Thursday, November 13, 2008

Palin not knowing about Africa was a hoax

This just shows you how messed up the media really is. They broadcasted a story that a McCain aide was saying that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent. Of course everyone believed it and all the 24 hour news outlets reported it. But yet again, they never stopped to check the legitimacy of the sources. This is shoddy reporting in all its glory.

The article below uncovers the truth. It was written by Richard Perez-Pena from the New York Times.

It was among the juicier post-election recriminations: Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.

Who would say such a thing? On Monday the answer popped up on a blog and popped out of the mouth of David Shuster, an MSNBC anchor. “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said.

Trouble is, Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist. His blog does, but it’s a put-on. The think tank where he is a senior fellow — the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy — is just a Web site. The TV clips of him on YouTube are fakes.

And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.

Read the rest of the article here.


At 1:39 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Interesting that Red friendly Fox News started the rumor, not some Blue friendly news network (insert palin wink here) and that Blue friendly NYTimes reported on the hoax ;) but i do think there is some truth to the distancing between mccain and palin, even if the media exaggerates it and believes the hoaxes. or it is true but noone wants to take credit for it and do political suicide - if that's the case, that's just cowardly, however it is politics!

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Yeah, I am really disappointed in Fox News and MSNBC for falling for a hoax like that. I wish the media would do their homework.

I also wish Palin would stop doing all of these interviews. She's not doing herself any favors. It always seems like her words get all jumbled up.

I think she is probably a smart lady but just comes across as an idiot because she can't ever seem to articulate herself well.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Plus, all we really know is that the story about the guy taking credit as "the leak" was a hoax. We don't know whether the leak itself was a hoax or not.


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