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Frank Bailey Fined for Using Confidential Palin E-Mails in Book

By Gary P Jackson

Frank Bailey, a former aide to Sarah Palin, who wrote a “tell all” book about his time in the Palin administration, has been fined $11,900 for violating state ethics laws.

The book, which was widely panned as a work of fiction, was co-written by long time Palin hater Jeanne Devon and Ken Morris.

In preparation for writing his book, Bailey took a number of confidential e-mails Sarah Palin wrote. His trying to profit from these e-mails is illegal under Alaska’s ethics laws.

From the Anchorage Daily News:

Frank Bailey, the former Sarah Palin aide turned tell-all author, has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for violating the state’s ethics laws by keeping, disseminating and profiting from confidential emails he obtained while serving in Palin’s administration.

The Alaska attorney general’s office disclosed the settlement Tuesday in a letter to ethics campaigner Andree McLeod. McLeod, a Palin critic, initiated the complaint against Bailey in September 2010 after reading about his plans for a Palin book with two co-authors in the Daily News gossip column, the Alaska Ear.

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In the four-page settlement agreement with the state, confirmed by Senior Assistant Attorney General Julia Bockmon, Bailey admitted he used his collection of emails relating to state business from 2006 to 2009 to write the book. Some of those emails were confidential under state law, he admitted.

Before the book was published, Bailey provided a draft manuscript and the emails he planned to quote to the Attorney General’s office for review of potential confidential information, the settlement said. At the time, Bailey said took that step so he could “remove information alleged to violate the Ethics Act prior to publication.”

While Bailey removed most of the confidential information prior to publishing, some remained, the settlement said.

The settlement only generally describes the subject of the confidential information that was published: “Mr. Bailey admits that his published book contains information regarding the appointment of an attorney general that the Office of the Attorney General advised him was confidential prior to publication of the book,” the settlement said.

The penalties in the settlement were attributed to three violations: $3,600 for using confidential information in drafting his book; $7,200 for disclosing confidential information to his two co-authors; and $1,100 for publishing confidential information after he was advised it was secret.

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Corrupt Washington Post Hires Disgraced Former Palin Staffer As E-Mail “Expert”

By Gary P Jackson

You just thought the Washington Post hit rock bottom with their Palin e-mail nonsense, which BTW, has produced the exact opposite results they intended. These e-mails are proving Sarah Palin was a hard working Governor, a solid reformer, and an incredible CEO.

Liberals are stupid though, especially those in the media, so WaPo is doubling down. They’ve went out and hired disgraced former Palin staffer Frank Bailey to be their e-mail “expert.”

If you remember, Bailey, the only Palin staffer to ever be forced to take ethics training by the state, because of his behavior, allowed far left loon, and Obama blogger, Jeanne Devon, to put his name on a fantasy book she wrote, pretending to be a serious work discussing Bailey’s time on Sarah Palin’s staff, using e-mails stolen from the state archives.

For his efforts, Bailey is under investigation by Alaska’s Attorney General.

Alas, the book has been a dismal failure sales wise, so Bailey, a crapweasel of the highest order, is looking for a new way to scam someone out of money while cashing in on the job he once had on Sarah Palin’s staff.

The Post is only too happy to oblige. They will be hosting a “chat” with this nimrod on Monday at 11 am, Eastern time. They are asking for questions. I’m sure our readers will be happy to ask some good ones.

You can submit your questions now by clicking here.

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The AP’s Sins of Omission and Commission on Bailey’s “Tell-All” Book on Governor Palin

by Whitney Pitcher

A chapter in one of my graduate school textbooks opened with a quote from Aaron Levenstein that says, “[s]tatistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. ” Research involving statistics and journalism are supposed to be similar. Both are supposed to collect the data and report objectively on those data. Neither are supposed to conceal facts or results that run counter to their hypotheses or their own personal opinions. However, it seems that Associated Press reporter Becky Bohrer has neglected the journalistic tenet of objectivity in her piece on Frank Bailey’s “tell all” book about Governor Palin. Her piece is rife with omissions. This is nothing new for Bohrer. As Stacy wrote earlier this month, Boehrer showed glaring omissions in an AP story about the most recent frivolous suit against Governor Palin by serial lawsuit filer, Chip Thoma. In this most recent piece, Bohrer is guilty of both omission and commission.

