Friday, November 14, 2008

Palin Knows Africa

A few news organizations fell for a fake expert who fed them the idea that GOPVP candidate Sarah Palin thought Africa was a country, not a continent. A NYTimes article describes how this schmuck faked out Fox News, MSNBC, the LATimes, and a handful of others.

"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.

So what people know about Sarah Palin isn't as true as some of us, let's face it, wanted to believe. I always thought it kinda dumb that she would be, um, that dumb. I figured it was more a slip of the tongue kind of thing, not something like this, but either way it explains a post-election story that never rang quite true.


Tony Stephens said...

As much as she nerved me, I knew the Africa bit was too crazy to be true.

Ron Reagan--the dancing son, not the dad--has a quote in this weeks New Yorker about Ron Emanuel, where he compares professional dancers to politicians, saying that you can't fake your way in dancing. IN the old days, it was smoke filled rooms where careers were defamed, now it's smoke screens of a different sort, like YouTube. Conservative think tanks sure do love using Web 2.0 to create modern smoke screens that work to derail their opponents. Looks like this one came back to bite them in the end. NOt a good sign for the G.O.P.

Hollander said...

I don't think the Dems ever really got direct mail -- and they got creamed in the process. Today, I don't think the GOP gets Web 2.0, and look at the results.

John Arkwright said...

Judging the VP debate, I would bet on Biden to call Africa a country and to say that the FDR and the Taiwanese chased Hamas out of Africa in 1929.

But that is not important. We know Biden is a genius who merely cannot convey his deep intellect through the spoken word.

Mark my words. I guarantee it.