On Rush Limbaugh's nationally syndicated radio show, Sarah Palin claimed that former President Reagan "faced a tougher recession than what we're facing today," echoing a similar assertion made in her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life. In fact, as the Associated Press noted in addressing her book, "Economists overwhelmingly say the current recession is far worse."
Sarah Palin's memoir Going Rogue: An American Life has garnered attention in part because of the number of copies sold before publication. But the book has been offered at below-cost prices from major online retailers, and Newsmax has used the book as a loss leader to promote its magazine, potentially inflating the book's sales.
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On Page 5 of her memoir, Sarah Palin displays a bit of that maverick flair the media was all atwitter over last year:
I had certainly gotten off on the wrong foot with the Republican Party by daring to take on the GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich, and then incumbent Governor Frank Murkowski. Party bosses weren't going to let me forget that I had broken their Eleventh Commandment-"Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican" -even if Murkowski did have a 19 percent approval rating, his chief of staff would later plead guilty to a felony charge, and it appeared corruption was growing at a breakneck pace.
I didn't have time to waste embracing the status quo and never had it in me to play the party's game.
Yeah, what's with those losers who "play the party's game and running around saying things like this:
But remember one thing -- it came from the West, I know, but I'm still singing it -- the greatest thing that's happened for the Republican Party is, when the chips are down and the decisions are made as to who the candidates will be, then the 11th commandment prevails and everybody goes to work, and that is: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.
That is, of course, Ronald Reagan, whose name is basically synonymous with the term "Eleventh Commandment."
It's sort of funny that Palin would take on the most popular figure in the history of conservative politics - the attack on the Eleventh Commandment cuts against a book otherwise full of praise for Reagan. Two pages before, she writes that she "became aware of the impact of common sense public policy during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. And from pages 391 to 394 alone, Palin writes:
It certainly seems curious that the one Reagan precept Palin is unwilling to accept is the Eleventh Commandment. And it doesn't bode well for Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, et al.
On Page 237 of her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin writes that shortly after she was tapped as Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential race, the media began reporting "one lie after another -- from rape kits to Bridges to Nowhere. All easy enough to disprove if the press had done its job." Palin offered no explanation as to what "lies" the press reported about the Bridge to Nowhere -- indeed, some in the media corrected Palin's false claims that she opposed the bridge.
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During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin trumpeted the false claim from her memoir, Going Rogue, that criticism over reports that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 to clothe and accessorize Palin and her family represented a "double standard," because "it wasn't a controversy with other candidates." In fact, Democratic primary candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and John Edwards were repeatedly criticized for their clothing and hair.
In her memoir, Sarah Palin offers numerous falsehoods in writing that she warned her daughter Bristol not to open her own small business because the "Democrat-led Congress" would purportedly dictate "how you should invest your money, the color of your roof, your source of energy generation, and what kind of health insurance you must offer, and even the kind of cars you can have in your company fleet." Palin's warnings inaccurately characterize the effects of provisions of Democratic stimulus, health care, and clean energy legislation.
In her memoir, Sarah Palin claimed that the "mortgage crisis that triggered the collapse of our financial markets was rooted in a well-meaning but wrongheaded desire to increase home ownership among people who could not yet afford to own a home" and that "[g]overnment cannot force financial institutions to give loans to people who can't afford to pay them back and then expect that somehow things will all magically work out." But the claim that affordable-housing initiatives forced institutions to make loans to unqualified buyers, triggering the financial crisis, is widely discredited: Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the law frequently cited by conservatives as the root of the financial crisis actually did not contribute to it "in any substantive way."
In her memoir, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin claims that the McCain campaign "did not elaborate on" what she describes as then-Senator Obama's "close relationship with ACORN, the voter-fraud specialists." In fact, McCain, Palin, and various McCain spokespeople all advanced ridiculous conspiracy theories about Obama and ACORN, and McCain campaign manger Rick Davis went so far as to suggest that the purported relationship placed the election under a "cloud of suspicion."
Media Matters for America has documented numerous falsehoods in Sarah Palin's memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life. Below is a list of what we've found so far.
In her forthcoming memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin writes, "I don't like to hear people complain," before stating one "complaint for the record" about the national media. However, Palin's professed distaste for "complaints" is undercut by the numerous complaints that fill the pages of Going Rogue -- complaints directed at specific media personalities, national and local media outlets, and the McCain campaign.