This was essentially her defence. And it was pretty lame.
On Monday night Rachel Maddow mistakenly read on air a Christwire story about Sarah Palin as if it were real.
Yesterday she was taken to task in the blogosphere for it (here as well) because, really, when a story sounds nutty and you are a national news program some due Googling diligence is not a lot to expect.
As promised, Maddow addressed the issue last night. Eventually. What she really did was couch her mea culpa in a long explanation about how politicians and now media figures like to use world events to their own advantage.
After a series of clips of George W. Bush and John Boehner and then Glenn Beck raging about the new Caliphate, Christwire finally came in:
“Props to them for a brilliant piece of satire, shame on us for believing them. But in a world where China taking over New Zealand [cue visual of Glenn Beck] is what passes for real analysis on the situation in Egypt how do we know that’s not satire too?
Translation: Glenn Beck is so crazy, and so successful, how can I, Rachel Maddow, be expected to differentiate between him and false news stories?
Boy was that disappointing. I always assumed that actually making that differentiation is essentially Rachel Maddow’s job description.
And while, yes she has a point about the Internet (which I noted yesterday) she probably would have measured up to her own past standards to simply apologise and pledge to do better in the future than to blame Fox and the blogosphere’s sometimes loose relationship with facts for her sloppiness.
Because, let’s just say if your best defence if using selectively edited Glenn Beck clips to demonstrate there are people on television far more irresponsible than you you are grabbing at some low-hanging fruit indeed. (Update: Or making a Daily Show segment.)
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