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Monday, July 6, 2009

'BASELESS ALLEGATIONS'

On Twitter, Palin Lashes Out at Critics

After a low-profile Fourth of July, Sarah Palin took to Twitter this morning to decry her critics and urge supporters to weather the media criticism over her decision to resign as governor of Alaska.

"Critics are spinning, so hang in there as they feed false info on the right decision made as I enter last yr in office to not run again," she wrote through TwitterBerry, a mobile device application for the popular 140-character-per-"tweet" social-networking site.

The brief message, consistent with the tone of her Friday news conference, during which she condemned as "blood sport" the national political process, came after a morning of Washington talk shows that dissected her decision to resign 18 months before the end of her term.

Much of the commentary about the governor's abrupt exit was sharply negative, including analysis from her fellow Republicans. On ABC's "This Week," a roundtable of political strategists and reporters spent a good chunk of time speculating about her mental state in harsh terms that were first put forward by panelist Todd S. Purdum in a withering Vanity Fair article last week.

"So I'll make attempt to keep up w/attaching corrected info. I head 2 West AK villages today, look forward to their busy comm fish activity!" Palin wrote in a follow-up tweet.

It was the third time in half a day that Palin had taken to Twitter in an attempt to push back at the speculation about why she has chosen to leave office. Late Friday night, Palin tweeted, "See letter from my attorney on baseless allegations of past 24hrs @ http://tinyurl.com/l4ct5n."

That letter was a detailed point-by-point refutation of allegations circulating on blogs about a rumored investigation that Thomas Van Flein, Palin's private attorney, said did not exist.

"Several unscrupulous people have asserted false and defamatory allegations that the 'real' reasons for Governor Palin's resignation stem from an alleged criminal investigation pertaining to the construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex," Van Flein wrote. "This canard was first floated by Democrat operatives in September 2008 during the national campaign and followed up by sympathetic Democratic writers. It was easily rebutted then as one of many fabrications about Sarah Palin."

The letter also made it clear that Palin's growing animosity toward members of the media. "Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact," her attorney wrote, warning media outlets that there would be legal ramifications should they repeat the blog allegations.

"The Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law," the lawyer wrote.


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