Trig Palin Is Sarah Palin's Son: Birther Conspiracy Is Bullshit

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We'd rather just not write about Sarah Palin. Occasionally, though, the media angle on the frustratingly evil ex-politician is too good to ignore, like yesterday when her rabid supporters joined forces with reasonable people to condemn and ultimately cream the political blog Wonkette for their post cruelly mocking Palin's song Trig, who was born with Down Syndrome. As of today, the outrage, led by conservative bloggers under the Twitter hashtag #TrigsCrew, led to at least nine advertisers pulling their brand from the website, which will doubtlessly bruise their bottom line. (Whether their tactics are honest or not is another question.) But today, Salon tackles another media issue surrounding Trig and his mother, namely the liberal version of the birther conspiracy. It's a gross story, but Salon handled it masterfully. Observe in Press Clips, our daily media column.

Motherhood: A new paper that aspires to be academic and Donald Trump's publicity whoring around the subject of Obama's birthplace have rekindled the 2008 election conspiracy theory that Sarah Palin is not actually the mother of Trig, but that the then-governor pretended she was either for political gain or because Trig belonged to her teenage daughter Bristol, who had her own baby, Tripp, only eight months later. But nevermind that the dates don't add up, the Trig birthers insisted -- the baby could belong to a third party! (He doesn't.)

Andrew Sullivan is perhaps the most legitimate journalist to entertain the theory, insisting that Trig was one of the main reasons Palin was chosen as McCain's VP candidate and insisting that he just doesn't understand why Palin wouldn't provide simple proof to put the whole thing to bed. (Yes, that's the same thing idiots say about Obama being born in Kenya. Which he was not.)

The new paper uses the same tired evidence from three years back -- Palin flew after going into labor, she doesn't look pregnant in some photos, etc. -- but also calls out the media for not looking into the issue more and reporting the truth.

That's the idea that Salon's Justin Elliott absolutely annihilates. Actually, he writes, the Associated Press did look into it, and the idea that Trig is not Sarah's is total nonsense:

Steve Quinn, who is now a freelancer, was the Alaska-based Associated Press journalist who wrote the wire story reporting that Palin was pregnant in early March 2008. He told us that rumors were circulating that Palin was not truly pregnant even back then -- before she gave birth and well before she was tapped to be John McCain's running mate. So, like any good reporter, Quinn looked into it -- twice -- and came away with solid reasons to believe there was no hoax.

According to Quinn, in the days immediately after Palin announced her pregnancy that March, he was in the governor's office and asked her directly about the rumors. Palin smiled and, Quinn says, lifted an outer layer of clothing to show that she was indeed pregnant. "She was able to show a thin layer of clothing against her stomach that revealed an enlarged abdomen area," he says.

Elliott has a few more accounts that get to the same point, and Salon also published a first person account today from an additional Alaskan reporter concluding that yes, Trig came out of Sarah's body. Oh, and here's a picture of Palin, clearly pregnant on April 13, 2008.

It's all worth a read, not for Palin, but for the precision with which the reporting -- one of the things criticized in the bogus academic paper -- was done.

Blog Critic: Also in news about Salon's Justin Elliott, who might be having his best day ever as a blogger, Donald Trump continued his tradition of writing handwritten notes in Sharpie and ALL CAPS to bloggers on top of printed versions of their online entries. If Trump had a real day job he would probably be fired.

Old School: Reporter turned blogger is reporting on blog.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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Knewkelly
Knewkelly

Let me make something very perfectly clear. It's true, that I have become more ladylike and christian over the past six years and furthermore ONLY follow and fully trust me, definitely not and never role models like Sarah Palin, again, when I say that I mean like I did, used to, I really mean about seven years ago while working in a "not always so nice" christian school with my mom. I also only follow God as well, can't be turned away from him for anything. I'm definitely a liberal but what I wrote on here was only me doing a positive christian thing through God in my heart is all. It wasn't for Sarah Palin at all, just only the God my true lord within my heart. Yes, we liberals have good, christian values/manners too, even if some of you Republicans don't believe that about us, but we definitely do. Oh, yeah, we do. I just don't like nor trust Sarah Palin as a Presidential candidate/ leader role model at all. I mean that, firmly, too. Kelly Joanne Cannon

Palinpower
Palinpower

Sarah Palin Trig birthers are a bunch of haters and a mentally deranged lot.Also VV commentary by the writer, Cockarelli as the "evil ex- politician" who is Sarah Palin makes this piece unworthy of serious journalism. But I guess, the VV isn't serious journalism.

