Last week, everybody was talking about Sarah Palin's unique take on American history in her recounting of Paul Revere's ride, which was supposedly intended to warn the British that the colonialists were going to beat their asses.
Even Fox News jumped into the fray and asked her about it, giving her a chance to hold fast to her story (which is all that any of us can really even ask for — who among us has use for a Sarah Palin who admits to mistakes)…
"You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don't you?" "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace asked the potential 2012 presidential candidate.
"I didn't mess up about Paul Revere," replied Palin, a paid contributor to the network. "Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have," she added. "He did warn the British."
Well, here's the funny thing! Sarah Palin was right! Kind of. Maybe. If you look at it from a certain angle at a certain time of day through a particular kind of fabric.
The point is, you can definitely kind of massage the facts to sort of fit what Sarah Palin kind of said…
Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, "Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, 'Look, there is a mobilization going on that you'll be confronting,' and the British are aware as they're marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That's accurate."
Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British. "I suppose you could say that," Leehey said. "But I don’t know if that’s really what Mrs. Palin was referring to."
McConville said he also is not convinced that Palin's remarks reflect scholarship. "I would call her lucky in her comments," McConville said.
Yay! She accidentally said something right! Maybe one day when she's president, she'll accidentally do something right. And then maybe we might all accidentally not die.
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Tags: American Revolution, Chris Wallace, Education, Founding Fathers, Fox, Paul Revere, Sarah Palin
On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart sat down with Chris Wallace, far and away one of the most reasonable people on Fox News. Now, I know that's sort of like being one of the reddest Smurfs or one of the most hygienic Juggalos, but you know, take what you can get. Anyway, the interview went long, but through the magic of the internet, you can see the entire unedited thing right here, right now.
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.
Tags: Chris Wallace, Fox, Jon Stewart, MSNBC, Republicans, Sarah Palin, The Daily Show, Video
Finally, they've released some
severely editedunedited footage of Chris Wallace 's interview with Glenn Beck following his historic 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally. And Beck is as lucid as ever…
Tags: 8/28 Rally, Atom, Chris Wallace, Fox, Glenn Beck
(Two aging, white men past their prime sit in a radio studio, discussing an impending interview with the mythical Hockey Mom, a politician who may very well be the first female president of the United States. Their faces are twisted into frustrated grimaces as they struggle desperately to come up with something interesting to say.)
Don Imus: When you interview her, will she be sitting your lap?
Chris Wallace: One can only hope.
Tags: Chris Wallace, Don Imus, Fox, Men and Women, Sarah Palin
You probably haven't heard about this because it's not really getting any media coverage, but Barack Obama was crowned the King of Televisionland yesterday morning…
President Obama gave five back-to-back television interviews broadcast on Sunday that were as tightly choreographed — and eerily similar — as the multiple Magritte bowler-hatted men milling in the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair."
I don't really get that reference because there aren't any spiteful wizards or break-dancing robots in that movie, but I'm gonna just assume it's quite apt. Quite apt, indeed.
Anyway, the health care infomercial Obama wasn't really anything new to anybody who's spent the last couple weeks not strapped to a bed on life support. The real news is that the White House and Fox News are totally hot for each other. They are so totally gonna do it!
But Mr. Obama chose to make a statement — and raise a distracting fuss on Fox News — by declining to speak.
And Fox milked it. When he was not talking about Acorn, Mr. Wallace bemoaned the presidential slight, asking, "Whatever happened to reaching out to all Americans?" He told Bill O'Reilly that the White House aides were "a bunch of crybabies."
Apparently, the feeling is mutual. "We figured Fox would rather show 'So You Think You Can Dance' than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform," a White House deputy press secretary told ABC News on Saturday. "Fox is an ideological outlet where the president has been interviewed before and will likely be interviewed again; not that the whining particularly strengthens their case for participation any time soon."
Rowr! When they finally throw their differences aside and get down to bid'ness, it's gonna be even better than when Kryptonimus the Necromancer King and Big Ro-Boi 3000 got together at the end of "Da Wastelands III: Revenge of the Black Def."
Tags: Barack Obama, Chris Wallace, Fox, Health Care