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Report clears Palin in Troopergate

November 4, 2008

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— Gov. Sarah Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired her public safety commissioner, the state personnel board concluded in a report released Monday.

"There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters," the report says.

"Governor Palin is pleased that the independent investigator for the Personnel Board has concluded that she acted properly in the reassignment of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan," her attorney, Thomas Van Flein, said in a statement.

An earlier, separate investigation by the Legislature found that Palin had abused her office.

Monegan said he felt pressure from Palin, her husband and her staff to fire a state trooper who had gone through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister. Palin denied the claim, and said Monegan was fired last July because she wanted the department to head in a new direction.

Monegan told The Associated Press he was "perplexed and disappointed" by the report. It was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator for the Alaska Personnel Board.

"It conflicts with the first investigation and then casts doubts on both of them. So, it doesn't really resolve anything," he said. "If it did, then I could walk away. It does seem to fly in the face of circumstantial evidence."

The separate investigation by the Legislative Council recently concluded that Palin - the Republican vice presidential nominee - abused her office by allowing her husband and staffers to pressure Monegan to fire the trooper, Mike Wooten. However, it upheld the firing because Monegan was an at-will employee.

Comments

Boeing 6 years, 6 months ago

If you don't think PBS is biased, you must think NPR is unbiased as well...

BrianR 6 years, 6 months ago

"Fox is the most balanced..."That is pure comedy. Thanks for that belly laugh.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Any guesses who appointed all the members of this board?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for confirming that all three were appointed by Palin, BigDog.

jonas_opines 6 years, 6 months ago

Though it seems equally likely that MSNBC is truly biased to the left, if we take that one study as representative.

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

STRS... Fox news does a LOT more than "tilt" to the right. They are so far right they can't see the middle. MSNBC is far left but FOX news is still the most biased organization out there.

jaywalker 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry, BigAl, but you must be stoned if you think the 'majority of the internet' leans right.Whatever fits your skew, heh bozo? It was a garbage investigation from the start. What? She fired an employee who served at the will of the Governor? Shocking! Let's move on............

BigDog 6 years, 6 months ago

bozo,Two of the three members of the Alaska Personnel Board were first appointed in 2004 under the previous governor not Palin. A Republican governor whom Palin defeated. Palin reappointed them.http://www.gov.state.ak.us/boards/rosters/board077.html

BigDog 6 years, 6 months ago

Yeah .... that is part of what governor's do .... appoint or re-appoint people to boards .... kind of a stretch to say they investigated and came out with a report in her favor because she appointed them. If they were trying to help her .... their report would have came out several weeks ago not yesterday.having seen personnel boards operate .... i can tell you they typically have a much better grasp of issues/procedures and less political bias than a legislative report.

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

Even with the corrupt press from FOX news, talk radio and the internet, this story still came out. There is no question that FOX is the most biased news on television. Talk radio is all about the far-right and 99% if not 100% of the political emails are misleading and outright lies about Obama. Pathetic. After this election, maybe Fox News, Talk Radio and the internet will not be so divisive, hateful and corrupt. It is time to leave this terrible administration of Bushco behind and get on with making America great again. Add me to the list of veterans for Obama.

jayhawkjg 6 years, 6 months ago

FOX News covers both sides equally, they were even nice to Bill Clinton in his years in office.

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

If you are a Hollywood celebrity that leans to the right, you are treated with dignity on Fox News. If you are a celebrity that leans to the left, you are a pinhead.Have you ever seen anyone that leans left fill in for Bill O'Reilly? Anyone? Ever?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Kind of interesting that an investigation that came from mostly Republican legislators who were not appointed by Palin found that she had violated ethics rules, while a report from a committee made up entirely of her appointees came up with the opposite conclusion, dontcha think? Oh, yea, I forgot that some of you don't think, you just regurgitate.

feeble 6 years, 6 months ago

... and all the governors men couldn't put the Palin campaign back together again.

jonas_opines 6 years, 6 months ago

Surely I don't. Such equality is virtually always a manipulation.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