The first glaring omission from Bohrer in this piece is in that she does not even once mention Frank Bailey’s ethical lapses. One of the frivolous ethics complaints filed against Governor Palin and her staff exonerated her, but required Bailey to take ethics training. Comments made by SarahPAC staff corroborate with this:

“Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin administration to be found to have acted unethically – twice,” Crawford said. “He is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. Then, as the administrator of certain email accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect.”

This would seem a pertinent detail, but is omitted by Bohrer. This omission allows readers unfamiliar with Bailey’s unethical behavior to assume that because Bailey once worked for the Governor, he may seem a credible source. His ethical lapse tells a different story, however.

Additionally,while Bohrer does discuss the attorney general’s investigation of Bailey’s use of emails, she is not entirely forthcoming:

The Alaska attorney general’s office has said it’s investigating Bailey’s use of the emails. Executive ethics laws bar former public officials from using information acquired during their work for personal gain if the information hasn’t been publicly disseminated.

This is not an investigatory effort started by the attorney general’s office on their own accord. This is effort is due to the filing of a complaint by serial ethics complaint filer, Andree McLeod. McLeod is no friend of Governor Palin and, in fact, is responsible for many of the frivolous ethics complaints filed against Palin in the last few years, yet Bailey’s use of emails against Governor Palin for his own gain have spawned complaint from McLeod. If another person who seems to have an agenda against Governor Palin is even questioning the ethics of Bailey in writing this book. would that not give people pause with regards to Bailey’s credibility? Would not the complete facts behind the attorney general’s investigation be pertinent to the story?

Thirdly, Bohrer neglects to identify Bailey’s co-authors in his book. She writes:

In February, the book project also made headlines when a draft manuscript was leaked. An attorney for Bailey and his co-writers accused author Joe McGinniss, who has his own Palin book coming out this year. McGinniss’ attorney acknowledged McGinniss selectively shared the manuscript, but said the manuscript included no request for confidentiality.

Who might those unnamed co-authors be? None other than Jeanne Devon and Ken Morris–bloggers from the anti-Palin blog Mudflats. Even the biased Politico was honest enough to report the names of the co-authors. Again, does not the mention of co-authors further reveal the potential intentions and credibility of Bailey’s book? Bohrer quotes Bailey as saying that he has nothing against Governor Palin, but wouldn’t his selection of such individuals as co-authors tell a different story? However, Boehrer does not bother her readers with such details.

In addition to these glaring omissions, Bohrer tops off her piece by building a strawman argument regarding Bailey’s suggestion of unethical behavior by Governor Palin and the Republican Governors Association in the production of an ad. Boehrer writes:

At that time, there was a one-year statute of limitations on complaints, and the Alaska Public Offices Commission did not receive any complaints related to Palin and the association during that period. However, the RGA was fined – unrelated to Palin – for late reporting, according to the commission’s executive director, Paul Dauphinais.

Bohrer is right to say that no complaints were filed regarding the RGA and Governor Palin. Ian has written about this false claim already. However, why would Boehrer mention a missed deadline by the RGA unrelated to Governor Palin unless she was trying to implicate Governor Palin in some kind of wrongdoing? It is a false argument with no reason for inclusion except to misrepresent Governor Palin.

Bohrer’s piece shows several sins of omission. What the media choose to report is important, but what they omit is equally vital. Journalists’ sins of commissions and omissions in attempts to reveal a “scathing” story about Governor Palin only leave their bias exposed.

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Why is the “Christian Division” of Simon & Schuster Publishing Frank Bailey’s Book?

By Stacy Drake

Frank Bailey, the poster child for malicious disgruntled former employees, has a book coming out soon. Actually, Jeanne Devon (a.k.a. AKMuckracker) has a book coming out soon, Bailey just allowed her to use his former perceived proximity to Governor Palin, and his name to sell the same old tired memes she has blogged about for years. We covered the manuscript here and elsewhere extensively after the it was first leaked online several months ago. To recall the character of Frank Bailey, here is what I posted at Big Government last February:

After reading this manuscript, my only conclusion is that Frank Bailey is a horrible person. A good person, as Frank likes to sell himself as, doesn’t have the capacity to do what he did. Even if Governor Palin was twice the monster he and his leftist allies made her out to be, he still had no right to attempt to have this pile of garbage published. She provided him with a job, which allowed him to provide for his family. At any time, he could have walked away if he felt he worked for someone he could not morally support. Anyone who cannot see this man for what he is, is being willfully ignorant. They are turning a blind-eye to the obvious motives that drove him to betray his former boss.

