Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sarah Palin may not have done as well on the Tonight Show as we were led to believe.

I’ve dealt with sound engineering for 30 years, as a film maker, interviewer, musician, working with master reel to reel tapes/decks at EMS Music in Seattle in the 80’s as a sound duplication engineer, or setting sound levels for my and other bands in live situations at shows. I won a Hollywood award for animation in 2000. I know sound. And it’s my opinion that audio portions of Sarah Palin’s March 2nd appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight show were added or amplified, edited before broadcast to make it appear that Sarah Palin was more welcome than she was.

I know. I was there.

They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical - nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.

After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence - all missing.

Well now isn't THAT interesting?

You know I wondered how Palin was able to elicit such big laughs from an audience that I assumed was probably made up of mostly progressives. This fellow's explanation certainly makes sense.

From my seat to the right of the stage, by the band, I could tell that an average of 70% of the audience did not like Sarah Palin. Many literally sat on their hands. This is LA and I wondered when we went in, just how many people would be into Palin here. C’mon, this is LA, man! Make no mistake, the national figure for nutjobs were represented, the same insane 30% of the country that always believe in racism, GWBush, War, Torture, the Libertarians, Teabaggers were there too, and quite vocal. Throw in a shotgun microphone and you’ve got yourself a laugh riot with these guys.

Now in the interest of full disclosure it should probably be noted that this guy is NOT a Palin fan, and in fact he and his wife created the “Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring & Activity Book”.

However that alone does not insinuate that he is a liar. In fact, using my own personal measuring tool for determining if a person is lying, the very fact that he reports the opposite of what Sarah Palin wants us to believe virtually assures that he is being honest.

Check out this guy's description of what Sarah's stage presence looked like from the audience and decide for yourself if it does not jive with other times you have seen Palin in front of a live audience.

Jay came out to raucous applause, hell, we clapped too, I like the guy, not as much as Letterman or Connan but I’m a comedy fan, and some of the show as funny. Shaun White was way cool, funny, authentic, there multiple ovations, and Adam Lambert ROCKED the house, as the latest and future incarnation of David Bowie. Lots of fun.

But when Jay brought out Sarah Palin, she was completely nerved. Watch the video, check out her breathing, she’s Freaked and talks a mile a minute. Both my wife and I agreed - when you actually get close enough, she’s just plain Creepy, and those yech vibes filled the room. Nevermind the applause sign - something that’s a staple of late night shows.

Now as somebody who has witnessed a number of Sarah Palin speeches first hand, this rings very true. Even while giving her speech in front of her hometown crowd she was often frantic, with her voice changing pitch in the oddest places throughout her speech.

Now what I am REALLY interested in is whether having the Tonight Show technicians put a positive spin on the audience reaction was part of her deal for showing up. And whether that is also the case when she appears on other programs.

If true it absolutely guarantees she will never do a David Letterman show, or sit with John Stewart, or even Stephen Colbert. THEY would never provide cover for her on their shows. And I have NO doubt that Palin would never expose herself to their hostile audiences without some protection.

And speaking of protection check out what our friend says about Palin's security.

The basic rules for the studio audience were simple: NO Eating, NO drinking and NO shouting anything out. Other than that, knock yourselves out, have a good time. Yet, judging by the Security surrounding the stage where Palin brought the Silly, shouting out, “Hey Sarah, How many wolf puppies have you gassed?!” would have been suicidal.

What the hell is she so frightened about?

"Hey Sarah! Liberals don't use violence! You don't have to fear us. The only thing we would assault you with is the I get it! I guess in Sarah's world truth is the scariest weapon of all."

(Just click the title to read the rest of Michael Stinson's very interesting post.)

Update: The "Take back the Media" site is down so my title link will not work right now. But if you want to read the whole article you are in luck because somebody posted the whole thing over at the Daily Kos.


  1. Anonymous6:10 PM

    I saw the tape several times on various shows...until I read your post it didn't resonate with me that I keep hearing a woman very loudly guffawing, for want of a better word...everything the Quitter said, it was the same it makes perfect sense.

    I, too, could not imagine an LA crowd giving this chick such we now they didn't.

  2. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Hollywood is fake, Sarah Palin is fake. Too bad she won't stay there.

  3. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Very interesting indeed! Bwahahaha! They had to put in fake enthusiasm and love for the quitter. She is like a fish out of water in LA and she knows it.

  4. Thus is my favorite, and it was kind of hard to choose, part:
    "In fact, using my own personal measuring tool for determining if a person is lying, the very fact that he reports the opposite of what Sarah Palin wants us to believe virtually assures that he is being honest."

    You've cracked the code. From Agnew to Liz Cheney, this is the trick. Too bad it still has escaped our Liberal Media.

  5. Anonymous6:19 PM

    Laugh track...check

    Cue cards/teleprompter....check

    Epic fail Leno throwing softballs and soft pillow.....check

    Palin failin at Hollywood elitism....You betcha!

  6. LoveAndKnishesFromBrooklyn6:30 PM

    I honestly, really thought of this angle when I heard the "audience" react to her lame comments with wild applause and laughter. It does sound overdubbed if you listen closely; some of the timing seems weird. I believe him.

    Wish this little bit of useful dynamite would make it to the MSM, but I guess the big bucks behind Creepella will assure that it won't. The Powers That Be will use the amped-up Leno show as proof that she has the chops to carry a reality show. Hey, look what a reality show did for the Gosselins! Whatever--just keep her far, far away from the WH.

  7. emrysa6:32 PM

    I personally hope I never see her on letterman, but I doubt that I have anything to worry about.

  8. They are using her, and she's using them. Must feel so satisfying. Not.

  9. EGADS Sarah....How's that "DOPEY, STRANGEY THING" working for ya'? Stuff like Swag-gate, Babygate, Cabin-gate. Trooper-gate, Journalism-degree-gate, Trip/Trig...fill-in-the-blank-gate make the audio assist more than plausible. She really is like the bubble-boy ....just all in her own lil' world.

