Friday, April 1, 2016
Flashback Friday: Sarah's affair with Brad Hanson
In the critical early days of September 2008, after Sarah Palin was nominated as the Republican Party’s candidate for Vice President, the National Enquirer ran a cover story alleging that the Alaska governor had an adulterous affair.
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’s presidential campaign, immediately and unequivocally denied the story. “The smearing of the Palin family must end,” said McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, as quoted at the time. “The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie. The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.” The campaign also threatened legal action.
The Enquirer was hoping that the newfound credibility it had earned by exposing Democratic Sen. John Edwards’s affair — in the midst of his presidential campaign — would carry it through. Not so, in this case. The Smoking Gun revealed that one of the key claims on which Palin’s detractors had relied — namely, that Palin had been mentioned in a messy divorce proceeding in Alaska that her associates had attempted to have sealed — turned out to be untrue.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, the Enquirer defended itself rather poorly, claiming that its coverage of the Palins “includes several newsworthy revelations,” and citing the Edwards story as proof of its own credibility. As even Gawker noted at the time, the Enquirer was behaving in a “wishy-washy” manner, “addressing its charges [against Palin] only in the context of other allegations, rather than backing them head-on.” The story quickly died.
Thanks Beerfart for giving me an idea for Flashback Friday! And yes they did have an affair. Brad's son confirmed it to his college hockey teammates.