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Did Sarah Palin Blame The Email Hacking For 2008 Election Loss?

Reported by Ellen - April 24, 2010 -

Fox News’ America Live not only made Sarah Palin’s testimony in the trial of the man accused of hacking into her private email account its top story yesterday (4/12/10), it reported on it at least five times in the course of the two hour show. Yet, with all that attention, neither host Shannon Bream nor reporter Trace Gallagher noted Palin’s very dubious claim that the hacking impacted the 2008 election. Was Palin blaming her loss on the hacking? Neither substitute host Shannon Bream nor reporter Trace Gallagher seemed at all interested in finding out just how impacting Palin thought it had been. UPDATED. With video.

In the first report on Palin’s testimony, Gallagher said that Palin’s Yahoo account “was the main way that she communicated with her family.” He must have forgotten the part about how Palin also used her private email account for state business, even though that fact, as Fox News’ Jonathan Serrie reported earlier in the day, had been revealed shortly before the hacking and has been cited as suggestive that the hacking was politically motivated. Palin's use of a personal email account for state business not only raised eyebrows at the time but a lawsuit, though it was found that she had not violated any laws.

Gallagher went on to quote Sarah Palin as saying, “If the intent was to disrupt, it was successful. It caused a huge disruption in the campaign.” How big a disruption? Neither Gallagher nor Bream seemed curious to know.

Later, in Report #5, Bream played a clip of Palin talking after her testimony. Palin told reporters, “I don't think an illegal action like this is a prank. Not when you consider... how impacting it was on a presidential election. It went beyond a prank.”

If the hacking truly had had an impact on the election, that would have been a huge story - and it should certainly affect the severity of the hacker's punishment, should he be found guilty. But once again, nobody on the show questioned that statement or thought it worth probing just what the heck Palin had been trying to say.

UPDATE: While Palin's use of a personal email account was questionable, it was not found to be improper in a legal sense, as the original post implied.

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