Patrick DeBurgh
Patrick DeBurgh

Palin faked the kid, simple as that.

All the intellectually honest doubters need to step back and see the forest for the trees.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Linda, after reading your post, I didn,t get angry. I LMAO!

Wanda
Wanda

Where is Obama's bith certificate....oh that is right he was hatched under a rock.

News Nag
News Nag

But was she wearing one of those strap-on pregnancy pillows? Huh? Huh????

(kidding...)

TruGal
TruGal

It cracks me up how definitively you guys announce that Trig was absolutely, positively, unconditionally born to Sarah Palin on the date she said, yet a high-schooler was able to pull off a hoax (for a sociological experiment, mind you) with nothing more than a molded pillow under her shirt for six months. Following more than 2 years of excruciatingly in-depth research done by a few bloggers with more patience (and apparently, more intelligence) than most reporters, I have concluded, with no hesitation whatsoever, that Sarah Palin has lied (grandly!) about the circumstances of the birth of Trig....and that lie is being allowed to stand, unquestioned by the "lamestream" media. (Gee, wasn't Sarah prophetic when she called them out with that term?) Isn't it funny how so many pertinent questions* may go unanswered because you guys are too lazy to ask them. *http://politicalgates.blogspot...

espresso4me
espresso4me

IF Palin was pregnant (ha! for a month) with Trig--and IF she truly loved Trig--why did she do everything that would endanger his well-being? She displayed total disregard for Trig's safety and did everything that could harm him.

Wanda
Wanda

You are a total left wing LIBTARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aspiecelia
aspiecelia

Quinn had an affair with Ivy Fry Sarah Palin's main sycophant.

Celiarn2003
Celiarn2003

If you had done your research you would know that just a few days before that picture there are several pictures of Palin with a flat abdomen that have dates verified. How much did they pay you? Don't you think it is odd that so many are suddenly writing against the theory that Palin did not deliever Trig. Don't you also find it odd that Trig is the last name of Todd's prostitute?

Wanda
Wanda

Where is BO's birth certificate??????????

Guest
Guest

Sure - Steve Quinn. He goes back YEARS stroking Sarah Palin with flattering articles. Like his opinion now means anything. He's not a journalist. He's a shill.Steve, write an article on WHY the governor would hide a pregnancy in the first place. Wouldn't it be inevitable that it would be discovered? Rather quickly, in fact, considering the scheme of things with the length of time of human gestation. Why would it be desirable, let alone necessary, to dissemble and prevaricate? Particularly for a governor!.

bob fnord
bob fnord

Joe - Steve Quinn, then AP reporter, was banging Ivey Frye, then Sarah Palin's personal aide.

Do you still believe his credibility ?

This Alaskan wasn't born last night, I've followed this story from the beginning, long before Sister Sarah came upon the national scene.

Trig Palin may be her son, but she did not give birth to him.

Read the original reporting on the Wild Ride®, Sarah's trip from Dallas to Anchorage, with a layover in Seattle, 10 hours total, with her amniotic fluids leaking.

Really ?

What do you call a doctor who'd allow a woman carrying a special needs premature baby, who has previously miscarried (by her own account) to take a Wild Ride® from Dallas to Anchorage, with a layover in Seattle, 10 hours total, with her amniotic fluids leaking ?

Defendant.

Wanda
Wanda

Where do you get these fairy tale stories....tell the truth. Trig is Sarah's baby and I want to know where BO's birth certificateis.

lillibird
lillibird

BO"S A DOG , no BC for dogs..Of course Sarah is his mother but not by birth..the truth WILL come out.

lillibird
lillibird

What women who already has 4 kids would try to hid a pregnancy..and not tell anyone till she was 7 mos along??? WHY??? She WAS a Governor and WAS popular at the time so what could possibly be the reason.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

dodobird, are you still here? I admit I,m not the best of Christians,but then I never claimed to be. I didn,t want to be a hippocrite like everyone else here,with the exception of the lovely Miss Kelly Joanne Cannon of course. I don,t think I,m the only one calling people names here.Where is your indignation at them? You libs are great at double standards. I am 25,how old are you? I,ll have you to know I am not a nut and your not the first person to be scared of me.I like iced tea thank you, not hot.I,m drinking a glass as we speak, and feel fine. By the way didn,t you call people some names on your posts?! And you do consider yourself a good Christian?! Just as I thought,your a hippocrite!

curiouser11
curiouser11

Elliott's investigation does provide evidence that there were serious questions about the alleged pregnancy from day one, questions that were not politically motivated. Unfortunately, his investigation methods and what he considered evidence border on the ridiculous. That the Voice accepts this illogical conclusion is beyond depressing.

