Dead fish, Palin take on “Sympathetic Democratic Media”


screenshot from the website of Palin’s lawyer’s firm


Who are these men, you might be wondering, and what are they doing with those big dead fish?

I don’t really know what they’re doing with the fish, but the men are members of the firm representing Sarah Palin. The image is a screenshot from site of the Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness, LLC, the self-described “pre-eminent law firm” hired by everyone’s favorite ex-Alaskan governor to help her squash that pesky ol’ 1st amendment. Thanks, Cajun Boy, for re-posting the link this morning. Palin originally tweeted the threatening letter- not once, but twice.

palin tweet

With all this fuss regarding “baseless allegations” about the Wasilla Sports Complex, embezzlement, and sneaky deals, it’s good that Mr. Van Flein, Palin’s lawyer, has personal experience with zoning. He’s “presently the Vice-Chair of the Anchorage Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals, appointed by Mayor Mark Begich in 2004,” according to the bio on his firm’s website.

Palin’s letter says that New York pitbull-without-lipstick investigative journalist Wayne Barrett is one among many “sympathetic Democratic writers” and bloggers that constitute a state of “modern journalism” that “apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking.” The four-page diatribe goes on to wax defensively, and closes by informing irresponsible media outlets like HuffPo, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post that they have to shut the hell up. The letter also takes specific aim at Shannyn Moore, who writes the blog Just a Girl from Homer.  The ex-Gov is also apparently upset by a Twitter alterego going by the handle @exgovsarahpalin.

My favorite part is the footnote on the first page, talking directly about Barrett:

Wayne Barrett, a writer for the left wing Village Voice, published these insinuations, on October 7, 2008 in a story entitled “The Book of Sarah” available at This was written in the style of one pretending to be amazed that so many people in a small town like Wasilla appear to know one another, support one another, and take on big projects together. Apparently that is uncommon in New York. Rather than recognize that leaders of a community often mobilize to accomplish projects, the writer offered this up as an unusual and questionable association of special interests.”

Did Palin, not her lawyer, pen this letter? Would a lawyer actually incorporate snarky commentary into a cease-and-desist letter?  

Now that might not be uncommon in New York.

One thought on “Dead fish, Palin take on “Sympathetic Democratic Media”

  1. Using Twitter to bury a brewing story seems like a bonehead move to me, but certainly not out of character for the Wünderkind from Wasilla. Perhaps she does need to find a new handle once her resignation is complete.

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