Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Column on Palin scrubbed at St. Louis Post-Dispatch

With all the lies to choose from, I wasn't even going to bother to blog that Sarah Palin apparently lied about being named Miss Congeniality in the Miss Wasilla beauty contest. However, out of curiousity, I went to the source work just to read the piece and it didn't mention the contest at all. So I checked the cached version and sure enough, there it was. No mention in the current version of the edit. Here's the screen shots.

Cached version. Click for larger image.

Current version. Click for larger image.

Weird. As always, the coverup is more interesting than the 'crime.'

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Blogger danps said...

Hi Libby. Thanks for posting the link at Avedon's place.

In the grand scheme of things this is pretty trivial - so why would anyone invite the kind of scrutiny that scrubbing it would create? The folks in charge at campaign HQ may not be the brightest bulbs in the box....

10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I've been thinking about that this morning. They want to keep the Palin flaps alive to take the spotlight off McCain, who is even more unfit than she is to lead.

11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Her church in Wasilla where she likes to ask people to pray for $300 billion to build a gas pipeline and where they describe Jesus as "operating in war mode" has just taken down their collection of her sermons.

They've replaced it with a note that includes a quote insisting that Jesus wants us to obey authorities.

I seem to remember that denying that was the basis for the American Revolution.

You know that was the one where the founding fathers really meant to use the bible as a constitution and where Eisenhower wrote the "pledge"

History changes every day - just ask Orwell

4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's the most hilarious thing about this pick. All over America, anyone who has ever known her is furiously scrubbing their websites. Somebody should be collected cached pages but then there's always the wayback machine thingy.

5:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard Wolf Blitzer at CNN comment on Palin being Miss Congeniality which goes to create the narrative that we will have to live with for weeks, months or, FSM forbid, years. This small seemingly insignificant little white lie just goes to further establish the apparent pattern of deception being used to sell Palin and the level of cynicism of the McCain campaign. Mr. Straight Talk my patooty.

If Amy Gwin misspoke or if the reported misquoted and that's why it got pulled there should have been a note to that effect. With it just disappearing I suspect it's something less innocent.

Otherwise this wouldn't merit much notice. Thanks for the effort.

6:55:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey jimmyraybob, thanks for the support.

7:15:00 PM  
Blogger Dread Pirate Robert said...

Um, I think the facts show that she won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest, and won the Miss Congeniality award in the Miss Alaska one.

Hope that un-confuses you and stops you from splitting hairs about meaningless issues.

In other news, she's a lying, hypocritical, partisan, earmark-loving, enemy of progress, democracy, women, and real American values.

But yeah, she's Miss Congeniality, so she's got that going for her.

11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

As I said in the post dread, I found it to be entirely inconsequential. It was only the scrubbing of the post without noting the correction that interested me. Plus I just learned how to screen capture so I was taken with a chance to display my new geeky skill. :)

2:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam Maples, managing editor of the Post-Dispatch here. Someone sent me a link to your post.

There's no conspiracy to "scrub" and nothing nefarious. The source unintentionally gave Deb incorrect information. It was a case of faulty memory about something that happened 25 years ago: Ms. Gwin said she confused that pageant with another she was in back then.
We published a correction in the newspaper on Wednesday. Online, we revised the material, as is our customary practice in such situations.

8:17:00 PM  
Blogger repsac3 said...

Good that the Post-Dispatch does issue actual corrections in the print edition, but these days, simply "revising the material" online without noting it as a correction of unintentionally incorrect information, may no longer be the best way to go, no matter how customary a practice it's been.

Even in cases where it isn't actually bad, it appears bad whenever an information source does not admit it when errors unintentionally appear, whether in print, online, or over the airwaves. The Post Dispatch may wish to give some thought to changing that customary practice so as to avoid such situations in future, lest they leave their online readers with incorrect information or hints of nefarious motivations.

1:07:00 AM  
Blogger repsac3 said...

(Shoot... Hit send too early...)

There have been reports that Republicans and others friendly to Palin or her ambitions have sought to or have actually diminished, altered, or removed stories & evidence that could prove embarrassing to the candidate.

(Online sermons at the church Palin attended and her future son-in-law's MySpace page are but two examples of scrubbed items. I've also heard that the campaign tried unsuccessfully to block access to the legal docket of Mr Palin's business partner's divorce. Maybe there's something in these things & maybe there isn't, but all of these items were available to interested member's of the media & the general public a few weeks ago, and are harder to find today...)

Even access to the candidate herself is being tightly controlled by the campaign, as though we voters have no right to know about our potential new VP.

So, while there is nothing more sinister than a questionable custom at a media source in this situation, it certainly isn't unreasonable to be curious, if not downright suspicious, when the record gets changed without suitable explanation.

1:24:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well said repsac.

10:23:00 AM  

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