Palin Calls Politico Reporters ‘Puppy Kicking,’ ‘Porn Producers’ For Relying on Unnamed Sources

By Jenny Schlesinger

Nov 1, 2010 6:32pm

ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:

Sarah Palin is in an escalating war of words with the media after Politico reported that the GOP establishment is coalescing around a common mission to stop the former Alaska governor from running for president in 2012. 

Last night Palin responded, telling Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren the story was “crap.” This afternoon she took it a step further, describing Politico as “puppy-kicking, chain-smoking porn producers” for basing its story on information from unnamed Republican sources. 

In an email to the Daily Caller, Palin wrote “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers…really, they are… I’ve seen it myself…but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.” 

According to Politico, top Republicans are deeply concerned with Palin’s growing momentum among conservative activists and her success at rallying conservatives in the run up to the midterm elections. 

“It's the talk of virtually anybody in Washington circles who are thinking about 2012 because she is such a force in Republican politics,” Politico’s Jim VandeHei, who reported the story with Mike Allen, told ABC News. “She has such a huge following with the conservative base, with the Tea Party movement but at the same time obviously has a low favorable rating when it comes to independent voters and a lot of Republican voters feel that she could not win a general election against Obama if she were to win the nomination.”  

“There is no Republican who can turn out more voters, sort of generate more news coverage, raise more money if she decided to get in especially from grassroots activists, I think she, better than most Republicans, has figured out how to harness this Tea Party enthusiasm and I think the Tea Party enthusiasm is not going to go away after November and it will flow to her if she did decide to run for the presidency and that has republicans worried,” VandeHei said. 

The 2008 vice-presidential nominee told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night that Politico’s VendeHei and Allen were “jokes.” 

“If they would man up and if they would, you know, make these claims against me then I can debate them, I can talk about it, but to me they're making stuff up again,” Palin said. "And these are the brave people who want to lead the nation and run the world, huh? But they're not brave enough to put their name in an article." 

The head of Republican National Committee Michael Steele also lashed out at Politico’s anonymous GOP sources, telling George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America “put your name next to your quote and then have a conversation with Sarah Palin. Until then, leave it alone.” 

“You know all this kind of dissension and, you know, frustration within the party is not doing anything to get Republicans elected tomorrow. So until we get that job done, let’s not worry about 2012,” Steele added.

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