Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Palin Family Circus News - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - Flip That House Edition

The Arizona Republic, the paper that broke the news of Bristol Palin's purchase of a house in Maricopa, AZ states, in Bristol Palin won't be attending the Cronkite School at ASU:
Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, Bristol Palin will not be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. ...

... TMZ.com reported that Bristol was "telling friends" that she may enroll at an Arizona college. And because Maricopa is "just miles" from the Cronkite School, the website connected the dots and reported that Bristol would soon be a Sun Devil.

Never mind the fact that the Bristol's home is more than 35 miles from the school.

But the Washington Post started repeating the rumor, and the Huffington Post repeated it and the Wall Street Journal got involved.

The problem, of course, is that it was never the case.

"She is not a student. She hasn't applied. It is pure fiction," the dean of the Cronkite School, Chris Callahan, said Tuesday morning. "If anybody had called and asked me that, we would have been glad to tell them." ...

HollywoodLife.com spoke exclusively with a representative from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication about how the school would embrace the famous Alaskan if she were to apply in the same field as her mother.

“If Bristol’s application does come across our table we will treat it just like everyone else’s and thoroughly look it over,” the representative informs us. “But we can’t confirm or deny anything right now.”

But GossipGirl, writing for the Cleveland Leader, just stated:
... Bristol Palin is planning to go to college in Arizona and recently purchased a house there. Now, the rest of the Palin clan is hoping to follow suit and permanently relocate to the much warmer locale. ...

What are the facts? Bristol Palin bought a house in Maricopa, AZ. She has not applied to ASU's Cronkite School.

I don't know which Bristol Palin these people are talking about.


0>w/hole>1 said...

> don't know which Bristol Palin these people are talking about.

The one that millions of people are interested in -- y'know, the mythical one that exists mainly in press releases, exclusive 5-page spreads in "Us," and 10-minute-long weekly appearances on her mother's PR vehicles, like that TLC Alaska thing, and the Dancing whatchamacallit.

I'm not sure if anybody cares about the other Bristol, the one that lives in what passes for reality these days. It's harder to make one of those creepy corner altars with the magazine clipings and drippy candles for that one.

I jest, but not much.

Joie Vouet said...

0>w/hole>1 (that is hard to spell), Ofrendas are nice. Is that what you're talking about? I have a book of Mexican ofrendas.

I see your point, but, too, there may be more than one person named "Bristol Palin."

snowbilly said...

Something that really chaps my a** about this are those "researchers" at palingates. Look at this, hoisted out of the comments at that vomitorium and appearing on their front page today:

Rumors have been circulating about whether Bristol would attend Arizona State University, about which commenter salad girl said, "I am a college counselor and have worked with hundreds of students with SAT prep, essays, college selection, etc. ASU is a college that anyone can get into. It is not selective. When I have a student with a low GPA and low SAT scores and no spark....ASU is the one college I know the student will get into (and the students I work with are out of state, from New Jersey). That is not to say that there aren't intelligent good students at ASU, particularly in their honors program; however, it is a college known as a safety. Dull Bristol will be admitted as long as she can pay the tuition."

Those palingates "scholars," in an attempt to tar Bristol, have smeared a fine state university. I have worked with ASU grads and can tell you that they could have gone to other universities but chose to go to ASU. They're also intelligent and articulate, which is something the posters at palingates don't appear to be.

It's doubtful that ASU will admit "anyone," but what if they did? When it was considered one of the best schools in the country, CUNY would admit anyone!

Joie Vouet said...

You're on fire tonight, snowbilly! :) A** balm enroute via FedEx. Will tomorrow be too late?

snowbilly said...


Maria said...

I'm not an American and know next to nothing about your state universities. However, for what it's worth, I looked up ASU in Wikipedia and found the following:

"To ensure college access to all Arizona residents, the three public Arizona universities have relatively liberal admission standards. In 2009-2010, ASU admitted 90% of its applicants. Admission is ensured to Arizona residents in the top 25% of their high-school class with at a weighted secondary GPA of 2.5 GPA, or anyone with 24 credits of community college work with a 2.0 GPA minimum. As of Fall 2008, the average first time freshman SAT/ACT scores were 1082 and 23.5, respectively. In 2008, 31% of first time freshmen were ranked in the top 10% of their high school class."

