Condensed from a post (30 Apr 2010) on The Immoral Minority blog (full story here)  and combined with a post at Palingates of the same date (full story here).

27 April 2010
Sarah Palin, contributor for Fox News and defender of their alleged fair and balanced reporting, appears on an edition of Hannity. The following transcription of Sarah’s own words follows a comment to Sean Hannity in which she describes normal news outlets as ‘lamestream media’ and accuses them of posting a [truly ridiculous] banner at the bottom of the screen during a news broadcast on Arizona’s new immigration law.

Quote: “One of the media outlets the other day just uh… it’s killin’ me on this one Sean where they had a caption across their screen which said this Arizona law will make it… will make it illegal to be an illegal immigrant some, some bizarre type of headline like that, it was just this illustration that they just don’t get it and that they are trying to turn this into something that it’s not…”

Oh dear… could Ms. Palin have meant this lamestream media? You know, the same fair and balanced folks at Fox News Channel who write her cheques?

(Screenshot lovingly lifted sans per mezzo from Gryphen’s post.)

Well it’s a good thing Fox News has that reputation for being fair and balanced, eh? It takes a special brand of generosity to overlook being mocked on one’s own network by one’s own protege. Especially a protege who’s being paid somewhere in the neighbourhood of a million bucks a year to make the mentor look good…

The question now is will Fox Execs respond or just let it go? Let’s have a sticky beak shall we?

Three days later…

From Fox News website:
30 April 2010

A Tennessee jury on Friday convicted the man who hacked Sarah Palin’s e-mail account on two of four charges — computer fraud and obstruction of justice. The panel did not find David Kernall guilty guilty [sic] of wire fraud. It deadlocked on an identity theft charge…

…Palin and her daughter Bristol testified during the trial, which lasted just a few days. Bristol Palin said she was distressed to find pictures of her newborn son in the public eye after her mother’s e-mail was hacked. Defense attorneys argued Kernall, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was just committing a college prank.

Oops.  Can’t you just hear someone at Fox whispering sorry, mybad!

In case you’ve missed the subtlety of this particular comment reported by a FNC reporter on the FNC website, let me take you back in time:

01 September 2008

The 17-year-old unmarried daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin’s five children with her husband Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, according to aides of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, the aides said.

The Palins, in a statement released by the McCain campaign, said Bristol “came to us with news that we as parents knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned” and that their daughter “has our unconditional love and support.”

“We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates,” their statement said.

Senior McCain campaign officials said McCain knew of the daughter’s pregnancy when he selected Palin last week as his vice presidential running mate, deciding that it did not disqualify the 44-year-old governor in any way.

McCain officials said the news of the daughter’s pregnancy was being released to rebut what one aide called “mud-slinging and lies” that have circulated on liberal blog sites.

According to these rumors, Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in April to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin’s child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother

 It’s difficult to imagine how, just one week later, on 08 Sept 2008, Bristol Palin was deeply embarrassed and disturbed about seeing photos of her newborn baby online… you know, the one that hadn’t been born yet?

Now a lot of other bloggers are talking about this and the consensus of opinion from all of us is that we’ll just have to wait for the actual transcripts of the trial to be entered into public record to see if this is an accurate portrayal of Bristol’s testimony. But if this isn’t an accurate statement on the part of the reporter,  it is a bit odd that Fox News would be the group to print such a huge gaffe.

If Bristol actually said this on the witness stand, under oath, she’s just outed her mother in perhaps the biggest political hoax of this century.

If it isn’t an accurate accounting of what the young mother said on the stand, then Fox News, through pure hearsay,  has just made a huge donation to the cause against Sarah Palin ever becoming a legitimate public figure – because that post has already been up for over 24 hours. Even if they retract it somewhere down the road, they are the ones who put it out there and left it out there – unchallenged – for people to think about.

And here’s an additional perspective: If the reporter at FNC who ran this story is telling the truth, it’s entirely possible this ‘leak’ was Fox News Channels way of pulling the plug on their ungrateful, insolent Rogue Star.

If it isn’t, the inaccurate story could be Fox Execs subtle way of letting Sarah know they are still in charge. 

After all, big corporations don’t give you gobs of money without expecting a little something in return. Like maybe not bitch-slapping them around on their own airways, perhaps.

To comment on this post, please scroll up to the title “Rogue Star” and click on the word comment just beneath,  Thanks, OzMud