The Washington Post
, in a perhaps too-eager effort to report the unbelievable, falsely claimed Tuesday that ex-FOX contributor Sarah Palin had a new gig with Al Jazeera. The problem: their source was an Onion
Al Jazeera itself reports
on the story of the goofy misunderstanding:
On Tuesday, a writer for the Washington Post mistakenly reported that Sarah Palin was hired as a host for the upcoming Al Jazeera America channel. The article, which has since been corrected, cited claims from The Daily Currant that Palin had been tapped for a key role in the new network. Writer Suzi Parker did not notice, however, that The Daily Currant is a satirical site.
Making matters worse, the WP
continued to tweet
the bogus claim even after the story had been corrected.
The public had a field day with the flub, with one Twitter user declaring
that "Sarah Palin joining Al Jazeera as a host would be a riot!" and another offering this
unlikely hypothetical: "Sarah Palin brokers peace deal between #Israel and #Cambodia."
Jim Treacher at the Daily Caller gives
it all the requisite partisan interpretation:
"I can see why a WaPo reporter would be fooled," he writes. "The story is ridiculous and assumes the worst about a conservative; 'Ha ha, she said Al-JaJizzraa!'"
But why a liberal reporter would find it easy to believe a conservative had gone to work for Al Jazeera, when the former is typically no fan
of the latter, well, that's kind of odd.
Via Al Jazeera, the Daily Caller and the Medill School of Journalism