Sarah Palin meets the Streisand effect

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Most of you are familiar with the term, but for those who are not, Wikipedia describes the Streisand effect thusly: “… the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.”

Want examples? There was this one I wrote about involving Circuit City and Mad Magazine. And another about a San Francisco TV station that got bamboozled after a plane crash.

Then there’s this classic yesterday from

Sarah Palin agreed in December to pay a New Jersey newspaper $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over her campaign's unauthorized use of an iconic photograph of firefighters hoisting the American flag on 9/11 — but the deal remains stalled over the former GOP vice presidential candidate's insistence on confidentiality, according to court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

According to the documents, William Dunnegan, the attorney for North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record of Bergen County, says that on Dec. 22, 2014 -- four days after the two sides agreed in principle to settle the case -- lawyers for SarahPac, Palin's campaign organization, "asserted that there must be a broad confidentiality clause."

Not that it matters any more, politically speaking, but her people were apparently concerned that Palin might be perceived as being reasonable.

Too late.

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