Even the news that Sarah Palin’s unmarried daughter is pregnant cannot cover up the fairly hideous speculation that has been rife in the liberal blogosphere that the Vice Presidetnail candidate had faked a pregnancy and pretended to have given birth in May to her fifth child, a son named Trig who has Down syndrome. The rumor was that Trig was actually Bristol Palin’s child and that Sarah Palin was the grandmother. It’s a rumour that began and ended with Daily Kos. Over at Brassneck I’ve argued that the political influence wielded by such big blogs, may be acting as a political drag on Obama, even as their netroots generated money is helping to even up the score.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty