To celebrate Barack Obama‘s 50th birthday last week Rachel Maddow aired a retrospective of the Birther phenomenon.
Tacked on was a list of people who continued to harp on the birther conspiracy even after Obama had produced his birth certificate this spring. Including Rush Limbaugh.
Maddow aired a clip dated the day before Obama’s 50th birthday that featured Rush questioning how we could possibly know when (or where!) Obama was born.
Maddow and her team had pulled the clip from the always reliable WorldNetDaily which had mentioned the clip in a August 4th birther post and linked to a YouTube audio upload of it that was dated August 3rd 2011.
Except, as Maddow and team later discovered, the clip was actually a year old.
“That clip was mislabed. That article was wrong. And it was wrong of us to not check WorldNetDaily’s reporting, and I am very sorry.”
Yes. If you are relying on WorldNetDaily’s reporting you should be apologizing. Moreover, who takes a YouTube upload date as reliable evidence?
To make matters worse, not a lot of digging was required here to find out this wasn’t new content. A quick search of ‘Rush Limbaugh Obama Birthday’ produces this as the second result. Pretty basic stuff.
This isn’t the first time Maddow has gotten in trouble for faulty internet due diligence. Back in February she fell for a fake report on the satire website Christwire and then when caught blamed the crazy news cycle for her not knowing the difference.
Someone on the Maddow team needs to get better with their Google searches, or a least tone down the eagerness to pin stupid stuff on outrageous right wing media stars long enough to make sure it’s accurate.
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