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Anderson Cooper vs. Sarah Palin's Spokesperson: Full-Court Press

Anderson Cooper makes mincemeat of Sarah Palin's hapless spokesperson Meg Stapleton, who was in New York, not Alaska, at the time of Palin's sudden resignation. If he knew anything about basketball, the exchange might have been even worse for her.

Speaking of spokespeople, Palin's press secretary David Murrow posted this on his Facebook page a day before she quit: "There's gonna be some fireworks this weekend!"

Yes, but looks like this firecracker turned out to be a dud.

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  1. Anderson was THROUGH with Stapleton's bullshit, this interview was hilarious and just watching the faces AC pulled listening to her crap made it even better. Stapleton has acquired a bad case of Sarah-speak ~ she was basically babbling nonsense and AC rightly called her on it.

    Posted by: stansfield4602 | Jul 4, 2009 7:22:09 AM

  2. Anderson Cooper is good about confronting females (remember his interview with Mary Landrieu during Katrina?), but why doesn't he have these confrontations with men and bring them down too?

    Posted by: Jeff Atwood | Jul 4, 2009 7:44:22 AM

  3. Stapleton made it very clear: Palin is about Palin. She'll do what she needs to do to get where she wants to go if benefits her.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jul 4, 2009 9:02:25 AM

  4. Because no man he's dealt with to date has presented anything near the opportunity offered by this dunderhead. She's perfect as a Palin spokesperson -- every bit as incoherent.

    I was especially glad Anderson said he knew nothing abotu basketball. The pimping of sports for the "common touch" is de rigeur for grifters like Palin.

    An I trust everyone recalls how very early on Jon Stuart described the Palins as a pair of grifter.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 4, 2009 9:08:24 AM

  5. Jeff: To be fair, I'm sure Anderson has brought many men to their knees.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 4, 2009 9:21:04 AM

  6. Oh snaps, Matthew!

    Posted by: John | Jul 4, 2009 9:58:07 AM

  7. So were the initial reports of an FBI investigation of her "financial improprieties and misuse of federal funds" true or just wishful thinking?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jul 4, 2009 10:01:03 AM

  8. REMAINING QUESTION: Whatever happened to all her husband's SILK BOXERS from Neiman Marcus, bought with campaign funds??? Donated to the homeless? Sold on e-bay? Worn at a wet boxers contest at Ramrod's?

    Posted by: Drake | Jul 4, 2009 10:01:33 AM

  9. Clearly there has to be some meat on the bones of the ethics charges. Is she resigning to avoid being impeached? Will she become the televised Rush Limbaugh and new voice of the Republican Party? I suspect that the answer to both questions is, "yes."

    Posted by: Jack L. Crain | Jul 4, 2009 10:13:40 AM

  10. If Palin wants to run for Senate or President NOW is the time to step down as governor. She (and her "handlers") know that as long as she remains governor of Alaska she will continue to be seen as John McCain's running mate and national joke.

    She wants a break from the harsh (factual) scrutiny of damaging publicity (she and her family are a month of Jerry Springer) so she can re-make her image.

    Why has the media NOT mentioned this??? Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, all the freaks go away and come back as "new" people hoping we have forgotten how fucked up they are.

    TRUST ME. We have not seen the last of this cunt ass bitch.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 4, 2009 10:16:54 AM

  11. If it's true AC does not confront men as he does women it is only for one reason. He's scared of them and wants to be them: Stockholm Syndrome.

    Like a true "Urban Gay Male" he fetishes authentic unremarkable masculinity, which does not exist in Official Gay Culture. OGC uses gender as pretense: all masculinity in Official Gay Culture is calculated affectation exerted NOT in an attempt to be natural but in an attempt to negate Gayness (which is reflexively assumed by dumb-ass Gays to be feminine). Masculinity is Official Gay Culture is a minstrel show: strained, labored performance art. All the energy spent desperately pretending to be manly ironically suppresses natural masculinity, which Gay men don't understand ALL men already have. STOP ACTING.

    Like all Gay men he aspires to a level of unselfconscious masculinity that only straight men (due to societal privilege) can attain. He's afraid to alienate straight men and is subconsciously obsessed with being one of the guys while ironically telling himself he can't be.

    You can't deny every "Urban Gay Male" is fucked up like this.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 4, 2009 10:41:20 AM

  12. Only in Palin's world does quitting = leading. One thing I can agree with, though, her resignation really is best for Alaska and America.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 4, 2009 10:46:10 AM

  13. Mark

    The funny thing about the "harsh" media scrutiny is that it hasn't been harsh.

    I was not a Hillary supporter in the primaries, BUT Hillary knows harsh media scrutiny.

    Decades worth. The funny thing is that palin once said Hillary isn't tough. LOL

    -Blamed for killing Vince Foster
    -Her and Bill oversaw mexican drug cartels shipping in sh@t via arkansas airport

    Palin has suffered NOTHING compared to the decades of the shitstorms thrown at Hillary and Hillary has come out the other end stronger than ever. Great Sec of State!

    Palin is weak weak weak and Hillary's hair dresser is tougher than Palin

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jul 4, 2009 10:50:29 AM

  14. That interview reminded me of when Couric interviewed Palin about what newspapers/magazines she reads (Answer: "All sorts of newspapers!"). Go Anderson!