  10. Wow, powerful. I read the whole thing. Looking at clips, I thought something was odd about the sound, the laughter was too raucous. This is a sham. I would love to hear the original, the silence. I thought that they would never add laughter to a live guest. Leno is a liar, I will never watch his show.
    Palin is a fraud, she and her family are locusts, they just devour and destroy.

  11. Anonymous6:52 PM

    I will never watch Leno again. It is over the top to think audience reaction is technically manipulated to this extent. The only thing that makes me feel better about this situation is SP must know she is riding the crest of the wave. It's over, she is milking the $$ to the bitter end.

    I am so embarrassed for we Alaskans.

  12. Tyroanee6:52 PM

    years ago I had been to an older taping of the Tonight Show (yeah really old okay- it was Johnny Carson!)
    I remember seeing those damn applause signs blinking feverishly... it was really annoying, because in the back of my mind, if your not funny I don't laugh or clap.
    But in the Curious Case of Benjamin Palin... I would have been rolling in the isles with laughter.

  13. 10catsinMD6:56 PM

    This is a really great piece. Says it all that the Alaskan blogs have been trying to say. Spread it out far and wide.

    Sarah Palin is a fraud.
    Sarah Palin is a fraud.
    Sarah Palin is a fraud.

    And she knows it.
    And she knows it.
    And she knows it.

    All about the money.
    All about the money.
    Body whore, cultist.
    Takes her money and runs.
    Lives on the shore of a dead lake in a dead house.
    Kills things. Shrill, freaky voice
    Put her away. Rest in peace crazy crazy female. She's no lady that's for sure.

  14. This is just extraordinary and everyone fell for it. I really hope the truth goes viral.

  15. crystalwolf aka caligrl6:59 PM

    Here's a clip from backstage and you can HEAR the SCREECH before you even see her!!! UGH!!!!!
    Also interviewed Adam Lambert and Shaun White.

  16. wakeUpAmerica7:01 PM

    Nothing on Willow and the law yet? Why isn't Willow in juvenile hall? Oh wait.....never mind.

  17. Anonymous7:01 PM

    And here we were wee-wee'd at her mainstream success on a premier late night talk show.

    I'm glad we got this cleared up! Outside the throngs inspired by a highly staged and stylized GOP backed national campaign, beyond her manicured and manufactured book store and speaking engagements, she truly is a flop to the 70% or so normal Americans.

    Gryphen, my compliments on you and the guest's preface that you are not SP supporters before ripping into her cringe-worthy performance with Jay.

  18. Anonymous7:05 PM

    The show makes sense now. I couldn't, for the life of me, understand the enthusiastic reception the audience gave her.

    If the man's testimony can be verified, then Leno's rep is just another thing Sarah has destroyed.

    Bye-bye Leno, if you did this deed, who would trust anything you do from now on?

  19. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Fascinating!!! I read Michael Stinson's blog and I think he must be some kind of Jedi master to so clearly see through her mind tricks.

    I did not want to watch the Leno segment with her interview, but now I will watch it with the sound off and see if I can't look beneath the barrage of sound and words she throws out to confuse her marks.

    Michael, if you are reading this comment, THANK YOU!

  20. Wow, when you read the whole post by Michael Stinson, it reminds you of George Orwell's "1984" and references to Big Brother, the leader of the totalitarian regime.

    Hey, Big Brother isn't the head of our government -- Big Corporations are. THEY control our lives.

    I e-mailed Countdown at MSNBC, but it probably won't come to anything -- they're part of the same Corporation NBC is....

  21. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Thanks to Michael, Julie and Gryphen!

    Do networks still have ombudsman-like public relations folks? Can we lodge a complaint somewhere it can be investigated and make a difference?

    I know our paper used to have an employee who was deemed independent in order to field and investigate readers' complaints and could then write up his/her findings and make the newspaper apologize.

    If this mechanism doesn't exist for Leno's network, it should.

    The Bush administration so corrupted the FCC that I doubt any complaints lodged there would mean anything.

    Yet thanks again for the insights. Hopefully, someone with MSM muscle will take this on and get the dirty laundry aired.

  22. Anonymous7:22 PM

    Wow! I used to live in LA and was wondering throughout the show, who was in Jay's audience! I became paranoid and concluded there are closet Palin freaks out there. I can't tell you how relieved I am to read this. Thanks Gryphen!

  23. Anonymous7:27 PM

    I am interested in Sarah's new pitch for a reality show, which will have Sarah act as our native tour guide as she shows us around Alaska.

    So, how is that different from Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and all of those other near-disaster shows, that really aren't 100% disaster because there is a camera crew, trucks with food and other people standing by.

    Do you think that she will return to the First Americans with another plate of cookies while explaining their native culture?

    (I remember watching a reality show called Miami Ink, where the regulars in the tattoo parlor wanted to haze their apprentice by dropping him off someplace in Miami in just his shorts, ha ha. Except, he was followed by a car with a camera crew, and to add a further note of reality, he kept a running commentary going through the microphone pack he was wearing while he was supposed to be "lost.")

    Instead, maybe Sarah should think about tending to her soap opera family. The kids deserve a stable life, education and discipline. Trig needs therapy. Now, following his development and care would be helpful to other DS families. But, he won't be part of the show, and I don't care to watch Sarah shoot wolf cubs from her airplane, thank you.

  24. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Wow, a Palin-hater got a ticket to a Palin appearance. What are the odds?

  25. Anonymous7:40 PM

    The Silver Spoon, a company owned and operated by women and established with a firm belief in supporting women in business and leadership, invited Governor Sarah Palin and her family to participate in a charitable function sponsored by The Silver Spoon and the Red Cross to support the Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Governor Palin graciously accepted since it was in support of such a worthy and timely cause. The governor arrived with a small group about 15 minutes prior to our store’s official opening; and upon arrival, she and her entire group gave generous donations to the cause. We offered to open early to accommodate her schedule; she did not ask us to open early. The other vendors routinely set up an hour before the event opens, so they were already there when the governor arrived. No one was asked to come in early. When Governor Palin arrived, she and her guests made generous donations. I escorted her around and introduced her to every vendor, and they talked to her about their products and gifted her with samples. She never asked for anything but politely accepted the products. The governor and her family and guests were very gracious and respectful to everyone. We asked and the governor happily agreed to take a photo with the American Red Cross staff and the staff of The Silver Spoon. The governor stayed for a total of about 35 minutes, thanked everyone, made an additional generous personal donation pledge to the Red Cross, and then departed.

