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Vanity Fair Discovers Sarah Palin is Loud and Secretive

Excellent detailed piece on Sarah Palin by journalist Michael Joseph Gross in the October 2010 issue of Vanity Fair


Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury

Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin speaks at the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 2010.

Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.

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‘We’re Going to Court’: Sarah Palin to Face Legal Battle over Grandson

Levi Johnston demands access to baby Tripp and accuses the former VP candidate of turning her daughter against him

Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin.

Relations between the former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston, the teenager who almost became her son-in-law, have deteriorated to the point that a court battle is now inevitable, he has told the Guardian.

The dispute is over Tripp, his infant son by Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol: he claims Palin is preventing him from seeing the child.

“I’m up to the point where I can’t see my kid again. I’m done. I’m sure we’ll end up in court. We’re definitely going to court,” Johnston, 19, said in an interview in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.

Listen to Levi Johnston talking to Ed Pilkington Link to this audio

Johnston was propelled to national and international media attention last September when it was revealed he had made Bristol, who was then 17 and still at school, pregnant.

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Palin No Longer Writing Her Own Script

Sarah Palin's ghostwriter working on "death panels" op-ed.

Sarah Palin's ghostwriter working on her "death panels" op-ed.

It’s already been pointed out by several others that Sarah Palin has a new ghostwriter on staff and that she is clearly not the auteur of her most recent scribbles on Facebook and most certainly not the primary author of her op-ed yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.

Yes, the latter continues her unyielding obsession with Barack Obama by trying to upstage his healthcare address to the nation today, but it’s clearly the work of someone who can write cohesively and thinks in a linear fashion. The piece doesn’t even sound like Palin. Tina Fey this isn’t. Hopefully Palin’s memoirs capture some of her peculiar dexterity with the English language. (A genius like Mark Twain might have pulled it off, but rumor has it that he’s not around any more.)

Trying to pass off Palin as a policy wonk on national health care issues is simply going a bit far. This dog simply will not hunt.

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The Levi Johnston Story, Unabridged Edition

Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin

Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin

In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Levi Johnston tells his story–not of his relationship with Bristol, or her campaign for abstinence, or of life, in general, as a traveling spectator of the McCain/Palin campaign–but of Sarah Palin herself, what she’s like at home, what she does, says, and how she treats people. And it is not pretty. Not by a long shot.

It’s a five-page first-person account, told by Johnston, of the way Palin is. Johnston certainly has an axe to grind: since the end of the campaign, it’s become clear that Johnston does not like Sarah Palin very much. He has complained about not being able to see his baby, and he’s alleged that Palin knew he and Bristol were having sex before Bristol got pregnant.

In short, he feels burned by Sarah Palin and the media circus he walked into, by virtue of being her then-future-son-in-law when she was named as John McCain’s vice presidential candidate.

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Sarah Palin: Bad Mother and Wife?

If former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin thought John McCain’s staffers stabbed her in the back when they tried to blame her for his loss last November, one can only imagine what she thinks these days about Levi Johnston, the father of her grandchild.

Johnston, who is weighing the many “celebrity” career options now coming his way thanks to the meteoric rise of his former mother-out-of-law, is in sharper-than-a serpent’s-tooth mode in the October issue of Vanity Fair, where he — how to put this delicately? — rips Palin a new one for what he perceives as her personal failings. The magazine said it paid him an author fee, since the story is in his own words.

Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston: Me and Mrs. Palin

Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston: Me and Mrs. Palin

In “Me and Mrs. Palin,” Johnston’s first-person account accuses Palin of being a bad mother, of being a bad wife, of not knowing how to shoot a gun, and even — get this! — of not even being a real hockey mom! (She only attended 15% of her son’s games, says Johnston, who was his teammate.)

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Levi Johnston: Lot of Divorce Talk in Palin Home

Johnston says Palin neglected parenting and governorship duties in favor of money

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

Sarah Palin, holding son Trig, greets Levi Johnston

He almost became a member of the Palin family, but Levi Johnston — who fathered former Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandchild with her daughter Bristol — isn’t holding back when it comes to spilling the Alaska clan’s secrets.

“There was a lot of talk of divorce in that house … times when Sarah and Todd would mention it and sound pretty serious,” says Johnston, who turns 19 this year. (Last month, the couple denied Internet rumors of a pending divorce.)

But that wasn’t all. In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair in its October issue, out nationally Sept. 8, the teen says that the onetime vice-presidential nominee’s frequent self-description as a “hockey mom” who put family above career was far from the truth.

“Even before she was nominated, there wasn’t much parenting in that house,” he says. “Sarah doesn’t cook, Todd doesn’t cook — the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school. Most of the time Bristol would help her youngest sister with her homework, and I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill.”

But it was the people of Alaska who might’ve suffered worse, according to Johnston. Palin often complained that her job as governor was “too hard,” and after spending a couple weeks of being gloomy about losing the vice presidency, she focused on making money instead of the needs of Alaskans, he said.

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Levi Johnston Questions Palin’s Hunting Cred

Levi Johnston has more choice words for ex-girlfriend's mom Sarah Palin.

Levi Johnston has more choice words for ex-girlfriend's mom Sarah Palin.

“She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat — I’ve never seen it. I’ve never seen her touch a fishing pole. She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn’t know, because it was in a box under her bed.”

Levi Johnston in his most withering attack thus far on his ex-girlfriend’s mom, in a new Vanity Fair story that marks his journalism debut. Also claims: Sarah and Todd Palin fought a lot; they offered to adopt his baby with Bristol; and the kids did all the cooking in the Palin house, or occasionally went to fetch food for the Alaska governor, “like a Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell.”

The Washington Post