The author of a blistering Vanity Fair article on Sarah Palin says his attempt at a positive piece went so awry, he couldn't even include all the bad stuff he found out.
"The worst stuff isn't even in there," Michael Joseph Gross said on MSNBC.
"I couldn't believe these stories either when I first heard them, and I started this story with a prejudice in her favor. I have a lot in common with this woman." ...
... You can read the Vanity Fair article yourself and draw your own conclusions, but he paints Palin as an abusive, combative figure with an extreme ability to lie.
"This is a person for whom there is no topic too small to lie about," he said of the ex-Alaska Governor and mother of Bristol Palin. "She lies about everything."
Meghan McCain has nothing on this. As for Palin's political future?
"If we decide to let her keep lying and getting away with it, she's gonna still be around," he said. "But if we start returning to the standard that a politician has to talk with people, and a politician has to tell the truth, then she's outta here."
"Because she can't stand up to that." ...
This must be the msnbc video THG referred to:
While looking for that video, an interview with Gross on "Hardball" was found:
In The Washington Post's "A limp response from Palin," Ruth Marcus, while she says, "As it happens, I think Palin had a legitimate beef with the Vanity Fair piece. It was very short on identified sources. You could hear a lot of axes being ground in the background," criticizes Palin's response:
... There are sexist aspects to the commentary about Palin, as with other female politicians. Sometimes sexism is imagined or overplayed; sometimes it is real and deserves to be called out. A new campaign, Name It, Change It, has been launched to expose such episodes.Doesn't Palin's response to the article confirm one of the article's major points? That Sarah Palin has a foul temper?
Fine, but women politicians have to keep to the high road if they don't want men making fun of their high heels. Impotent and limp? No male politician accused a female reporter of being hormonal or frigid.Governor, there were any number of other adjectives you could have used. You didn't need to go there -- and you shouldn't have.
Hey! These guys understand Sarah Palin:
msnbc's First Read blog has adopted a new policy on reporting Palin's Facebook posts and Twitterings.
A Jay Leno tweet has Bristol on his show tonight.
People magazine has the before and after pictures (of Bristol Palin's dance practice).
And, dont miss "Bristle Dance."