    Posted by: Christian Young | Jul 4, 2009 11:00:27 AM

  15. Drake--Todd Palin left the silk boxers at my apartment when he was here during the convention.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jul 4, 2009 11:09:20 AM

  16. Jimmyboyo

    Agreed. Palin has not gotten (nor could she handle) Clinton-level scrutiny. Palin knows her fuckupedness and resultant media coverage contradict Republican values: white supremacist secessionist, daughter as baby-momma, Eli's mother sells drugs, etc. She knows it is bad for her bank account, that she'll get nowhere in Repuglican hierarchy if she keeps getting this coverage.

    In a world where Lard Ass Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly are said to be influential Repuglicans Palin knows she needs to screw Alaska and move on while she's hot in order to stay relevant. In her world TV, radio, Congress are all venues for her to vomit her mediocrity. Alaska is small time.

    Her press rep Stapleton was probably in New York during this interview at Palin's request setting up an office and looking for apartments. Cooper could have asked that question but guess he forgot.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 4, 2009 11:12:27 AM

  17. Palin isn't passing the ball. She is dropping the ball and walking off the court.

    Posted by: MG | Jul 4, 2009 11:28:54 AM

  18. Honestly, I think Anderson's confusion over Palin's explanation was disingenuous. And as much as I dislike Palin, I think the basketball metaphor has merit.

    If her celebrity and the media's increased scrutiny were slowing her agenda as Alaska's governor (which sounds reasonable to me), passing leadership to her lieutenant governor would be beneficial to her overall agenda (and therefore, in her eyes, all of Alaska).

    I think her resigning could certainly be described as good leadership. The questions Anderson should be asking are:
    -Is this kind of move something that would be acceptable at the federeral level, were she to be VP or POTUS?
    -How does this new drama benefit Palin, and was that a consideration of hers as well?

    Not acknowledging the face-value legitimacy of Palin's explanation strikes me as either bad reporting, or obtuseness.

    Posted by: Chip | Jul 4, 2009 11:31:23 AM

  19. So Stapleton says that "the world is literally her [Palin's] oyster." Really, Meg, literally? I guess we should be prepared to slide down Sarah's throat with a dash of lemon.

    I'll leave the questionable analysis of Anderson's masculinity to Mark (he wears his Stockholm Syndrome well to my eyes), but I thought he charmingly and effortlessly showed Sarah's spokesperson to be as nonsensical as her boss. Palin may well have a future in scandal and/or TV (if Tina can parody her, surely Sarah can parody herself), but I wish the media would stop the charade: she is not going to be President, ever.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 4, 2009 11:42:23 AM

  20. In the two and a half years as Governor (thats right, 2.5 years and she was "qualified" to be 2nd in command) she has caused more scandal and controversy than anyone should even hope for in a 4 years term. And now she is quitting to prove she isn't a quitter. Good riddance. Maybe her replacement can actually do the job she was accepted and maintain the public trust of Alaska.

    Posted by: Raven | Jul 4, 2009 12:22:12 PM

  21. I love how Anderson complains about not knowing about sports.

    Posted by: RJ | Jul 4, 2009 1:24:54 PM

  22. @ Mark

    Your logic about "urban gay men" is so full of crap I actually had to laugh a bit.

    Why is it always the little cunt shitbag queens who always spew their hate about masculine men.If you think you'll get a husband that way You are SADLY mistaken.

    Bitches like you are the reason why being gay can be hard.Its like if you aint some big fat flamoid wearing cover girl make-up your not gay enough.

    Why dont you go fuck yourself.

    Posted by: Luigi | Jul 4, 2009 2:00:31 PM

  23. and the rest of you who think like Mark and insult me can do the same.

    Piss of and happy 4th

    Posted by: Luigi | Jul 4, 2009 2:02:10 PM

  24. i don't know which is more absurd, MARK's psycho-babble about "the coop" or his puerile conclusions about sarah's political acumen. but, if we are going to play arm-chair psychology, i'll give it a go. it seems to me that MARK is 'projecting' his own bias. either that, or he simply just chose an article to plagiarize in a very ineffectual and self-betraying attempt to subsume AC under the grand rubric, 'OCG' -- as if such a thing existed. i find it hard to believe that cooper would freely admit to knowing nothing about sports while trying to "negate gayness."

    i do not presume to know what makes AC tick anymore than i know what makes palin tic, yes, tic. perhaps, we should let their words and actions speak for them. sarah is as ditzy as they come, with meg simpleton a close second. MARK is not far behind.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 4, 2009 2:02:24 PM

  25. Palin's stepping down in order to distance herself from all the fires SHE's started.

    She hopes that if she's out of the media spotlight for a year or two, then all of the LCD America will forget about her past so she can re-emerge anew. Face it people, she's going to run for the office of President. She got a taste of that spotlight back in 08, and she liked it. She's not going to let go of that opportunity so easily.

    The problem with Palin is that she doesn't serve the people. She serves her own interests, and she's not above starting a fire, and then shifting the blame, and then stepping in for the rescue, if it puts her in a "savior" kind of light.

    Palin is crazy, duplicitous, manipulative, and dangerous. NEVER forget that people.

    Posted by: D | Jul 4, 2009 2:03:16 PM

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