Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

Even Liberals Sometimes Get Duped – D’oh!

We all love to laugh at Fox News hosts, right wing radio pundits and conservative politicians when they fall for a prank. Case in point: when Sarah Palin took that embarrassing phone call from a Canadian disc jockey posing as French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. Yet to be fair, we progressives must admit that it happens to our folks every once in awhile also, too.

Last night it was MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow that was duped. BusinessInsider.com reports that she called attention to a story on the website Christwire that was advocating for Sarah Palin to lead an American invasion into Egypt. Admittedly, that story does not sound all that far fetched when one considers some of Palin’s past prescriptions such as fixing the BP oil leak by means of Norwegian dykes. Nonetheless, you would expect just a little fact checking from the usually meticulous Maddow team. Had they done so, they would have learned that Christwire is a satirical site.

Shortly after the broadcast, Maddow’s folks did in fact catch the mistake. Maddow issued a Twitter tweet which read,

“The bad news about a free and open internet? Sometimes you get had by brilliant satirists. Christwire: 1 TRMS: 0”

Here is the embarrassing broadcast:

We love you Rachel, but please do not let this happen again. Your standards are too high to be lumped in with the likes of Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh. Strike one, but she is still at the plate.

By the way Rachel, the following is Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak in more popular days!

UPDATE:  Still snowing like crazy in Boston!

Winter In Boston – Open Thread

This is what it looks like on our little island just north of Boston at 8:30 this morning, before it starts to snow. As if we haven’t had enough of the fluffy white stuff already, we are about to get walloped in the next few days with two more storms. We are running out of places to put the stuff, but admittedly it is nice to look at. New England winters can be beautiful. As for the photos, the top one is our Weimaraner pal, Marley and the lower is the front of our house. I can only imagine what it will look like after these next snowstorms.

Until I can get back with a more substantive post, please enjoy this video clip of the Steve Miller Band’s “Wintertime”.