The Honors College has stricter admission standards though.

And also per Wikipedia: "ASU's undergraduate program is ranked 143rd of 262 "national universities" by the 2011 US News and World Report ranking of US colleges and universities."

0>w/hole>1 said...

> Those palingates "scholars," in an attempt to tar Bristol, have smeared a fine state university.

While I agree that making up controversy when so much can be had for the picking is ridiculous, ASU refused to give Obama an honorary degree in 2009:

I remember thinking at the time that this was politically motivated and kinda jerky. I don't think I researched other ASU honorary degrees to see if any/all other similarly qualified individuals were refused degrees, though.

> Ofrendas are nice. Is that what you're talking about?

Actually, I hadn't heard that term before. I was just making fun of the obsessed -- think teenagers praying at a Justin Beiber altar in their bedrooms, or Robin Williams and his altar to the quest/his wife in The Fisher King.

> 0>w/hole>1 (that is hard to spell),

It's just me being a smarty-pants jerk -- it's supposed to be shorthand for "less than nothing (0>hole)/greater than everything (whole>1)."

eliminatehypocrisy said...

College admissions can be more subjective than objective, particularly when a celebrity or a celebrity's child is involved. ASU is certainly a good school in many ways (I know people on faculty and in the student body); however, that doesn't mean that they won't let a dumbass in. Just like the super-elite institutions such as Harvard and Princeton, family legacy and money and celebrity play a huge role in the admissions process. Sad, but true. And the people who will suffer are the other students forced to sit in class and do projects with the dumbass.

eliminatehypocrisy said...

P.S. I love Palingates. Their research is in general quite excellent.

Joie Vouet said...

eliminatehypocrisy, It's interesting to have someone who holds palingates in high regard visit us.

Opinions vary, I know. Today, they seem to be walking back an earlier post in which they claimed that Sarah Palin broke the law by letting Piper loose in a moving RV/Bus. Today, they seem to be interested in a car, but don't seem to be sure it's moving.

I think things like that post, jumping to conclusions, is why people are skeptical of any "facts" originating at palingates. Of course, a stopped clock is right twice a day. Palingates discredits itself and makes it difficult for the rest of us by asserting that mere possibilites are facts. Once Palingates has "investigated" something poorly, it has effectively immunized Palin from criticism on the matter they have "investigated," unless a long, nasty take-down of palingates is undertaken ... . (I just realized that palingates is irrelevant, thank you for getting me to think about this. People who aren't deceived by them don't believe them, so they don't matter to the people who matter. There are palin-bots and antipalin-bots.)

I am not sure I've made my view clear. By the way, Regina's post today about how the interior of a car may be filmed is informative. I recently posted about an interview Sarah did with Greta Van Susteren aboard a "moving" bus and looked for a review of "Night on Earth," which described the difficulties of filming inside a car, but I was unable to find it.

Whoa, Baby! said...

I too love Palingates. I'm especially impressed with how they always post the sources of their info so the reader can investigate independently. Snowbilly, every site has stupid posters. Should they be summarily banned or should the blog allow freedom of speech?

snowbilly said...

Whoa, Baby! I don't mind if you love palingates. They don't always post the sources of their information. For example, they assert babygate as fact, say they have sources, but don't even quote those sources anonymously. I could go on ... .

Yes, they have some stupid posters, but the comment I quoted yesterday was featured on the front page ... it wasn't just a comment anymore. It's in the weekly review post. Is palingates so eager to tar Bristol that they have to smear a state university to do so?

I don't think freedom of speech is an issue. A blog is private property. Someone could even go into a post office and get tossed out for behaving badly.

eliminatehypocrisy said...

Joei Vouet and Snowbilly,

I am a long-time daily reader of your blog, as well as Palingates and many others such as Immoral Minority, Mudflats, Progressive Alaska, etc. However, I rarely comment.

Thanks for your efforts. I find your blog both interesting and enjoyable, and will certainly continue to read here.

Joie Vouet said...

Palingates blogger admits the possibility that their post claiming Sarah Palin broke the law could be inaccurate. Screencap.