Journalists and media outlets make mistakes, including the Washington Post, which reported that former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was heading to Al Jazeera. The reporter cited an article from a satirical news publication.
Washington Post issued a correction to a piece it had published Tuesday that former Fox News contributor Sarah Palin signed on to become a contributor to the Al Jazeera American news network. The author of the article, Suzi Parker, quoted The Daily Currant, a satirical news website.
The parody website wrote the satirical article last week in which it stated Palin was looking forward to “reach a broader audience with her message.”
“As you all know, I’m not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general,” Palin told (or not) 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.”
After it had published this quote in error, the Washington Post placed a correction notice to the in-depth piece:
“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.”
Stan Collender, a spokesperson for Al Jazeera, confirmed to Politico that Palin was not joining the global news network. Meanwhile, Kris Coratti, a spokesperson for the Washington media outlet, told the website that it would investigate the matter.
It was reported in January that Al Jazeera would be acquiring Current TV, a left-wing cable channel owned by former United States Vice President Al Gore and partners. It received a ton of outrage from politicians and pundits.
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