Sunday, February 13, 2011
If there's anything to learn from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, as reported here, it's the necessity to fact-check. However, Time Magazine apparently didn't learn this valuable lesson.
Time, like US Weekly before them, fell for a satirical piece that stated Governor Palin came down hard on Christina Aguilera for messing up the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, calling for her deportation. No such thing occurred.
Governor Palin is apparently fed up with the gross incompetence of a lamestream media so thrilled to run with a Palin story that they don't even double-check the source of their "news." According to Fox Nation, this time the Governor responded to Time via email, writing:
Subject: Great job, MSM!
Jay - pls tell your bosses there at Time Magazine thank you for the invitations to attend the upcoming functions. I'll sure put a lot of thought into those invitations.
Then, have your editors retract Time's most recent ridiculous lies about me supposedly giving Sean Hannity a radio interview wherein I supposedly talked about Christina Aguilera (that I slammed her for her Nat'l Anthem mistake, and called for her deportation, etc). You guys were fooled into running a fake story that even US Weekly pulled and apologized for their blunder. Total lies - and you guys (once again) even put quotation marks around things I have never uttered. Then, Time needs to run an apology to Christina along with the retraction. (Add Hannity in your apology, too...those good folks don't deserve to be in a caustic, untrue story about me.) Thanks much - keep up the great work, Time Magazine.
It's a wonder these people manage to keep their jobs. Such sloppy journalism really shouldn't be tolerated.
C4P added this update to their story:
Please note that Jay Newton-Small is not the individual responsible for writing the original article at Time Magazine. She is the Editor at Time who Governor Palin contacted in order to ask for a retraction and the apologies to Aguilera and Hannity. She helped correct the record, and now the Time article states:
And you thought Sarah Palin went overboard by commenting that she wanted to deport the singer? (CLARIFICATION: Palin did not, in fact, say this. It was a tongue-in-cheek link to an article that was intended as a joke.)Please do not go after Jay Newton-Small. She got the record corrected after another writer’s screw up. She has been very fair with Governor Palin, as you can see in this article she wrote about the speech at the Reagan Ranch last week.
(h/t Stacy Drake)