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Sarah Palin resigning as Alaskan governor; what supporters can do

Earlier today, Sarah Palin made the shocking announcement that she will be resigning as governor of Alaska (link). Unlike probably everyone else, I'm not going to bother speculating on her reasons, but instead on what her supporters can do. Assuming, of course, she does want to continue with her political career, one of the best things her supporters could do for her would be to go after those who've smeared her. The smear campaign that the mainstream media and others conducted against her was probably unprecendented, yet due to her supporters not understanding how to do things in an effective way, it hasn't had a great cost to those who engaged in that campaign.

On the other hand, if smearing Palin had resulted in someone's career being negatively affected, that would associate a cost with such smearing.

So, how do you do that? I'm not going to go into too many details, but if enough people linked some of the individual entries on the Sarah Palin smear page to the names of those persons involved, that would send a strong message.

For instance, if you see an Associated Press article from Justin Pritchard, link his name to the entry about his misleading Palin report like so: Justin Pritchard. And, likewise with the other people listed on that page; when discussing them, link their names to the corresponding entry on that page or similar. If enough people do that, it will send a very strong message to those who'd tell lies about her.

UPDATE: I really don't like giving away the store, but let me provide a counter-example. Someone named Erik Sean Nelson just today wrote a "joke" article about Palin at the Huffington Post called "Palin Will Run in '12 on More Retardation Platform". That was too much for the HuffPost, and they pulled the article. Now, if I were going to write a post about that article, I'd prominently feature his name and make him - and his beyond-sleazy "joke" - into the centerpiece of my post. My goal in that would be to make sure that those searching for his name months or years down the line would be able to find what he did.

Now, compare that to the posts about this issue at HotAir and at FreeRepublic. The first doesn't mention his name at all, the second only includes it in the body of the post:

hotair.com/headlines/?p=44853
freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2285113/posts

And, of course, both give the HuffPost perfectly good links. In other words, at the same time as they aren't striking out - except in a temporary fashion - at the author of the piece, they're helping the place where the smear was published. That's not that smart, but it's something I've seen repeated countless times before.

UPDATE 2: Here's another example. Max Blumenthal wrote a highly speculative blog post called "Did a Scandal Sink the U.S.S. Palin?" at the Daily Beast [1]. A look at the comments will show that it wasn't swamped by Palin supporters. No doubt very few of her supporters even know that site exists, would know about that posting, would have an account there, would understand the utility of fighting back against such postings, or would be willing and able to fight back. To make matters even worse, a site that supports her lists many of the sources with this same smear (link) and gives each a perfectly valid link: "Daily Kos" to the page at DailyKos, "Max Blumenthal" to [1], and so on. And, the post itself has the useless, uninformative title "Baseless Rumors". In other words, they aren't really costing those sites much in the way of credibility since they're mostly just an echo chamber. And, they're actually helping those sites by giving them valid links (I put a nofollow tag on the last link in order to avoid helping).

Compare that to what I did: when I found out about the Blumenthal post, I used my pre-existing account at that site to leave a comment pointing out that he was engaged in speculatation and suggesting that those who trust his reporting should visit my summary on his work (linked above). If I were really invested in this issue and Blumenthal had crossed the line from just speculating into misleading, I would have written a post with his name right at the beginning of the title in order to make it easier for people to find. And, I would have suggested that others go to the Daily Beast page and leave comments pointing out how he was wrong.

[1] thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-03/did-a-scandal-sink-the-uss-palin

Fri, 07/03/2009 - 15:19 · Importance: 4

Sat, 07/04/2009 - 01:05
J Cook

RACHEL D'ORO - Palin said, referring to the alleged impact of multiple ethics complaints against her, most of which have been dismissed. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hAw8YPlfCFbIfCZqqfGJO4t3g9xgD9979LTO0 most of which have been dismissed Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Beth Fouhy in New York and Sandy Kozel in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. So, which allegations HAVE NOT been dismissed? I'd guess none.

Sat, 07/04/2009 - 19:21
Fred Dawes
myspace.com/freddawes1776

Isn't it political interesting that she did this the day before the 4th of july? is she doing this BS For a political Reason or what? it is said she has something she needs to hide? it is said she may have been implicated in some complex sex ring when she was 20 years old? but just look at our other political so called leaders most have boys or little girls in sex rings so ask why she did this little BS? have a happy 4th of july. and may we have a future 4th of july in the old way!

Sun, 07/05/2009 - 14:04
Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET

One. It is called Independence Day. Two. It is time for stout hearted men to stand up. The time has come for the organization of Vigilance Committees to counter the savagery that has been and is still being committed against Governor Palin and her family. If it were my wife that the daily kos and huffpo scum were attacking, they would be getting a visit from me. And all I need is my bare hands. 3-7-77

Sun, 07/05/2009 - 17:44
Edward

Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET | 07.05.09 - 11:09 am | # At least those enemies are out in the open and can be dealt with directly. The elites on the right who will feign support while encouraging Sarah to join them in their 'big tent' will be far more treacherous, far more dangerous. The history is a bit fuzzy, but trusting the 'support' offered by the elites clearly didn't work out too well for William Wallace. Sarah, keep your friends close and your enemies closer...it won't always be easy to spot the difference.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 05:13
Fred Dawes
myspace.com/freddawes1776

this woman is not your friend she is just one more political tool to do you!

Mon, 07/20/2009 - 12:05
The Urban Lenny

Hi there bozolips, Did you not notice that Palin was found guilty of an ethics violation by abusing the power of her office in Troopergate? That she slyly repaid the Alaskan government $6,000 to get a different ethics investigation dismissed? That she used personal email accounts to conduct state business so her correspondence would not be a part of the public record? That Palin personally spent the $150k on new duds, not McCain staffers as she continues to insist? The woman is a pathological liar and of incredibly limited intelligence. The only office she belongs in is perhaps clerk at the DMV. But I guess you can't see past her legs and lipstick to realize that.