    The stories currently circulating about Governor Palin’s attendance at our event are total fabrications. Just one example of the many falsehoods is the ridiculous idea that Governor Palin walked away with 40 AIAIAI headphones. In reality, she was given two pairs of AIAIAI headphones – one for herself and one for her daughter Bristol who could not attend the event. The idea that she took 40 pairs is an outrageous falsehood. It would have been impossible because the vendors only bring around 100 items for the entire two day event. They would have run out of product after an hour of opening yesterday.

    Just to clarify things, the entire point of giving someone a swag bag is to have them take your product and hopefully purchase more. The whole point of giving away products is to “give them away.” That’s why we call this type of event style a “gifting suite.”

    We would like an immediate retraction and an apology to The Silver Spoon, its vendors, and especially to Governor Sarah Palin.

  26. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Gryph and Micahel,
    Thanks a ton for the post and revealing another Palin classic fraud turned into shit shine. I felt out of sync watching her tv porn also too last night and couldn't make the connection of the audience and Sarah....thanks for the confirmation that it wasn't me....shame on jay and sarah's no fool but just a complete fucking also too idiot!

    Skip from ASheville, NC

  27. Gasparilla7:43 PM

    The "Show" that intrigues me is political:
    Which political insider (GOP or Democrat) will "out" Sarah first?

    It is like an incredible game of chicken -- they all know, and can probably prove, what we bloggers have long suspected.

    Yet, Sarah is a powerful force working for both parties at present -- she scares the hell out of Democrats and independents (leading them to back away from the GOP) while she still helps the GOP raise money and support from their brain-dead, credulous base.

    But when the advantages for either party begins to fade...

  28. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Whoa whoa whoa stop the presses. Crystalwolf aka Caligirl, That link you posted caught Sarah saying something very interesting. Check it out again.

    She said, "I am so thankful for the internet."

    Myself, I'm calling bullshit on that, as it's the internet that is gonna topple her.


  29. Monday, March 1 - Guests include Jamie Foxx, Olympic Gold Medal Skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley 6.6 million viewers

    Tuesday, March 2 - Guests include Sarah Palin, Olympic Gold Medal Snowboarder Shaun White and a musical performance by Adam Lambert 5.8 million

    I guess not all of Sarah's sheep own a TV.

  30. great stuff, G. saw the entire thing over at the media matters site. and good questions, too.

    missed a great chance to ask about the wolf puppies, tho.

  31. Loved what Michael Stinson wrote. I don't know why I was surprised that the show was rigged.

    Sarah is busy right now pitching a reality show in LA. That's okay with me. Maybe she will be so busy being a celebrity, that she will drop the politics. Hope so.

    I'm tired of her.

  32. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Why all the security?

    Sarah is inordinately paranoid about someone snatching that wig off her head.

  33. What did I say!!!!

    The audience response to Palin's appearance with Leno and especially her "monologue" seemed canned and stilted to me.

    What did I say!!???? Can we find out whether or not the show as was broadcast was in fact pieced together with an added laugh/applause track?

  34. I read Julie's post at Daily Kos and found out that they passed out many copies of the coloring book!
    People were reading it throughout the show!

    Worth reading the entire account:,-adds-Laugh-Track-to-Sarah-Palin-Appearance

  35. Anonymous8:10 PM

    As a woman and a native Angeleno, I found Sarah Palin's "joke" on Leno about people in Los Angeles being frozen with Botox ('ya know as opposed to in the real America - Alaska - where they are frozen as a result of healthy day of moose hunting in 0 degree weather) beyond offensive.

    The fact that the "joke" was coming from a woman who obviously is the recent recipient of a facelift and who is obviously no stranger herself to interventions such as Botox and Restylane make the "joke" even more offensive, since it was clear that she was not (such as say Joan Rivers) poking fun at her own plastic surgery.

    A recent facelift recipient makes jokes about the cosmetic interventions of others as opposed to her allegedly all natural moose-hunting gal self because she has gotten away selling shit all her life and no one has ever called her on it. It's not hard for me to imagine that such a creature would have no problem believing that she could get away with faking a pregnancy because, after all, she is Sarah and no one ever calls her on her shit.

    Perhaps sonmeday the hemotoma will burst (hey Sarah that an "insider" plastic surgery joke).

  36. Anonymous8:15 PM

    NBC has removed the vid and all clips from the tubes.


  37. Anonymous8:15 PM

    Anon@7:40 gotta be RAM...hey RAM how's that girl crushy thingy workin' for ya?
    Did you get a raise since Meg quit...just sayin'

  38. Anonymous8:17 PM

    WTF? She ain't gov, she quit!!!!
    too bad she didn't stay and she could of had a "Patterson" done on!
    Lame, loser, Epic Fail!!!

  39. Anonymous8:20 PM

    I'm guessing the people that did like Sarah on Leno were part of her group that came with her. You know, the swarm of locust that ransacked the charity room for thousands of dollars worth of expensive stuff.

  40. Polly8:26 PM

    I only watched clips of the show, but for some reason, I knew it was canned laughter. Didn't analyze, just knew. (her body language, facial expressions, wrong laughter that sounded duplicated and not naturally paced). It's nice to read this confirmation!

  41. crystalwolf aka caligrl8:28 PM

    Yep...if her mouth is moving...a lie pops out :)
    And that was definitely a lie b/c we know how mean those internet bloggers are picking on poor $arah, wahhhhh!

  42. I call bull crap on the anon at 7:40 pm. Too ashamed to be identified or cite a verifiable source for the truth you claim. And to demand anything from us. Are you out of your mind?

  43. Anonymous8:31 PM

    In response to Anonymous 7:40

    Hey Palin ghostwriter is that you?

