Palin’s Inflammatory Ghostwriter Traffics in Bizarre Gay Stereotypes

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue: An American Life, was ghostwritten by World magazine features editor Lynn Vincent. On the surface, the selection of Vincent seemed curious but Vincent’s extremist views on a wide variety of topics are much the same as Palin’s views.

Lynn Vincent has a long record of inflammatory attacks on Democrats and liberals. But greatest contempt is saved for the gay community. Vincent has likened gay people to communists and writes that homosexuality is a mental disorder. In her many columns for World, Vincent has authored several pieces on gay rights issues in which she derided gay men and lesbians as “abnormal and deviant.” Vincent even went so far as to lament the American Psychiatric Association’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

It is curious that Oprah Winfrey, herself a pro gay, liberal Democrat — wasted no time booking Sarah Palin as a guest on her long running TV show and who is usually well prepared vis a vis literary matters, failed to ask Palin about her choice of Lynn Vincent? Perhaps, neither Winfrey or her staff was aware of Vincent’s controversial beliefs about gays and lesbians? On the other hand, at this point in Winfrey’s career, it no longer matters? Peddling fluff with the least amount of controversy to stay-at-home moms translates best to high ratings?

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27 Responses to Palin’s Inflammatory Ghostwriter Traffics in Bizarre Gay Stereotypes

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    It could be Oprah fears she might be outed as a lesbian? I mean, she and Gay-le have been a couple for years. It was Gay-le’s close relationship with Oprah that led to her divorce. I know people say that Oprah and Gay-le are just best friends, sisters, etc., but if they’re not a couple then I’m a Republican.

  2. Scott Dancer says:

    Palin is said to have reviewed the names of more than 30 ghostwriters before selecting Lynn Vincent to pen her “autobiography” for her. The choice was Palin’s and not Harpers Collins as some on the right have suggested.

    In addition to the offense crap about gays dripping from Vincent’s poison pen, she also collaborated with a writer who has ties to the Aryan Nation. His name is Robert Stacy McCain (no relation to John McCain) on their hit piece targeting the Democratic party called, “Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party.”

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, huh?

  3. feminazi says:

    I must be living under a rock. I’ve never heard of the magazine ‘World’ and I’ve never heard of Lynn Vincent. She sounds like a real piece of work. As far as Oprah booking Sarah Palin as a guest, personally, I think she should be ashamed of herself. She won’t book Chris Brown because he beat Rihanna but she booked a former governor whose policies beat thousands in her home state?

  4. Gleneagle says:

    I blame Sen. John McCain.

    Had his ridiculous 2008 campaign not dragged this stupid bitch out of Alaska and thus shined the spot light of popular culture on her, she would still be in Juneau or Wasilla grilling moose meat for dinner.

  5. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    I wouldn’t mind nailin’ Palin from behind.

    Toss her over a recliner and ride her up and down the Yukon. Sumpin’ tells me Todd isn’t taking care of business the way he ought to.

    Palin seems ready to explode.

  6. Walk on Socks says:

    Lynn Vincent is the loon who said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that “gays are the reason for the moral and cultural decline of American society.”

    I’m sure someone can find the exact quote.

    It’s a shame that Oprah Winfrey decided to give Palin a platform to spew her garbage. It’s clear this book was nothing more than her chance to get even with the McCain campaign.

  7. McDaddy says:

    Criticizing Sarah Palin is great, although she manages to make a fool of herself. Rarely do we hear pundits say that choosing Palin as a running mate was the stupidest decision in recent history.

    Rarely will you hear that this decision speaks to McCain’s judgment, which takes us all the way back to his time in prison. In other words, did his stint in prison permanently affect his judgment?

    I think we are reluctant to criticize him because he survived as a prisoner in Vietnam, because he runs the rap about being a maverick Republican, thinking that “Well, he’s not as bad as other Republicans.” The other reason is sexism. There is a lot of sexism on the left, and this is an example of it.

  8. Harry says:

    I agree with the above poster. Why isn’t McCain’s judgment or lack of judgment ever mentioned? It was his campaign who made Palin famous.

  9. Brigadoon says:

    Palin lied about the oil deals she signed with EXXON too. As if we needed any more evidence that this book is the foundation for a future White House run. I am at a loss to understand why so many in the GOP sees her a viable national candidate.

  10. Abby Peripatetic says:

    Christopher — This post is heating up Salon today!

    Nearly 800 views so far and it isn’t noon! It is very curious encountering the profile of people — usually conservative men, who feel the need to defend Palin against her challengers.

    Maybe if Palin got her facts correct some of the time, she wouldn’t need defenders?

    Anyway, good work and keep ‘em coming!

  11. In the “real” America, heterosexual people can feel superior to homosexual people. In our America, we’re creating new businesses and technologies, getting married (recognized or not), and living life.

