Anonymous Eurobloggers Scoop LA Times on Sarah Palin's $93,000 Cal State Speech Bonanza

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Guess it was a $93,000 wink after all...
Soon, American political journalists will someday be replaced by:

A. Newswriting software

B. Twitter

C. Anonymous European hobbyists

Readers of a story from today's Los Angeles Times have reason to believe the answer is "C."

A Thursday Times story with the headline "Paliln to receive $75,000 for Cal State Stanislaus appearance sources say" is actually a retread from a post on the website "Palingates," run by anonymous anti-Palinists living in Europe.

The site on Monday ran a story, based on anonymous sources, titled: "Sarah Palin's secret speaking fee revealed: CSU Stanislaus foundation pays Sarah Palin a fee of $75,000 plus $18,000 expenses."

The anonymous offshore bloggers' information apparently checked out for the Times.

To wit:

The sources, who have seen the contract for the appearance -- at Cal State Stanislaus, in Turlock -- said it calls for $75,000 plus expenses for Palin's hotel, air fare and travel. But the former governor's travel has not been booked yet and the exact cost of expenses is still to be determined, said the sources, who said they wished to remain anonymous because they did not have permission to speak about the contract. Palin is receiving the fee in two payments of $37,500 each, one of which has already been paid, the sources said.

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