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Fox’s Rupert Murdoch Got Himself In a Bind in the UK?

For all he’s done to destroy real journalism here and fan the flames of hate for the almighty dollar we can always hope this is the case.

“As scores of new victims emerged to allege they had been hacked by the newspaper, MPs voiced fresh concerns at the police handling of the affair and the role played by senior executives at News International, News Corp’s UK subsidiary and the ultimate parent company of the News of the World, the Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, back across the Atlantic, it emerged that News Corp was facing another problem. Last week 400 rabbis from all the main branches of Judaism in the US bought a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, calling on Murdoch to take sanctions against News Corp’s Fox News subsidiary. The rabbis were incensed at the way that Fox commentators regularly referred to those with whom they disagreed as “Nazis”.

“You diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organisation you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks,” the ad read.

The placement of the ad was even more poignant and shocking as it was published on Holocaust Remembrance Day. It came partly in response to comments by Murdoch’s brash Fox News leader, Roger Ailes, who had compared executives at National Public Radio to Nazis after they sacked a commentator who made ill-advised remarks about being scared of flying with Muslims.

But it also focused on the most controversial figure in the pantheon of Fox News personalities: Glenn Beck. Fox’s biggest star repeatedly uses Nazi and Hitler references to describe figures he does not like.

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Coming at a time when News Corp wants regulatory approval to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB, both the phone-hacking scandal and the row with the rabbis are damaging not only to the company’s reputation but its bottom line.

Liberal commentators have used both to question whether Murdoch should be allowed to own more of the British media landscape.

Murdoch must have hoped the BSkyB deal would have been waved through by now, but the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has postponed making a decision to see if remedies can be found to avoid a long Competition Commission inquiry.

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As Murdoch waits in regulatory purgatory and hedge fund managers push BSkyB’s share price north — a move that could see News Corp having to stump up as much as £1bn more than it expected — the media giant’s investors are said to be growing restless.

A full News Corporation board meeting is believed to have been scheduled for Wednesday. The phone-hacking scandal and the BSkyB deal are expected to be high on the agenda. Bin Talal, who simply “does not lose money” according to someone who knows him well, is likely to pay very close attention to what is discussed.”

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Why News Corp is so eager to bag BSkyB was plain to see last week, when the broadcaster reported pre-tax profits of £467m, up a stunning 26% on the previous year.

But for Murdoch, BSkyB’s profits came with a sting attached. As analysts at City brokers Charles Stanley Research note: “Our best guess is that clearance [for the News Corp takeover of BSkyB] will be granted, although perhaps only after a lengthy further investigation by the Competition Commission and/or the implementation of certain ‘remedies’.

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The phone-hacking scandal and the BSkyB deal are expected to be high on the agenda. Bin Talal, who simply “does not lose money” according to someone who knows him well, is likely to pay very close attention to what is discussed.

Worryingly for Murdoch, who is used to his investors taking a back seat, the prince is a far from passive backer. As a sizable investor in bombed-out banking giant Citigroup, bin Talal has been vocal in calling for its management to improve the firm’s fortunes, warning its chief executive last year that the “honeymoon was over”.

Murdoch may soon find himself receiving similar encouragement if the BSkyB bid falters. It is an unpalatable prospect for an autocrat.

Read the Full Story Here at The Guardian

Related Story:Phone hacking: show of unity can’t hide cracks in News Corp


Just Who Is Deleware Candidate Christine O’Donnell?

Has already canceled first scheduled appearance on Sunday morning political show
“Christine O’Donnell just canceled her appearance on tomorrow’s FTN,” “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer tweeted Saturday morning.

“They just emailed us and said she needed to cancel,” Schieffer’s senior producer, Mary Hager, told Politico.
“I feel your pain, Bob. A page from Rand playbook!” tweeted Betsy Fischer, executive producer of “Meet the Press.” Rand Paul, the Tea Party candidate from Kentucky, canceled a planned “MTP” appearance in May.
And despite Sarah Palin’s advice to her protege candidate — “Speak through Fox” — O’Donnell also canceled on Chris Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday.”

Told Bill O’Reilly in 2007 She believes Scientists are cloning Mice with Human Brains:

O’DONNELL: Bill, if we — if we approach this complicated bioethic issue with our heads in the sand, the other end is in the air.

