'Trig Palin Birtherism' Is Back

New academic paper asserts that 'conspiracy theory' is actually true
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 7:07 AM CDT
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, talks to her son Trig Palin, at a Tea Party Express rally at the Arizona Capitol Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – More than two years after it first emerged, the issue of Trig Palin's birth is back in the headlines, thanks to a Northern Kentucky University journalism professor. Brad Scharlott's 29-page academic paper on the matter concludes that all the conspiracy theorists were right: Sarah Palin is not Trig's real mother, but a "spiral of silence shut down the story" and the media basically ignored it.

Business Insider offers up a slideshow of Scharlott's evidence, which includes the fact that Palin took a 20-hour trip back to Alaska to give birth after she says she went into labor in Texas; the fact that the hospital where Trig was allegedly born has never confirmed he was born there; and photos of Palin just weeks before the birth in which Scharlott notes she doesn't look pregnant. Not everybody's impressed: On Salon, Justin Elliott writes, "The fact that a journalism professor produced this article is frankly embarrassing for Northern Kentucky University." Click for his entire column.

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