Just recently, the Anchorage Police Department provided false and misleading information on the Palins' behalf in an attempt to debunk a National Enquirer article about a Todd sex scandal. The press gave significant coverage to the APD statement denouncing the NE. Did the press provide equivalent coverage of the very serious situation of police department corruption that led to issuing false information to provide cover for a politician? Nope. The APD and the Palins got a pass.

And you want us to believe that a journalist [Elliott], who was relieved of his AK post due to an inappropriate association with a member of the Palin administration (http://www.andrewhalcro.com/th..., has the last word on the alleged pregnancy? Exactly how did he determine that the belly bump he saw was a real pregnancy bump? This 'proof' is no different than the failed logic of seeing a photo of a pregnant Sarah, taken on April 13, and determining that she must have been truly pregnant.

Bottom line: There are serious questions about Palin's alleged pregnancy. We need the press to request definitive evidence in order to determine the facts of the matter. There is a 'spiral of silence' surrounding this issue and other Palin-related issues. The press has failed us. Period.

Oh, by the way, Ellen Paige really was pregnant during the filming of Juno.

alaskan1st
alaskan1st

If Trig is indeed Sarahs child, Social Services should remove him from such an irresponsible mother. Her admitted behavior alone is reason enough. She had better not have been leaking amniotic fluid before her 20 hour trip back to Alaska. It would be better now to find out she was trying to protect her and Bristols reputation.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

Trig is not Sarah's biological child, but he is her adopted child. Therefore, child protective services might be interested in her behavior.

Yet, as we all know, there is a kind of special dispensation from responsibility when it comes to the grifter, Palin.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

Heard of a bumper sticker that is apropos in thinking about 2012:Trump / PalinYou're Fired! / I Quit!

It is a false comparison to write that the birthers who question President Obama's birthplace are in any way the mirror images of those who question the truthfulness of Palin's wild stories. Mr. Obama has a birth certificate, published. He is not a liar, nor did he cheat to get elected, or lie about his past.

On the other hand, Palin cannot tell the truth. In fact, it seems she is compulsive in her need to make things up and to lie--all to keep herself in the news.

And, here's another thing Joe Coscarelli, evidence is never "tired." It substantiates the truth, and it is going to come out. When it does, the Elmer Gantry/Aimee Semple McPherson grifter fog will lift. Until then, we wait. We distribute facts. We examine the evidence--evidence that never grows old.

CorningNY
CorningNY

Pictures of her looking pregnant obviously mean nothing--there are many ways to make what appears to be a baby bump. It's the pictures of her NOT looking pregnant hat are much more damning--plus the fact that she just won't produce concrete evidence that she actually DID give birth to Trig. She even lied about it, saying that she had already produced Trig's birth certificate when in fact she has done no such thing.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

That's true, CorningNY. Those photos of her flat-bellied only a couple of weeks or a few days from "the event" could not be done by a truly pregnant woman. I've had two children, and I can assure you (and any other male), that no abs can suppress the lovely bones of an eight month old fetus.

Fact.

That said, the issue that gnaws at those who deplore Palin's lies, is that it isn't about any one lie, it's the fact that she makes up lies about dear Trig, her daughter, her husband, her governance, her misuse of funds, her ignorance about the world, her ignorance about our country and its needs, her mean-spirited attacks on anyone who questions her, or who asks her to be accountable. To top it all off, she is blasphemous to link herself to and imply that she is God's chosen leader!

Plus, we're worried we'll have another unqualified President like Dubya. We just can't afford another go around!

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

You better worry about another incompetent like Obama!

lillibird
lillibird

Just heard Franklin Graham is going to back Trump..I thought he and Sister Sarah were tight..No body is going to touch her with a 10 ft. poll.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

I wonder why Franklin Graham doesn,t believe Obama is the Messiah? Dodo bird does!

lillibird
lillibird

kinda funny how 2 yrs later these 2 guys come forward with this, where have they been for the past 2 years..

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

What a disappointing article. This is so sad that the Village Voice would be so lazy in its commentary.

Everyone knows that an eight month along pregnant woman, whose water has broken, would not be allowed to fly. The liability would be outrageous for the airlines. Moreover, it would be life threatening to a premature baby (And, by the way, premature babies never look like full term babies, nor do they go out in public three days after they're born.)

Sarah Palin is a sociopath. It's so hard to fathom such bold lying that it's easier to make up a narrative to explain them. The question becomes, Who would do such a thing? That's one of the big clues that you're dealing with a sociopath.

