Feb 14, 2013

Palin, Al Jazerra Story; you can make this stuff up


Most of us are acquainted with the odd story about various press commentators using The Onion or other satirical sites as sources for their stories, something that causes considerable embarrassment to them.  Washington Post has just done the same thing with a post from the Daily Currant claiming that Sarah Palin had joined Al Jazerra as a host: 
The former vice presidential nominee confirmed today that she has signed a multi-million dollar deal to host her own shows and to provide commentary on United States issues for Al Jazeera, which is best known for its news coverage of the Middle East.After leaving Fox News, Palin said she was hoping to reach a broader audience with her message. 
When contacted by phone, Palin said Al Jazeera - with its extensive international network - offered her the best opportunity to broadcast to millions of people.“As you all know, I’m not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general,” Palin said. 
“But I met with the folks at Al-JaJizzraa (sic) and they told me they reach millions of devoutly religious people who don’t watch CBS or CNN. That tells me they don’t have a liberal bias.”
The Post has since pulled the item.  It seems that it was just too good a story to screw up with fact checks.
Meanwhile, Business Insider has labeled Palin’s tweets in response (above) a ‘rant.’

Former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin ranted at The Washington Post and reporter Suzi Parker this afternoon, after Parker reported that she was joining Al Jazerra based on a fake story from a satirical website. 
Palin recently parted ways with Fox News, where she has been a contributor for three years with the network. The Daily Currant, a satirical website, published a piece on Feb 4 that said she was headed to Al Jazeera. Parker fell for the piece, which the WaPo later updated with a correction at the top of her post.
Reading through them gives the impression that she was having a little fun at the expense of the correspondent.

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