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Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState, broke some news this morning.  He reported that Gov. Sarah Palin’s teleprompter malfunctioned last night during her speech- therefore leaving her no choice but to “wing” portions of it [or look down at her hard copy] in order to deliver the rest of her remarks. [smooth]

But wait!  Politico reporter Jonathan Martin, who sat an “eye shot” away from the teleprompter, quickly rebutted Erickson’s story. [I call Moose Sh*t]

Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”

Which is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.

Erickson writes that “the Teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks. As a result, half way through the speech, the speech had scrolled significantly from where Gov. Palin was in the speech.”

This claim has been picked up on Drudge and could quickly enter into the insta-mythmaking about a speech that need not be embroidered.

But I was sitting in the press section next to the stage, within easy eyeshot of the Teleprompter. I frequently looked up at the machine, and there was no serious malfunction. A top convention planner confirms this morning that there were no major problems.

Erickson, of course, shot back.

The Politico, which hasn’t exactly had a track record of accurate reporting, contradicts the broken teleprompter story.

Round #1 goes to J-Mart on this one – only because his post leads the RedState post with nearly 50 more comments.

Stay tuned …