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Oops: Photo shows Palin reading John Birch mag?

First discovered at BagNewsNotes, then posted by Ben Smith at Politico:

In a picture supplied by Sarah Palin’s family to the Associated Press, Palin appears with some rather odd reading matter: The magazine of the ultraconservative John Birch Society. The picture, dating to 1995, when Palin was a member of the Wasilla City Council, ran beside a profile of Palin in Saturday’s New York Times. The magazine, The New American, is sitting on top of her calendar on her desk, unopened.

Here’s the photo in question:

And here’s a zoom-in of the newsletter:

(The “Con-Con” headline is in regard to a possible Constitutional Convention that the Birchers thought was a secret federal power-grab. Bless their crazy little hearts.)

The funny thing is, it’s not like the newsletter is tucked away in a back corner of the photo, and some enterprising blogger had to zoom in 100x and use special software to clean up the image. The friggin’ newsletter is RIGHT THERE, under her hand. And, uh, I guess she’s pretending to take notes or something. Or maybe she’s going to doodle little unicorns and hearts and “SARAH + TODD 4EVA.”

We’ve already realized that she’s a female Bush (with lipstick!), so this is quite appropriate. After all, it kinda reminds you of another incident in which a zoom-in proved quite revealing, doesn’t it?


  1. JBS and the where the political spectrum slams against the right-hand stops.  

    In October 1964, the Idaho Statesman newspaper expressed concern about what it called an “ominous” increase in JBS-led “ultra-right” radio and television broadcasts, which it said then numbered 7,000 weekly and cost an estimated $10 million annually. “By virtue of saturation tactics used, radical, reactionary propaganda is producing an impact even on large numbers of people who, themselves, are in no sense extremists or sympathetic to extremist views,” declared a Statesman editorial. “When day after day they hear distortions of fact and sinister charges against persons or groups, often emanating from organizations with conspicuously respectable sounding names, it is no wonder that the result is confusion on some important public issues; stimulation of latent prejudices; creation of suspicion, fear and mistrust in relation not only to their representatives in government, but even in relation to their neighbors.”

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