November 17, 2008
A fake source, a credulous MSM
I was on another continent last week—Africa, maybe—as I finished two stories for this week’s paper. And a few juicy news stories full of blog fodder flew under my radar. But I just stumbled across this fantastic story behind the post-election trashing of Sarah Palin—particularly that she thought Africa was a country and didn’t know the members of NAFTA.
There was much speculation about the source of the leaks, which Palin supporters have called a particularly dirty and fallacious, though anticipated, attack. Then last Monday MSNBC anchor David Shuster reported: “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks.”
Not exactly. The New York Times explains:
I learned pretty early in my career that many experts are more created by the media than their own achievements. L.A. journalists know the five or six regional experts always phoned for questions about the economy or good governance or court rulings. Not that these folks aren’t knowledgeable and helpful—it’s just amazing how I’ve seen myself go back to the same expert numerous times just because I saw them quoted elsewhere first. This story, though, is beyond belief. I mean, look at the names of the news organizations that got duped ...
The Eisenstadt Project is in fact all over YouTube, and a little observation would tell you it’s a spoof. Like Bill Maher’s “Religulous.”
Part eight of “The Last Republican,” in which Eisenstadt visits a Jewish home for the elderly and says the United States should bomb Iran, is after the jump: