MSNBC Retracts Palin Story

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MSNBC Retracts False Palin Story; Others Duped

Network runs correction on air after reporting an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about Sarah Palin, information stemming from a hoax.

AP
Thursday, November 13, 2008

NEW YORK -- 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."

Gaines told the Times that someone in the network's newsroom had presumed the information solid because it was passed along in an e-mail from a colleague.

The hoax was limited to the identity of the source in the story about Palin -- not the FOX News story itself. While Palin has denied that she mistook Africa for a country, the veracity of that report was not put in question by the revelation that Eisenstadt is a phony.

Eisenstadt's "work" had been quoted and debunked before. The Huffington Post said it had cited Eisenstadt in July on a story regarding the Hilton family and McCain.

Among the other victims were political blogs for the Los Angeles Times and The New Republic, each of which referenced false material from Eisenstadt's blog.

And in July, Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones magazine blogged an item about Eisenstadt speaking on Iraqi television about a casino in Baghdad's "Green Zone."

Stein later realized he'd been had.

"Kudos to the inventor of this whole thing," Stein wrote. "My only consolation is that if I had as much time on my hands as he clearly does, I probably would have figured this out and saved myself a fair amount of embarrassment."
 

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Correct me if I'm incorrect, but this story doesn't retract the report on Fox News that Sarah Palin didn't know Africa was a continent. It merely retracts a later report on MSNBC about the source of the leak from the McCain campaign that gave the information about Palin's mistake to Fox News.

I was up late, so I may have misunderstood, but that's what I got from it.
 

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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/07/palin-aide-calls-anonymous-campaign-charges-sickening/

Her comments follow FOX News' reports that McCain aides anonymously claimed the Alaska governor was incompetent during the run-up to the election.
Sources told FOX News, for instance, that Palin did not realize that Africa was a continent and not a country, and that she could not name the nations that had signed the North American Free Trade Agreement.
 
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So Palin was right...

Almost from the beginning the leftist media had a warped mind set (prejudice) that Palin was an unfit candidate. They used anything they could to undermine her candidacy. Not only was she a Republican, but she was from the west and worst of all she was from Alaska. She shoots animals...how gross! She does not know what the Bush Doctrine is...wow. She does not know what we know and think is important. She did not graduate from Harvard or Yale or somewhere nearby. How can she know anything? She is a country bumpkin who just fell off the turnip truck!

Yes the leftist media did their best to undermine her as a person and as a candidate.

I agree with Palin...they really are jerks.
 
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IIRC, Fox News reported that MSNBC reported the Africa story. There's nothing for Fox News to retract.
Fox News first reported the story, attributing the information to an unnamed McCain staffer.

MSNBC first reported that the unnamed staffer was Eisenstadt. They were incorrect.

Both Carl Cameron and MSNBC were duped in this instance.
 
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Fox News first reported the story, attributing the information to an unnamed McCain staffer.

MSNBC first reported that the unnamed staffer was Eisenstadt. They were incorrect.

Both Carl Cameron and MSNBC were duped in this instance.
How was Carl Cameron duped? I don't remember the story being proven false?
 

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Fox News first reported the story, attributing the information to an unnamed McCain staffer.

MSNBC first reported that the unnamed staffer was Eisenstadt. They were incorrect.

Both Carl Cameron and MSNBC were duped in this instance.
I can't believe I'm defending this story but...

How are some of you claiming Carl and FoxNews were duped? Carl has a source and chooses not to reveal the name- a fairly common occurrence. Even if the source is lying, Carl wasn't duped because his report is that 'a McCain staffer said this...', not that 'Palin didn't know this'. There's a difference.
 
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How was Carl Cameron duped? I don't remember the story being proven false?
Unless you believe that Sarah Palin actually didn't know that Africa was a continent, we're left to speculate as to whether Carl Cameron simply lied and Fox chose to air the report or that the unknown McCain staffer lied and Carl Cameron was duped. I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest the latter scenario to be more likely. So, it's my opinion that he was duped.
 

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The reported source of the story was debunked, not the story itself. Which was never either validated or debunked. It was from unnamed Staffers.
Value it for what it was worth.

DocJoc as to Palin being qualified, give us a break. Really, as I've stated before, and NOT ONE PERSON ON THIS BOARD HAS DISPUTED, IF Palin had been a male with those same exact "qualifications" He would have never even sniffed the VP nod. You know that's true, I know that's true and so does every single person on this board.