Yesterday, the folks over at Wonkette, armed with a Gmail address disclosed in the leaked manuscript of former Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey, did some sleuthing on the Internets and found a Facebook account under the name "Lou Sarah," created for the sole purpose of "liking" the actual Sarah Palin's Facebook leavings.
Today, the Presumed Actual Sarah Palin took up this matter on her own Facebook account, issuing a standard non-denial denial. Also, the "Lou Sarah" account has been closed.
In a post titled, "Iron Dogs Roarin'" the Official Palin Facebook account says:
On a side note, there's always buzz about fake Sarah Palin Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please know that this is my only authentic Facebook account and SarahPalinUSA is my only authentic Twitter account. Pay no attention to the fake accounts and their fake messages.
Wonkette's Jack Stuef provides your expert-level parsing, calling the statement from Palin "a pretty convenient way of denying things without having to answer any questions about it."
Why was "Lou Sarah" registered to her personal e-mail address, and why is the account listed as being friends with her brother and her cousins? Well, she's not willing to comment to reporters on that.
Does Sarah Palin ever explicitly say in this message that she never set up a profile under the name "Lou Sarah"? No, of course she doesn't. But she seems to hope that implicitly lumping it in with fake Facebook and Twitter profiles will make the embarrassment go away.
This is a good time to remind everyone that when Palin discusses "authentic Facebook accounts" and "authentic Twitter accounts," these have a different definition of "authentic" than most users of those services apply in their daily lives -- these social media vehicles are used by Palinland at large, and when you read them, you should treat what you've read as "press releases that may or may not have been written by her."
At any rate, I remain puzzled as to why Palinland imagined they needed a sockpuppet on Facebook, considering the fact that she already has a rabid fanbase that's just as good, if not better, at "liking" the things she posts.
Sarah Palin Issues Non-Specific Denial of 'Lou Sarah' Account, On Facebook [Wonkette]
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