Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"I know my American history." That's what she said!

"Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." Winston Churchill said that, but I would have to double check on Wikipedia. So what happens to women who stumble over or, more accurately, make up their own truth when they don't know the facts?

In case you haven't seen Sarah Palin in the news lately, she recently answered a question with her own made-up facts about Paul Revere of American Revolution fame. In the past Palin has been quoted as saying "I wish that basic historical facts wouldn't become political issues." Huh? Then why, pray tell madam, do you bring up history when asked a general question while on YOUR bus tour?

Her followers tried to alter the Paul Revere facts on Wikipedia to match the wrong information Palin was blathering on about. The Wikipedia site got so many revisions in one day that it has now locked down that page from further editing for the time being.

A similar situation happened before when Katie Couric asked Palin, who was running for Vice-President at the time, to name some Supreme Court cases she was familiar with, and Palin only referred to Roe v. Wade from a previous question. When she gets it wrong, she tends to blame it on the media for giving her "gotcha-type" questions!

As Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News states in this video clip, the "shout-out, gotcha question" Palin was asked in Boston when she rambled on about Paul Revere warning the British was the following: "What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?" Uhh, yeah, that's really putting her on the spot!

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