Responding to yesterday’s post – AP OK with terrorist Ayers & Obama; mad at Palin – a commentor said in part:
"guilt by association" is a no-win game. Obama has Ayers; Palin has her Alaska Separatists. ...To which Archer 05 responded:
I don’t have any reason to believe the commenter knew the claim Gov. Palin had been a member of the Alaska Separatist Party has been thoroughly disproved for over a month.
The Palin-Separatists, myth was debunked shortly after it appeared. It was a lie!
If you are going to repeat lies, write for other liars.
Associations do matter, and so does telling the truth.
Excerpts from a Sept. 2 NYT story with the full story here:
In the mid-1990s, the Alaskan Independence Party was experiencing a boom of sorts. A governor had been elected on its ticket in 1990, when the party was not even a decade old. And membership was swelling.I thank the commenter for a civil and, I believe, honestly-intended comment; and I thank Archer 05 for reminding us that some people are unknowingly repeating the Palin-Separatist falsehood and some people are knowingly repeating it, then putting themselves in the liar category.
Among the new recruits was Todd Palin, whose wife, Sarah, would later become governor of Alaska. The Palins attended the party's convention in their hometown, Wasilla, in 1994, according to party officials, where the party called for a revote on statehood and a draft constitution for an independent Republic of Alaska. Mr. Palin joined the party.
Ms. Palin remained a Republican and never joined the Alaskan Independence Party, but returned to its convention in 2006 to speak as candidate for governor. …
Alaskan Independence Party officials released a statement Monday saying that Ms. Palin had been a member for two years, from 1994 to 1996, information included in reports in The New York Times and other news outlets. …
On Tuesday, though, the party's chairwoman, Lynette Clark, said the earlier statement was false. …
On Wednesday, Ms. Clark released a corrected statement, saying, in part, "I, foolishly, repeated and accepted as fact what an officer of this membership shared with myself, and husband Dexter Clark, over a year ago."
Ms. Palin has been registered as a Republican since May 1982, according to the State Division of Elections.
And, yes, associations do matter. Tony Rezko and Jeremiah Wright will tell you that. So will Barack Obama, I hope.