UPDATE AT END OF POST: More outlets spread the rumor, Huffington Post runs a poll.
The most recent symptom of Palin Derangement Syndrome has now been discovered in media members: speculating on whether or not the former Alaska governor has purchased breast implants.
The rumor started Tuesday on the liberal website Wonkette in a posting entitled, "Did Sarah Palin Buy Herself a Couple of Luxury Items?"
"We got a political news tip on our Facebook page from Wonkette operative 'Laura,'" the piece began.
"And, having just now checked our tipster's hunch with another woman (also, coincidentally, named 'Laura'), we can report with confidence that at least two people with experience in having breasts say that Sarah Palin sure looks like she was trotting out some new work at the horse races on Sunday."
Taking the bait was the Boston Herald Wednesday (h/t NBer Rusty Weiss, photo courtesy Reuters):
Hey Sarah Palin, I can see your cleavage from my house!
Alaska's former governor sported more Northern Exposure than usual at the Belmont Stakes race this weekend, sending the blogosphere into a tizzy, wondering whether Palin is exercising a woman's right to (bigger) boobs.
The Toronto Sun also swallowed the hook:
Has Sarah Palin added to her assets?
Rumours are swirling on the Internet that the former U.S. vice president candidate and Alaska governor has gotten breast implants recently.
Numerous websites have of course followed suit.
So what got all this started?
The following picture taken by a Reuters photographer on Saturday:
So some Wonkette reader sees a picture of Palin, sends a tip to that website's Facebook page saying it looks like the former Governor has gotten breast implants, and the rest is history.
The only question remaining is when the rest of the Palin haters in the media will jump on this story.
*****Update: not surprisingly, more outlets are beginning to spread this rumor.
The Huffington Post put on its front page, "PHOTOS: Did Sarah Palin Get Breast Implants?" This included a poll:
Fox TV in Boston actually asked people on the streets if they thought Palin had gotten implants: