Friday, October 10, 2008

Media Watch

MSBNC's headline is: "A legislative committee's investigation concludes GOP VP nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her authority in firing public safety commissioner."

Wrong.  The investigation found that the firing was lawful.  It says she abused her power by not doing more to stop Todd Palin from advocating for Trooper Wooten to be fired.  Big difference.

Idiot reporters.


tft (The Frustrated Teacher) said...

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 2952.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 2952.110(a) provides

“The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.”

She violated the public trust. You can try to make it seem as if she did nothing wrong, but she did. The statute she ran afoul of is right there, in BOLD.

She broke Alaska law in her handling of the righteous firing. More will come out, and it will become clear that the ONLY reason Monagan was fired was because of Palin pressure.

Spin away, dude!

Independent George said...

the ONLY reason Monagan was fired was because of Palin pressure

Er, seeing as how she was the only one with the power to fire him, isn't that a given?

The question is whether she fired him for personal reasons, or professional ones. She had both. I'm not sure how that equates to an abuse of power; it seems to imply that if you can't fire someone even for legitimiate reasons if it could be plausibly perceived as being for illegitimate reasons.

tft (The Frustrated Teacher) said...

The question, goeorge, is whether or not Palin abused her trust in trying to get Wooten fired, not Monegan. The finding is that she did indeed abuse her authority.

Monegan had an executive level job, making his termination legal. It was the pressure being put on Monegan by Palin that she is in trouble for.

So, Palin abused her authority by trying to pressure Monegan to fire Wooten, which he did not. So, she fired Monegan. Case closed. Power abused.

What don't you get?