Having denied -as well she should – a claim by a blog and a newspaper that she’s divorcing her husband, Jonathan Martin at Politico says it’s all her fault anyway:
Sarah Palin beats press to blog claim
By having her spokeswoman repeat the charges to rebut them in a public form, Palin effectively guaranteed coverage from the mainstream media that otherwise would not report claims attributed to unnamed sources on an anonymous blog.
But that’s nonsense. Mainstream media sources — including Politico and including Martin (remember the way premature “John Edwards is quitting to be with his sick wife” rumors?) — report rumor and rely on anonymous sources all the time. The fact that people are talking about something is often in and of itself newsworthy. Especially when it’s about Sarah Palin.
Dan calls them Politico Pathetic:
If the Palin squad had not taken action, the news tonight would be the frenzy of reporters besieging the Palin camp to get a denial of a shocking claim. Boy, I’d bet they’d just love to get a no comment to that one. Or, the story would read, Palin denies disturbing reports sourced to Alaskan blog.