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September 21st, 2014
12:41 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: "Palin family brawl" coverage

Many media outlets jumped on an anonymously-sourced report of a "Palin family brawl," while Fox News ignored it.


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  30. tom gilmore

    Brian Stelter ,, based on his Sarah Palin commentary should not be trusted as a reliable source of information

    September 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  31. tom gilmore

    So what we are seeing is that
    "A" ,, CNN reports on its reliablesources website that the American public does not trust the media.
    "B" ,, Brian Stelter,, who works for ReliableSources,,,,, has access to reliable sources like the Anchorage Police Department ,,, ,but he does a story based on innuendo

    September 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  32. karen503

    Oh, and by the way, Brian Stelter, how stupid was it of you to side with that blog comment by Bristol Palin, who extrapolated a wild claim about her parents being divorced from some equally stupid tabloid speculations about her mother's missing wedding ring when mommy gave the middle-finger salute to some photographers who caught her without makeup or coiffure one day.

    September 22, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  33. karen503

    Brian Stelter, you ARE aware, aren't you, that an anonymous source "close to the Palin family" has been the sole solitary voice to suggest the Palins weren't in a dogpile brawl, and weren't the cause of the brawl?

    So why are you leading the above story with a thinly veiled insult about the facts as first reported?

    September 22, 2014 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • jeff

      Read the police report [it is quite lengthy with reporting my multiple officers]. It does seem that the Palins did in fact start the brawl.

      October 10, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  34. Xinhua

    Amanda Coyne, a seasoned and well-respected political reporter in Alaska, broke this story and did state that her sources were (at that time) anonymous. Since then, however, THREE eyewitnesses to the Palin family's drunken brawl have gone on record: Eric Thompson (who was fired for talking to Good Morning America about the event) described Bristol Palin's vicious and unprovoked assault on the party's host, as well as Sarah Palin's screaming "Don't you know who I am!?"; Mr. Thompson's wife, Roberta, who confirmed her spouse's statements; and Connor Cleary, a former boyfriend of Willow Palin, who discussed being attacked by Track Palin. Ten witnesses gave statements to the Anchorage Police Department. APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro publicly confirmed that: the brawl occurred; the Palins were present; and that alcohol was involved. The Anchorage prosecutor's office is currently investigating the matter. An unnamed "source close to the Palins" also confirmed that the brawl, in which the Palins participated, occurred; however, that source claimed that other partygoers started the fights. Please attempt to be more accurate when reporting a story. This one was is so easy to research and was covered so ineptly by CNN.

    September 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  35. Raz Lemons

    Reliable Sources ? What a joke ! Who is your reliable source that "disputed " what Amanda wrote ? Oh that's right nobody disputed what she wrote ! Not even the Palins !

    September 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  36. Shamus

    Hey Reliable Sources,

    This wasn't an "alleged" brawl. The Palin Family put out their own statement admitting that the brawl did happen–they just deny that son Track started it. It's funny that they never mention Bristol punching the party's host in the face though. They just overlook that that even happened. To Recap: there were 2 fights at the party involving the Palins–#1 they dispute that Track started the fight that they admit he was in–#2 they don't even mention the fight that Bristol was in (well, that wasn't really a fight; it was an assault on the party's host). Do some reporting. What a joke calling the show "Reliable Sources."

    September 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  37. Christian

    People deserve the benefit of doubt. A story deserves the benefit of the reporter doing his job. Your job would include verifying Yahoo announced a divorce. My searches revealed news questioning their marriage given Sarah was not wearing a wedding ring. Your reporting ought to have included the facts that the Anchorage Police Department verified the Palin's were at the party and ten people were interviewed by the police who witnessed the physical altercations. Several witnesses asked for anonymity stating they feared retribution. You also failed to notice Sarah Palin put on FB she was traveling the day before unable to wish her husband a happy Birthday. She actually celebrated his birthday on it including attending the party.

    September 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Raz Lemons

      But ? But ? They're reliable ( wink wink ) CNN has gone right down the FOX hole : (

      September 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  38. truthinmedia

    Fox news did cover it on Sept. 12. A simple search showed that fact. Can't you do the most basic research?

    September 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply

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