OREILLY: My head isn’t in the sand, Christine. I have the biggest head in the world. There isn’t enough sand on the beach in Hawaii for my head to be in there.

O’DONNELL: My point is, we’re approaching this issue with the other end in the air.

O’REILLY: No, no, no. Hold it.

O’DONNELL: By their own admission…

O’REILLY: No.

O’DONNELL: … these groups admitted that the report that said, “Hey, yay, we cloned a monkey. Now we’re using this to start cloning humans.” We have to keep…

O’REILLY: Let them admit anything they want. But they won’t do that here in the United States unless all craziness is going on.

O’DONNELL: They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they’re already into this experiment.

Believed Joe Biden had tapped her phones:
When she ran against then-Sen. Joe Biden in 2008, Christine O’Donnell thought the future Vice President was tapping her phone lines, a former campaign manager for the now-Delaware GOP Senate nominee told Politico.Kristin Murray, who was one of several campaign managers for O’Donnell during that race, said the candidate broached the subject of phone security in June 2008 when they were discussing cell phone plans.
“She told me that she thought Joe Biden tapped her phone line,” Murray told Politico.

Believes women in the military are dangerous:
O’Donnell, when asked by the moderator whether taxpayer-funded, single-sex military institutions were constitutional, said:
“I think they’re definitely constitutional and I think they’re vital to the security of our country and to the defense of our country. By integrating women into particularly military institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense. Schools like The Citadel train young men to confidently lead other young men into a battlefield where one of them will die. And when you have women in that situation, it creates a whole new set of dynamics which are distracting to training these men to kill or be killed. And these dynamics between men and women are what make the relationship between men and women beautiful. So I don’t think that we should try to desensitize men to the differences.”

Admits paying Mother with campaign funds:
A spokesman for Republican Christine O’Donnell’s Senate campaign is suggesting nothing improper was committed when it paid out funds to O’Donnell’s mother, Carole, earlier this year.

“Carole O’Donnell, Christine’s mother, did receive money for her services rendered on accounting and the FEC reporting for the campaign before the treasurer came onto the campaign,” a spokesman told CNN Friday.

As first reported by The Daily Beast, records filed with the Federal Elections Commission show the campaign paid $3,500 to Carole O’Donnell between February and July of this year. The expenses are listed under “bookkeeping” and “financial consulting services.”


“I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and I didn’t know it. I mean, there was a little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a little picnic on a satanic altar.”


“It is not enough to be abstinent with other people, you also have to be be abstinent alone. The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery, so you can’t masturbate without lust.”


Web sites like Talking Points Memo subsequently published other clips, including several from Mr. Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” In a 1998 episode of the roundtable talk show, Ms. O’Donnell said a lie “is disrespect to whoever you’re exaggerating or lying to, because it’s not respecting reality.” The comedian Eddie Izzard seized on that comment, asking, “What if someone comes to you in the middle of the second World War and says, ’Do you have any Jewish people in your house?,’ and you do have them. That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.” Ms. O’Donnell answered, “I believe if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing righteously.”


Aside from awkward videos being dredged up from her past, O’Donnell is currently being targeted by a watchdog group claiming the Tea Partier abused campaign funds for personal use and made false statements on forms she filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (aka CREW), which earlier in the year scrutinized NY Congressman Charles Rangel, filed a complaint to the U-S Attorney’s office in Delaware and the Federal Elections Commission alleging that O’Donnell illegally spent more than $20-thousand in 2009 and 2010. “It turns out Miss O’Donnell has treated her campaign funds like they are her very own personal piggy bank,” said Melanie Sloan, the group’s executive director. “She’s used that money to pay for things like her rent, for gas, meals, and even a bowling outing. And that’s just flat-out illegal.” Much of these campaign expenses were made in 2009, when O’Donnell was not a candidate for anything. Representatives for O’Donnell could not be reached for comment.

That is just for starters folks? Again how are these people getting into office?


Follow the Money: GOP and Tea Party…Bought, Sold, Pawned and Owned

The supporters of the Tea Party are being duped. Duped by Billionaires no less. Bilionaires bent on taking over the US Government by eliminating the very programs so many supporting the Tea Party depend on. So on Thursday Sept 16th President Obama spoke of this very fact at a Fundraiser for Dick Blumenthal (D-CT). He touched on the reality of the who really funds the Tea Party and other falsely labeled ‘grass roots movements’.

