Just wanted to follow-up on yesterday’s post.  This is hard to believe, but the guy responsible for yesterday’s non-news is a kindergarten teacher.  Nice to have such a great influence for the kids.

Anchorage resident and part-time Kindergarten teacher, Jesse Griffin, called “Gryphen” at his blog Immoral Majority is the “source” Dennis Zaki cited in his “news” article stating that that Sarah and Todd Palin were going to divorce.

Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, sent a letter to Griffin warning him to retract his story and apologize or expect legal action.

Robert Stacey McCain has info here and here.  Also check out Dan Riehl’s post for more info as well.

HT: Josh Painter

To those of us who blog there’s a lesson here whether we are conservative, liberal or someplace in between… we can’t just write whatever we want and make up stuff and not expect to reap consequences.  It is easy to hide behind anonymity and throw rocks.

Update 8/4/09: McCain and Riehl seem to be just warming up.  I don’t think trying to turn him into a martyr is going to help.

  1. WHAT was going through this guy’s mind? Oh, wait…NOTHING! Sheesh! Amazing the lengths some people will go to to get 15 seconds of notariety and needlessly bring turmoil to other folks’ lives.

    1. @Cathy York, Exactly and now he’s facing a libel lawsuit that is actionable. He hasn’t retracted it, so it’ll be interesting to see if Van Flein follows through. I hope he does. His post is dripping with malice.

  2. Her previous suggestions of libel lawsuits had no merit, because there wasn’t enough evidence that the people knew they were lying. It’s hard to argue that this guy really thought he was reporting the truth. She should pursue it full force.
    .-= Jeremy Pierce´s last blog ..July License Plates =-.

  3. Anybody who had a hand in spreading this divorce rumor is a tool- and should be ashamed of themselves. Talk about desperate- hard watching the Dear Leader crash-n-burn, I guess.

    Palin’s resignation obviously puts yet more pressure on Obama to finally get some results, as the soaring rhetoric isn’t hypnotizing the plebes like it used to. There’s another viable alternative waiting in the wings now… just as we hear the first stirrings of Obamania’s death-rattle.

    Alaska was a pretty corrupt system until she stepped in. Her reforms took on entrenched politicians (inc. Republicans), a mafioso-style union boss, and Big Oil.

    Wouldn’t it have been nice if Obama had been principled and brave enough to confront the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine? Or shady political operators like Tony Rezko? Racist preachers? Instead of doing business with every last one of them?

    IMO Palin could trounce him in 2012, when Americans would vote for the Gipper-in-Heels in droves- they’ll surely being looking for such an antidote to the Bolshevik con-artist who’s taken a wrecking-ball to this society.

    Small wonder then that the far-left moonbats -along with Team Obama’s David Plouffe’s internet squad- are out to destroy her.

    Go get em ‘Cuda- there’s a lot of us behind you.
    .-= Reaganite Republican´s last blog ..Levin Gives it to ‘Em With Both Barrels =-.

  4. Shane, I’d mentioned before that it would be beneath Gov. Palin to pursue a lot of legal action against bloggers. This is a different situation entirely — a plain violation and a clear source of the rumor.

    In this one, if she wants to go after him, I’m all for it. Just because we’re not professional journalists doesn’t mean that we have free reign to libel.
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..Quickly on the “birthers” =-.

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