The good news is, the Washington Post is still interested in digging up the hard news on failed Vice Presidential candidates from five years ago. They’re really that tenacious in their reporting. And you have to be in this day and age of the Internet and technology and smart phones and whatever. You really have to be at the top of your game on things that happened in 2008. They are important to the face of political discourse in America. And if you stop reporting them, Julianne Moore will have absolutely no reason to do a sequel to Game Change.
The bad news is that their scoop about Sarah Palin joining the staff of the pan-Arab network Al Jazeera, as it expands into US markets through Al Gore’s network of minimally-watched cable television stations, was made up by a satire website called The Current. And so this bitchy Palin profile about Palin’s struggle to stay relevant contained a few inaccurate statements in between the “bless her hearts” and dated Fox News jabs. And now the Post has to issue the greatest apology in media history.
“The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet,” beginsWashington Post contributor Suzi Parker’s profile of Sarah Palin’s move from Fox News Channel to the future cable news network Al Jazeera English. “Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network.” The only problem with Parker’s scoop is that the news of Palin’s move comes from the comedy news site The Daily Currant, which recently published a wide-ranging “interview” with Palin about her lateral career move. The Daily Currant describes itself as “the global satirical newspaper of record.”
The Current apparently issued this missive from Fake Sarah Palin between such plausible stories about the Catholic Church considering Jerry Sandusky as the next Pope and Sean Hannity accusing Obama of deliberately sabotaging the power at the Superbowl:
“As you all know, I’m not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general,” Palin told the Web site The Daily Currant. “But I met with the folks at Al-Jazeera 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.”
Who says it isn’t fun to confirm a few widely-held biases now and then?