This is something the majority of the mainstream media has yet to do yet deserves the full attention of Americans. Wealthy billionaires like Rupert Murdoch (FOX), and brothers Charles and David Koch are spending millions of dollars in an effort to dismantle the US Government and further their pro-corporate agendas. These are the very people paying people like Sarah Palin,
Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrich and the like to muck up the water and confuse the average voter. Paid to tap into the fears and frustrations of Americans while convincing them to support the destruction of the very government that provides them protection as a citizen.

Here the President points out to those in attendance just where all the money and outrage is coming from and just what they have in mind for Americans if we continue to allow a corporate takeover of our government:
That’s what they’re offering the American people — a future that looks just like the past, one where special interests get free reign to play by their own rules and where middle-class families are left to fend for themselves.

Now, that’s not a future I accept for the United States of America. That is not a future that Dick Blumenthal accepts for the United States of America.

This is a tough election season. People are hurting and they are understandably frustrated. And a lot of them are scared. And a lot of them are anxious. And that means that even when people don’t have ideas, if they’ve got enough money behind them, they may be able to convince some folks that, you know what, just cast a protest vote, throw the bums out. That’s a mentality that has an appeal. And you can’t blame folks for feeling that way sometime. But that’s not a future for our country, a country that’s more divided, that’s more unequal, that’s less dynamic, where we’re falling behind in everything from investment in infrastructure to investment in R&D. That’s not a vision for the future.

And if that’s not a future you accept for this nation, if that’s not the future you want for your kids and for your grandkids, then we are asking you for help in this election.

Because if you don’t think the stakes are large — and I want you to consider this — right now, all across the country, special interests are planning and running millions of dollars of attack ads against Democratic candidates. Because last year, there was a Supreme Court decision called Citizens United. They’re allowed to spend as much as they want without ever revealing who’s paying for the ads. That’s exactly what they’re doing. Millions of dollars. And the groups are benign-sounding: Americans for Prosperity. Who’s against that? Or Committee for Truth in Politics. Or Americans for Apple Pie. Moms for Motherhood. I made those last two up.

None of them will disclose who’s paying for these ads. You don’t know if it’s a Wall Street bank. You don’t know if it’s a big oil company. You don’t know if it’s an insurance company. You don’t even know if it’s a foreign-controlled entity. In some races, they are spending more money than the candidates. Not here because here the candidate is spending a lot of money.

They’re spending more money than the parties. They want to take Congress back and return to the days where lobbyists wrote the laws. It is the most insidious power grab since the monopolies of the Gilded Age. That’s happening right now. So there’s a lot of talk about populist anger and grassroots. But that’s not what’s driving a lot of these elections.

We tried to fix this, but the leaders of the other party wouldn’t even allow it to come up for a vote. They want to keep the public in the dark. They want to serve the special interests that served them so well over the last 19 months.

We will not let them. We are not about to allow a corporate takeover of our democracy. We’re not about to go back to the days when special interests took advantage of Main Street families. (Applause.) We’re not going to go back to the days when insurance companies wrote the rules that let you languish without health care because you had a preexisting condition. We’re not going to go back to the exact same agenda we had before I took office.

A lot has changed since that last election, but what hasn’t changed is the choice facing this country. It is still fear versus hope. It is still the past versus the future. It is still a choice between sliding backwards and moving forward. That is what this election is about. That’s the choice you will face in November.

Watch The President’s Remarks Here

These are the people trying to take over the United States Government. Wonder where all the Tea Party candidates suddenly came from? Wonder why most of these virtually unknown candidates suddenly are winning races and raking in millions in donations when most Americans are struggling to make ends meet? Where did these people come from? Why do they only appear on Fox News and get away with refusing to do any interviews? Why are they always only on Fox News and why does it appears Fox News provides free campaign air time to these virtual unknowns? Why are all of these newcomers to the political scene all in favor of ending Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment Compensation, Healthcare and other social programs?

Rachel examines how Billionaires Charles & David Koch & Koch Industries fund AFP, Americans For Prosperity, & the Tea Parties, yet deny it.

