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Claim: Photograph shows Alaska governor Sarah Palin posing in a U.S. flag bikini while holding a rifle.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2008]
Origins: It's an unfortunate aspect of modern life that
Alaska governor Sarah Palin quickly became the object of such attention when Senator John McCain selected her as his running mate for the 2008 presidential election. The image displayed above, of a bikini-wearing, rifle-toting Sarah Palin, began circulating on the Internet within days of the announcement that she had been tapped for the vice-presidential spot on the 2008 Republican ticket. It's purely a digital manipulation, however, created by pasting an image of her head onto this original photo (of a bikini-clad woman holding a
Another widely circulated photograph is this putative pose of Governor Palin in a short skirt and high heels (which has also been fashioned as a Playboy cover):
It, too, is a fake, one similarly created by clipping the head of Sarah Palin from the photograph below and pasting it onto someone else's body shot:
Likewise, much attention was paid to a supposed nude shot of a much younger Sarah Palin, seen at the bottom center of this Chinese newspaper article:
This picture is a double fake. It's not a photograph of Sarah Palin; it's an image that has long been circulated as a picture of actress Julia
Last updated: 2 September 2008
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