Monday, November 30, 2009

The Daily Beast 'Bus Hoax' Hoax

Usually when we post articles from other sources, we would post and excerpt and link to the original source. On this occasion with this ridicules charge, we make an exception so to get the message out as fast as possible with minimum hassle to the reader. We thank the writers for their quick and extraordinary smack downs.

Via C4P By Joshua Livestro

Here's another (f)lie to swat:
On her book tour, Sarah Barracuda pretends to be one of the people. But she's really winging across the country on a private jet. As much of her entourage, including HarperCollins publicist Tina Andreadis, risked a collective case of White Line Fever, covering more than 3,000 road miles during the book tour’s first week, Sarah Palin herself seems to have remained above it all, apparently cosseted in the luxury of a Gulfstream II 12-passenger jet rented from Universal Jet Aviation of Boca Raton, Florida, at a cost of more than $4,000 per hour.


The bottom line is that the plane’s goings and comings track Palin’s tour perfectly: from Grand Rapids to Washington, Pa. and then to Rochester, N.Y., Roanoke, Va., Fayetteville, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., and Jacksonville and Orlando.
On the scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most disingenuous piece of crap I've ever read, that scores a solid 11. Let's look at the facts - it's not something journalists are supposed to do anymore these days, but humor me:

- on Wednesday the 18th of November, private jet UJT 750 flies from Teterboro (NJ) to Westchester (NY) to pick up Gov. Palin and her family members and personal aides to fly her to the place of the start of her bus tour, namely Grand Rapids (Mi). That same afternoon, the jet flies ahead to Washington County airport (Pa).

- Gov. Palin and her entourage then set off on a three day whistlestop bus tour of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. That's 650 miles in three days, with six stops in total. Not a bus tour?

- It's only three days later, on the 21st of November, that they use the private jet again to fly to Rochester (NY). Should they have done the five hour, 300+ mile journey by bus, just to satisfy Mr. McGinniss' craving for authenticity?

- On the evening of the same day (still the 21st), the jet flies them to the place of the next event, namely Roanoake (Va). A mere 550 miles, so Gov. Palin could easily have taken the bus, right? I mean, she would certainly have made it on time for her next event, which wasn't till 11am the next morning. Sure, she'd be dead on arrival, but hey: if Joe McGinniss says that's what it takes, then that's what it takes.

- late at night on the 21st, after having dropped the Palin gang off in Roanoke, the jet flies on ahead to Fayetteville (NC). Gov. Palin does the book signing in Roanoke, then jumps on a different jet to fly to Asheville for a private meeting and dinner with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son and daughter. Since this meeting was mainly devoted to the subject of religion, Joe McGinniss would probably have preferred it if Gov. Palin had donned herself in sackcloth and ashes and crawled the entire 260 mile distance on her hands and knees. Let's call that one a missed opportunity.

- Gov Palin and crew rejoin the jet on the 23rd in Fayetteville, following the book signing event at Fort Bragg. Apparently, the Palins did the maths and came to the conclusion that it was impossible to cover the 500 mile stretch from Fayeteville to Birmingham (AL) in the two hours that they had until the next event. Let's put this one down to bad scheduling (we gotta blame her for something, right, Joe?).

- The Birmingham event is a great success, with thousands of people shouting her name and... Sorry, that's not what McGinniss wants to hear. Let's talk flights. On the evening of the 23rd, the private jet (that's private as in: not state-owned. Is that still allowed in the age of Obama, you ask? That will the subject of our next investigation) takes Gov. Palin from Birmingham to Jacksonville (FL), the place of the first of her three stops in the Sunshine State. The jet flies ahead to the destination of her final stop in the state, Orlando.

- Gov Palin covers the distance between the events by bus. That's another 2 stops and 200 miles on this non-bus tour. At the end of the first part of her book tour, for some reason, she decides against covering the 2,990 miles to Tri-Cities (WA) by bus, and instead opts for flying. Strange, I know.

So what's the point of this non-story? Ultimately, it's the same as the wardrobe saga. Liberal propagandists want you to believe that Palin is a fake populist, someone who claims to live frugally but really loves to live the high live. A sort of John Kerry in drag, if you like. It's their desperate attempt at stopping people from saying that she's "one of us". After all, how can she really be "like me" if she flies a private jet? Answer: she can, because she is. Doesn't matter if she flies a private jet, or even Air Force One: to your average, hard working American, she'll always be just Sarah from Alaska. And that's the way it is, Joe.
From Texas4Palin
Al Gore flies all across the world destroying the environment with his travels so that he can sell the fantasy of globaloney. Hundreds of government officials will be crisscrossing the globe flying to Copenhagen to "save the planet" at the upcoming Climate Conference this December. All are adding to what leftists call global warming and they are adding more in just the month of December alone with their efforts than any common citizen would in their entire lifetime.

So, what is the lefty outrage du jour? Is it that these so-called environmentalists are hypocrites? Nope. The newest outrage from the left is that Sarah Palin dares to fly from city to city during her whirlwind book tour.

I know. The nerve of her, eh?

At issue with Joey McGinniss' "shocking" expose is the bus that Palin has been using to get from one location to the next in the local areas during her book tour, but has flown the longer distances. Why is this such an outrage? Because Palin said this about her book tour when it began:
“I’ll post our progress from the road.”
According to McGinniss this proves that Palin is a liar about using the buss to cross the country on her book tour. Since she has at times been flying, apparently, McGinniss thinks that the "from the road" part of her post makes her a liar despite that it is quite common vernacular to use that phrase when discussing travel. Who says "from the air" when they are talking about traveling?

McGinniss then goes on to ask all sorts of "probing" questions about the flights. He wants to know who is paying for the flights, if she has anyone else on these planes with her, if she'll continue to fly, if she… well, let's just say he has a lot of questions.

And let's remind this left-wing hack that none of the answers to these questions are any of his business! Sarah Palin is a private individual dealing with a private business. She is not working for the taxpayers and her bills are paid for out of the profits of her book sales and/or the company that is publishing the work. Sarah Palin has absolutely no responsibility to answer to some twit in the press about her expenses.

If she wants to fly 20 different private jets to fly to 20 different cities, it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

If Sarah Palin wants to drive 20 busses where ever she wants to ride them it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

If Sarah Palin wants to ride a horse and buggy to every book stop it is none of Joey McGinniss' business.

Joey McGinniss has a tempest in a teapot all revved up and ready to outrage his extremist, left-wing buddies, to be sure, but he definitely has nothing of any note to write about. Must be a slow news day to be pushing this falderal.

But I guess it shouldn't be surprising. Joey McGinniss has been trying to get at Sarah since she debuted on the national scene. So, one wonders, how many books has Joey McGinniss' name sold?


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