    Standing for the losers of the world, i.e. those who blame their problems on people who are different, doesn’t seem like a strategy that can win a majority.

  12. Matteo says:

    Great post, Christopher.

    Like feminazi. I had never heard of Lynn Vincent before this but then again, I’m not up on all the radical, rightwing, homophobes.

    Here’s a little gem. Even Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says Sarah Palin is truth-challenged.

    McCain denied to The Hill his former running mate’s “allegation that his campaign stuck her with a $50,000 legal bill to pay for the cost of vetting her as a potential vice presidential candidate.”

    “McCain said the bill was for legal work related to allegations that Palin made improper use of her influence as Alaska’s governor to press for the dismissal of a state trooper.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/67969-mccain-palin-legal-bill-was-for-troopergate

  13. Tiny Dancer says:

    Palin told Barbara Walters she that rated President Obama a “4” on a scale of 10.

    Strange coming from a woman who as mayor of the Wasilla, left the town with a $20 million deficit and as governor of Alaska, quit her job to find the pot of gold in the national spotlight. She’s a dope.

  14. Estacada says:

    Let’s hope she’s the GOP’s candidate for 2012 and 2016.

    If so, the Democrats should have no trouble controlling the presidency for decades to come.

  15. DMason says:

    Palin, Palin, Palin, Palin, Palin. Why does this birdbrain command the attention of the media and the blogoshere? She’s a liar and a dullard and not the least bit interesting to me. In fact, I wish she would go away — forever.

  16. Rachel says:

    Bill Hussein O’Reilly – As usual, you are a pig. But your comment is emblematic of what a lot of straight men say about Palin. They find her attractive and doable. I don’t get it. The voice alone is a total turn off for me.

  17. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    This straight but not narrow man doesn’t find Sarah Palin hot. In fact, she strikes me as high maintenance and a pain in the ass.

    Sorry to mess up the averages but I like some smarts.

  18. Prairiedog says:

    I turn the channel when Palin comes on.

    It’s as bad as when Bush was in office. I feel my blood pressure rise and my head start to hurt so avoiding any contact with the former Alaska governor is the way I cope.

  19. VicoDANIEL says:

    Palin was vehemently opposed to an effort to pass an Alaska state non-discrimination law to protect LGBT resident of the state in housing, employment and credit.

    She warbled some shit about the proposed being a hardship on business.

    Of course, the irony is, Palin’s uncle is gay and he lives in Anchorage with his same-sex partner. But he can be kicked out of his apartment, or fired from his job solely based on sexual orientation.

    And we should be surprised Palin chose Lynn Vincent to ghostwrite her book? Puhleese.

    vicodaniel1987@yahoo.com

  20. the incessant blather on Palin this week is truly mind blowing – you would think all is right with thee world. today on Morning Douchebag, the head douchebag himself couldnt stop fawning over the woman. then gayle king appeared and talked about how Princess Moosecrap was so ‘charming’ and that Oprah didnt do it for the ratings

  21. Randy Arroyo says:

    When I see Sarah Palin, I’m reminded of the Mark Twain quote, “When fascism arrives in America, it’ll be wrapped in the flag and carrying the bible.” She is dangerous and not to be trusted. I hope Americans are wise about this woman and reject her should she run for president.

  22. Fran says:

    Fuck Palin & the moose she rode in on. I resent her getting free advertising & air time at all.
    Please… she even dragged the kids along (but not the “retarded one”)… what is her middle daughter’s name–Pistol? “I think it would be cool if my Mom were president.”
    Piper was hesitant to answer… she was all made up like Shirley Temple with make up…. she looked like she wanted to say Hell No! I’ve been through enough crap with this loser family.

  23. HalfGay says:

    I am still too upset at Oprah to even comment. Man, she even apologized to Tyson’s ex because of that interview. Maybe there is some hope???

  24. Conejo1982 says:

    The reason Oprah weighs 300lbs. is she’s unhappy living a closeted, repressed life of a lesbian, afraid to go public about her relationship with Gayle King.

    No wonder she didn’t ask Palin about her choice of Lynn Vincent to co-write her stupid book.

    Maybe one day Oprah will come out and she will be happy and thin again.

  25. Adirondacky says:

    Let’s not forget that Sarah Palin is a member of the right wing church that claims that gays can be cured through prayer. As if being gay needs a remedy? This is a peculiar woman and her hold on conservatives as well as a number of disenfranchised Hillary Clinton supporters still angry at the outcome of the 2008 election, is something I can’t fathom. When I hear liberal women say they would vote for Palin, I know something is terribly amiss.

  26. HalfGay says:

    I wonder if we could take her church’s lead and think of prayer to cure the nation of Palin??

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