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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009, 5:41 A.M.

Palin Bites Back…

A new war?: Palin vs. Press...
A new war?: Palin vs. Press...

Gossip, rumors, and false stories, o my! - But not for Gov. Sarah Palin, former Republican VP candidate. She's started a new campaign; a personal war against the press.

Rumors are surrounding many aspects of the Palin family, spanning from her daughter's pregnancy and high school diploma to even the Gov.'s own possible intentions to run for president in 2012.  Msn. com reports that Palin is "going on the offensive against news organizations and bloggers that...are perpetuating malicious gossip about her and her children."

Can she have the best of both worlds? Political observers say that Palin is trying win both sides of the situation; those groups caring for her family's values, and those supporting her wish to protect them from the scrutiny imposed by the press.

"I think she's positioning herself.  She's attacking the media as a way to generate support among a base she hopes will support her," says Leonard Steinhorn, a prof. of communications at American University in Washington and an expert on the presidency.

Whether her fights againts the press and her efforts to protect her loved ones prove futile, no one can be sure, but we do know that she's trying; "It's all about the family," Palin said. "I'm wired in a way that I can take the criticism. I can take the shots. But any mother would want to protect their children from lies and scandalous reporting."

Do you think the press and media 'has it out' for Palin? Do you see this so-called 'sensitivity' as a plot to gain support, as Steinhorn says?

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