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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Anderson Cooper axes Troopergate story!

I had a feeling this was coming, but I wanted to watch most of tonight's AC360 before reporting it. After a few emails from our supporters detailing the facts of the case, the Troopergate story suddenly disappeared from the AC360 website this afternoon. Then tonight, the story did not air at all (The new lead story was "Why isn't Barack Obama farther ahead in the polls?"). Maybe they'll try to go back and rework the story using better facts, but I'm guessing that there won't be any new attempt now that they know just how bad this story would have made them look. "Troopergate" is one of the most poorly executed hit jobs I've seen in my life, and this proves that it has no legs.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Troopergate" = A Mad Tea Party!! Hehe.

Anonymous said...

Strange. Is it normal to lead and close with the same story? Barack's under performance?

Anonymous said...

It would be so interesting to know what actually happened today at CNN. I was hoping the story might actually be pro-Palin, talking about how there was a rapid and coordinated attempt to take a non-issue and essentially try to sink an approaching VP pick (with investigative reporting regarding where the heck her ex brother in law is hiding out these days). This might have been wishful thinking on my part, more likely the story was going to be thin and one sided, as evidenced by their flagrant mistakes in the advertisement today; CNN likely got a lot of flack, thus decided they needed to pull it.

We'll likely never know.

Frustrating that I attempted to post on the Anderson live blog regarding Palin, from multiple angles, and CNN refused to let any of my postings through.

Jason said...

Well, instead of running a trash story on "Troopergate", there was no story at all. Guess in the end that's better ... still, it would be nice to get some real national coverage of SP ...

Anonymous said...

I think senator mcain knows by now the two people (one male, one female) he will pick his VP from. However, given this new talk about Hillary, he needs to reconsider his timing. If Obama goes on vacation before picking his VP (that makes hillary more likely) - I would strongly advise Mccain to pick his VP (female) while obama is still on vacation, despite the olympics! If he continues to play the chase game with obama, the ticket may be doomed. My guts tell me that if Mccain picks Palin before Obama makes his choice known, hillary is less likely to accept the VP slot against such a strong ticket. She is more likely to wait for 2012 instead going back to the voters Edward style! If Obama does not pick his vp this week, Mccain should pick Palin next week - otherwise he is gonna create a very big mess for himself and the GOP. Instead of being put on the offense, mccain is better advised to preempt this thing. What happened to AC 360 today is a clear indication that the investigation is about nothing - an experienced maverick shouldn't worry about it. Palin is GOP's best option for this particular election. mk

Ted said...

Anonymous, dittos re timing on McCain picking Palin vis a vis Hillary!!!

Carlos Echevarria said...

Well, I guess all is well that ends well.

It will be interesting to see the Mac ads, 6 million dollars worth of them, during the Olympics.

BTW, does anyone know if Palin has been vetted, I know Culverhouse visited her a while ago; her financial records, etc...

I know as Gov most things came out already but the MSM & NetRoots will be like packed dogs, on whoever is picked....

Anonymous said...

Yes, Team obama may want to wait to see whetehre the investigation will turn mccain away from Gov. Palin or not. If they conclude after his vacation that the investigation achieved its objectives, then he can pick any of the males on his short list. But if they conlcude that palin is chance for VP are still very high, then he will have no option but to pick the VP he doesnt seem to like - Hillary, thereby forcing McCain to abandon Palin who they are most scared about! I hope McCain understanjds what is going on here.

About AC360. I feel some of you guys mader a mistake. When you see your opponent headed to no man's land you should not, you shouldn't force them to stop; just follow right behind. By forcing AC360 to drop palin smear, you prevented free media coverage of Palin and wide media coverage for Palin(in follow ups)and exposure of the people behind the $100,000investigation! Think things through before you act!

Palin for America said...

Anonymous at 11:04, just above this post, I don't agree with your assessment. No one forced AC360 to drop the story, they made the decision on their own. Further, if you look at what the summary of the segment was to be about, it's clear that someone didn't do their research. If anything, they upheld their journalistic standards. Free media coverage that is factually incorrect, isn't actually free, its greatest expense is the truth.

Paul said...

Maybe I'm responsible...

Adam Brickley, aka "ElephantMan" said...

We didn't force them to drop anything. We just put them on notice that they were being watched and sent them lots of facts. Their decision to chicken out was not our fault.

Anonymous said...

Its now painfully obvious the Obama team and their MSM press secretaries have officially decided the Trooper gate story is radioactive and programmed to self destruct in their faces at any moment.

In all likelihood, team Obama and the Democrat national committee have run enough focus groups in flyover country now to understand this stink only ENHANCES Palin's credentials with swing voters in swing states.

Some of Jerry Springer's highest ratings come from Ohio. Many middle aged swing voter women in Ohio probably have a male relative or acquaintance that aspires to the depths of character attempted by Wooten. Raising noise about Wooten will only help Palin's cause gain traction.

Hence, dead silence in the MSM now. I think conversely, we all should make as much noise as possible about this incident, along with the AK 47 target practice, slaying the moose, etc.

I would just love to see Hillary v. Sarah in the VEEP debate.

Anonymous said...

I watched till the end also. Whoever made the decision, it was probably for the best.

On another note, MSNBC is reporting something I don't believe.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/08/05/1248541.aspx

"A Republican woman VP could actually hurt McCain."

flapper said...

anon,

That "poll" is from Lifetime, and it's a pretty obvious plea from the left for McCain to pick anybody but Palin.

I also noticed that the debate moderators have been announced. Liberals all. PBS, NBC, CBS. This after Obama refused to participate in townhall debates with McCain.

These "debates" will be nothing more than a liberal moderator interrupting McCain and leading The Empty Suit through all of his talking points.

The McCain camp needs to push hard on the townhall debate challenge, at least to let voters know that Obama chickened out.

Anonymous said...

This morning on American Journal Newt Gingrich once again mentioned Palin for VP in a positive way. :)

The New Conservative said...

I wrote a profile about Sarah Palin on my blog. Take a look at it if you get the chance.

http://thenewconservatives.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Springer was from Ohio and the former Mayor of Cincinnati.He once paid a hooker with a check, which effectively ended his political career.geujha