Frank Bailey’s motives in my view, were greed and vengeance. This man of little skill, decided to try and cash-in on the job he no longer had, and was incompetent at when he did have it. He was after all, the only member of the Palin administration who had ever been recommended to receive ethics training by a state investigator. His lack of ethics were his own doing, but this book proves he is incapable of taking responsibility for his actions. Instead, he tries to flip the blame on to Governor Palin and her husband, even though he has no evidence to support his claims. The emails printed in the book (if they’re even real) don’t say a whole lot. The meat of this trashing is in between the emails, where Jeanne (with her own far-left political motives) practically does nothing more than paste copy from Mudflats.

Without a doubt, this book is designed to destroy the public perception of Governor Palin. It is a book made with the sole purpose of tearing down another individual, and nothing else…

Which is why I was shocked to learn that Howard Books, the “Christian Division” of Simon & Schuster would be publishing it. Howard Books has the following posted in the “About” section of their website:

Founded in 1969 by author and composer Alton Howard, Howard Publishing was among the first Christian publishers to appear in the CBA industry.

Perhaps best known for its gift-book division and bestselling Hugs series (selling over ten million), Howard has other numerous successes to its credit, including New York Times #1 bestseller Mistaken Identity and Rick Warren’s The Purpose of Christmas. In 2006, Howard Publishing was acquired by Simon & Schuster and underwent the subtle name change to Howard Books.

Why on earth would a so-called “Christian” company get involved with this book? What “Christian” message is being sent in an over-sized politically driven hit-piece, designed to destroy?

And just how ludicrous is it that Jeanne Devon is being published as a Christian author? I don’t know exactly what her beliefs are, but she has shown nothing but animosity to religious Christians, with everything else she’s ever written. She generally refers to them as “whack-jobs,” and lists religious blog posts under a tag she calls “whackjobbery.” Is this some kind of sick joke?

It’s true that Jeanne (and her lefty sidekick Ken Morris) laced the text of the book with Bible verses. In a very deceitful display, the writers try to make Frank Bailey out to be the good guy by making it seem as though he is a man of God, who is only doing this for good and pious reasons. Those verses are nothing more than a blasphemous disguise. To use the sacred text of the faithful as mask and cover in a political lynching is just about the opposite of Christianity. There is nothing Christian about this.

While I have more questions than answers as to why Simon & Schuster chose to market this book in the manner they did, I know one thing for certain… I don’t trust that the books published from them are “Christian” books, but I do trust they they are marketing their books to a very large Christian demographic. Is it profit or politics driving them? I don’t know but it certainly isn’t religion.

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Correcting Gossip Huckster Shushannah Walshe

By Stacy Drake

I realize that many Palin supporters are tired of hearing about Frank Bailey and his hideous manuscript. However, we cannot let members of the press continue to regurgitate the lies within the text of that unpublished book, with their charges going unanswered. A few days ago, Shushannah Walshe published a couple of articles pertaining to the Bailey manuscript. Since the links to her pieces are still bouncing around, all over the internet, her repeated assertions deserve to be highlighted for what they are, and the record corrected.

I addressed the most insidious segment her first article in the piece I posted at Big Government, last week, dealing with Bailey’s lie in regard to the RGA. Today, I want to tackle some of the other assertions Walshe made. She began:

“Bailey Quashes Gossip About Trig Palin’s Birth”
Although most of the tell-all is incredibly scathing, Bailey—who was not only an administrative staffer but also booked personal travel for the Palin family and worked around the clock to please his boss—aims to put the gossip about Bristol Palin giving birth to Sarah’s fifth child, Trig, to an end.

How noble of him… Considering how detestable that piece of “gossip” is, I’m not too impressed with Bailey’s effort. I gather it’s nice to have the sort of source that the fruitcakes who push that theory would trust, out there. If only to get them to think twice before pushing their conspiracies on to the public. Obviously Bailey addressed this issue because it was easy for him to do so, and to give himself an ounce of credibility.

