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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 08:38 am
It was among the juicier post-election recriminations: Fox News Channel quoted an unnamed McCain campaign figure as saying that Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.


Eitan Gorlin as the phony McCain adviser Martin Eisenstadt.

Who would say such a thing? On Monday the answer popped up on a blog and popped out of the mouth of David Shuster, an MSNBC anchor. “Turns out it was Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, who has come forward today to identify himself as the source of the leaks,” Mr. Shuster said.

Trouble is, Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist. His blog does, but it’s a put-on. The think tank where he is a senior fellow " the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy " is just a Web site. The TV clips of him on YouTube are fakes.

And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/arts/television/13hoax.html?th&emc=th
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 09:09 am
@dyslexia,
It's getting harder and harder to tell fake info from real info.

How do we know that the reports of Eisenstadt being a hoax are real. Maybe the hoax report is a hoax.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 10:30 am
@rosborne979,
rosborne979 wrote:

It's getting harder and harder to tell fake info from real info.

How do we know that the reports of Eisenstadt being a hoax are real. Maybe the hoax report is a hoax.
exactly, I'm now reading only My weekly reader.
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Blickers
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 10:41 am
@dyslexia,
I'm no Palin fan, but I am appalled that anybody put any credence at all in that Africa story.

The woman is a college graduate. You cannot graduate even junior high school without knowing that.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 11:08 am
So she DID know Africa is a continent! Damn! If I knew that I would have voted for her.
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