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Keith Olbermann lies, says Sarah Palin is a socialist and described Alaska that way

This site doesn't normally track the lies of Keith Olbermann since there are so many and no one outside his bubble trusts anything he says. However, sometimes he crosses the line, as he did with tonight's "Olbermann on Palin: Socialist, fraud/Governor doesn't have a problem with Alaska's socialistic collectivism" (link) which contains this:

Who was the collectivist share-the-wealther, who was boasting to the reporter visiting from "The New Yorker Magazine," of having been able to send a check for $1,200 to every man, woman and child in the state since, quote "Alaska is sometimes described as America's socialist state, because of its collective ownership of resources?"

And, the blurb under the video at the page above says this:

In this case, Sarah Palin is accusing Barack Obama of advocating socialism when she literally used that word to describe the collective wealth sharing in her home state of Alaska.

However, the quote in question is actually from the New Yorker writer (Philip Gourevitch), not Palin (link). There's only one instance of socialis* at that page, and it's the writer saying it:

Alaska is sometimes described as America’s socialist state, because of its collective ownership of resources—an arrangement that allows permanent residents to collect a dividend on the state’s oil royalties. It has been Palin’s good fortune to govern the state at a time of record oil prices, which means record dividend checks: two thousand dollars for every Alaskan. And because high oil prices also mean staggering heating bills in such a cold place—and because it’s always good politics to give money to voters—Palin got the legislature this year to send an extra twelve hundred dollars to every Alaskan man, woman, and child.

~~ Who's helping spread the smear? ~~
* User voxlisa999 links to the MSNBC page and invents a Palin quote, one she did not say and does not even appear at MSNBC: "Alaskans Share the Wealth Collectively as Socialists" (digg.com/2008_us_elections/Palin_Alaskans_Share_the_Wealth_Collectively_as_Socialists)

* The HuffPost lies, saying "Sarah Palin is accusing Barack Obama of advocating socialism when she literally used that word to describe the collective wealth sharing in her home state of Alaska" (huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/28/olbermann-sarah-palin-is_n_138765.html)

Other tags: sarah palin smear

Politics · Tue, 10/28/2008 - 20:11 · Importance: 4

Wed, 10/29/2008 - 17:19
Rick

Seriously, are you not smart enough to realize that Olbermann doesn't actually think that Sarah Palin is a socialist? He was merely pointing out that under Palin and McCain's own definition of what is a "socialist," Palin would be considered a socialist. Palin has used the same phrases that the McCain campaign is now using to try to scare the less intelligent among us into believing that Obama might be either the second coming of Joseph Stalin or maybe the Antichrist. Geez.

Wed, 10/29/2008 - 22:09
Mary

Well, if you look at Obamas history, his winning the election and ripping off his public mask to reveal a tyrant would be no suprise for me. His efforts to silence his critics is facism and watch for more if he wins. And Olbermann is quite entertaining when you watch him on occasion and come to realize that he is as Lou Dobbs described him as.."hanging by a heavily medicated string".

Thu, 10/30/2008 - 16:04
brian

Looking at the New Yorker article are there direct quotes from Palin where she talks about collective ownership of resources and spreading the wealth.

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 18:56
Johnny D

Here is the definition of socialism from wiki..."Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods..." Who cares what Olberman said, Alaska is partly a socialist state. No other state nor the Fedeal government owns their oil, coal etc and redistributes the profits to its citizens. If it sounds like a fart and smells like a fart, its a fart.

Fri, 02/06/2009 - 18:54
Gloria Steinberg

Fire the suspected gay molester of kids. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fire-keith-olbermann

Sun, 04/05/2009 - 19:36
NH

Who cares what Olbermann thinks? He's not playing with a full deck...