Frontiersman writer of Palin editorial… FIRED


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The managing editor of the newspaper in Sarah Palin's hometown has left his job, just weeks after he wrote an editorial noting Alaska's protective "deadly force" law in reference to the former governor's new neighbor, an author who is writing a book about her.

As you may have read, author Joe McGinniss has moved in next door to Sarah Palin as part of an ongoing and extreme effort to research the Palins for a forthcoming book. This has raised all sorts of questions! Such as: is it above board for a journalist to take these sorts of measures? And is it proper for Palin to carelessly allege that McGinniss is motivated by sexual perversion?

Tom Mitchell's May 29 opinion piece in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in Wasilla prompted an onslaught of comments, and he later apologized for the remark.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman has decided to remind everyone of this possibility in an editorial. Titled "Wasilla fence fascinating for media outlets," the editors of the Frontiersman runs down how this story has drawn the attention of the national media. And then they ensure that they garner a share of the attention for themselves by adding this kicker:

Finally, those who are fond of Joe McGinnis might remind him (if he doesn't already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property.

So that's something to consider before you foolishly rent property in Alaska.

But both Mitchell and Frontiersman publisher Kari Sleight said Tuesday his June 14 departure had nothing to do with the editorial.

"I absolutely, 100 percent, unequivocally stand by my statement that his separation in the relationship is not related to the Palin editorial," Sleight told The Associated Press.

Neither would say whether he quit or was fired.

Mitchell's editorial was about a tall fence erected by Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, to prevent author Joe McGinniss from peering into her family's home. It concluded by noting that McGinniss might be reminded about an Alaska law that "allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property."

The editorial triggered multiple comments, including some who said the "deadly force" reference was threatening and advocated violence. 

Also prompting a flood of comments was the subsequent apology by Mitchell, who told readers he would leave out that last sentence if he could do it over again.

"I certainly did not mean to suggest that McGinniss would or should be the victim of violence," he wrote. "For that matter, I didn't mean to suggest the Palins would do such a thing."

After 428 reader postings on the newspaper's website, Sleight issued a statement that comments on the editorial had been suspended. She said most were repetitive and "do not add value to a healthy discussion or debate."

Mitchell left the newspaper two weeks later, after working there for about a year and a half. He said he signed an agreement to not discuss the circumstances behind his departure.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 07:52:00

    [c’est top]


  2. Helen
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 07:56:00

    (my entire comment did not post so I am trying again)I enjoyed the post. It is satisfying to see that
    Palin's "RELOAD and TARGET DEMOCRATS/LIBERALS" rhetoric does not go
    unpunished.If you buy into Palin's violent rhetoric and then
    parrot it either in professional circumstances or private, you are a
    Palinbot. I expect to see quite a few more unthinking Palinbots bite
    the dust in
    exactly this manner over the next couple of years.


  3. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 08:59:00

    Thank you Helen for your comment.. I apologize for having to repost. That happens sometimes when too much time has passed while writing your comment.

    I believe the violent rhetroric is a natural progression of the hate and ignorance that is Sarah Palin… However, to just clarify, she does not represent in any way the ideals of a true conservative, Christian Republican… Palin is in training as the hound of hell for the idiocracy of the uneducated masses


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