We were contacted today by the agent for prominent co-authors (I won’t name them out of courtesy) who are collaborating on an article regarding the connection between Sarah Palin and Thomas Muthee. You may recall that Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate, sat in the audience three years ago as Thomas Muthee preached before her on the importance of fundamentalist Christians “invading,” “infiltrating” and dominating government and public schools in order to displace alternative religions and impose theocracy. You may also recall that directly after this sermon (in which Muthee appears to have violated tax law by endorsing Palin for office and telling people to vote for her), Sarah Palin took to the stage and allowed Muthee to lay hands on her as they prayed together for Muthee’s vision to come to pass through her election.
This afternoon and evening, the agent for these co-authors passed on a message from them insinuating that by forwarding the video of Muthee and Palin we were possibly perpetrators of a “hoax” that was “falsified.” This claim isn’t new: if you go to YouTube and search for a video of “Muthee” and “Palin,” you’ll find multiple comments left by Palin supporters who proclaim that the video must be a hoax, a fake, a fraud. On the part of Palin supporters such comments indicate a desperate acknowledgment that, if actual, the video seriously damages Sarah Palin’s credibility. Regarding the coauthors, I am concerned that the question is the sign of an impending hit piece. In the same message they indicated awareness that the ultimate source of the video is the Wasilla Assemblies of God, where the video was taken and on the website of which the original video is still available. This simply and clearly means that the video is not, in fact, a fraud or a hoax — and that the authors already knew this. So why ask? That the authors asked for further personal information regarding people leaving comments here (which we, of course, did not supply) raises another flag of concern.
I may be off base, and it may just be that the authors need to hone their thinking (and their communication skills) a bit. But don’t be surprised if an ad hominem hatchet piece on the whole Palin-Muthee affair emerges in publication some time soon.
Update: I’ve received something close to assurances that this will be an up-and-up piece. Let’s hope and wait.