Here's why it's important: When sociopaths get away with their deceptions, they create a false reality, and this harms the entire culture.

Read the facts as they have been so cogently presented in the comments here: Palin is the adoptive mother, but not the biological mother.

We don't want someone so brazen with truth to ever get close to representing our nation.

And, as a Christian, I'm really angry that a slew of easily duped, uneducated, naive citizens are using religion to prop up liars and cheats.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

I guess it was a disappointing article for you Linda. One of your own kind telling you that your full of bullshit. Poor baby. Hey, What are you doing in Arizona? I thought all you libs boycotted that State? Why don,t ya,ll do us a favor and boycot the United States. You love the Illegal Mexicans so much,why don,t you move to Mexico and make everybody happy?!

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Sorry if I got your "hackles" up. I knew you hid those "hackles" come Sunday morning.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Linda Arizona, re-read your own post and explain to us how you can call yourself a Christian.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

Perhaps you'd like to explain how it is that I am not your idea of a Christian.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Let me see. After reviewing your posts Linda,I admit that you are not as bad as most of the others(so far). However, you tell your version of Triggs birth as fact and declare his mothers as a lie.Good Christians don,t go around calling people liars, sociopaths,and state as fact that Sara is Triggs adoptive mother, not his real mother. That is your misguided opinion, not a proven fact.Then you declare your "anger" at and begin to call people who disagree with you bad names. So, If you consider false declarations, calling people names,and mouthing off in anger as good Christian ideals, plus lying ( how do you know as a fact that Sarah isn,t Triggs Real mother) then I won,t judge you anymore. I,ll leave that up to God. However I will say that if your posts reflect your Christianity,you better start praying for a lot of forgiveness.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

Exactly.

This is what gets my hackles up! It is cult-like thinking to deflect this way.

lillibird
lillibird

He thinks if you don't believe ever lie she tells then your not Christian.

Linda Arizona
Linda Arizona

Should have written, ...so brazen in the telling of lies, as if the truth...

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

If you wan,t to talk about brazen lies listen to Obamas promises BEFORE you dunderheads elected him.

lillibird
lillibird

OFF TOPIC..always trying to change the subject because you've run out of lies to defend your Queen.

Amy
Amy

Quinn was dating Ivy Frye, Palin's assistant. And a couple of reporters who thought she looked pregnant---that's not enough to contradict all of the other evidence. Anybody can fake looking pregnant. The doctor who supposedly delivered the kid was asked by the Anchorage Daily News to answer some questions about the birth to put and end to the speculation. She showed up with her attorney at the paper's offices and refused to answer any questions. What's up with that?

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Amy, your post makes no sense. I guess you will fit right in with the "lib" crowd. Didn,t your mother warn you about hanging out with the wrong crowd?

Jim
Jim

She's evil because she's evil. Why? Because she's evil, silly!

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Very funny Jim,we,re all laughing our A## off. Now, go outside and play with the other kids.

Jim Treacher
Jim Treacher

You are good at this, Dexterdunk.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Thanks Jim. They are ganging up on me. I could use some help, you know.

claudewc
claudewc

For the sake of Kentucky and its reputation in the world, Dexter, please learn what an apostrophe is and how to use it.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

I didn,t come here for a writing class claudy ole boy. Are you from Kentucky?

lillibird
lillibird

You guys are so scared, Trump and Bachman are taking the spotlight away from Sarah and she's sinking in the polls especially in her home state Alaska..wait till the Dunn, McGinnis and Bailey books come out..she'll finally be done and you will wonder what happened.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Nobody will read or believe those lying books except you liberals. Nothing will change, that is until Nov. 2012. You left-wing Democrats will lose the Senate,the rest of the House, and especially the Whitehouse. I know...You know it!

lillibird
lillibird

Calling people names..how Christian of you.How old are you? . Not really scared of Sarah just nuts like you. Go drink some more tea, you'll feel better.

Dexterdunk
Dexterdunk

Come on dodobird, you and you ilk are so scared of Sarah,you,re not bashing anyone but her. The FEAR is showing all over your posts. Trump won,t win the nomination because billionaires don,t connect with everyday Americans. If Sarah don,t run she will help M. Bauchman over the top because they believe the same principles,Tea Party Conservatism. Regardless,any of these will defeat Obama, and be a lot better leaders for our country.Come Nov. 2012 Obama will be finished...and good riddance to him and left-wing Socialism. You are the one afraid...not me.

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