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What Are the Odds of the Media Botching a Sarah Palin Quote?

The Letterman joke is getting the lion’s share of the attention, but there are other lines of criticism against Sarah Palin that are fundamentally unfair because they’re wrong on the facts:

Yesterday’s Dan Balz column in the Washington Post stated:

Palin responded with an answer that was difficult to parse.

“A lot of this is wrapped in good rhetoric,” she said, “but we’re not seeing those actions, and this many months into the new administration, quite disappointed, quite frustrated with not seeing those actions to rein in spending, slow down the growth of government. Instead, China’s the complete opposite. It’s expanding at such a large degree that if Americans are paying attention, unfortunately, our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize, certainly that is so far from what the founders of our countries had in mind for us.”

Huh? “Instead, China’s the complete opposite”? Boy, that does sound incoherent.

But that is, in fact, not what Palin said. The correction today:

“A lot of this is wrapped in good rhetoric, but we’re not seeing those actions, and this many months into the new administration, quite disappointed, quite frustrated with not seeing those actions to rein in spending, slow down the growth of government. Instead, Sean, it’s the complete opposite. It’s expanding at such a large degree that if Americans are paying attention, unfortunately, our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize, certainly that is so far from what the founders of our countries had in mind for us.”

It’s easy to make Palin sound like a fool when you turn “Sean, it’s” into “China’s.”

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