    “The Silver Spoon, a company owned…, invited Governor Sarah Palin and her family…”
    - Question who invited Sarah? No names? Who invited the grifters?

    “…I escorted her around …”
    - Question who is “I”? No names again!

    Who wrote the comment 7:40? Why Anonymous? LOL… very creditable… LOL

  44. Gasman8:33 PM

    I wonder if anyone at The Tonight Show will provide confirmation? There would have to be dozens of people who would have first hand knowledge of such enhancement. There could also be corroborating accounts from others in attendance at the taping. Wouldn’t there have been a live satellite feed? If so, there may be existing footage without the canned laughter. I hope someone makes copies and releases it. NBC might bitch about copyright, but if they try to claim there was no enhancement, such off air taping might be exempt from copyright infringement as it would be a news item. Has NBC said "boo" yet?

    If Palin can’t do a simple routine on Leno without editing and/or added laugh track, how the hell is she going to do a “reality” show? Is there anyone with a brain which functions even intermittently who believes she would allow cameras to film her tribe without insisting on FULL editorial control?

    “CUT! We need to do that scene again. Damn, I’ve gotta quit calling Trig ‘my retarded baby.’ OK, everybody take your marks. We’ll start over at the top of page six in the script. Can somebody PLEASE get me another Red Bull!? Alright everybody, ACTION!”

    It was bad enough that Leno agreed to book this narcissistic moron, that he has to intentionally deceive his viewers to make Palin look better is even worse. Screw Jay Leno. I will never watch him again.

  45. The sad thing is that Palin is using her "roaring success" on Leno to sell her reality show.

    And her "roaring success" is all smoke and mirrors - FRAUD, like Palin herself.

  46. Anonymous8:49 PM

    So you're going with ONE person's account of the taping of the show ?

    How about independently verifying what the Sound Engineer is saying.

    I have what are called "golden ears".

    I also have a controlled listening environment using a pair of tuned reference monitors.

    All I can say is.....Give me a break.

    At one point Jay even responds to and pauses for the audience reaction, THAT certainly wasn't dubbed in.

    IF NBC did dub anything in, my ears cannot perceive it. If anything you can almost hear a pin drop.

  47. Anne NC8:51 PM

    Hey Anon @ 7:40, why hide behind the internet? If you're legitimately with Silver Spoon, I'd think you'd be proud to use your name. You would also not be here seeking an apology, but go to the original websites to which this story is linked from. Tell me, please, if you can, why this woman, MRS. PALIN, NOT GOVERNOR, needs an entourage of 20 people with her? That's far more than most celebrities travel with and she's not a celebrity, just an ex-politician traveling around the country out to make as much $$$$ as possible before the few supporters she does have find out she's a fraud.

    Are you her new spokesperson? Remember how she said the Palin family didn't need a spokesperson?

  48. In honor of anon at 7:40, I suggest we hit the networks that Palin was pimping herself to and make sure they know it was faux audience response. Faux, like her pregnancy.

    Thanks anon, would not have thought to suggest this if you hadn't really pissed me off.

  49. Gryph, the title link connection is broken. Can you fix please. Thanks

  50. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Response to Anne NC 8:51pm

    Why did Palin bring an entourage of 20 people with her to ransack the Silver Spoon suite? That’s the way Trailer Trash from Wasilla roll!

  51. Anonymous9:05 PM

    For somebody who made fun of President Obama using a teleprompter, it looked like old girl Sarah was reading lines from a cue card or something!

  52. Anonymous9:07 PM

    The bad press and the anti-Palin blogs is making Palin crazy and paranoid (that's what I think). Just keep telling the truth about the grifter because I'm positive that someone either Sarah herself or from the Palin Klan reads the blogs. I would love to make her eat shit with all the bullshit lies she tells.

  53. No sorry mxm,

    Somebody sent my link to Reddit and I think we overwhelmed the "Take back the Media" site where the original post was located.

    I am sure they will notice it ans fix it as some point.

    Oh the perils of popularity.

  54. Anonymous9:11 PM

    silverspoon is for "ELITE" see blurb from their home page

    Melissa Lemer and Lorena Bendinskas, partners of The Silver Spoon, were the first to create what has now become a Hollywood/Worldwide phenomenon: “pre award show gifting.” They have grasped the concept of aligning luxury products into one exclusive venue by having each brand display its product and/or services to celebrities, VIPs, stylists and elite members of the press.

  55. Anonymous9:11 PM

    The producers of Leno made a bad decision having Palin on the show. It may have hiked their ratings, but in the long run they lost loyal followers.

  56. Also too Jay Leno is known to be generally a GOP type....not that there is anything wrong with that.

    BTW Anon really got the Grphen Gang all a-shivering in fear of your next post.....Not so much!

  57. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Here's the link:

  58. Anonymous9:18 PM

    Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their daughter and her toddler brother before killing themselves.

    Their son Francisco, two, died instantly after being hit in the back.

    However, their unnamed daughter cheated death after the bullet from her father's handgun missed her vital organs.

    Police were alerted by worried neighbours who discovered the massacre three days after the shooting and the girl was taken to hospital.

    The youngster is recovering in hospital in the town of Goya in the northern Argentine province of Corrientes, where doctors say she is out of danger.

    Her parents said they feared the effects of global warming in a suicide note discovered by police.

  59. Anonymous9:18 PM

    Anon 7:40:

    Good one! Nice try!

    Don't hold your breath for an apology.

  60. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Oh, this is great. I know Michael Stinson from Democratic Underground. He's a straight shooter for sure, and also has some Alaska experience from back in the Pipeline days. He's telling the truth.


  61. Anonymous9:25 PM


    Please check and see whether there is any connection between Sarah's private security staff and Blackwater.

  62. Thanks Gryph. Tried to send an email to NBC, but apparently their system is overwhelmed as well. They have taken down the video on the Tonight Show page, although there is still a button for the Palin appearance. And the youtube videos are gone. You can still find other programs where some of her standup is shown. The funniest is some FOX bimbo going on about how the audience loved Sarah.

    Looks like a corporate effort to shut down technical analysis criticism. Oh, we will just stop right. Too late.

