False rumors of Sarah Palin as Al Jazeera host
False rumors of Sarah Palin as Al Jazeera hostReporter mistakes satirical piece in article on former Alaska governor.
Sarah Palin speaks to a group of supporters at a 2008 campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH
On Tuesday, a writer for the Washington Post mistakenly reported that former governor of Alaska and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was hired as a host for the upcoming Al Jazeera America channel. The article, which has since been corrected, cited claims from The Daily Currant that Palin had been tapped for a key role in the new network. Writer Suzi Parker did not notice, however, that The Daily Currant is a satirical site.
An Al Jazeera spokesman later clarified that "no discussions have taken place" with Palin for the network.