Perhaps the harshest critic of Gross’ article is conservative blogger Gina Loudon. Gross admitted to mistaking Loudon’s child, Samuel, who has Down syndrome with Palin’s two-year-old son, Trig, who also has Down syndrome. Loudon cites this mistake as evidence that Gross is not a credible journalist.
Loudon claims in her column that she met Gross backstage in Independence at a rally. She recounts an extensive conversation with the journalist on her blog. “After I explained which children were Todd and Sarah’s, and which were mine and my husband’s, Mr. Gross moved into a sinister line of questioning,” claims Loudon. She goes on to say, “The Palins were gracious enough to let Mr. Gross follow them for months backstage, behind the scenes, and in their private moments around their staff and friends and family, and this is how he thanks them?”
Gross responded on Vanity Fair’s website. “Let me state this as unequivocally as possible: Loudon’s accounts have no basis in reality. I do not mean simply that the facts are wrong—I mean that the episode did not occur. I have never met Gina Loudon.” He goes on to say that “It could be that Loudon spoke to another reporter that day, and that this is a case of mistaken identity. The other possibility is that Loudon has simply made everything up, inventing and publicizing a complete fabrication for her own purposes. It is either the one thing or the other.”
In a case of journalistic he-said-she-said, Palin fans are likely to believe Loudon while her critics will surely believe Gross.
Loudon’s column appears on Andrew Breitbart’s website, “Big Journalism.”
Andrew Breitbart was the conservative blogger who edited a speech from civil rights pioneer Shirley Sherrod, manipulating the video to look like she had denied a white farmer help because he was white. The speech, in its entirety was about uniting the working class across racial lines and Sherrod did indeed help that farmer.Breitbart was widely discredited.