  63. Anonymous9:29 PM

    A modern payola scandal.

  64. Anonymous9:45 PM

    I watched the show last night and thought the sound was strange. It was different with the other guests. Just went to check Media Matters and it wasn't there. Someone said NBC has scrubbed all videos? Something is wrong. Think there is a troll on here. On one site today, someone at the give away and worked there, said some pretty disparaging things about her and here troop assending on them like locusts!...gave her name!
    Mrs Gunka

  65. Anonymous9:48 PM

    As an Alaskan who has observed this woman play and betray so many who have been vulnerable to the blind faith loyalty she so obviously and perhaps deviously seeks, I can only say with great gratitude that your blogging is brilliant, diligent and inspiring in its content and intent. Please, keep up the excellent work.

  66. So secret anon's source is a ghostie bot writer's work, posted only on C4P. Hmmmmmmmm, sounds really solid.

  67. The problem with the Silver Spoon's people trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube is that there were a number of vendors who initially talked about the "Palin "locust" incident including this guy.

    "She kind of cleaned the place out," Ben Russo of EMC/Bowery told AOL's Pop Eater. The website said swag-grabs included 40 pairs of AIAIAI earphones.

    This fits right in with the usual Palin MO. She does something stupid, crazy, or embarrassing and demands that people who want her business or support lie about it for her.

    Think back to ALL of the incidents from the past, and how Stapleton, or the C4P folks, or her dad, or the McCain people had to try and provide cover for her. Remember the chapter in Game Change when she tried to get the McCain people to lie about Todd's AIP membership?

    People who are too ignorant to make good choices are forever doing damage control. Or in Sarah's case having others for it for them.

  68. Anon at 9:25,

    There are many private security firms in the LA area. I worked for a company whose billionaire CEO lived in southern CA. He always had private security with him. I had a chance a time or two to talk to the guys and they were generally former secret service agents and cops working as private contractors or with small private companies.

    All major cities have such services. Seems like Sarah was just amping up her persona with the 'important' entourage and security. She was working on her brand.

    Nothing to look at here, in my opinion.

  69. "In reality, she was given two pairs of AIAIAI headphones – one for herself and one for her daughter Bristol who could not attend the event."

    What? No headphones for Willow who was standing right there?

  70. Anonymous10:16 PM


    The Tonight Show takes down individual clips every day to make room for the new ones.

    They take down YouTube clips all the time to protect trademarks.

    The entire show with the Palin footage is still here:

  71. Anonymous10:24 PM

    I thought it sounded like canned laughter also too. I have HD and when Shaun came on the audio on Jay and Shaun dropped but I got the audience loud and clear. Very strange. I switched to reg cable channel and all was well. Control booth must have gotten tried after the Grifter.

    Also heard on backstage clip that Lambert fans had camped out all night to get in. No wonder bots has a small number. They didn't leave Bakersfield early enough to get in line.

  72. Anonymous10:30 PM

    Look carefully at the link provided by Anonymous 9:15 pm

    It says ""

    Instead, I went directly to the Silver Spoon's website, and it mentions nothing about any retraction demand:

  73. Anonymous10:42 PM

    We would like an immediate retraction and an apology to The Silver Spoon, its vendors, and
    especially to Governor Sarah Palin.
    The Silver Spoon
    Melissa Lemer
    Lorena Bendinskas
    Anna Brock
    Phone (323)525-0565
    Fax (323)525-0503

  74. I was reluctant to comment before that I did not understand the uproarious and prolonged laughter during the show to things that were not hilarious or left me thinking "Huh? what is she talking about? I had many "" moments.

    It was no accident Leno provided an audition and set up for that for it is fact Palin was in LA to pitch her self, her family in a show.

    I started to feel pity for posters at C4P and their denial about Palin for thy worked hard to provide excuses and defend unable to believe Palin would offer her family for a show. Largely they needed to convince themselves Palin is doing this all for Alaska as she promised when she quit. Denial is beginning to crumble for some unable to reconcile a reality/documentay show featuring kids she lies she wants no attention or press about...geesh.

    I despise her all the more for conning people taking advantage of them, thier trust,monies, naivetie while poisioning them/brainwashing them everyone else is the liar.
    It looks like many people are out to make a buck or profit helping her stooping to low levels too.
    I hope John McCain gets the karma coming to him for his cheap trick.

  75. Anonymous11:06 PM

    RAM is on twitter sending out requests for retractions.

  76. Anonymous1:17 AM

    I'm sure The Tonight Show enhances every guest's appearance. Can't have silence or a lukewarm response to stale jokes, or yet another boring 3 minutes with a 'star' who is only there to explain the clip the studio sent over last week.
    Shows like Leno's lost their way decades ago. It's the same damn formula every night. I'll bet Leno couldn't tell you one interesting anecdote about a single guest.
    Palin was on to do damage control over that DS actress thingy. Sarah probably wishes she had arranged a miscarriage...for Bristol.

  77. It made me very happy to realize while reading this that it's believable because I know a couple of Michael Stinson's Alaska relatives. If he says this happened, it happened.

    Some confirmation from other audience members, and everybody else will know it, too.

    Nice job, Michael.

  78. Anonymous3:12 AM

    Gasman said, "If Palin can’t do a simple routine on Leno without editing and/or added laugh track, how the hell is she going to do a “reality” show?"

    If Palin can't do a simple talk show without editing, if she can't do a simple interview without knowing the questions in advance so she can write the answers on her hand, or if she can't speak at an event and answer audience the hell could she ever become PRESIDENT??

  79. I loved Johnny Carson and was very upset they picked Jay Leno to host the show, there were so many who would have been good at it, both male and female. I have never thought Leno was entertaining or funny. Now I dislike him even more after Conan who is funny and talented was booted from the show so this no talent could be put back on. Having Sarah Palin on and manipulating what happened just goes to show what kind of person he is.

  80. Anonymous4:29 AM

    REPLY to "More Cowbell said...
    "In reality, she was given two pairs of AIAIAI headphones – one for herself and one for her daughter Bristol who could not attend the event."

