The rebuttal has been posted on Conservatives4Palin, which posted the following response from Meghan Stapleton on the Palin Facebook page:
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.
Later on, the Palins themselves put out the following short statement of denial:
Because the thing is this is the sort of story that's spreading on the lefty blogs, and then it gets pushed into the comments of other blogs, and then it leaves a Nice Innocent Good-Intended Helluva Guy like me not knowing what to do-- do I inform people of what is being claimed on the internet, but at the risk of spreading what seems to be a dubious scam? Or do I censor it, where people then debate it in the comments (they've all seen it) but I pretend on the main page I'm oblivious to it?
Anyway, with the denial out there, not big thing in mentioning it.
Fortunately, the mainstream media was skeptical enough to wait, and now they're publishing the truth as well. Most notably, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and United Press International are publishing the denials. And I wouldn't doubt that the Anchorage Daily News' Sheila Toomey isn't frantically rewriting her Sunday Alaska Ear column even as you read this. Click HERE for the results of a Google news search of the phrase "Sarah Palin divorce" (without the quotes)
KTVT Channel 11 in Dallas reports that Sarah Palin's attorney, Thomas Van Flein, told CBS News on Saturday August 1st that the report of a divorce is "categorically false", and also debunked any reports of a land buy in Montana. Another Palin attorney, Robert Barnett, also told CBS News that the divorce rumors were "totally untrue."
Alaska Report didn't originate the information, but they got suckered by the so-called "Alaskan Team Truther" bloggers, and got burned. Why these progressive bloggers can't let go of Sarah Palin now that she's gone, and want to actually give free publicity to her is inexplicable. But progressives never allow the truth to get between them and a good story. They're like left-wing versions of Hal Turner.