David and Charles Koch:
A few weeks after the Lincoln Center gala, the advocacy wing of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004—held a different kind of gathering. Over the July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in a chilly hotel ballroom in Austin.Though Koch freely promotes his philanthropic ventures, he did not attend the summit, and his name was not in evidence. And on this occasion the audience was roused not by a dance performance but by a series of speakers denouncing President Barack Obama. Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials “have a socialist vision for this country.”

Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders. The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.”

Koch Brothers funding of a tight knit network of lobbyists, former executives and organizations has created a forceful stream of misinformation that Koch-funded entities produce and disseminate.

Koch Industries is the second largest private company in the U.S., with estimated 2008 revenues of $100 billion. Started as a petroleum business by their father Fred Koch, who was also a founder of the right-wing extremist John Birch Society, Koch Industries has become a diversified enterprise that funds large-scale lobbying and a range of libertarian policy and activist groups that play a significant role in the global warming denial machine.

To New Yorkers who associate the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, it’s startling to learn that the Texas branch of that foundation’s political arm, known simply as Americans for Prosperity, gave its Blogger of the Year Award to an activist who had called President Obama “cokehead in chief.”

An oil company headed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch has contributed $1 million to the campaign to suspend the state’s landmark climate change law. Flint Hills Resources does not have any oil interests in California but is a big opponent of climate change legislation around the country. On Thursday, the Kansas-based refining and chemicals manufacturer threw its weight behind Proposition 23, the ballot initiative that seeks to suspend California’s greenhouse gas reduction law until the economy improves.

Rupert Murdoch:
The opponents of the proposed Cordoba Initiative Islamic center planned for Lower Manhattan are fond of suggesting, by way of lengthy and often confusing chains of causation and association, that its principal planner, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is connected to terrorism. “The imam has been tied to some shady characters,” Fox Business Channel’s Eric Bolling recently said, “so should we worry that terror dollars could be funding the project?” Blogger Pamela Geller, who has become a regular talking head on cable-news channels to denounce the mosque, has noted Rauf’s involvement with a Malaysian peace group that funded the group that organized the Gaza flotilla under the headline, “Ground Zero Imam Rauf’s ‘Charity’ Funded Genocide Mission.”

On last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart skewered these antics as a “dangerous game of guilt by association you can play with almost anybody,” and proceeded to tie Fox News to al-Qaida by connecting Fox News parent News Corp’s second-largest shareholder, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, to the Carlyle Group, which has done business with the bin Laden family, “one of whose sons — obviously I’m not going to say which one — may be anti-American.” But Stewart didn’t need to take all those steps to make the connection: Al-Waleed has directly funded Rauf’s projects to the tune of more than $300,000. If Fox newscasters can darkly suggest “terror dollars” are sluicing into the Islamic center’s coffers via “shady characters,” then are Al-Waleed, and News Corp. leader Rupert Murdoch, by the same logic, also terror stooges?

For anybody still harboring the belief that the Tea Party movement is a grassroots insurgency, you may want to look at where two of the movement’s biggest backers are throwing their cash. Politico’s Ben Smith reports that News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and David Koch, the oil magnate who chairs the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (the Koch-funded astroturf powerhouse behind a lot of Tea Party organizing), each threw a cool $1 million at the Republican Governors Association — hardly a rogue operation, and very much a part of the Republican establishment.

Yes, News Corp.’s software division is funneling money into the pocket of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Sean Hannity has asked, “Why would we sit down with a mad man like Adolf Jr., Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong-Il?” Perhaps he needs to pose that same question in News Corp.’s executive suite. In fact, I wonder what Fox News personalities think of their boss’ business dealings considering their own thoughts on the North Korean regime

In November 2005, three senior aides to Britain’s royal family noticed odd things happening on their mobile phones. Messages they had never listened to were somehow appearing in their mailboxes as if heard and saved. Equally peculiar were stories that began appearing about Prince William in one of the country’s biggest tabloids, News of the World. The stories were banal enough (Prince William pulled a tendon in his knee, one revealed). But the royal aides were puzzled as to how News of the World had gotten the information, which was known among only a small, discreet circle. They began to suspect that someone was eavesdropping on their private conversations.