    What? No headphones for Willow who was standing right there?

    10:09 PM

    REPLY: HEYY! What about Re-Todd? Doesn't he deserve a pair when he is out and about cheating on his snowmobile? And there is little Piper, the little one who wears high heels in the house? I know she has 1/2 dozen to a dozen ipods? Then there is the older boy, Track (Curt's kid), he needs something to listen to while cutting school bus brake lines? I doubt Sarah took two headphones? What about the rest of the Wasilla Hill Billy Grifters, the rotten Grandparents?

  81. Anonymous4:35 AM

    Hey Sarah, don't forget to empty your LA loot from the belly of the plane when you get back home to Alaska! Hate for you to loose the stuff you stole. You traveled so far and worked too hard to leave it under the plane, just get a couple of your criminal kids to crawl in the plane for it. Remember, no pictures!

  82. Anonymous4:39 AM

    Sorry kids, but you've been had by an obsessive Alaskan who flew three thousand miles to wave a coloring book in Palin's face at a Leno taping.

    Unfortunately for you, several Freepers were at the taping and they report that the audience reaction was as we saw on the TV. Most of Leno's audience is usually from out of town, not LA, so the notion that her audience was made up of hard core Dems was a pretty poor assumption by a hard leftie who should have known better than to write something that could have been so easily moked.

    This entire post wears clown shoes. Sarah wins again guys.

    You people are like Wile E. Coyote with Palin as the Roadrunner. The box of ACME dynamite always blows up in your faces. The boulder on the catapult always drops on Gryphen's head.

  83. Anonymous4:48 AM

    Checked the Silver Spoon web site to see if the same statement was there as Anonymous 7:40. Nope.

  84. Anonymous4:55 AM

    this post makes me feel sooo much better,that not all america is taken with this grifter.

    i watched the show, and was a little surprised by the laughter, but now it all makes SO much sense..laugh track!

    happy friday to us all, what a great story!

  85. As much fun as it is to bash Palin - and I personally never tire or satirizing her abundant peccadillos - Murkowski is a far greater danger to Alaskans and the rest of the country as well.

    Especially in light of the recently detected methane dissolving beneath the ocean in the arctic, we should be pouncing on sources of clean energy and conserving at every possible opportunity.

    Drill Baby Drill is going to lead to runaway global warming!

    There is a link at the end of this post to research on methane:

    I hope Alaskans will flood Murkowski's office with complaints about her anti-science proposals to derail the EPA authority to regulate dangerous greenhouse gas emissions!

  86. Anonymous5:16 AM

    Joy Behar did a segment on her HLN show about Leno's return and Palin's stand-up. I went to her website and told her about the laugh track, citing this website. As a comedian, this should be a very "hot topic" for her to cover!

  87. Anonymous5:49 AM

    "Just to confirm, for the benefit of the Internal Revenue Service, the story about Palin emptying the gift suite of free swag is false. We now return you to our regularly scheduled program. Thank you."

  88. Anonymous5:51 AM

    If Sarah wants to have a reality show, then I have several suggestions for her that would be more in keeping with her "brand."

    On Ellen's show, there is a chamber filled with swirling dollar bills, and the contestant tries to grab as much money as possible in a short time. It is supposed to be hilarious seeing someone stuff the stray bills into her bra and pockets.

    There used to be a sort of quiz show where contestants raced around a supermarket trying to fill their shopping carts with as many expensive items as possible. The person with the most steak and caviar won.

    There are shows on TV already that show the results of a home makeover, plastic surgery, weight loss contest. I suggest that Sarah roll it all into her own personal reality show. Each week, we can see a new bumpit hair style, the latest nip and tuck done to her face and body, get wardrobe tips (check that black plastic bag in the closet), and, most important of all, parenting tips.

    To be a little more realistic, I would like to see Sarah dedicate herself to helping the disabled. Each week, she could focus on a different group of special needs people, showing how they cope with life without limbs after returning from Iraq, or how they cope without one of the senses that we use to see or hear. And, most important of all, we will get a chance to watch Trig's therapy on a week by week basis, and learn how other DS kids, like the remarkable Andrea Friedman overcome their disability to lead a useful, productive life. The final show of the season will highlight the Special Olympics.

  89. Re: questionss NBC edited or enhanced Palin's performance reminded me of what she said about the Couric interview. Palin lied/alleged the network spliced pieces to make her appear or look bad, that they manipulated the footage. Due to her personality, narcissim she'd accuse people of what she would do or request be done. Given Palin consistently won't answer questions asked, expects she can claim grandiose abilities giving no substance, when is asked questions she has no logical or educted answers and that Couric does not have any history of malicious interviews..I did not buy the stuff made up.

    Palin is a master of smiling while attacking strengths of others and lying telling opposites about things. She lied disguised as a joke the health care reform summit was a 180 flip blah blah blah..I find it hard to believe the audience was made up of people who are ignorant to guffaw at tht one.

  90. as to Leno's rep being destroyed ... the canned laughter an fake applause is one thing ... but for ANY interviewer to simply nod their head and say "Yeah" when she speaks of her children's lack of privacy is beyond the pale.

    it's worse than the way Oprah handled her. He could have been completely respectful and simply asked her why she constantly puts them on public stage, or just pointed out how rarely any other politician or celebrity puts their kids in front of the camera.

  91. Anonymous6:00 AM

    Is it just me, or is Sarah starting to look like this:

    She wore the same outfit to the locust gift grab.

  92. Anonymous6:07 AM

    Are Sara's children home-schooled now ?I saw Piper at the Leno post-show interview and Willow at the Oscar event..Sara always has a child with her.

  93. Someone posted it on youtube. Pt 1: part 1
    part 2. Don't know for how long, but they're there now. I haven't watched them, yet either. In the process of doing so now...

  94. Anonymous6:30 AM

    That garbage release from Silver Spoons is utter B.S. If it was true, they would have it posted on their website. I think the fake statement from Silver Spoons is going to piss a lot of people at that company off.


