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Revelations from Sarah Palin's book, 'Going Rogue'

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By Michael D. Shear and Jason Horowitz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 16, 2009; 8:12 PM

Sarah Palin says the media firestorm surrounding her family did not subside after the election was over, but continued to hound her and her family.

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"Every action we took -- or didn't take -- was fodder for the national media," she writes in her new book.

The post-election section of "Going Rogue" continues her criticism of the media despite her admission that "I don't like to hear people complain; I am the first to say, 'Buck up or stay in the truck.' "

But, she adds: "what used to be called 'mainstream' national media are, in many respects, worthless as a source of factual information any more."

The Washington Post purchased several copies of the book, "Going Rogue," which chronicles Palin's upbringing in Alaska as well as her sudden emergence on the national political stage in the summer of 2008 and its aftermath.

Palin writes that the craziness of the campaign followed her months after its conclusion, to a Yankees game that she attended with former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

That night, comedian David Letterman made a joke about her daughter, and she writes that her answer was criticized by the left, who said she couldn't take a joke.

"No, I guess I can't take a joke that suggests it's funny to humiliate a young girl and pretend that statutory rape by a thirty-four-year-old man is something to laugh about," she writes.

The passage was very serious. But others were more lighthearted. In one, she responds to what she describes as "gossipmongers" spreading rumors about a possible divorce from her husband, Todd.

"That day in sunny Texas when divorce rumors were rampant in the tabloids, I watched Todd, tanned and shirtless, take the baby from my arms and walk him back to the ranch house so Trig could nap while I made calls," she wrote. "Seeing Todd's blue eyes smiling, I chuckled."

"Dang, I thought. Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd?"

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Years before Tina Fey's spot-on portrayal of Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the former Alaska governor had dressed up for Halloween as -- Tina Fey, she writes.


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