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Sarah Palin's new Twitter page is a mess

Posted by andreaitis on November 10, 2009

This is Sarah Palin’s brain on Twitter.   If it looks like a cluttered mess, don’t adjust that dial — you’re seeing it properly.  And that blank white space in the middle?  Oh, yeah, that’s where the thoughts are supposed to be.

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You can follow the former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate at  twitter.com/sarahpalinusa.

Who knows, maybe she’ll retweet @SenJohnMcCain

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T/S Exclusive: Tea Party leader Mark Williams responds to earring controversy

Posted by andreaitis on September 16, 2009

I’ve been investigating right-wing Tea Party leader and talk show regular Mark Williams.  Oh, not about him calling President Obama an “Indonesian Muslim” or “welfare thug” or “racist in chief.”    No, there are plenty of other people covering that.

I’ve been looking into a tip from a True/Slant member suggesting there’s  a liberal side to this ultra-conservative.

The question posed:  Does Mark Williams wear an earring?

I did some research and followed the leads.   And then I sent Mark Williams a message on Facebook.

He responded less than 12 hours later:

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Confirmation, straight from the source.   Right-winger Mark Williams has what many would call a lefty-liberal ‘lobe, a pierced ear adorned with an onyx stud.

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Now that we’re Facebook friends, I sent Mark a couple of follow-up questions asking when and why.

Investigative journalism lives on.

THIS JUST IN:

My new bFf  (best Facebook friend) Mark Williams just responded with the complete story behind his pierced ear.

I asked: when, why and is there any significance to the onyx stud?

He answered: 20 years ago on an alcohol-induced dare from a “sweet young thing,” and the onyx stud was a gift from his wife Holly (who pointed out the earring in the picture is actually his sapphire).

The best info, tho, is that Mark Williams also has a turquoise Thunderbird earring that he wore to Vegas when his wife had a role in a David Cassidy video.

Hmm.  Ultra-conservative outspoken Obama-hating Tea Party leader Mark Williams is not sounding all that conservative right about now.

Here are the actual Facebook messages:

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I believe my work here is done.

  • Do you know how to set up LinkedIn so my blog shows on there? I activated Blog link but it only seems to be pulling in other people’s blogs instead of my own.
  • I now have a Blackberry. Can we try to set it up so I can upload to True/Slant from it.
  • Is  there a way to protect my photos so they aren’t “stolen.” So I can at least get credit for the photos I’m taking and posting on the blog. I wasn’t sure if there was a way to watermark them or imbed them.
  • What is the best way to set up posts on a timer. I’m writing at odd hours that aren’t always the best for traffic views.

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Is ultra-conservative right-wing Tea Party leader Mark Williams wearing an earring?

Posted by andreaitis on September 15, 2009

We’re a small team here at True/Slant, and like most startups that means everyone has a couple of jobs (at least).  For example, you’re looking at the entire help desk.   Now, most help desk emails have a question about the site, how something works or (ack) isn’t working.  Last night, though, I got an email with a clear and plaintive cry for help:

I saw Mark Williams on MSNBC tonight and I swear he was wearing an earring.  I’ve exhausted all online searches and I’m begging you to please help me.  I MUST know if this douche bag wears an earring.  I don’t know why this is important but it is!!!
Sincerely,
Vicki

Mark Williams is a familiar face on the cable news circuit, appearing regularly on MSNBC, CNN and Fox.   He is Vice Chairman of Our Country Deserves Better Political Action Committee, and can politely be described as a rabid ultra-conservative Obama-hater.  Or, as he would say, “right.”

Not someone you’d expect to show up with an earring.   But, ever the helpful help desk, I poked around for some evidence to properly answer Vicki’s question.

MarkWilliamsHeadshot2I first looked at Mark’s bio picture on ourcountrydeservesbetter.com.  First thing I noticed was that the picture’s cropped so you can’t see his left earlobe.  That’s odd, I thought.  Odd and curious.  He’s Vice Chairman of this PAC and a) chooses a picture that shows him on an MSNBC talk show, and 2) we can’t see his left ear.  I have to assume when he actually appeared on MSNBC that they did, in fact, include his left ear in the shot.  So it’s even more unusual that I can’t see it here.

Next, I looked at Mark’s bio pic on his own site marktalk.com.  This picture’s smaller and the mark williams marktalk 9-15-2009 12-05-52 PMangle isn’t ideal but you can pretty much see his left earlobe.  Nothing  glinting, sparkling or dangling, though.  His earlobe appears to be unadorned.  But, with the size and the angle and the possibility of photoshopping I’m not completely confident I have Vicki’s answer.

mark williams cnn 9-15-2009 11-23-35 AMI then pulled up video of Mark’s CNN appearance on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 last night (when they had their memorable war of words).

Stop. the. presses.  There it is!  A clear shot of his left ear, and lo and behold there’s something on it.   This is a shot from CNN, though, and we know the left will stop at nothing to bury the right.  I must maintain my objective perspective, even in light of this earlobe evidence.  I need another source to verify.

That takes me to Google (of course).  Google Images, to be specific.  After digging thromark williams 2 9-15-2009 11-59-08 AMugh pics of other people named  Mark Williams, I found it.  A second source.   A clear image, the right angle, and confirmation that there is, in fact, something that looks like an earring on this ultra-conservative’s left ear.

Could it be?

Mark Williams describes himself on his own website as “a long time ‘activist’ radio talk show host, TV news personality and writer.”   The quote marks around activist are his own.  Is that some kind of secret hippie code?  Could it simply be a birthmark?  Or, um, birthermark?

Vicki, I can tell you that you did indeed see something on Mark Williams’ ear.  I can’t yet tell you what it is.  For that, I’ve gone to the source.  I’ve just sent Mark Williams a Facebook message asking him: earring or birthmark?

I’ll let you know when I hear back.

helpfully yours,

andrea @ the true/slant help desk

UPDATE: 
Mark Williams responds to the earring controversy via Facebook

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