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Are Todd and Sarah Palin really getting a divorce?

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Are Todd and Sarah Palin really getting a divorce?

Republican vice-presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin exchange a smile while speaking with members of the media after casting their votes on November 4, 2008 in Wasilla, Alaska.

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Question: Are Todd and Sarah Palin really getting a divorce?
A week after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stepped down from her post, the Internet began buzzing with "news" that she and her husband, Todd, (a.k.a. the "First Dude") were planning to get divorced. Is this true?
Answer: No.

According to a post by Meg Stapleton on former Gov. Sarah Palin's facebook page, there are no truth to the rumors -- and rumors is all they are.
Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).

Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to “quit making things up.” We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.

Meg Stapleton
This supposed blockbuster news story apparently originated on Aug. 1, 2009 at the anti-Palin site, AlaskaReport.com, which alleged that it received "confirmed" the story from "multiple Wasilla sources" including "a former Palin staffer." The article also cited previous "news" stories by the National Enquirer that allege the Palins have each had extra-marital affairs.

As if to legitimize the story, the site also offers photos depicting Palin without her wedding ring along with speculation from the MSNBC, which reported that the Palins separated from one another immediately after her farewell speech on July 26, 2009.

AlaskaReport.com is operated by CNN correspondent Dennis Zaki -- which should give conservatives more reasons to question that network's "news" coverage.

Although most major media outlets ignored the story at first, the great amount of Internet buzz soon made a legitimate story necessary to either corroborate or debunk the rumors.

The more mainstream journalists investigated the tall tale, the more it became clear that Palin was not seeking a divorce from her husband. As she told Stacy McCain, who posted it to her blog, "Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd? I may be just a renegade hockey mom, but I'm not blind!"

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