Kristol: 'Hit Piece' on Palin Has No Credibility
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 5:20 PM CDT
Sarah Palin, in November.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bill Kristol comes to the defense of Sarah Palin today in the wake of the “hit piece” about her in Vanity Fair. In a blog on the Weekly Standard, Kristol says the lengthy—and negative—article by “lefty journalist” Todd Purdum “is full of dubious claims, and is dependent on self-serving stories provided on background by some of the people who ran the McCain campaign into the ground.”

Kristol finds it hard to believe that “several” people told Purdum they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders in regard to Palin’s ego. So who’s behind the slurs? The sources are anonymous, but Kristol finds it fishy that McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt just happened to send a “friendly email” to an unnamed journalist the day the article appeared. “Perhaps Steve was nervous someone would finger him for the Purdum piece.”