Jake Tapper, Shame On You

I read Jake Tapper’s blog, Political Punch, as I (used) to consider him the closest thing to a “balanced journalist” out there in MSM land. He’s probably 60%-40% in the tank for Obama, which makes him pretty much from the fairest ones out there.

But this post is so childish and indefensible that it makes my head explode.

First he starts with the current MSM meme that Sarah Palin is out to destroy McCain. Then he says this:

And some Republicans are starting to now say they should have seen this coming, since Palin has a reputation for making friends who can help her and then screwing them over.

His evidence to back up such a serious charge? Read on.

The list is long:

Former Wasilla Mayor John Stein says he mentored Palin during her 1994 run for City Council. Then she decided to challenge him and run for Mayor. “Things got very ugly,’ Naomi Tigner, a friend of the Steins, told Salon.com. “Sarah became very mean-spirited.” Palin allies suggested she would he “Wasilla’s first Christian mayor,” even though Stein is Protestant. Palin allies also whispered that Stein and his wife – who hadn’t taken his name – were not legally wed. “We actually had to produce our marriage certificate,’ Stein said. His wife died in 2005 without ever reconciling with Palin. “I had a hand in creating Sarah, but in the end she blew me out of the water,” Stein told Salon. “Sarah’s on a mission, she’s an opportunist.”

Really, Stein himself says all that? And his friends agree? My, my, that proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Next “eyewitness account”:

Former City Councilman Nick Carney also helped mentor Palin in her first city council run. They later had a falling out when Palin accused him of corruptly advocating that the city use his trash hauling business. “The episode might serve as a compelling, if small-bore, example of Palin’s reformer instincts,” the New Republic reported. Except that, according to those who were present, Carney wasn’t quite the crooked trash magnate Palin makes him out to be. For one thing, Carney couldn’t have proposed the ordinance because he’d recused himself from the matter. The council, in fact, had asked him to appear as a kind of expert witness on the relevant rules and regulations.

Where did Palin ever accuse him of proposing the ordinance? She said he advocated for it. Which I’m sure never happened. A longtime city councilman’s business was being considered purely coincidentally. He had nothing to with it. Nothing I tell you! Oh and the New Republic, they’re an objective source.

” Carney endorsed Stein in the 1996 mayoral race against Palin, and news reports say she subsequently as mayor refused to call on him.*

Huh? So what?

Carney told Salon that Palin – without council authorization — spent more than $50,000 in city funds to redecorate her office. “I braced her about it,” he said. “I told her it was against the law to make such a large expenditure without the council taking a vote. She said, ‘I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.”

This charge is easily verifiable, isn’t it, Jake? There should be receipts, expense reports, council minutes etc. Did you bother to fact check any of this or did you just report what Carney said like a parrot.

State Senate President Lyda Green from Wasilla, is a fellow conservative and was an ally of Palin’s throughout the 1990s. “If you had looked at our résumés, as far as being pro-life, pro-N.R.A., pro-family, pro-parental control, saving taxpayer dollars, keeping government out of our lives, we would have been identical,” Green told the New Yorker. “She traces the chill in their relationship to her decision not to endorse Palin in her 2006 gubernatorial primary. (She stayed neutral.)…

Ah, good old Lyda Green. Jake, how do you know that Lyda Green was a “Palin ally” throughout the 90’s? Because Green says so? Because they’re both from Wasilla and both conservative? Pretty flimsy evidence, don’t you think? If Green was such a Palin ally, wouldn’t she have some specifics on how she helped Palin? I don’t see any in your story.

Also, why didn’t she endorse Palin in 2006 if she was such an “ally”. No reason is given in your story, Jake. Aren’t you even curious about that small point? But then again, if she says she was an ally of Palin, it must be true.

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski made Palin the chair of a state commission overseeing oil and gas drilling. Four years later she challenged him – and beat him – for governor.

So realizing that your mentor is corrupt and bringing him down is now a crime, Jake? I’d have thought it laudable. In fact, I’d call Sarah Palin an authentic whistle-blower.

Prominent Alaska conservative talk radio host Dan Fagan was a longtime friend. But he found himself on the outs after he criticized her for raising taxes on oil companies. “He found himself branded a ‘hater,’” the New York Times reported. “It is part of a pattern, Mr. Fagan said, in which Ms. Palin characterizes critics as ‘bad people who are anti-Alaska.

Check out the Times link. The proof that Mr. Fagan was branded a hater? He says so.

Here’s the kicker:

Now, I don’t know what happened with all of these former allies. Certainly Murkowski was much-criticized. And certainly Palin views all these publications as left-leaning and hostile to her views.

So Jake, you admit you don’t know what happened with all these former allies. You don’t even present evidence that they were allies at all. For you to indict Sarah Palin as someone who uses people, it is enough to quote people who are clearly and vocally against Palin. No attempt is made to dig deeper into possible motives or agendas, or even verify their claims factually. They report, you decide.

Now I wouldn’t lose my head over one silly blog piece, but this has been the type of embarrassing “journalism” directed at McCain and Palin for the entire length of this campaign. Tapper and his fellow travelers are disgrace to a once noble profession.