The Washington Post's The Early Lead column reported:
... Palin, according to the book [Joe Mcginniss' “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin], had a fling thing with Rice in 1987, while he was in college and she was a sports reporter fresh out of college and working at KTUU in Alaska. Rice was a junior at the University of Michigan at the time and their one-night stand occurred while he and the Wolverines were playing in the Great Alaska Shootout. ...Yet Sarah Palin has had the reckless nerve to say of journalism:
I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.The 5 Ws, but what about E? Ethics. Journalistic ethics. Should a journalist have a fling with anyone he or she reports about, or report about an organization that person is associated with? What could go wrong? It's known as a conflict of interest.
Sarah Palin's report of the Shootout may be factually accurate, but there was an ethical lapse there. Can Sarah Palin be trusted to 'clean up' something she has fouled? A leader leads most effectively when he or she leads by example. What sort of example has Sarah Pain set for aspiring journalists, especially young women? If Sarah Palin cannot lead in relatively small things, how can she possibly lead the nation?
Update: The Houston Press' Hair Balls blog has "Glen Rice Allegedly Slept with Sarah Palin," which describes Palin's reporting about a Michigan game and Glen Rice.