  95. Anonymous6:31 AM

    Anon at 7:40 - this same person is making the rounds with this "supposed" statement from Melissa Lemer of Silver Spoon. It's on all the conservative blogs and they are now posting it on the "anti" blogs. They've told there folks to spread it everywhere. But guess what? The only thing they link back to is a PDF. Silver Spoon has nothing of the sort on their website and this "alleged" press release was not picked up by any news outlets that I could find.

    hmmm....seems the Palin camp and sea of urine are trying to do some damage control.

    Can you imagine what it must be like to be in their camp? Constantly having to spin the crap she does, constantly picking up the mess she creates? And yet they accuse us of doing what it is that they do, constantly. It's positively psychopathic.

    Gryphen, please tell me they are gonna crash hard....

    Sending the luuuurve to ya!
    Susan in MD

  96. I'm listening for the clapping, now, and yeah, I can hear the same exact shouts here and there...and there seems to be some weird places where clapping and shouts are placed.

    Youtube probably isn't the best source for this, though.

    Amazing. Simply amazing with her lies and sad that people eat this up. She is a master at being able to use her looks and her sex appeal to get people to believe whatever she says..that is people who don't know her...

  97. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Speaking of violence...just an observation.

    It never ceases to amaze me how Palin supporters in their attempts to spin their webs, as often as not, manage to weave in the threat of violence.

    Some supporters even run to cartoon characters in an effort to validate their point of view.

    You know, I can understand if these people are thirteen-year-old boys--that, perhaps, could be at least understood--but when a supposed adult turns to violence-bent cartoon characters in an effort to prop up their own make believe world, you just have to wonder if maybe their mama tied their bibs too tight, when they were a baby.

    Or maybe they are just compensating for...oh well, that can wait for another time...after certain of these folks has time to think about what other cartoon characters their empty heads identify with...

    A Lincoln

  98. Anonymous6:48 AM

    It sure looks to me like C4P is trying to impersonate Silver Spoon. They are so arrogant that they didn't even try to match the font and style of the web site!

    I'm seriously thinking of contacting Silver Spoon to let them know this. If the P'ers think they can just delete the .pdf file, I've already downloaded it. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  99. Anonymous6:53 AM

    She is our next president, so get accustomed to it. The"gal" that the "average" American can relate to. Want to have drinks with, "such a great sense of humor" and dumb as f.
    Anyway, witness the great sanitizing of the next presidential product.

  100. Anonymous6:59 AM

    I do not doubt for a minute that canned laughter was added. It's all fake. I attended the Tonight Show once when Carson was the host back in 1990 or 1991 as I lived in LA then. Before the taping began, they had all sorts of warm interactions going on with the audience to "prime" us for taping. Comediennes came out, Ed McMahon came out to make us feel as if we were the most important people on earth and we needed to laugh and clap and really have a great time and they love us, yada yada yada. I felt sooo special. Then when taping was over, crickets, not a peep to the audience. No thank you, no fuck you, NOTHING. The "talent" sat on the stage and talked among themselves and we were ushered out the door in a hurry. I remember feeling so angry that we had been totally used and set up so that we would make THEM look good for taping. It pissed me off. So, I truly believe they had to add canned laughter 'cause there is no way in hell an LA audience could be properly primed for a Palin appearance. Like the alliteration there??

  101. This doesn't bode well for Leno with the controversy of having Palin on, when he probably promised she'd be a hit & crank the ratings, so he made it happen falsely.

    The Wasilla Hillbillies hitting the gifting suite is so outrageous. The entourage included nannies, assistants, etc. and all helped themselves? How are they deserving of Oscar giveaways? Just like the blatant lies Palin gave about $100,000+ looting of Neiman Marcus per Nicole Wallace that Palin denied then later said she left the items in the "belly of the plane" before her dad slipped that they were busy sorting through "everything that needed to be returned" before the RNC came to collect them.

    How many times did she repeat that lie? When Elizabeth Hasslebach stumped for her, she was then screaming about it as a "sexist attack" and using it against the Dems, while Sarah claimed to wear thrift shop clothes & just be a home town girl who doesn't need all the trappings of fame. Remember how riled up the audience got with that venomous crap? Palin also lied to Greta in her home interview saying she never took anything and/or that the RNC bought it for her. PATHOLOGICAL!!!!Just like all the lies about Trig.

  102. Many of us have come to the same conclusion that the Silver Spoon retraction demand was not authentic. I just posted a similar comment on PG, and find several here as well.

    The Silver Spoon is a sophisticated and professional company, owned and run by two elegant, educated, experienced, respected professional women. They must be cringing at the unwanted publicity that Palin has dragged in behind her. Not a good way to make friends in the Hollywood community Sarah.

    Nowhere on the company's site will you find the slang word 'swag' to describe valuable sponsor gifts and goods. Yet, in a press release the company uses that derrogatory term. At the height of their business year - at the biggest function they organize each year.

    No, the swag hag is mad and the entertainment media and bloggers should hide, tremble and apologize becase Palin bots and fanatics concocted a phony press release.

    Since RAM knows the Hollywood scene, after all she was a hugely successful script writer, she took the lead in the phony demand for a retraction would be my assumption.

  103. Anonymous8:25 AM

    I keep saying mental illness. As long as $$ can be made off of plastic face the disease will not be treated.

  104. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Compare the logo at to the logo used on the retraction letter.

    The logo on the hoax letter appears fuzzy. I think it was simply copied and pasted into a document, enlarged and stretched so it would appear to be authentic.

    A genuine logo would have much greater pixel density so that when you enlarge it, there is no loss. At that point, you save it in a compressed format so it renders quickly on a web page.

    The amateurish skill level of this hoax is really shocking. Reminds me of the forged medical letter from Palin's doctor released the night before the election.

    Maybe we should compare the fonts between those two letters....

  105. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Oh no she didn't.

    That's what Silver Spoon, the company that hosted a pre-Oscars gifting suite attended Wednesday by Sarah Palin, said Thursday about the former governor of Alaska.

    As in, oh no, Palin and company didn't do all those "grabby 'n' whiny" things that were reported by an entertainment gossip site Wednesday evening and spread like wildfire online Thursday and into Friday.

