Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sarah Palin Africa Hoax

Last week much noise was made about Sarah Palin and a "fact" that she didn't know that Africa was a continent. Turns out that story was a hoax.

It's complicated, but in a nutshell the McCain aid the reported that Palin didn't know this basic geographic fact was not a McCain aid.

Read about it in the New York Times, and shame on journalists and bloggers for reporting a story from a guy who was KNOWN to be a huckster (details of this at the bottom of the story).


Anonymous said...

Palin's Africa gaffe came from a real source. That the source was the fake Michael Eisenstadt is the hoax, not Palin's gaffe itself. The individual Michael Eisenstadt doesn't exist and was not the source of the story about Sarah Palin's ignorance about Africa.

Jenny Stromer-Galley said...

Thanks for the clarification. The New York Times article I linked to, I think, didn't specify whether the gaffe was true or not, and I'd assumed that if the source was a hoax then the information must be false. Do you have a cite that Palin didn't really know that Africa was a continent?

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that so many in the media bought this hoax. My six-year-old knows Africa is a continent; that a political figure would be so ignorant is beyond reason.