Story about Palin not knowing that Africa was a continent was not based on McCain adviser

This guy has made a career of giving false information to the media. Fox News has the story here.

MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday.

David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a FOX News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent.

Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Eisenstadt claim had mistakenly been delivered to Shuster by a producer and was used in a political discussion Monday afternoon, MSNBC said.

"The story was not properly vetted and should not have made air," said Jeremy Gaines, network spokesman. "We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes." . . .



Blogger James Drake said...

First, I believe Palin knows has a good grasp of basic world geography.

However the headline you gave this story misleads. A hoaxer, who claimed to be a McCain advisor, came forward under an alias and said he was the source of the report that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent, and MSNBC took his story that he was the source at face value. The new story is about MSNBC discovered the hoax, not any retraction of the original report that Palin supposedly didn't know what Africa was.

11/13/2008 11:48 AM  

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