Sarah Palin accuses the AP of doing 'opposition research' in fact check

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) went after the Associated Press on Sunday, accusing them of engaging in "opposition research" in fact-checking her forthcoming book.

Palin blasted the AP's fact check of her new book, "Going Rogue," which says the former governor had gone rogue with some of the facts.

"Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards."

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"We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, 'fact checking' research!" Palin continued. "Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hassan's associations, etc."

The AP fact check said, among other things, that Palin's book at times misrepresents her record as a governor and GOP vice presidential candidate. Among the elements of the fact check, released Friday, were reports that Palin was not exactly frugal as a traveler while governor, that she did not raise money from small donors as she'd written, and that she had opposed the government bailouts for the financial industry during the height of the campaign.

Palin has long made a habit of blasting the media for what she claims have been unfair or erroneous reports. She directed readers to what she said was a more accurate portrayal of her book at a website run by her conservative supporters.

"As always, they did a great job holding some of the media accountable for spreading more misinformation and for making things up," she said.

The Associated Press employs roughly 4,100 journalists around the globe.