"Little More Than a Google Internet Search"
Online research can often be tricky for my students, but I would expect more from experienced political operatives. But according to today's Los Angeles Times in "With Palin revelations, McCain's gamble is clearer" remarkably little checking for breadth and credibility of sources took place within the McCain campaign when they chose VP candidate Sarah Palin.
One Republican strategist with close ties to the campaign described the candidate's closest supporters as "keeping their fingers crossed" in hopes that additional information does not force McCain to revisit the decision. According to this Republican, who would discuss internal campaign strategizing only on condition of anonymity, the McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin's potential pitfalls. Just over a week ago, Palin was not on McCain's short list of potential running mates, the Republican said.
Palin has been learning the hard way about Internet "spoilers" who invest large amounts of time studying video, photographs, and documents in meticulous detail to try to prove that events depicted represent a cover-up or staged representation. Palin was forced to publicly acknowledge that her unmarried teenage daughter was pregnant after rumors circulated in the blogosphere that Palin's fifth pregnancy was merely a ruse to obscure her daughters, which reached all the way to an Andrew Sullivan posting, although this mega-blogger later spoiled his own spoiler-dom by providing photos that seemed to indicate that the Republican Alaska governor's version of the story was true. Wonkette has observed a flood of Photoshopped Juno/Juneau parody posters about the McCain campaign, including this one, which they posted.
(Heavenspot Creative Director Chevon Hicks created the image above as a parody/homage to Shepard Fairey's iconic Obama image. He is encouraging people to propagate the image through Facebook.)
Update: It's hard to keep up with the Palin parodies, but comedian Sara Benincasa is using her YouTube channel to be the conduit of the potential Vice President's vlog on subjects such as "CATS!" and "PURSE!"