As of this summer, five people have filed lawsuits accusing News Group Newspapers, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s publishing empire that includes News of the World, of breaking into their voice mail. Additional cases are being prepared, including one seeking a judicial review of Scotland Yard’s handling of the investigation. The litigation is beginning to expose just how far the hacking went, something that Scotland Yard did not do. In fact, an examination based on police records, court documents and interviews with investigators and reporters shows that Britain’s revered police agency failed to pursue leads suggesting that one of the country’s most powerful newspapers was routinely listening in on its citizens.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal now owns a 7 percent stake in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, making him the company’s largest shareholder outside of Murdoch’s own family. Alwaleed is best known for going to Ground Zero after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and personally handing then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani a check for $10 million to help finance relief efforts. Afterwards, Alwaleed released a statement blaming the attacks not on the Saudi airline hijackers, but on U.S. policies in the middle east. As a result, Giuliani returned the prince’s donation, gaining him praise from Fox News for doing so. Now that Alwaleed has a controlling ownership in News Corp., he is gaining influence over Fox News.

Rachel Maddow interviews Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity

Time to wake up people. No one can sit home this November, especially Democrats. Americans are being scammed by the tea party movement and the billionaires behind it. We need all hands on deck to fight the money and influence that is hijacking this country. We can not sit idly by while they pawn our future and fill Congress with a bunch of dangerous kooks.


Sarah Palin, Andrea Friedman, Satire and Down Syndrome

Sarah, Piper and Trig Palin make a late night stop on book tour


So this time what started it all was an article in The Washington Post. In the article it was mentioned that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel scolded Democrats by calling them F%$&#*@G Retarded for their idea of running commercials against moderate Dems that weren’t supporting Healthcare Reform in a more aggressive manner. Rahm apparently made the remark during a closed door meeting in August of 2009. And just as we would expect Sarah Palin dove right in for one more chance to slam the guy who she thinks is sitting in her office right now where she really believes she should rightfully be. So in true Sarah Palin fashion we got a Facebook Note:

The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F—ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.

Then Rush Limbaugh felt the need to jump into the fray. It appears he was hoping to antagonize Mrs. Palin a bit as he went on to repeat the word retard over 40 times in just a few minutes. And he used it repeatedly referring to several people not only as retarded but ‘retards’ too. He railed on about our ‘politically correct society’ and practically accused Sarah of being just another pawn in the game. He even went so far as stating that Rahm Emanuel’s recent remarks were going to force The White House to hold a ‘retard summit’.

So how did Sarah feel about Rush’s repeated use of the word on his show?

Not a problem, Rush is a funny guy, he uses satire, sure that’s ok, we find it funny when it’s satire, no problem here, but Rahm, nope he can’t use that word. Ever. Me, Rush and others like me…….now that’s another story.

In fact Rush went back on the air after Palin spoke about his use of the word to tell his listeners that one of Sarah Palin’s aides called him in a panic begging him not to be mad at Sarah. They needed to make sure Rush wouldn’t slam Sarah on his show for being the hypocrite that she is.

When Stephen Colbert went on television a few nights later and called Sarah Palin F*#$%^@G Retarded again not a word. I guess that’s because he was using satire, huh?

Andrew Sullivan had this interesting take on the whole situation:

Palin, in contrast, called her own campaign prop “her retarded baby” in private, according to an eye-witness account from the father of her own grandson who lived in her house for months and knew her intimately. “I was just in shock the first time I heard it,” Levi Johnston told CBS. Unlike Sarah Palin, Johnston has not been caught in multiple indisputable lies. I believe him over her. In fact, in any factual dispute, I believe anyone over her.

While I’m at it, does anyone actually believe that Palin’s name for the child of miraculous provenance was found by her deep knowledge of ancient Norse as she claims in her magical-realism novel, “Going Rogue”? I mean, seriously. She knows about as much ancient Norse as she does English grammar. It’s as credible as the idea that she gave a speech while having contractions, several hours after going into labor, as she claims in her novel. It’s as credible as her amazing journey in labor with a special needs child on a plane where the flight attendants, according to the Anchorage Daily News, did not even notice she was pregnant. It’s as credible as any number of indisputable self-serving, unbalanced lies that she has told in the public record for years.
The medical term for Down Syndrome is Trisomy-21 or Trisomy-g. It is often shortened in medical slang to Tri-g.

