Enquirer: Palin announced Bristol’s pregnancy because the Enquirer was about to reveal it

(A follow-up to this entry, discussing the full-length Enquirer article, is posted here.)

Here is a preview of a story in the National Enquirer that reveals the background of Sarah Palins’ announcement of her daughter Bristol’s pregnancy:


Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to quietly have her daughter Bristol get married before news of her pregnancy leaked out, the NATIONAL ENQUIRER is reporting exclusively in its new issue.

Palin planned for the wedding to take place right after the Republican National Convention and then she was going to announce the pregnancy.

But Bristol, 17, refused to go along with the plan and that sparked a mother-daughter showdown over the failed cover-up.

The ultra-conservative governor’s announcement about her daughter’s pregnancy came hours after The ENQUIRER informed her representatives and family members of Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol’s child, that we were aware of the pregnancy and were going to break the news.

In a preemptive strike Palin released the news, creating political shockwaves.

The ENQUIRER has also learned that Palin’s family is embroiled in a vicious war that is now exposing her darkest secrets, threatening to destroy her political career.

Palin’s ongoing war with her ex brother-in-law Mike Wooten, a state trooper, has caused multiple sources to come forward with shocking allegations about the governor.

Details of those allegations, the family feud, and Palin’s attempt to cover up her teen daughter’s pregnancy are in the new issue of The ENQUIRER.

Apparently the full story is only available in the print version of this week’s Enquirer. But the Enquirer’s online preview provides a coherent fact pattern which makes a lot more sense than the official story we’ve been given so far.

Here are the basic facts according to the Enquirer.

  1. Gov. Palin urged that Bristol and her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, get married right after the Republican convention. According to Palin’s plan, after the wedding had taken place, Palin would announce both the wedding and the pregnancy. The public would not know about the pregnancy before or during the convention; by the time the public learned of the pregnancy, Bristol and Levi would be husband and wife. Thus the public, and particularly conservatives, would have been spared the experience of having shoved in its face an out-of-wedlock pregnancy in the vice presidential candidate’s family.

  2. But Bristol would not agree to her mother’s plan that she marry Levi after the convention. They had a fight about it.

  3. At this point the Enquirer informed the Palins and the Johnstons that they were going to publish the truth about Bristol’s pregnancy (which could not have been hard to learn, since apparently Bristol’s pregnancy is well known in Wasilla).

  4. To prevent the threatened tabloid disclosure, Sarah and Todd Palin released a statement to the press to the effect that Bristol was pregnant and that she was going to marry Levi. Further, to avoid revealing that the purpose of the announcement was to head off embarrassing disclosure of the truth of Bristols’ pregnancy by the National Enquirer, the Palins used a false cover story that the purpose of the announcement was to disprove the charge by a Daily Kos blogger that Bristol was the real mother of Trig.

If the above rendition is accurate, there is reason to believe that Bristol has not agreed to marry Levi, since she fought against her mother’s earlier proposal that she marry him, and the story gives no indication that she changed her mind. In other words, far from agreeing to marry, she has refused to marry. Therefore the announced wedding is a fiction, and my previous skeptical characterization of the wedding as the “supposed” wedding was correct. Levi and Bristol do not want and do not plan to marry.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Bristol and Levi, in the aftermath of the Enquirer’s discovery of the pregnancy, changed their minads and agreed to marry, and that they will marry. Here I am simply deriving a fact pattern from the Enquirer’s summary.

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Rachael S. writes:

You write:

“If the above rendition is accurate, there is reason to believe that Bristol has not agreed to marry Levi, since she fought against her mother’s earlier proposal that she marry him, and the story gives no indication that she changed her mind.”

Or it may be that Bristol didn’t want a hurry-up wedding, but one with guests, dress, cake, and most importantly the dress; so she wanted to wait until after the baby was born. What a brat.

LA replies:


I guess I’ll have to pick up the print version of the Enquirer to see the whole story. (Note: The full-length print version of the aritlcle, which contains further important informaton, is discussed here.)

Rachael replies:
We may all be buying the Enquirer now instead of the Post or the Times! More fun and more credible. :)

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