Personal Democracy Plus Our premium content network. LEARN MORE You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >

Palin's blogger ban is local

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 23 2009

What do you have to do to get banned from a Sarah Palin book signing? Snark on her from a close distance, it seems. Some of Palin's frequent home state critics found themselves blacklisted from attending a recent "Going Rouge" book event in Palin's hometown.

The Anchorage Daily News described the event at Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center as feeling like a "homecoming" of sorts for Palin. But not welcome to gather around the Palin hearth, it seems, are some of the bigger names in the tiny Alaska blogosphere. Palin's banned blogger list, reports Gawker, included four fellow Alaskans: the Immoral Minority's Gryphen, Alaska Report's Dennis Zaki, Just a Girl from Homer's Shannyn Moore, and a mysterious fourth unknown blogger. A Wasilla official explained the ban by saying that organizers were simply attempting to keep the bloggers safe:

"At the end of the day, if something had gone wrong, it would have been my responsibility," [Wasilla Recreation and Cultural Services Manager James] Hastings said. "If I take three minutes on Google I can see that, given the nature of the people who were here, it wasn't in his (Zaki's) best interest to be here. He and others could have found themselves in a negative situation."

Gryphen, for one, tried not to take his former governor's rejection so hard:

It did not take more than a few minutes before I started to laugh uncontrollably at the absurdity of being banned from Sarah Palin's last book signing. She had not been able to stop us from continuing to write about her, she had not been able to keep us off of Elmendorf [Air Force Base], but by God she could damn well have us kicked out of the Curtis C. Menard Memorial Sports Center!

Yep that sure showed us.

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

More