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YupItsMe
11-13-2008, 02:23 PM
MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped.

By DAVID BAUDER
NEW YORK (AP) - 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. Snip.

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20081113/D94DQU5O0.html

Big surprise here. :rolleyes: Seems like we had some "sophisticated" sexists and liberal idiots that bought into the whole thing.

Gingersnap
11-13-2008, 02:27 PM
We still don't know if the Palin/Africa thing was true or not. We just know that the attribution that MSNBC used was a hoax.

See Stupid Liberal Tricks. ;)

Odysseus
11-13-2008, 03:51 PM
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.

Just like the Dan Rather National Guard memo story. The source was a fake, the documents are phony, but they stand by the content.

More "fake but accurate" news from the MSM.

AmPat
11-13-2008, 06:06 PM
Has anybody told Herr Olbermann?:rolleyes:

Odysseus
11-13-2008, 06:50 PM
Has anybody told Herr Olbermann?:rolleyes:

Would it matter if they did?:cool:

3rd-try
11-13-2008, 08:59 PM
We still don't know if the Palin/Africa thing was true or not. We just know that the attribution that MSNBC used was a hoax.

See Stupid Liberal Tricks. ;)

If the story was a hoax, wondering if it's true or not sounds very Dan Rather-ish.

marinejcksn
11-14-2008, 02:07 AM
Has anybody told Herr Olbermann?:rolleyes:

Good luck getting that douche nozzle to issue a retraction. He's the L. Ron Hubbard of cable "journalism", great at leading a bunch of useful idiots.

biccat
11-14-2008, 08:25 AM
So does this mean that MSNBC is full of unsophisticated idiots?

PoliCon
11-14-2008, 11:33 AM
A MSM news outlet retracting a story??? This IS breaking news!!

BTW - did CBS ever retract thier story when it was proven it was based on fake documents?

Odysseus
11-14-2008, 01:50 PM
Good luck getting that douche nozzle to issue a retraction. He's the L. Ron Hubbard of cable "journalism", great at leading a bunch of useful idiots.
Hey! Calling Olbermann the L. Ron Hubbard of cable is a serious insult. Too Hubbard.
Hubbard was a successful science fiction writer before he decided to turn it into a religion for suckers! Obliviousmann is a sportscaster who has no idea about political reporting and is simply regurgitating the talking points that he hears at the water cooler.

So does this mean that MSNBC is full of unsophisticated idiots?
Oh no, they're sophisticated idiots. :D

A MSM news outlet retracting a story??? This IS breaking news!!

BTW - did CBS ever retract thier story when it was proven it was based on fake documents?
Kinda--Sorta...

CBS Ousts 4 For Bush Guard Story
Independent Panel Faults 'Myopic Zeal' To Be 1st To Deliver Story (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/10/national/main665727.shtml)

(CBS) Four CBS News employees, including three executives, have been ousted for their role in preparing and reporting a disputed story about President Bush’s National Guard service.

The action was prompted by the report of an independent panel that concluded that CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of the piece. The panel also said CBS News had compounded that failure with a “rigid and blind” defense of the 60 Minutes Wednesday report.

Asked to resign were Senior Vice President Betsy West, who supervised CBS News primetime programs; 60 Minutes Wednesday Executive Producer Josh Howard; and Howard’s deputy, Senior Broadcast Producer Mary Murphy. The producer of the piece, Mary Mapes, was terminated.

“We deeply regret the disservice this flawed 60 Minutes Wednesday report did to the American public, which has a right to count on CBS News for fairness and accuracy,” said CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves...

PoliCon
11-14-2008, 02:33 PM
Kinda--Sorta...which means - NO. No they did not retract the story. Not that I am surprised.

Odysseus
11-14-2008, 03:15 PM
which means - NO. No they did not retract the story. Not that I am surprised.

“We deeply regret the disservice this flawed 60 Minutes Wednesday report did to the American public, which has a right to count on CBS News for fairness and accuracy,” is about as close as you're going to get to an actual retraction, and that did come from the CBS chairman.

In this case, I blame CBS only for having such a one-sided newsroom operation that no one there had any skepticism when this story came up. Everyone involved believed it because they wanted to believe it, and because it fit their internal narrative of privileged kids skipping out on the draft (as so many of them did), but they did eat some crow after the fact, and they did fire Rather and the producers. Of course, if they were really serious about fairness and accuracy, they'd have done some outreach to conservative journalists to try to even out the bias in the newsroom.

PoliCon
11-14-2008, 06:09 PM
“We deeply regret the disservice this flawed 60 Minutes Wednesday report did to the American public, which has a right to count on CBS News for fairness and accuracy,” is about as close as you're going to get to an actual retraction, and that did come from the CBS chairman. Which is the same as the "apology" that prick Murtha gave over calling people in W PA racists and rednecks. The whole - I'm sorry I got caught - non-apology apology.