Really, Washington Post?

The Washington Post actually reported on Tuesday that Sarah Palin was joining the Al Jazeera America network to host a new show. Their source? The Daily Currant, an Onion-style parody site. They now issued a correction and removed this paragraph from the original article:

“As you all know, I’m not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general,” Palin told the Web site The Daily Currant. “But I met with the folks at Al-Jazeera 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.”

Now I’ve fallen for a parody site before, so I understand how one person can make this mistake. But a writer for the Washington Post? Where was the editor? Did no one ever think to wonder why no legitimate news outlet was reporting this, or to contact Palin’s reps to find out if it was true? And even if you’re convinced that Palin is an idiot, that quote is more than just a little unbelievable. I can understand how a blogger, dashing off a post in a minute or so, might make such a mistake (as I said, I’ve made it before). But I can’t understand how that happens in an article that includes expert interviews and analysis and that must, one presumes, have gone through an editor.

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