Here's Another Error in the Sarah Palin Profile

Media too willing to print thinly sourced 'nonsense' about her
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 1:47 PM CDT
Sarah Palin addresses members of the Pennsylvania Family Institute Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 in Hershey, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

(Newser) – Ben Smith continues to pick apart the Sarah Palin profile in Vanity Fair that's causing such a fuss. At his Politico blog, he lays out another inaccuracy—an anecdote about Palin using her kids as political props that places Trig at an event he never attended—and calls it "emblematic of much that's wrong about the way she's covered." (Click here to see his post yesterday about another "wildly embellished anecdote" in the story.)

The problem is that Palin barely talks to the mainstream media. "But with the hunger for information about her, and the traffic she drives, the press sometimes compensates by printing thinly-sourced, badly-reported nonsense about her that it's hard to imagine making it into a serious magazine like Vanity Fair if it concerned any other figure." Click here to read a summary of the VF profile or here for the original.

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