ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A report has cleared Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner.
Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with the firing. The report was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.
A separate legislative investigation recently concluded that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, abused her office by allowing her husband and staffers to pressure the public safety commissioner to fire a state trooper who went through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister.
Palin says the firing had nothing to do with the trooper.
What AP and the NYT neglect to say is that the "legislative investigation" was headed by a partisan--Alaska Democratic Senator Hollis French who is supporting Obama-Biden. The investigation clearing Palin, as pointed out, was headed by an independent counsel.
But, don't expect even the muddied version to make a splash in your local paper or the mainstream media. Wouldn't want to be too fair.