Don’t know the “truth”; don’t care.
Do know, and do care very much, that you can’t trust the lame-stream media.
But with The Washington Post, “Good Morning America,” the New York Times and dozens of other media outlets all filing reports on the incident over the last few days, it’s clear that there’s a high level of interest in the events that transpired on that regrettable night in Anchorage.
But RealClearPolitics spoke with a source close to the Palin family, who wanted to provide their version of the events in question.
What no one disputes is that several members of the former first family of Alaska arrived at a well-attended birthday party, at which several competitive snowmobile racers were present.
Todd Palin, himself an elite racer of “snow machines” (as the vehicles are known in the 49th state), was celebrating his 50th birthday that night, though the party was not being held on his behalf.
With a live band, dancing, and the former governor rocking red-white-and-blue high-tops, everyone seemed to be having a good time.
But then, some words were exchanged. And that’s where the stories diverge significantly.
According to previously published eyewitness reports, the fracas began when Track Palin, the former governor’s adult son, confronted a former boyfriend of his 20-year-old sister, Willow.
But according to the Palin family’s version of events, the instigator was actually the former boyfriend.
The initial tussle occurred, the source said, after the young man in question “tried to get in” to the Hummer limousine after he’d engaged in some unspecified “questionable behavior.”
Track Palin soon found himself struggling to fend off four men who had “piled on him,” according to the source.
Todd Palin then inserted himself into the brawl, which left the former “First Dude” of Alaska bleeding.
According to the source, as her husband and son were trading blows with their adversaries, Palin was yelling (in reference to her son), “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!”
This rendition of her words differs slightly but significantly from a previous report, which had Palin shouting, “Don’t you know who I am?”
“From my understanding, she was in full ‘mama grizzly’ mode defending the kids,” the source said of Sarah Palin’s mindset.
According to the source, Track Palin left the fight nursing four cracked ribs, while his father was bloodied up.
In an unrelated episode, a 25-year-old man was arrested last Sunday on charges of stalking Bristol Palin after allegedly sending her approximately 1,000 Facebook messages and then appearing in her driveway — an incident the Palin source described as “scary.”
I left out the part that mentioned Sarah Palin had just returned from Houston where she had been raising money for wounded vets.
Everyone gets a story wrong now and then, but not everyone so relishes getting the wrong story on Sarah Palin. The MSM does, always, but that’s the herd instinct at work. And Sarah Palin knows how to cull a herd.
Sarah Palin with Katie Couric