    "The stories currently circulating about Governor Palin’s attendance at our event are total fabrications," partner Melissa Lemer said in a statement from Silver Spoon (read it here).

    "We would like an immediate retraction and an apology to The Silver Spoon, its vendors, and
    especially to Governor Sarah Palin."

    To paraphrase Lemer, who said she personally escorted Palin around the suite: Oh no she didn't demand vendors open early just for her, didn't scoop up 40 sets of headphones, didn't behave like "locusts."

    Which is pretty much what the Ministry of Gossip reported in the first place.

    Just Jared posted a pic Thursday of Willow Palin with her mom, and the Associated Press mentioned the Fox News commentator's $1,700 Red Cross donation -- and what one vendor called her "great skin." The New York Post stayed calm on Friday as well. Palin supporters weren't pleased with the negative reports; non-fans didn't seem as bothered.

    Said Lemer: "She never asked for anything but politely accepted the products. The governor and her
    family and guests were very gracious and respectful to everyone. We asked and the governor
    happily agreed to take a photo with the American Red Cross staff and the staff of The Silver
    Spoon. The governor stayed for a total of about 35 minutes, thanked everyone, made an
    additional generous personal donation pledge to the Red Cross, and then departed."

    The charitable focus of the gifting suite -- such events invite celebrities and media to spotlight luxury products and services -- was to benefit Red Cross efforts in Haiti and Chile.

    Sarah's week -- which some have chastised as the equivalent of Levi Johnston's Hollywood presence -- also included a Tuesday appearance on Jay Leno's revamped "Tonight Show," which launched Monday. (Maybe Jay wanted to book the guest least likely to show up with David Letterman?)

    Daughter Bristol Palin filmed a scene for ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on Tuesday, and Sarah reportedly made some rounds pitching an Alaska docudrama with the help of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "Eco-Challenge" producer Mark Burnett.

    Looks like it's spring break in Wasilla next week -- will the crew stay for the Oscars?

  106. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Anon at 4:39. Michael Stinson is not from Alaska.


  107. Anonymous9:58 AM

    The way the Diva Queen Sarah acts reminds me of a tweaker on crank!Think about it!
    lots of secret time, dismissed her security troopers and so on.

    Symptoms of Meth use:
    Decreased appetite
    Increase physical activity
    Anxiety/ nervousness
    symptoms similar to the mental illness
    repetitive behavior patterns
    winks, you betcha ;)
    auditory or maybe visual halucinations
    like talking to and receiving messages from God?
    Could sister Saree be tweaking?
    something to think about!

  108. Guess the letter is not a hoax. LA Times confirmed it with Ms.Lemer.

    So, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

    Palin herself may not have taken 40 pairs of headphones, but I'd bet if 2 pair were given to everyone in her entourage it would add up to 40 pairs. That's what I figured had happened.

  109. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Ever since Meg split RAM has had her nose up the grifters butt and taken the job of shining her turds...She demanded ADN print a retraction that Grifter was not at Irondog, now she is running around looking like a fool trying to shine this messy turd, Grifter's R Us! I don't believe that statement, especially since van flea's name was mentioned on sea of urine, and the Vendors were the ones saying she was grifting for christs sakes! Yeah RAM shine palins dirty turdie....

  110. Anonymous2:14 PM

    I feel it is VERY telling that those in her company made a bee line for all the available earplugs. How ineresting.

  111. crystalwolf aka caligrl4:32 PM

    Blue in AK,
    Yes he used to live in Alaska during the pipeline days, he said so on Shannyn's show today, but now he doesn't live in Alaska...

  112. Anonymous4:32 PM

    anon @ 7:40 .."she and her entire group gave generous donations to the cause."

    I call BS...We all know that Sarah doesn't do donations.

  113. Anonymous4:43 PM

    And speaking of protection. Why has no one asked her why a middle aged couple was having sex without protection?

    Somehow that common sensey thing just seems to slip right by Sarah over and over.

    What little of her I watched it was obviously canned laughter.

  114. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Sarah will never be funny, she is too vain.
    Right after the sit com that stared Candice Bergan started the producer or director said they were worried about having such a famous beautiful woman as the star and were really please and releived to find that she was willing to make a complete ass of herself for a laugh.

    Comedians have to sell themselves as a joke, just as dramatic villains have to sell themselves as evil.

    Sarah is too full of herself to be anything but small minded and petty. Because that is all she has to sell.

  115. Anonymous6:27 PM

    . In reality, she was given two pairs of AIAIAI headphones – one for herself and one for her daughter Bristol who could not attend the event. The idea that she took 40 pairs is an outrageous falsehood.

  116. Anonymous7:37 PM

    @6:27 I call bullshit!
    The vendors are the ones who are saying they were a "swarm of locusts"!
    GRIFTER! GRIFTER! GET over it!
    RAM can't polish this turd...Meg couldn't and RAM can't either...
    Get over it! EPIC FAIL!!!
    she is a grifter and fake!

  117. Anonymous9:00 PM

    OK, let's see if I get this right. This guy HATES Sarah Palin, but yet he wants to make money off her. OK, believable, don't think so. It has been debunked by NBC, go somewhere else to spew your hatred.

  118. Anonymous9:14 PM

    I knew the laughter was canned when I watched the show.

    "Live" show, my ass! Leno and his producers need to apologize to the viewers for trying to perpetrate this silly deception.

    Palin is a fraud whose image collapses in the light of day.

  119. 10catsinMD9:14 AM

    Comment from Wonkette below. Love it.

    She should have written, “LAUGH, DAMN IT” on her palm and showed it to the audience.

    Read more at Wonkette:

  120. Mac And Cheese Wiz7:20 PM

    Why are the trolls coming out of the woodwork lately? Sarah's made grifting an art since she lost the vp position and quit her day job.
    I'm no fan of Sarah, but I wonder why THIS, of all things, causes boils to burst on her fan's butts?

    It's Sarah who chose to go on the main stream hollywood show, she so virulently hates and demeans.

    Good job, Gryphen, as usual!


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