Video of Levi Johnston on The Early Show can be seen here.

Then on Valentine’s Day the FOX show The Family Guy aired an episode in which an adult Down Syndrome character was on a blind date with a regular from the show. While on the date the Down Syndrome character mentions to her date that her father is an accountant and her Mother is the Governor of Alaska.

This one sentence was more than Sarah Palin could take and again threw herself into it full force until she had created a faux controversy once again. Sarah easily took the bait and jumped on the show only this time she used Bristol to try and make her point. One has to wonder if this isn’t just her way of trying to create a ‘gig’ for Bristol just as she has for herself. Bristol has after all has registered with the LLC as a Political and PR Consultant so this may have just been attempt to make donations from SarahPac to Bristol’s LLC look legitimate in the future.

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin”

She even went back on television this time with Bill O’Reilly to again slam the show and O’Reilly attempted to make her clarify why it’s okay for Rush or anyone using satire, but not okay for Rahm Emanual or a show like Family Guy.

What Sarah didn’t realize or take the time to research is that the voice of the character on the Valentine’s Day Episode of Family Guy was Andrea Friedman, a much accomplished Down Syndrome actress and advocate. Ms. Friedman felt the need to respond so she wrote the NY Times the following e-mail:

Trig on the Going Rogue Tour

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in ” Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On”. I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”.

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.

Although The New York Times decided not to publish the last portion of Ms. Friedman’s statement in an effort to presumably protect Mrs. Palin, Andrea’s comments were e-mailed in their entirety to other outlets as well. You can view the e-mail here.

Andrea Friedman Speaks with The Insider about Sarah Palin’s treatment of Down Syndrome son Trig.

I suspect Ms. Friedman hasn’t been all that thrilled with Sarah Palin. I’m guessing Ms. Friedman is pretty perceptive to what’s really going on here and why we see so much of Trig Palin, yet don’t see his Mother do much to promote the issues important to those with Down Syndrome or their family members. SARAHPAC did after all raise $2.1 million in 2009, yet only donated only $1,000 to Down Syndrome and that wasn’t until the last day of the year 12/31/09. Y

Hell SarahPac spent over $63,000 on copies of Mrs. Palin’s book Going Rogue, which in turn goes right back to Mrs. Palin’s personal income.

She also paid thousands to two individuals that founded the very pro-Palin website Conservatives for Palin. A site that is now that is attacking the Ms. Friedman for standing up for people with Down Syndrome. Most assume Ms. Friedman is being used and doesn’t have the mental capacity to think for herself and we’re wording this in a much nicer way.

I would wager that Ms. Friedman was bothered by Mrs. Palin’s use of Trig on the campaign and his two months jetting/bussing around the country promoting his Mother’s book during the winter months which most likely could make Trig, with a known heart condition more susceptible to a variety of illnesses. There are a lot of pictures on the internet and in Mrs. Palin’s own collection of photos from the book tour of Trig on the road. Quite often the pictures show the climate required adults to bundle up yet often Trig was seen without a coat, socks or shoes and was often transported in less than ideal circumstances. Or maybe it bothers Andrea that Mrs. Palin also recently received over six figures to pose on the cover of a magazine reminding the world that she chose life for her child., but has done nothing substantial to further the cause.

To learn more about the very accomplished and diverse actress Andrea Friedman you can learn more about her HERE and you can preview of the documentary: “A possible dream – The Andrea Friedman story” HERE.

Because of her television activities, Andrea is often invited to be a motivational speaker and supporter of causes that help other challenged people. She has spoken to many local, statewide, national and international organizations, including the students and faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, on the subject of the advantage of a “mainstream” education for people with learning disabilities.

Andrea Friedman


Andrea’s life is certainly very different from that which was predicted when she was born. She lives independently. When she is not acting, she works in the accounting department of a major law firm. She drives her own car and manages her own schedule, budget, housekeeping and social life. Andrea says she has “Up” syndrome, not Down syndrome and wages a personal battle against the words “retarded” and “disabled.” “I am challenged, not disabled,” she insists. “‘Disabled’ means ‘cannot do’, but my challenged friends and I can do. Some things are hard for us, some things take longer to learn; but if we work hard, we can do.” Andrea does work hard and every morning announces, “I love my life. I wonder how many new friends I’ll make today.”


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