In other news: "A former Illinois real estate specialist says FBI agents have questioned him about a Chicago property that had been bought by convicted felon Tony Rezko's wife and later sold to the couple's next-door neighbor, Sen. Barack Obama. The real estate specialist, Kenneth J. Conner, said bank officials replaced an appraisal review he prepared on the property and FBI agents were investigating in late 2007 whether the Rezko-Obama deal was proper. "Agents and I talked about payoff, bribe, kickback for a long time, though it took them only a short number of minutes of talking with me while looking at the appraisal to acknowledge what they already seemed to know: The Rezko lot was grossly overvalued," Mr. Conner told The Washington Times Monday."http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/04/fbi-asked-questions-on-rezko-land-deal/

denak 6 years, 6 months ago

Good now she can go back to being govenor tomorrow.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Well, Tom, all three members of this board were appointed by Palin, so blaming this whitewash on the evil media is just plain bizarre, in a knee-jerk kinda way.

beatrice 6 years, 6 months ago

Just remember, O.J. was once found not guilty.So I guess she gets to remain governor for a couple more years.

lubyloo 6 years, 6 months ago

Oh, darn it. Now I really regret voting for Obama last week. This trooper-gate controversy was the only thing keeping me from supporting Palin.

Boeing 6 years, 6 months ago

oh jeez you are blinded by your own bias. As someone who is as moderate as can be and split my ballot 50/50, I see the same level of bias on Fox and CNN. Back when I was more liberal I saw CNN as fair and balanced...now I see it's no better than Fox, it just leans the other way

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 6 months ago

I'd lean toward Boeing on this one.Fox tilts to the right while CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, PBS, and nbc all tilt to the left.

cowboy 6 years, 6 months ago

not a bad idea Marion , or at least for some of the more notorius perpetrators of the last 8 years , an all expense paid trip to gitmo for a few weeks , a fact finding trip per se for MssrsCheney , Libby , Rumsfield , Gonzales , its the least we can do to thank them for their service / disservice to country.

BigAl 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry Tom but I say again that FOX news is the most biased news organization out there. Period. Without question. FOX news, talk radio and the majority of the internet is so biased it is almost sickening. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others are so full of hate for this country and their fellow man it is pathetic. Fox news regular contributors: Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter..... pathetic.

SettingTheRecordStraight 6 years, 6 months ago

locisound,There is no one on the right on PBS to counter Bill Moyers. And there is no one on the right on PBS to counter Frontline.

feeble 6 years, 6 months ago

For those who missed the link, the study Tom' referring to can be found here: http://www.journalism.org/node/13436I found the following conclusion from the study quite interesting: " The distinct tone of MSNBC-more positive toward Democrats and more negative toward Republicans-was not reflected in the coverage of its broadcast sibling, NBC News. Even though it has correspondents appear on their cable shows and even anchor some programs on there, the broadcast channel showed no such ideological tilt. Indeed, NBC's coverage of Palin was the most positive of any TV organization studied, including Fox News."it is also worth noting that in an industry survey from the same group ( http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.com/2008/) otes that politics and the election make up the majority of the MSNBC broadcast, where as "Crime" makes up most of the Fox broadcast.http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.com/2008/images/AR%202008%20Year%20in%20News%20Images/Cable_C.gif

BrianR 6 years, 6 months ago

I have no doubt that some media is biased Tom, everybody's biased. I've never see MSNBC, I get all my news from you. I would no more want you interpreting facts for me that I would want to piss on the third rail. I mostly get information from newspapers, I hate TV news, it's show business.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 6 months ago

unpalinized (Anonymous) says:"criminal media":.LOLYou right wing thugs are going DOWN:..face it tom- you will be leaving the US soon."Marion writes:unpalinized, are you suggesting that should The Obamination usurp the Oval Office that there will be "resttlements", "deportations" and "transportation"?____I believe Tom once promised that he would have to leave the country if Obama were elected. We'll find out tomorrow where he is headed.

beatrice 6 years, 6 months ago

luby, now that was funny. With the country the way it has been run by the Bush administration, the media deserves to be biased! Would you prefer they lie?

jonas_opines 6 years, 6 months ago

"I'll interpret for you if you like."Here's an interpretation. The very evenness of those numbers suggests intentional manipulation. Almost like, say, Affirmative Action.

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