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GLENN: I'm not really the Us Weekly reader. Now, Stu, can you tell me a little bit about the guy who no, no. Wait, tell me a little bit about the guy who owns Us Weekly and runs Us Weekly and what else he runs, but save that kind of as the after dinner mint after I give you the here's the I'm holding it up for the Insiders. This is hot off the press. Just picked it up downstairs on the subway here in Manhattan from Us Weekly. John McCain's vice president Sarah Palin. It has her holding her son Trig. The headline over the baby's body is, babies, lies, and scandal. Page 58.
Now, what you have to remember is Us Weekly is there is hardly any words in Us Weekly. There are very few words. It's mainly pictures and charts and pictures and then a little more pictures and a few charts. Nobody actually reads the story. But if you did, you'd get this: McCain hadn't vetted his presidential candidate until the night before the historic announcement. The night before he decided to vet her? Where does that fact come from? He hadn't vetted his candidate until the night before, that's Thursday night. Really? It remains unclear if or what the Republican presidential candidate, 70 let me do it right 72, knew about Palin's endless streams of controversies, from Trooper Gate, she is under investigation for dismissing an official who refused to fire her sister's state trooper ex husband. No need to go into the details on Trooper Gate. Let's just call it Trooper Gate. She wanted to fire her sister's ex husband. That's all that matters. What doesn't matter is the fact that the allegations were that he was abusing the family, shooting a stun gun at their child. It doesn't matter that when she said she was going to get a divorce and she wanted to divorce him that he came up to her and said, if you divorce if you hire an attorney, I will kill your father. That, by the way, is one of the verifiable facts in Trooper Gate. The rest, the investigation is still ongoing. We do know he said to her, "I'll kill your father if you hire an attorney." But why by the way, that would be the governor's father. Hmmm. Oh, and by the way, the she wasn't firing, she wasn't firing the guy in Trooper Gate because of the incident. Trooper Gate is really much more about who talked to who. Did anybody go and try to influence the firing of this guy. There were several people including the attorney general of the state that called the state trooper's office and said, what is the status on that. It's under investigation. It's okay: Palin came and said, why is this guy still being paid? Do you realize he has threatened the life of the father of the governor. The guy who's in charge of the investigation said, Mr. Palin, you do not want to be here right now because this will be construed as a and he left and never made contact again. You're telling me that somebody who was according to, you know, the sister's side giving shocks to your child with a stun gun and then verifiably threatens the life of your father if your sister hires an attorney. You are telling me you wouldn't go in? Remember, we're not talking about Washington D.C. We're talking about people who were a soccer mom and an oil rig worker. You're damn right you would. Okay. So they don't explain that in Us Magazine. They just say, from Trooper Gate to her involvement with the Alaska Independence Party, a fringe political group that has sought Alaska's secession from the U.S. .
Stu, do you have the update or Joe, do you have the update on the Independent party? She wasn't a member of the Independence Party.
STU: Oh, yeah, that wasn't even true.
GLENN: Yeah, but it's printed here.
STU: Wait, in a magazine?
GLENN: Yeah, it's printed.
STU: In Us, in the Us Weekly, the paper of record?
GLENN: And her husband, Todd's DUI arrest. The DUI arrest, by the way, happened at the same time that Barry Obama, otherwise known as Barack Obama, was snorting cocaine. I just wanted to point that out. One had a DUI arrest while the other at the same time and by the way, not the candidate, not the presidential candidate but the vice presidential candidate's husband got a DUI while the guy who's at the top of the ticket was snorting cocaine. I just want to point that out.
Then you have Palin herself found herself under the kind of microscope to which the ex mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, population 6700, is no doubt unaccustomed. Excuse me? The ex mayor, would that be like calling Barack Obama the ex community organizer? He is a senator and she is a governor. The most bizarre twist in the mail storm of negative press in a plot directly out of Desperate Housewives, reports circulated online that Bristol, 17, was the real mother of her parents' 4 month old son Trig afflicted with Down Syndrome. Yeah, there were reports. There were reports; they were blogs. The supposed evidence, Bristol's five month absence from high school with mono and photos of Bristol and her mom looking respectively pregnant and not pregnant. See box at right. Mainstream media began reporting this story the mainstream media began reporting the stories that were on the blog!
Okay. Here is the center. I'm going to show this to the Insiders. Okay. This is all the story that nobody reads. Everybody reads highlights, then the center of the pictures. Nowhere in here does it say well, here. Anatomy of a scandal. Questions about these photos led to Alaska governor's stunning admission about her teenage daughter Bristol. What started as Internet rumor quickly built up steam as bloggers speculated Sarah was never pregnant and Trig was really Bristol's baby. Indeed the facts did seem odd.
It doesn't say it's untrue in the box. They show pictures of, where's the bump. I've seen the pictures, verified, of her a month before she gave picture before she gave birth to Trig. Then it shows the pictures of her daughter with, you know, the baby bump. This is outrageous. And then the other Palin controversies, again with Trooper Gate, but they don't explain it. Then I love this one: At the bottom, the second to the last problem with Palin. You ready? You're not going to believe it.
Stu, in fact, before I get to this one, who runs Us Weekly?
STU: Well, Glenn, it's interesting that you would ask that question.
STU: It is the same guy who founded Rolling Stone. Which is weird. He's also a maxed out Obama donor, and the odd thing about that is he hasn't Us Weekly hasn't I mean, you have to be fair. He hasn't only covered the Sarah Palin. He's covered also the other big female figure in this election, of course Michelle Obama, and was pretty much the same headline as you had. There was
GLENN: This is babies, lies and scandal.
STU: Yeah. The headline for Michelle Obama was, Michelle Obama, why Barack loves her. I mean, that's pretty much the same story.
GLENN: Okay. So now you know who's running this. I just want to just show you the hypocrisy. Here is the second to the last argument on why she's just too controversial. You ready? In fact, I want you guys to open your mics. Ready? Big bold headline: Iffy friends.
STU: No way. That's made up. No way.
GLENN: Iffy friends. Running as a reformed candidate, Palin swore to clean up corruption. So eyebrows were raised when she accepted the endorsement of Senator Ted Stevens. They don't say this, but let me just put in, who wasn't at the time but now this is where I pick it up again is under indictment for accepting gifts.
GLENN: I mean, it's unbelievable. And you know what? I started with Us Magazine because we've talked several times on this program about the dummy vote and how important the dummy vote is. The Obama campaign and I can't really well, yes, I can say it about his campaign as well because this man never gives any facts. He never gives anything. But the supporters of Obama, they're going for the dummy vote. They're just, they don't care about anything but winning. I have never seen a hatchet job done on anyone like I've seen on Sarah Palin.
Now, I want you to understand. She may not be qualified with the war on terror. I don't know. I haven't heard her speak. She speaks tonight. I don't know if she understands the world as I understand the world. I'll wait to hear tonight. This is obscene on what is happening to this woman and her family, obscene. But you know what? Wait until I give you what the New York Times said today. Wait until I read story after story after story after story. You will not believe the hypocrisy, you know. And I know people right now, "Glenn, of course I'm going to believe it." No, you won't. No, you won't. And you know what? You know what's really sad for these people is they write. I have audio and tonight I have video. So I can not only take their words but I can, today through audio and tonight through video, juxtapose them to the hypocrisy that spilled out of their mouths. Oh, just wait.