David Weigel, who writes at Slate.com, first came to Sarah Palin's defense after he was one of the prime victims of the JournoList fallout in June-July, 2010. He wrote then that he had learned to "stop worrying and love Sarah Palin" (a reference to the entire title of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb):
Over the first churning forty-eight hours of this whole mess, I resisted — and then accepted — a new sympathy for a politician I'd never pretended to admire much: Sarah Palin. A political celebrity who raises money and appears on TV needs the media in a way that a reporter doesn't. But damn if I didn't feel sorry for the way every utterance Palin ever makes is taffy-pulled and inspected for lies. During the trial of a boy who hacked into Palin's private e-mail account, I debunked a rumor while appearing on MSNBC — where I am now a contributor — that she had "perjured" herself on the stand. She hadn't. She'd spoken correctly, if clumsily, about some of her old e-mails. Like I said: screwed, and then a new sympathy. (Of course, journalists would have had an easier time reaching me than Palin, who is notoriously difficult to get a comment from unless you happen to be a Fox News host.)Weigel not only tried to identify with Palin in that Esquire column, through the empathy he described above, he aligned himself with Palin in the rest of the column too, no doubt unintentionally, by showing how pathetically narcissistic he is.
I don't have a lot of time to waste on this pimply, baby-fat saddled kid's tripe today, but one of his least satisfactory statements (or quotes - one can't quite be sure) in his story today, about calling the Mat-Su Regional Health Center earlier in the week regarding TriG Palin, was this:
Why'd I call the hospital? One of the original concerns Sullivan had with the Trig Palin story -- one that's based on an absent fact, and not on innuendo -- was that Mat-Su Regional did not list Trig Palin's birth on its website. There's a portion of the web site, the baby nursery, where newborns are listed. Trig, born on April 18, 2008, is not there. And that's somewhat curious. So: Is every baby born at the hospital listed on the web site?"Yes, this is where the Palins come -- this is their family hospital."
"No, it's not automatic," said the clerk. "Truth be told, we do take security photos of all the babies, but if the parents want their babies listed on the web site, they can request it. We're really sensitive about it, though. I think the hospital took up the policy not to publish names automatically because of possible baby kidnapping issues."
The clerk, realizing that Washington, D.C. reporters don't typically cold call her hospital, asked me if this call was about "our former governor." It was. Was Trig Palin born there?
"Oh, that's not even a question," she said. (If my reception was better I could have heard her eyes rolling at this point.) "Yes. Everybody here remembers that. Yes, this is where the Palins come -- this is their family hospital."
Ideally, I would have gotten the family birthing center's director on the phone and gotten more confirmation with a name to go with it. But is anything preventing Andrew, or one of the Daily Dish's assistants, from making that call?
How sweet - "their family hospital." Perhaps it is, but had Weigel done the level of research he claims is Sullivan's inherent obligation, he could have discovered that the statement he uses to support his case, is wildly inaccurate and useless to back Weigel's claim.
The quote is used in a a way to make it seem that TriG was merely the latest Palin to have been delivered at "their family hospital." That would be impossible. TriG was born in 2008. The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center was finished in January, 2006. Piper Palin, youngest of the brood save for TriG, was born in 2001. At that time, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center was a vacant, wind-swept field behind the Mat-Su Visitors Center and Veterans Wall of Honor.
Dave - you owe Andrew an apology.
I'll have more on Weigel soon. Suffice it to say, his rep from his Alaska trip last summer was way beyond Cheechako-ish. More like "fucking ingrate, don't let the door hit you on the way out."