The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXX: The Band-Aid

We’ve broken into the thirties. Again, I should reiterate that Palin’s lies are not the usual political ones. They are stark assertions of fact that are demonstrably and provably untrue. Mudflats caught the latest in the Runners’ World interview. Here’s what she said about slipping on a run on McCain’s ranch and cutting open her hand:

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Alaska Governer Sarah Palin and husband Todd Palin.

RW: I don’t remember news reports about it.

SP: Heck no! I made those guys swear to secrecy. And I probably should have gotten a couple stitches. But I was insisting with these guys, “Absolutely not, let’s just wash it out.” I appreciated how much care they took to help me out. So anyway, I have a little scar on my hand, and I’ve seen a couple of pictures from the debate or of me waving to someone on the campaign trail with that Band-Aid and I think, nobody else knows about it.

Really?

Here’s the caption:

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin waves with a bandaged hand as a result of falling while jogging, as she and her husband Todd Palin board her campaign plane at the Flagstaff, Arizona airport for the trip to St Louis, Missouri. Palin will face-off with her Democratic counterpart Joe Biden in the Vice-Presidential debate later on October 2, 2008. By Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty.

This blogger remembers it quite distinctly:

I keenly remember watching the news the day of the big VP debate.  I remembered as she came down the stairs off the plane in St. Louis that she had the bandage on the palm of her hand as she waved, and the newscaster told how she had injured her hand in a fall while running.

In fact, the story was everywhere – a humanizing touch. So why did she just make up some strange story about it? The point is not that this is a grave sin. It isn’t. Most of her lies aren’t (with a few exceptions). They are just a function of someone who makes stories up all the time, who says things that may momentarily impress but that are inconsistent with past statements and with, you know, reality. That’s why I’m such a skeptic about everything she does. And why I’ve come to believe that you need documentation to verify every strange story she tells.

Andrew Sullivan
The Atlantic

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