When Sarah Palin was announced as the vice presidential candidate in 2008, the nation was hit with suspicions out of Alaska that her newborn Trig was not really her baby, that she was covering up for her daughter Bristol.
Then we learned Bristol was pregnant and was about to become a single, unwed mother anyway, which kind of put the story to rest.
Well, now the story has reemerged. A journalism professor at Northern Kentucky University named Brad Scharlott has written what Salon describes as a "29-page academic-style paper" called "Palin, the Press, and the Fake Pregnancy Rumor: Did a Spiral of Silence Shut Down the Story?"
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This article looks at what American journalists knew, and when they knew it, concerning the fake birth rumor -- and it finds there was insufficient evidence for the press to conclude that Palin was telling the truth about Trig.
Scharlott suggests that this one massive hoax -- that Palin was never pregnant, and that the baby is indeed Bristol's. He even includes photos that purport to show Palin's flat stomach during the time that she was supposed to be pregnant.
Business Insider said other "evidence" presented includes the "leisurely" 20-hour trip home that Palin took after she supposedly went into labor in Texas, the refusal of the hospital where Trig was supposedly born to confirm the birth, and "strange" statements from Palin's doctor and the McCain campaign.
Here is a link to the entire paper if you want to read it.