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Todd Palin Had an Affair, According to the National Enquirer

The House of Palin is crumbling, at least if you're willing to believe the most notorious liars in media, the National Enquirer, who report today that Todd Palin, the famed "First Dude" and father of five, cheated on Sarah Palin, potential presidential hopeful, with a "female massage therapist who was busted for prostitution!" Shailey Tripp, the woman in question, does at the very least exist in Wasilla, Alaska, but beyond that, the tabloid's tip comes from an anonymous email address, thepalinmorals@hotmail.com, who writes: "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." Could it be?

Probably not, but here's more from the Enquirer's online tease for their print issue (buy the issue, they say!):

"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."

An ENQUIRER investigation has confirmed Tripp, 36, was arrested on March 4, 2010 in Anchorage and charged with maintaining a house of prostitution.

Tripp pleaded no contest on June 13, 2010 with sentencing set for June 15, 2011. She agreed to complete 80 hours of volunteer service, not post advertisements on CraigsList and pay a fine of $500. If she meets with these conditions, Tripp can withdraw her plea at the sentencing hearing and the case will be dismissed, records show.

The only cred the Enquirer has, especially when it comes to political affairs, is left over from the John Edwards and Rielle Hunter nonsense, which to be fair, they owned months before any legitimate media outlet. But by now, with countless miscues in between, that should be wearing thin, especially considering it's the same publication that pushed a Barack Obama affair only to retract the report right away. How long can we really hold out hope that nailing Edwards was a savvy act of journalism that could be repeated and not a broken clock being right? (Though that is supposed to happen twice a day...)

The bottom line is that Sarah Palin moves units: viral videos, Dancing With the Stars, Fox News and, apparently, on the newsstand too. It's a perfect time to have her on the cover, no matter the coverage. If the Enquirer happened to be right about Todd Palin, for them it'd likely just be icing on the cake.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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