O.K., the rumors have been swirling big-time this month about the state of Sarah Palin's marriage to her high school sweetheart, Todd.
Some of them stemmed from an event Palin attended where she was spotted without her wedding ring. Palin's camp was quick to denounce rumors of marital problems as lies, saying that the former governor of Alaska often doesn't wear her ring and Todd doesn't wear one at all.
Now the latest issue of Star celebrity magazine, with the help of 17-year-old Mercede Johnston, throws even more fuel onto the fire with a cover story splash.
"If they ended their marriage within the next year, I wouldn't be surprised at all," says Mercede, sister of Levi Johnston, father of Bristol Palin's baby.
Reporter Lisa Gutierrez, who authored this piece, writes for "Star Gazing" which is some kind of celebrity gossip section in the Star. But Gutierrez is a journalist (award-winning?!) and has a professional obligation to not to print smears like this. A couple of minutes of Internet research would have showed Gutierrez that Anchorage resident and part-time Kindergarten teacher, Jesse Griffin, started the smear at his blog, Immoral Majority. Dan Riehl has researched the smear -- and smear artist Jesse Griffin -- at Riehl World View. The smear is simply not true.
A KC Star reader weighs in:
"I expect this crap from the National Enquirer. I don't expect this drivel from the Star... Just another nail in the coffin of good honest journalism."
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