Earlier this morning, the Washington Post reported that hometown sweetheart/pitbull with lipstick Sarah Palin had, in an uncharacteristic move, signed a deal to be a correspondent on Al Jazeera America. The article even came with a quote from Palin herself:

"As you all know, I'm not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general," Palin said. "But I met with the folks at Al-JaJizzraa (sic) and they told me they reach millions of devoutly religious people who don't watch CBS or CNN. That tells me they don't have a liberal bias."

Except โ€” whoops โ€” the quote was mistakenly pulled from parody news site The Daily Currant.

The Washington Post then issued this embarrassing retraction:

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin had signed on as a contributor to the Al Jazeera America news network. The blogger cited a report on the Daily Currant Web site as the basis for that information without realizing that the piece was satirical.


To be fair, we are all human beings โ€” except for you, sizable cat readership โ€” who occasionally make mistakes, misread things or fail to pick up on a joke, but, still, you'd think the fact that they were talking about Sarah Palin โ€” queen of jingoism and xenophobia โ€” joining up with a Qatar-based news site would have alerted the Post that something was a tad off.

No, Sarah Palin Is Not Going to Al Jazeera - but the Washington Post Thought So [Atlantic Wire]