What are the chances the National Enquirer is right about another cheating scandal?
The media had fun with Al Gore’s alleged tryst with a massage therapist. Now it’s Todd Palin’s turn.
The Enquirer now alleges that Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, had an affair with a massage therapist in Wasilla, AK. The Enquirer claims that police have physical evidence that Palin had an affair with Shailey Tripp, a massage therapist recently arrested for running a prostitution house.
According to their online teaser –the full article will be in the paper on the newsstands– the Enquirer began looking into the story on January 4, when it and other media outlets received an email from “email@example.com” claiming Tripp had an affair with Todd, which eventually led to Tripp’s arrest in March 2010:
My sources reveal that a massage therapist and computer technologist, SHAILEY TRIPP, had an affair with Todd Palin that lead (sic) to her arrest March of 2010,” claimed the anonymous e-mail.
According to the tenants in the building of her offices, they saw Todd come and go often and heard noises that sounded like someone was having sex. It was the same tenants who called the police on her.
And, naturally, they followed up. Here’s what the paper’s investigation found:
- Documents showing that Tripp gave free massages to an anonymous person working on Sarah Palin’s gubernatorial campaign.
- A record of Tripp’s arrest for prostitution last March.
The Enquirer claims that there’s physical evidence “that could tie Todd” to Tripp but police confiscated it. The tabloid didn’t disclose when the alleged rendezvous took place.
So what we’ve got is an anonymous email citing anonymous secondary sources who say they heard something that “sounded like” sex; proof that a massage therapist was giving free massages to someone on the Palin campaign; and proof that this same therapist was arrested for prostitution.
Sounds like “just another day in Alaska, land of excitement,” but the National Enquirer, despite its tabloid reputation, has gained some credence in recent years, even being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for its coverage of John Edwards’ extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter.
The Palins have been hit with cheating rumors before but they’ve always vehemently denied the allegations. They had no comment on the Enquirer story. No doubt Fox News will be covering this like a tent just the way they did with the Al Gore story.