February 12, 2013

Sarah Palin is attempting to keep herself in the spotlight, despite her abysmal approval ratings in her own state of Alaska, writes reporter Suzi Parker in the Washington Post:

Four years ago, Palin was the superstar of the Republican Party. She was a fierce fundraiser and a lightening rod for the tea party. Then, the reality television and fame bugs bit her and her family hard. From “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” to daughter Bristol appearing on “Dancing With The Stars,” you half-expected the family to appear next in a mayonnaise commercial.

Heh heh, pretty funny stuff. Not quite as funny, say, as the horrendously stupefying mistake Parker included in an earlier version of the piece about Palin taking a job with Al Jazeera America. As Politico pointed out:

Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network,” the Post’s Suzi Parker writes today in a post on the She The People blog, titled “Sarah Palin’s plan to reach ‘millions of devoutly religious people’ through al-Jazeera.”

Sadly, it wasn’t true. As a correction affixed to the top of the post points out now:

CORRECTION:  An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin had signed on as a contributor to the Al Jazeera America news network. The blogger cited a report on the Daily Currant Web site as the basis for that information without realizing that the piece was satirical.

Here’s a pretty basic rule of thumb for anyone reporting anything, or even sharing a link on your Facebook page, for that matter: Does it sound too crazy to be true? Then it is. Have you heard of the source before? You haven’t? Then go look around and make sure it’s being reported elsewhere before you pass it along.

In Parker’s defense, we all make mistakes, and I’ve certainly made a few doozies in my day, and regarding Palin, does anyone doubt that she’d dance the tango with Osama Bin Laden’s water-logged corpse on local cable access if she thought enough people would watch it?

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