Sunday, July 17, 2016
A round up of news stories dealing with Track Palin's plea deal to avoid facing justice for punching his girlfriend in the face.
First thing to note is that it was covered quite extensively. And most of them did not let Track off very easily.
Almost all of them include an account from the original police report describing Track's alcohol intake and exactly what he did to Jordan.
Courtesy of Raw Story:
Track Palin, 27, was arrested back on Jan. 18 at the Palin compound after a woman said he had punched and kicked her during an argument over an ex-boyfriend. According to the woman, Palin punched her in the face, then threw her phone away before pulling a gun and threatening to commit suicide.
When police arrived, Palin had marks on his face and claimed the woman hit him with her elbow. According to police, Palin was given a breathalyzer test that measured his blood alcohol level at .189.
Alaska Dispatch is the source many of the papers used to describe the plea deal:
"As a condition of his entry into that court the state dismissed the first two counts," Fitzgerald said. "Track pled to misconduct involving weapons (in the fourth degree), concerning being under the influence and having a firearm."
Track Palin will have to complete a regime of "alcohol-related" treatment under the terms of this week's agreement, Fitzgerald said. Upon successful completion of the treatment, the weapons-misconduct charge will be expunged from his record. But if that doesn't happen, Palin will receive a 180-day suspended jail sentence and be placed under informal probation for two years.
It should be noted that almost all of the news coverage shied away from giving Track a free pass.
In fact the Daily Mail wrote this right below their headline:
Track Palin agrees to rehab and avoids jail for 'punching his girlfriend in the face and drunkenly threatening to shoot himself dead with an AR-15'
Yeah, no free pass there.
The Mail also added this:
The charges were filed on the same day his mother Sarah Palin, who was the GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008, endorsed Donald Trump before primary voting began with the Iowa caucuses.
As media covered her son's arrest, she told reporters her son returned from Iraq 'a bit different' and blamed the incident on post-traumatic stress disorder.
She also used the opportunity to criticize the Obama administration's policies towards veterans for her son's problems.
Other news outlets which covered the story included Radar Online, USA Today, Talking Points Memo, Mediaite, and a handful of others. (By the way if you want to see what people really think about Sarah Palin, and her violent drunken offspring these days just spend a little time at the comment sections on those sites. To put it bluntly they are no longer buying her shit.)
However it should be noted that only here on IM, and over at Joe My God, did the story of the changes on Court View receive coverage.
Though we were the only ones to note that the remanded portions was removed, and the July 11th additions did not show up, until July 14th, only as the story of Track's incarceration started to spread across the internet.
Which means that for all intents and purposes Sarah Palin was able to change the narrative again.
And that is really too bad because as all of us here know Track Palin has a long history of violent behaviors, predating his time in the military, and he really DOES need to face some consequences and to get professional help.
Because the next time it might be a whole lot worse than simply punching his girlfriend in the face and kicking her while she lay at his feet.
Next time somebody could be killed.
And I don't think that even Sarah Palin can snap her fingers and make that go away.