What strikes me is that Shushannah opens her double hit-piece with this item. It’s a classic Walshe move. Play nice in the beginning, then turn around to take shots and push horrible lies later. They say, “every good lie has some truth to it.” Perhaps Shushannah thought the same goes for her gossipy sourced tabloid-style attack articles.

Next, Walshe offers up a host of segments in which she uses the title of each as a stated fact, then attempts to back it up with blurbs from Bailey’s manuscript. Posting demonizing titles such as Palin Used Her Children for Political Gain,” “Palin Helps Publicize Rumors About Her Family,” and “Palin Said She Hated Being Governor.”

By the way, even after you read the section that insinuates Governor Palin publicized “rumors about her family,” you realize that what the governor was alleged to have done is correct the record for her family’s sake. It would be the same for Shushannah Walshe to claim that this piece is also publicizing rumors about the governor’s family. Earth to Walshe – You have to repeat a charge in order to clear it up. Where’s the scandal in that?

The words Walshe pastes into her article under the other sections, are words that have already been discredited. Most of them are old left-wing attack lines, recycled for the once prospective readers of this non-book, and now by a columnist for the Daily Beast. The majority of the insinuations referenced by Walshe cannot be verified, and Bailey usually offers no evidence in the form of communications (i.e. emails) with the governor to back them up. Essentially, these people (Walshe included) are partaking in character assassination using hearsay, and in some instances, using the governor’s children as a weapon.

In the second installment of the Bailey infused hit-pieces, Walshe once again uses the governor’s husband and children to attack her. She states the following:

Todd and Sarah Palin Had Marital Problems, Neglected the Kids”
Sarah Palin appeared to trust Bailey and confided in him on all topics, including family matters. In an email, Palin told him that Todd was working behind her back on the Troopergate affair, writing to Bailey: “We’re not like normal couples, Frank. We don’t talk.”

Walshe is either lying or that was just a lazy guess on her part. She wrote that “In an email, Palin told him that”… Ah no, there was no email cited. As I have stated elsewhere, I have read the manuscript and can even tell you what page Walshe should have been looking at to write this section. Bailey’s assertion is printed as a quote (which I guess we are all supposed to believe came from his vast memory bank) not an email. This quote is hearsay, not documented proof that the governor ever said such a thing.

Then, from the mind of the discredited disgruntled former employee, Walshe repeats the manuscript’s attempt to twist normal behavior from children, into a damning critique of the governor’s parenting skills. He cites events (without proof) such as a child not wearing a seat-belt (for however long) and alleging that one of her kids may or may not have received a bad grade. All in an effort to paint the governor as a horrible parent. It’s one of many dirty avenues the writers of the manuscript, drove down to trash Governor Palin.

Walshe continues her piece in the same fashion, repeating the many claims of Frank Bailey. From demonizing the governor’s use of basic political strategies, to trashing her faith, to trashing her husband’s alleged response to a prankster, to trashing the people who vetted the governor for the McCain campaign, to scapegoating Bailey’s own record, Shushannah’s pieces is another heap of unsubstantiated garbage.

It didn’t surprise me to see these articles from Shushannah Walshe, given her recent history writing about Governor Palin. After she co-wrote a book with the governor as the center-piece, Walshe took a turn for the worse. I imagine that it’s possible that her need for attention directed her shift. After all, MSNBC is the only network who gives her any exposure, so it’s a possibility that she’s playing to the owners of the cameras.

Walshe, who once had the opportunity to interview the governor’s family, is now trashing that family. From writing multiple hit-pieces (designed to appeal to a left-wing audience), to openly communicating with the likes of Palingates, this woman has developed into quite the smear merchant. I have to wonder what kind of character a person has to have in order to make their living by perpetually slandering and libeling another individual. Does Walshe not possess any redeemable qualities or skill-set to make an honest living? I know Palin supporters who once regarded Walshe as an objective writer. That is no longer the case. Shushannah Walshe has now reduced herself to irrelevancy. You cannot expect to be successful by repeating discredited information, while trashing another person, when there are hundreds of other vulture columnists doing the same thing. At the very least, maybe Shush should consider picking a different topic to write about once in awhile.

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