Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Just when I thought the secular media could sink no lower, I am once again reminded how much I have overestimated their professional journalistic mettle.
I'm sure you've heard about the 'leaks' from 'anonymous sources' within the McCain campaign who claimed that Sarah Palin did not even know that Africa was a continent. Turns out that MSNBC, The New Republic and the LA Times 'uncovered' the source of the information - and that source was one Martin Eisenstadt. Who is he? He is a fictitious character created by some filmmakers who have maintained a blog where 'Martin', a 'McCain advisor' would dish fake dirt. In cyberspace, anything entered into a search box can derive 'hits' and it seems that the blogosphere AND media were quite taken with 'Martin'.
Did anyone think to look into the 'anonymous source(s)'? Journalism 101, anyone? Outlet after outlet regurgitated story after story which was culled from a fake blog written by a man who does not even exist.
Oh, the 'news' outlets who reported the 'leak source' corrected themselves once they found out that they had been duped, but the damage has already been done. Pundits have been wallowing in the 'leaks' for days, continuing to spread lies about Sarah Palin. The mainstream media continues to talk nonstop about Sarah Palin - her geographic prowess, parenting skills, clothing - and it seems that they don't even have much interest in talking about the poster boy they put on a pedestal - which by the way, rivals the tower of babel.