Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts reached out to the Chuck Grassley and Steve King campaigns today to ask them about assertions made by Jonathan Martin’s hit-piece in Politico today. Both camps debunk Martin’s article. He writes:
I don’t even want to waste my time addressing everything that is wrong with Jonathan Martin’s hit piece at POLITICO regarding Sarah Palin on the campaign trail posted this morning. He loves his anonymous sources… just so everybody knows where I stand.
First, I think campaign anonymous sources are vile, spineless creatures who should be forever shunned from campaign work.
And secondly, I think that Jonathan Martin is more often than not full of crap.
Eric Woolson, spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley’s campaign, for the record said, that the anonymous source “does not represent the Senator’s views.” So evidently Senator Grassley was not displeased with any interaction they had with the Palin camp.
Then regarding what Martin said about Congressman Steve King’s campaign:
Similarly, the Iowa GOP was in discussions with Palin’s camp leading up to her appearance at its fundraiser to have her do a rally in the state’s conservative northwest corner. Rep. Steve King, who represents the area, got involved, and Palin indicated she was open to it. But she never gave the party confirmation. Finally, on the Wednesday before what would have been a Friday event, she indicated that she wouldn’t do it.
I have yet to contact the Iowa GOP and will follow-up, but I did talk with Jeff King with Congressman King’s campaign. He said that they “didn’t have any inkling that we’d get her for a rally. We would love to have her though.” He said they did not expect that it would work out. He said nobody from their campaign talked with Martin and they certainly don’t have any complaints about Palin.
Also these “sources” shouldn’t complain since she did headline a successful fundraising dinner for the Republican Party of Iowa and did so for free.
You can read Shane’s entire piece here
Update by Doug: In addition to Charles Grassley and Steve King, Jonathan Martin also lied about Mark Levin and Sean Hannity, with Levin demanding a retraction for the aforementioned lie. Is there anything in Martin’s hit piece that is in any way truthful? Well…I guess he did get Governor Palin’s name correct. But beyond that, how can anything this hack writes be taken seriously? Such easily debunked lies not only call into question everything else in this piece of…er…journalism, but anything else he writes as well. It’s pretty clear why Martin relies on anonymous sources: practically everyone he names in the piece has come out and effectively said he’s “full of crap”. Anonymous sources can’t do that, can they Johnny?
Martin has a history of dissembling and flat out lies when Governor Palin is concerned. Last November he claimed that Governor Palin blamed Obama for a move to strike “In God We Trust” from the nation’s coins. This was nonsense, of course, but that didn’t stop Martin from promulgating it. In a post last October, we reported on Martin’s attempt to gin up a phony controversy involving an invitation Governor Palin received to speak to a private group in Iowa. In his tediously long hit piece, Mr. Martin found it necessary to seek out and interview Mitt Romney supporters in Iowa in a concerted effort to make Governor Palin look bad for, I guess, retaining the Washington Speaker’s Bureau as her agent. The utter tripe that Martin published was apparently too much for the far-left leaning Newsweek as even they called him to task for his crap. Josh Painter described the tiresome Mr. Martin’s piece thusly:
False? Misleading? Distorted? Deceptive? Biased? Anti-Palin? You betcha! That’s Jonathan Martin. That’s Politico. That’s reprehensible. Why is Sarah Palin the only political figure Politico goes out of its way to treat in this manner?
Josh Painter’s words also describe the truth-challenged moron’s latest unsuccessful attempt at journalism. Governor Palin summed it up succintly:
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny…ya just made big mistake lying about Levin, Beck, Rush…U can lie about me, but taking on the Big Guns? Not smart
I’m guessing Johnny is not bright enough to get the message. Clearly anything this clown writes should be taken with a very large grain of salt.