Last week I pointed out how Palin's office sent out a press release concerning Trig's alleged birth on April 18, 2008 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Facility. That document was a masterpiece of falsehood. Here it is again:
Excuse me for repeating myself, but many will be reading about this for the first time. For the the sake of argument, I want you to assume that Trig was born in late January or early February (quite prematurely) to Bristol in Anchorage. If we assume that, can we pin down Sarah on even a single lie in the above? Amazingly, the answer is, "No."
Sarah and Todd "welcomed the arrival" of Trig – that could simply mean that Bristol's betrothed, Levi (to select someone at random), brought Trig from a hospital in Anchorage (or, say, from a nurse's house in Wasilla) to the Mat-Su hospital, where Palin in her autobiography claimed Trig was born. No clear lie there.
We read above that Palin's "labor began yesterday ... but let up enough for her to travel." She gave a speech and finished it. Thus her labor (meaning giving a speech) began, and then it let up (she finished the speech!), which allowed her to travel more than 3,000 miles on two long flights. Which kind of labor was she referring to? Would any sane woman get on a plane for such a trip after birth contractions had started? Of course not. And, in that same vein of hoodwinking, she got to the Mat-Su facility in time to "deliver" (i.e., present to her parents) the infant. (By the way, Laura Sullivan interviewed a neonatologist who quite positively stated that the baby the Heaths showed off to local media on April 18 was not a newborn – see http://alturl.com/eo9pu)
What else? Oh, Trig "was born at 6:30 a.m." – but on what day? And for that matter, where? The PR release does not say.
And, finally, for good measure, who is the source of the long direct quote near the end? We really don't know, because "the family" released that statement. Were they all talking in unison? Not satisfied with the layer of deception she positioned between herself and potential prosecutors, Palin took the additional precaution of not attributing any words directly to herself.
Last spring I showed this news release to Greg DeBlasio, a public relations professor and longtime PR practitioner who teaches in my department at Northern Kentucky University. He was flabbergasted. He could not figure out why anyone would send out such a bizarre birth announcement. I had not "decoded" the whole thing at that time, so I just pointed out to him the obvious evasions of truth.
But now that I "get it" – that the whole thing is a giant falsehood filled with double entendres – I am filled with awe. Sarah: Way to go! You are a world-class liar! You get the gold medal.