Palin’s Hairdresser Was For the Times Story Before She Was Against It

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Sarah Palin and her hair. Photo: Getty Images

The latest skirmish between Team Sarah Palin and the liberal, authenticity-despising East Coast media that hates her revolves around the mystery of Palin's thinning hair. In a July 12 New York Times article chronicling the events that led to Palin's eventual resignation, Jim Rutenberg and Co. reported that Palin had been so stressed out that "[h]er hair had thinned to the point where she needed emergency help from her hairdresser and close friend, Jessica Steele." That would be an interesting insight into the pressures Palin was facing ... if it were true! So claims Steele herself in a barrage of tweets over recent days.

On the afternoon of July 13, Twitter user Sally Ryland asked Steele what she had told the paper she refers to as the "NYSlimes." Steele, on the defensive, replied, "Sarah Palin's hair was stressed out and 'emergency' fixed by using NANO works by Pureology! NOT thinning out!" Since then it's been all thinning hair, all the time on Steele's Twitter feed. Today, in her most recent tweet, Steele calls it a "media myth" that Palin needed emergency treatment. "I never said this the NYTs [sic] did," she contends. But Times spokeswoman Diane McNulty tells us that Steele had initially been pretty pleased with the article. "Kim Severson, the reporter who interviewed Jessica Steele at some length in her salon for the article, received an e-mail from her early on July 13 saying, 'Thank you so much for the article!! It was perfect!'" McNulty e-mailed us today. "In several later conversations, she confirmed that view. Therefore, we believe our reporting is accurate." Hmmm. Interesting how "perfect" can quickly become flawed and then outright fraudulent after some peer pressure from the Twitterverse.