Frank Bailey wrote that he saw Sarah Palin after she gave birth to Trig at the Mat-Su hospital. Can we trust him? Absolutely not!
I and several of the regulars who comment at this site think it is likely that Sarah Palin was not registered as a patient at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center on April 18, 2008, the day she claims she gave birth there. Not a single picture has ever surfaced, for example, showing her in bed holding the supposedly newborn Trig – who definitely was not a newborn that day. In fact it is hard to find compelling evidence that she was at the hospital at all.
So, how do we account for the KTUU news story and video of the Heaths holding Trig in a Mat-Su maternity suite that day? The leading hypothesis is that the Heaths somehow got access to an unoccupied suite, and the news team from KTUU, perhaps in on the hoax, was led there by one of the conspirators. Keep in mind that Bill McAllister, Palin's soon-to-be press secretary, still worked at KTUU, and that his station was the only news organization in town that got to cover the story at Mat-Su.
For any newbies reading this, if the above sounds too fantastic to be true, ask yourself this: Why was it so important for Palin to get to the Mat-Su hospital, if she supposedly started having contractions in Dallas more than 3,000 away? No sane woman who was truly experiencing contractions would have traveled that far (nor would an airline have let her board the plane). What was so special about Mat-Su? Answer: as a former board member of the hospital, she had the clout to pull off a hoax there and not be called out on it.
So who, outside of family members and Levi Johnston (whose account cannot be trusted), claims they saw Palin at the hospital that day? Not many.
One of the most perplexing accounts comes from Frank Bailey, in his book Blind Allegiance. Our regular commenter "B" helpfully provided this background information:
"p.214 of his book, Bailey says at the hospital he saw Sarah (but just a glimpse), Trig, Todd, and Bristol. He also notes a 'good-wishes carousel spinning around the governor and newborn,' which suggests other people. If he is telling the truth, Bailey's account doesn't rule out staged:
" 'The morning of the birth, when escorted behind the hospital double doors, I caught a glimpse of Sarah and hours-old Trig. Dazed, I later joyously snapped a photo of Todd cradling Trig. . . . I left moments later. Passing though the waiting room, I saw Bristol lying on the couch. . . . she had NOT just given birth.'
"Wonder why it is important for us or Sarah to know that he has a picture of Todd and Trig at the hospital? At any rate, he doesn't describe entering a birthing suite and chatting with Sarah, in bed holding Trig. He goes out of his way to say he could tell Bristol didn't just give birth, but doesn't say he could tell Sarah did.
"Again, IF the account is true, the photo op was staged behind the 'double doors' through which Bailey had to be 'escorted,' which sounds like a patient rather than public area."
Thanks, B! Keep in mind that Bailey confesses in his book that he lied on Palin's behalf numerous times. Thus, there is no reason to assume he is telling the truth here. In fact, I believe he has deliberately lied about Trig.
In the book he claims he believes Sarah's ridiculous birth story. But he makes clear that he and Sarah and other members of her staff spent a tremendous amount of time combatting rumors that Bristol was Trig's mother and notes that Sarah never did the obvious thing: produce documentary evidence such as a birth certificate. He can't truly be so stupid as to realize the reason she didn't produce such evidence was that should couldn't. He must have known her birth story was false.
But why would he lie? I initially thought it was because of misplaced loyalty to Palin concerning something as important as the birth hoax. But Leadfoot_LA , a wonderfully clear thinker and leading lighting light among the Trig Truthers, provided what strikes me as a much more compelling reason:
"Of course Bailey isn't telling the truth. In fact, I'd add him to the list of people who could be charged in the conspiracy (which is exactly why he did not, and could not tell the truth in his book.)"
Bingo! So, if he was part of the conspiracy, what was his role? Here's my guess: Who would Sarah give the task of sneaking around the Mat-Su hospital to find an unoccupied maternity suite? That's just the kind of unethical activity that she seemed to count on Frank to do.
If Palin was at the hospital that day, she was not in a bed, she was monitoring how the hoax was proceeding. And if that was case, then maybe Bailey did glimpsed her – but note how he did not describe her. If she had looked as if she had just given birth, he undoubtedly would have written that.
Nonetheless, even if he did see her, by saying she was with the "hours-old Trig," he still was lying by trying to give the false impression that she gave birth that day. One way or another, his intent was to deceive concerning Trig's birth.