Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Shades of the Bush National Guard Letter: Palin's Africa Gaffe

Shortly after the election, members of the mainstream media rushed to the air waves to blast Sarah Palin's intelligence based on "anonymous" sources from within the McCain campaign. The unnamed McCain advisor reportedly told the media that Sarah Palin didn't know whether Africa was a continent or a country.

Here's the catch that you probably won't find mention of in the mainstream media today, the McCain "advisor", Martin Eisenstadt, that was the source of the story doesn't exist. He is nothing but an elaborate hoax.

Mainstream media reporters concluded he was real because his blog says he belongs to such prestigious sounding think tanks as the Eisenstadt Group and the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Unfortunately, both are also fake.

Never wanting to admit fault the media whipped out a technique made famous by Dan Rather during the Bush National Guard Letter fiasco that destroyed Rather's reputation, "To be clear, none of this means the Africa story is false."

Just because the source of a story is not real, that doesn't mean the claims made by that imaginary source are also fake? Really? How many times is the mainstream media going to try and push this illogical line of reasoning in justification for their inept journalism.

Even I, an untrained blogger journalist, know the golden rule of journalism, "Do your research: Get the message confirmed by a second source or get a confirmation from the persons directly."

And still the media wonders why their viewership/readership numbers are in the toilet...

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