MSNBC/AP say Player Injury Palin’s Fault

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, that mean ol’ Sarah Palin ruined everything for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, darn it all. That’s right the media’s newest Cheney replacement must have been planning this monstrous attack on the Blues’ goalie for weeks. Her next trick: world domination. At least this seems to be how MSNBC and the Associated Press feel about it all.

What am I talking about? Well, Palin visited the Blues’ arena to see a game on October 24 and it seems that Blues goalie Manny Legace tripped on the carpet that the team laid on the ice so that Palin and her family could walk safely out to address the crowd. Because of that injury, the AP and MSNBC both decided that this accident was all Palin’s fault. Really.

Right on the MSNBC homepage is a link to the story in the sports section and on that homepage the story is headlined “Goalie’s injury linked to Palin’s puck drop.” (see screen shot below) It’s as if Palin’s “puck drop” caused the injury. Though, one easily gets the feeling that the situation is closer to an outbreak of PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).

Screen shot of MSNBC homepage from 9AM, 10/25/08

And then, as one reads the AP story, one discovers that the AP is also blaming it all on Palin.

Palin’s appearance was costly to the Blues as goalie Manny Legace left the game after one period with an injury that occurred when he tripped over the carpet placed on the ice for Palin and her family to walk on.

I am now shaking my fist in the air a’la Snoopy damning that Red Barron! DARN YOU SARAH PALIN!

But, how in the heck can anyone blame Sarah Palin? Did she force the visit upon the team? Is she responsible for the goalie’s clumsiness? Did she personally lay down that carptet? Is it her fault that the team staffers didn’t lay the carpet flat? Did she even unobtrusively kick it up so that her eeeevil plan could come together?

Come on, let’s get serious here.

It turns out that even the goalie didn’t blame Palin. He blamed a worker at the arena.

Just before the ceremony, Legace was the first player onto the ice for St. Louis. A team official pointed to the carpet. But Legace said the official moved his own foot from the carpet just as Legace stepped down, causing the carpet to slide.

To an unbiased reporter this should be seen as an accident, not something that can be blamed squarely upon Governor Palin. But, the AP and MSNBC never miss an opportunity to blame a Republican for something when pure chance is closer to the truth.

By the way, did you also notice in that screen shot how MSNBC is touting how “serious” a contender Al “the Brute” Franken is? Not too much advocacy there, eh?


Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as,, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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