Thursday, August 6, 2009



Jesse Griffin, the Alaska blogger who Saturday claimed in an "exclusive" report that Todd and Sarah Palin were divorcing, will no longer work as an Anchorage kindergarten teaching assistant, school officials confirmed Wednesday.

Griffin's resignation followed revelations that the 49-year-old Griffin had posted (under the alias "Gryphen") sexually explicit advocacy of pornography and masturbation on his "Immoral Minority" blog. (See "Give Jesse Enough Rope" WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE.)

Because Griffin's MySpace profile page featured a link to "Immoral Minority," that material -- as well as other vulgar content, including descriptions of former Gov. Palin as "a nasty b*tch" who wore "f*** me pumps" -- could have been accessed by anyone searching online for "Jesse Griffin" in Anchorage. (See "Jesse Griffin: Disturbing Revelations," by Dan Riehl.)

Investigative blogger Dan Riehl on Wednesday spoke by phone with Anchorage school district officials who seemed to have been previously unaware of the graphic content on Griffin's "Immoral Minority" site. (See "Jesse Griffin: Latest Developments," by Dan Riehl. )

Riehl was interviewed Wednesday evening about the Griffin case on Eddie Burke's popular Anchorage KBYR radio program. Burke said on the program that school officials told him that Griffin had submitted his resignation and that the district had "no record of any inappropriate actions" by Griffin while he was employed at Trailside Elementary School in Anchorage.

"Sarah is finished with Todd and has decided to end their marriage," Griffin wrote at "Immoral Minority" Saturday morning, saying that "one of [his] best sources" had told him the Palins were divorcing. Griffin's story was immediately promoted by Dennis Zaki's "Alaska Report" site, which claimed that "multiple sources" had confirmed the report.

Jeanne Devon, an Anchorage Democratic activist who had previously blogged anonymously, also promoted Griffin's "exclusive" at the Huffington Post. As a result of this promotion, by Saturday afternoon Zaki's headline, "Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce," was the lead item at the popular Memeorandum political news site, even though it had already been officially denied by Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton.

Griffin wrote on his blog Wednesday, "I stand by every single word" of the original report, which accused Sarah Palin of attempting "to hide a broken relationship" with husband Todd.

Griffin blamed "the Palin team and their minions" for discovery of his "Gryphen" online alias, which he says resulted in death threats and harassment. During his KBYR interview, Riehl disparaged Griffin's credibility.

"Right now, the best I can tell, [Griffin] has 'bogus' written so much all over him it should be his middle name," Riehl said, adding that he had discovered "one lie after another" from Griffin.

Griffin wrote Wednesday at "Immoral Minority" that he had a "long career working with children in gymnasiums, camps, and various schools."

After revelations that Griffin had used his "Immoral Minority" site to advocate "self pleasure" and express his preference for amateur pornography, Griffin told his blog readers Wednesday: "I think what is truly frightening is how ready some people are to believe that just because you are a male who works with kids you must be a pervert. . . . The truth is that I have never even been accused of anything inappropriate with a child in my classroom, camp, or home. It has simply never happened."

Further updates are expected at RIEHL WORLD VIEW.


  1. Thank you, sir. There are times when nothing but the Joe Friday just-the-facts-ma'am method will do.

  2. Interesting that you made the connection to Jean Chilton Devon (The Mudflats) and her attempt to re-direct the criticism Griffin has rightly received.

    In a matter of days both you and Dan have exposed the misery which people like Griffin have been heaping on Gov Palin for nearly a year. None of the pro-Palin bloggers has been anywhere near as successful.

    Have a look at The Mudflats, Stacy.

  3. "Griffin wrote Wednesday at "Immoral Minority" that he had a "long career working with children in gymnasiums, camps, and various schools.""

    Is there some children's advocacy organization somewhere that could help pay for the costs of interviewing the children who've been exposed to this freak? I'm 100% serious about this. This guy is a dangerous pervert and sexually deviant sociopath. I know you guys want a scoop on this, but seriously, it's time to call the feds.

  4. Woah, well done. It's about time someone stopped these people from spreading bull about Palin. I know I should be stunned that the Mudflats crazy has a post on HuffPo, that almost seems too crazy for HuffPo. Well almost.

    Congrats on a great story.

