The Telegraph made a little booboo yesterday, attributing a quote to Sarah Palin’s January New York Times oped which did not actually appear in the piece — as Greg noted here.
But they made it all better today.
Or . . . well . . . they removed the fabricated quote, anyway. No mea culpa, though. No apology.
Their comments section will have to suffice:
When respected newspapers just make things up, what hope do we have?
You literally made up the quoted language you attributed to Gov. Palin’s op-ed. It isn’t even close to a paraphrase, much less a quote: you just made it up out of whole cloth.
If she is such an evil dunce, why do such enlightened wordsmiths as yourselves have to lie through your teeth to paint her in a bad light?
Posted by neil flynn on October 21, 2008 3:43 AM
Wow. Now you’re making up quotes and flushing comments down the memory hole. you have no integrity at all.
Posted by neil flynn on October 21, 2008 3:46 AM
Will the “Telegraph” have sufficient ethics to own up to the fact that the majority of Palin’s “polar bear” quote (the most inflammatory, of course) was the invention of . . . The Telegraph? Across the pond, we’re used to seeing the press in the tank for Obama/Biden . . . that’s just the way it is. Still, sad to see these “mistakes” spreading to the UK.
Posted by Tad Early on October 21, 2008 4:37 AM
Please cite the source of your quote “magnificent, cuddly white bears are doing just fine and don’t need our protection. If the ice melts, they’ll adapt to living on the land.” I’ve reviewed what I believe to be the editorial to which you refer (link) and can find no such statement or even a sentiment which matches your purported quote.
Posted by Fred Z on October 21, 2008 5:18 AM
Your Palin quote from her NY Times Op-Ed is completely fabricated. You might want to think about fact-checking that.
Posted by Lawrence on October 21, 2008 5:41 AM
Will they be scrubbing the comments section next?