Sarah Palin joining Al-Jazeera? Obnoxious ‘real journalist’ at WaPo falls for obvious satire

A common symptom of Palin Derangement Syndrome is the humiliating tendency to fall for smack-you-in-the-face-obvious parodies. If it’s too good to be true, it’s news! Exhibit 13,982: The Washington Post’s Suzi Parker.

https://twitter.com/postpolitics/status/301330638676557825

Writing at the Post’s “She The People” blog, Parker sneered:

The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet.

Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network.

“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.”

Here’s a snippet from the “About” page of Parker’s source, The Daily Currant:

Q. Are your newstories real?

A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world

https://twitter.com/eScarry/status/301343174981451776

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After Twitter started buzzing about Parker’s flub, the Post quickly scrubbed the article of any reference to the Daily Currant.

https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/301353599064227840

The Post issued this correction: “An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin planned to contribute to the Al Jazeera America news network.”

Whoops!

Update:

http://twitter.com/michellemalkin/statuses/301356720674979840

http://twitter.com/DLoesch/statuses/301357263384350723

http://twitter.com/RBPundit/statuses/301356299910787073

Suzi Parker: “Journalist.”

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Update:

The “correction” has been revised.

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.

http://twitter.com/CuffyMeh/statuses/301377215390703616

Update: WaPo finally tweets a correction. LOL:

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/301388969378185216

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