The recent faux outrage from Palin’s office is the most transparent in almost a year. The photoshopped picture posted by Linda Kellen Biegel has been spun into an arena that only the uninformed could follow. The same picture was photoshopped with a “Baby Dave Letterman” last week without a peep from the governor. I suppose suggesting that Letterman was a pedophile was enough.
Palin’s spokesperson said: “Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child.”
Iconic? Really? Palin is not the Madonna. Desecration? What is holy or sacred about Palin? Why the faux outrage?
This attack on Biegel is really about her records request for the email communication between Eddie Burke and Sarah Palin. Biegel suspects there has been a concerted “backlash” effort by the Administration against Palin’s critics.
Burke, a right wing radio host, has rabidly attacked any critic of the governor. If Sarah Palin ate a baby heart on TV, Eddie would say it was because she was low in iron and needed the sustenance to keep her strength up against her liberal enemies. Burke’s show regularly features Palin, her attorney, her spokesperson, her brother, her father, and representatives from an out-of-state, pro-Palin website regularly.
The initial price tag for the records request was $65,000. Biegel pressed Linda Perez, the Director of the Department of Administration, for an explanation of the search process that was taking 16 hours per employee. The cost was lowered to $5,552.64.
The blogging community supported Biegel in an “accountability drive” on her blog and readers donated money. In the last few days most of the funds needed have been collected and Linda is ready to write the check and get the requested emails between Burke and Palin. NOW, an attack from Palin.
Linda has blogged for years. She walks with a cane, and has physical disabilities. She has a bi-racial child and is always on the righteous side of fighting discrimination. She attended the Anchorage assembly meetings this week to testify in favor of the ordinance banning discrimination against the GLBT community. Burke attended the same event, protesting the civil rights ordinance with a shirt stating: “Homophobic, Red Shirt, Bible Thumping Nazi, Gay Bashing, Tea Bagging, Rascist (yes misspelled), White Guy, Bigot.” Yes, Sarah Palin pals around with this fine example of tolerance.
The Palin administration is now calling on Alaskan Democrats to condemn Biegel. Where was the condemnation on Crooks and Liars for photoshopping the same picture with David Letterman last week? Oh, that’s right, they don’t have a records request on the governor, Linda does.
The attack on Biegel is another example of Palin’s “faux outrage.” The false victimization spin from of Sarah is her antidote for criticism.
She did it to Letterman, she’s doing it to Linda.