  5. I think a move to Palm Springs is a definite career move for our "boy"!
    Oh! and what are "F**K me pumps" and does Gryffen think all footwear is just begging for it?

  6. Griffin blamed "the Palin team and their minions"

    Minion is a term for favourites or protégés, especially those of a monarch or prince at a royal court. Unlike a henchman or lackey, although of subordinate rank to his patron a minion is likely to be of noble birth or to be raised to the nobility, and is more of a companion and confidant to him than a servant or bodyguard.

    I think he thinks that means something other than what it does mean?

    In a way, he's complimented you and Sarah. Sarah as being royalty and you as a companion or confidant of nobility. Sort of like the Earl of Essex.

    BTW: Good work, You and Dan. Although I must say you had a lot of help from him.

  7. "Is there some children's advocacy organization somewhere that could help pay for the costs of interviewing the children who've been exposed to this freak? I'm 100% serious about this. This guy is a dangerous pervert and sexually deviant sociopath. I know you guys want a scoop on this, but seriously, it's time to call the feds."

    On what grounds? There is no evidence at all that he did anything even remotely untoward with any children, anywhere. Just assuming, because he's an older single guy, that he's a sexual sdeviant is dangerous, foolish, and completely wrong.

    Thinking like that is why children generally don't have close contact with a male authority figure (aside from their father, assuming they have one around) until they are nearing their teenaged years, which has caused untold damage to at least the past two generations of schoolchildren.

  8. Wanted to correct a possible misimpression (danged pronouns) when I said you had a lot of help from "him" I meant Griffin. I don't want you to think I thought you were riding Riehl's coattails or something.

    BTW google analytics and twitter are loading slow today and causing the site to take quite a bit of time to complete loading.

  9. So griffin is proud that he's "never been accused" of impropriety with a child. I hope this has never happened although his writing is highly disturbing. Thank you and thanks to Rheil for staying on this clown. If Griffin didn't want ot be outed than he shouldn't have made it so easy to figure out who he is. That tells me he has narcissistic tendencies and wanted to be discovered. He is gross and I'm glad he is out of a job.

  10. My first take on reading about this azzzzzhole was the oh so similar denial that so many perves toss out when the heat is on. A fellow from a neighborhood church was 'an upright citizen' and oh so wonderful for helping with kids, within the church groups and community. For years, my mother told us kids...."STAY AWAY FROM HIM". Turned out that it took ONE kid, years into his 'career' as an 'upright citizen' to tell their parents what was actually happening. The charges were investigated, other kids brought forth their experiences of being molested by this man. He went to trial, went to jail. And, my mom's 'gut feeling' was proven correct. I say, take the time and effort to investigate the connections in this fellows past history. See what's out there. And if 'gut feelings' prove correct? Charge him and put him on the hot seat.

  11. Sarah is undeniably smarter than her supporters.

  12. He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.

  13. Notice that there's a difference between "I've never been ACCUSED of anything inappropriate" and I've never DONE anything inappropriate. (emphasis mine)

    A statement I haven't read anywhere that he's made.

    But maybe I'm just channeling my inner 'shyster' and parsing his words too closely.

  14. "It has simply never happened."

    Funny, when the Palins' said this (almost the exact same words, too) about your nonsense report, Ol' Jess "stood by [his] sources".

    I wonder what he will think about those "multiple sources confirming" that he is lying about the lack of inappropriate contact with those kindergarten children.

    I read it on the Interwebs, so it MUST be true. Hell, just Google "Jesse Griffen", "Alaska" and "pedophile" if you don't believe me...

  15. What a horrible little man. We are not casting the first stone. We are assuming he is a man of his words and stands by them. He has no business being near kids of any age. A bad male role model is worse than none at all. You cannot live 2 lives and say that the blogger and teacher aren't the same man at some point.

  16. Will the MSM investigate this moron like they did Joe The Plumber? No they will not. I know I just love pointing out the obvious.

  17. No one in recent memory has been subjected to such a vicious, coordinated character assassination and media assault as Sarah Palin and her family. It's good to see at least one of her attackers receive some measure of justice. It also helps when her attackers forget to cover their Internet footprints when spreading lies about someone: fail-trolls for the win.

  18. God is good all the time.

    'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.'
    Deuteronomy 32:35