The truth laces up its shoes

There’s something special about Sarah Palin. Something about her inspires such hatred in the media that they behave very badly. In the latest instance, Palin was visiting Haiti as part of a mission run by Franklin Graham’s NGO Samaritan’s Purse. Palin was accompanied by her husband Todd and her daughter Bristol.

While they were there, Bristol had occasion to fix her mother’s hair. The Associated Press snapped a picture of the moment and captioned it:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010.

implying that Palin had brought a hair dresser on her trip to a Haitian cholera clinic. Once that story went out, the usual outrage circus wasn’t far behind.

The AP eventually corrected its story, saying it hadn’t been “immediately clear” that the person was Bristol. But that doesn’t really absolve them. They had a story they liked and ran with it. Why risk ruining it by finding out the facts?

Sadly, we know how this plays out. The lie is halfway around the world, and hardly anyone will ever see the correction. The notion that Palin brings hair dressers to cholera clinics will be part of the folklore, and that folklore can never be stamped out. To this day, many people still believe that George Bush (Sr.) was amazed by a checkout scanner, or that George W. Bush waved around plastic turkeys in Iraq while our servicemen went hungry.

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