The real Sarah Palin: An Apostle of Alaska

We know the outlines--the moose-hunting mom who juggles BlackBerrys and kids. But what does she believe? The real Sarah Palin.

John McCain was not her dream pick. Only a year ago, when the republican primaries were just beginning, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Newsweek that she wasn't enthusiastic about anyone in the GOP field. McCain was languishing at 7 percent in the polls. Mike Huckabee was reduced to playing his electric bass to get attention. Palin, driving with a Newsweek reporter along the highway from Anchorage to Wasilla, said she could understand why the country was ... Full Story »

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Subjects: U.S., Politics, Extra
Topics: Presidential Election 2008, Republicans, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Best of 2008
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Fabrice Florin
4.2
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 1, 2008

Outstanding report on Sarah Palin, including a rare interview with the controversial GOP VP. This in-depth, 5-page article presents extensive factual evidence from a wide range of credible sources, with fair and insightful interpretations that provide much-needed context on this new candidate. Of all the Palin stories I read this week, this is by far the best and most thorough coverage I've seen, with 13 reporters joining forces to put together this definitive report on Sarah Palin. This focus on facts, rather than opinions, addresses many of the unfounded rumors that have been circulated on the Internet lately. A must-read.

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Kristin Gorski
4.5
by Kristin Gorski - Oct. 1, 2008

Best piece I've read so far on the enigma that is Sarah Palin. This team of 11 reporters and 2 writers have interviewed everyone from a fellow basketball player on her high school team to her sister's ex-husband, and gotten elucidating quotes from them all. It is refreshing to read such a lengthy piece on a now-VP candidate of which most of us know very little about. I hope that MSM does not let up in writing pieces that explain to readers what this person is all about. It is a primary function of a free and independent media to be politicians' watchdogs, and I'm still waiting for most of the MSM to take this tenet to its core, and report and investigate along these lines.

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Mark James
4.2
by Mark James - Oct. 1, 2008

A fair assessment of Palin. Lots of information, fairly well researched. It is only missing some very relevant information about her leadership style, as described in this Alaska paper: http://www.adn.com/opinion/story/518451.html, which explains how a reformer who upsets those in her party don't have the resources to do everything. Both are worth reading.

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William Hughes-Games
4.7
by William Hughes-Games - Oct. 1, 2008

This is an excellent article on the influences forming Sarah Palin. Lets hope that over the coming weeks there will be a complimentary article on what her positions are on issues such as ecology and her understanding of the relationship between predator and prey, energy independence for the USA and how to achive it in both the short and long term, war and when the USA should interfere in the affairs of other countries and under what circumstances, human rights and should prisoners of war be treated as was John McCain and so forth. Come on guys. Sarah Palin is not a barby doll celebrity. She is a hard hitting serious politician with strong opinions on things. Lets find out what those opinions are and if she has the maturity and ... More »

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Fred Gatlin
4.1
by Fred Gatlin - Oct. 1, 2008

With the recent announcement that Sarah Palin will not be available until some undisclosed date in the future, this article takes on added importance. Without it we would have to wait until she has been groomed to avoid questions to find out her opinions or lack of opinions.

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Gary Holcomb
4.1
by Gary Holcomb - Oct. 1, 2008

There were a few snippets of info in this that I had not gleaned from other articles. Most of this article seemed to be a rehash of stories I had already read and this very much coincides with them. The parts that I find scary are the idea that she might become the default president and that she believes in teaching the controversy broached by creationists about evolution. We simple can’t have another anti-education president and expect a healthy future for America.

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Martha Champion
4.6
by Martha Champion - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a well done fact based story about Palin.

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Leo Romero
3.0
by Leo Romero - Oct. 1, 2008
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Norman Rogers
2.7
by Norman Rogers - Oct. 1, 2008

It would be interesting to compare this critical story on Palin to what Newsweek has said about Obama.

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Larry Miller
4.5
by Larry Miller - Oct. 1, 2008

This is the most complete, concise work on Ms Palin that I have seen, It hits all of the important points and draws out enough detail on each without belaboring things. I feel like I know Sarah Palin much better now. (I won't vote for her, but that is a different matter based on policies and issues). This article was very helpful.

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Tom Grey
3.3
by Tom Grey - Oct. 1, 2008

While it seems to have attempted to be balanced, there is a clear error on the $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla --if it's part of a railroad enhancement from Anchorage, it's not an earmark, but the article doesn't say what it is. There's no mention of the fact that she ran against an incumbent Rep. Governor, nor are there any decisions by Governor Palin discussed in the last 2 years except firing the police chief. Surely there was a budget battle? Focus on the less important, but more easily ridiculed, Assembly of God church results in a failure to discuss her religion since 2002 in any detail--more important than the media-beloved 'speaking in tongues'.

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Erik Wheaton
4.5
by Erik Wheaton - Oct. 1, 2008

This story is very comprehensive and tells the story of Governor Palin with facts, good narrative and a balanced view.

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Marshall Stern
1.7
by Marshall Stern - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a poor attempt to define Sara Palin but while it does bring certain facts to light it ignores or stops short on many of them. For example it says in the conclusion that she is a reformer, ignoring the fact that this title is completely undeserved in light of itd own reporting that the supposed acts or reform were all fictitious. It does not examine, at all the fact that she has been grossly dishonest. It refers to her convention speech as "terrific" without pointing out that it was boiler plste Repuclican attack rhetoric and was filled with out and out lies. Unfortunately, these journalists appear to have been succesfully bullied by the McCain campaigns aggressive tactics to go easy on Sarah Palin.

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Anisha Singh
3.6
by Anisha Singh - Oct. 1, 2008

This story exemplifies good journalism because it maintains its obligation to reporting the truth. It gives an unbiased view of Gov.Sarah Palin and her motives of running her state of Alaska. The story is well sourced, citing various government and other top officials. The several reporters who contributed to the story seemed to do a good job researching the topic, and provided the reader with a very detailed account of the governors past. As difficult as it is to remain objective while writing a political piece, the story was written from a neutral perspective which enabled the reader to get an accurate grasp of what the governor was all about. The information was presented in a clear and factual manner, all backed by reliable, ... More »

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Carl Awsumb
4.5
by Carl Awsumb - Oct. 1, 2008

good background story

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