Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Trig Unhappy


Remember the piece I posted here last week, pegged off an academic paper written by a Kentucky college professor, that kind of attempted to dissect why the mainstream media didn't bother with the Sarah-Trig Palin conspiracy theory? Remember how that piece was turned down by the Huffington Post?

Well, now we know why.

According to an article running at Politico right now, HuffPo has forbidden any debate over whether Trig is the son of Bristol Palin (and apparently any discussion of the anatomy of the debate itself). According to Huffington spokesperson Mario Ruiz, the reason for the ban on so-called "Trig Truthers" -- and I'll give you a minute to laugh at how fluent we've all become in this kind of ridiculous Orwellian Newspeak -- is that they would violate a HuffPo policy against publishing conspiracy theories.

Of course there's nothing wrong with declaring a controversy fabricated out of thin air and based on little more than unsubstantiated speculation to be out of bounds; it's good journalism not to entertain every half-baked hypothesis or long-debunked argument just because there are a few people out there who happen to be lunatic enough to refuse to let go of it.

I mean, that would be as absurd and unethical as, oh I don't know, constantly giving a former Playboy bunny without a medical degree a forum to pen long-winded screeds connecting autism to childhood vaccines -- even though such a connection had been widely and unequivocally rejected as fraudulent.

Right?

That the kind of conspiracy theory HuffPo's talking about not allowing?

18 comments:

slank said...

They also have no problem running stories about Donald Trump and the birther issue.

Chez said...

Oh, absolutely. But what I like about the Jenny McCarthy thing is that she's actually advocating what's basically a conspiracy theory.

CNNfan said...

No. Playboy bunnies are allowed to publish anything they like.

Mozglubov said...

Thank you for bringing this up, Chez. Huffington's stance on alternative medicine and the anti-vaccine bullshit has basically destroyed its credibility in scientific circles, and I think they should be called out on it more often.

Chez said...

Bingo.

The entire HuffPo Living page is one big celebrity-endorsed pseudoscientific conspiracy theory.

kanye said...

Or maybe like all of those people who've been lambasted and dismissed as "C.T. Whackjobs" for the better part of a decade now because they dared to suggest that maybe, just maybe, the Iraqi war had very little to do with terrorism or humanitarian intervention, and everything to do with taking control of the Iraqi oil supply?

Obligatory link.

Kermit Roosevelt would be so proud.

Tom said...

This is just a 'ditto'. I read the Huffington post to be informed about a number of subjects. But I read the 'living' page whenever I feel like getting angry at idiots.

Dan said...

I'm sure Arianna is crying into her money from AOL, I mean, beer.

Trixi said...

Have you seen the piece on Trig over at Wonkette? Holy shit.

Anonymous said...

What I really wonder is whether the baby's official name on record is Trig or Trisomy G (where Trig is the shorthand version).

Maybe we should start a birther-like movement to unearth the birth certificate!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Chez. It seems these days that The Huffington Post is so muddled and purposefully misleading(or maybe I have terrible awareness and comprehension---has it always been like this?). I'm sure Steven Weber and Robin Quivers and Harry Shearer are lovely people and truly support their causes, but I can't get involved with caring about their dearest projects. It's too exhausting to weed through. I think it was Don Cheadle who wrote an informative piece on the travesties in Darfur and the Huffington Post coincidentally put it up right around the earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunamis and fallout. It wasn't his fault...but it kinda made him look insensitive to what was then a major world catastrophe and priority. I felt like, "Those poor Japanese...what can I do to help? [this was after my W.C. town was evacuated and things were looking to be ok for our area]" And then there's Buck Swope reminding me not to forget about Darfur, thus ensuring another sleepless night.

The three column formatting feels manipulative, and I hate feeling manipulated when I'm trying to get some information. Stinking internet.

Chez said...

Just in case anyone thinks otherwise, I want to reiterate that I don't buy at all into the Palin-Trig conspiracy theory. It's just interesting and slightly hypocritical that HuffPo takes a stand against that while allowing stories about silly celebrity pseudoscience and, of course, the Barack Obama birther debate (not that there's any merit to it; just that it exists).

Steve said...

I'm not sure what I believe from Palin. If she showed any pattern of keeping her kids from being used as political props, I'd be far more inclined to believe it's just a simple matter of privacy. The issue of whether it's her kid or not is kind of beside the point. More interesting is watching a serial liar obviously trying to gloss over something and trying to figure out what could be so embarrassing, or, more likely jaw droopingly hypocritical that she's willing to spin in such circles over this. There's just too much weirdness here to jump to "no story, move along." Especially considering her willingness to jump on the birther bandwagon and happily promote death panels and other scare tactics aimed at the low info voters.

Steve said...

And also, not to go completely smoking man on this, but isn't at least a little interesting that this drip, drip, drip off of an obscure academic's paper has renewed at just the time when the Republican power elite is trying to separate the clowns from their alleged "serious" candidates?

Maybe she didn't get the "you're bigger than the presidency" hint that Fox handed her.

CNNfan said...

Huffpo hurt your feelings?

Anonymous said...

You don't buy "it" because...."any woman" would get on a ten hour flight with a layover while leaking amniotic fluid with a DS baby,(never once stopping to get checked out). No problem to just SPREAD them on the plane if need be. This is only a small part of the hoax, there is tons more. It needs to be investigated, it has nothing to do with Trig, but with her mental state when picked for VP, a heartbeat away from the nuke codes. She could have and still can stop this with proof, but she won't and that in itself speaks volumes. The truth matters, she's running for Potus, elections have been bought before. Investigate, be a reporter, not a repeater.

A Bowl Of Stupid said...

Interesting timing. Did you see this headline from the NY Times today?

"The Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/magazine/mag-24Autism-t.html

Heather said...

What's a bit twisted is that measles is making a big comeback now in several places. Why? Non-vaccination. Awesome. How many of these kids weren't vaccinated because their parents bought into this same crap?