back After Sarah Palin Accuses Him of Misrepresenting Her Comments on Flake


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During his interview with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) following Flake’s barn-burning anti-Trump speech on the Senate floor today, CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the outgoing senator if there was any truth to the notion that President Trump broke him, citing comments made by Trump defenders. “Sarah Palin and Breitbart are saying things along the line right now that Trump broke you,” Tapper said. “What’s your response to that?” Flake laughed a bit and dismissed it. Shortly after Tapper made those remarks, Palin took to Twitter to challenge the CNN host’s comments, claiming she hadn’t said anything close to that.

NYT Posts Editor’s Note Correcting Claim About GOP Political Incitement in Giffords Shooting


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new-york-times-1-1 The New York Times has put out a notice which backs away from their editorial board’s claim that there was a definite connection between Sarah Palin and the shooting of former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that a link existed between political incitement and the 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords. In fact, no such link was established.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy has also noted that the Times has revised part of the editorial. The Times editorial board released an article on Wednesday, hours after a left-leaning gunman attacked Republican congressman Steve Scalise and others at the Congressional Baseball Game in Alexandria, VA. As the Times decried political viciousness in their piece, the editorial also brought back the unfounded accusations that Continue reading "NYT Posts Editor’s Note Correcting Claim About GOP Political Incitement in Giffords Shooting"

Sarah Palin Responds to ‘Sickening’ NYT Editorial Wrongly Linking Her to Giffords Shooting


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palin By now you’re probably heard about the New York Times editorial on the Alexandria shooting yesterday that unfairly linked Sarah Palin to the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. After Giffords was shot in 2011, there was some speculation that Palin’s map that “targeted” certain Democratic districts may have been to blame, but this was not the case. It turned out that the shooter had been obsessed with Giffords for years following an interaction in 2007. The New York Times editorial last night, however, said there was a “clear” “link to political incitement.” The editorial has since been corrected, but on Facebook this morning, Palin expressed her disgust:
With this sickening NYT’s editorial, the media is doing exactly what I said yesterday should not be done. Despite commenting as graciously as I could on media coverage of yesterday’s shooting, alas, today a perversely biased media’s knee-jerk blame game is Continue reading "Sarah Palin Responds to ‘Sickening’ NYT Editorial Wrongly Linking Her to Giffords Shooting"