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Palin doesn’t know Africa is a continent

Social conservatives seem to want Palin to lead the Republican Party and run for president in 2012. Part of me would really like to see that happen (hee hee), while part of me really wants to never hear from or about her again.

UPDATE: This story gets even more complicated. A “Martin Eisenstadt” claimed that he was the source of the story about Palin not knowing Africa is a continent. Turns out that Martin Eisenstadt doesn’t exist, he is a fictional character made up by two filmmakers, and the mainstream media fell for it hook, line, and sinker! We still don’t know if the original story was true or not, but it does make you wonder.

UPDATE 2: Fox News is standing by their original story, that people associated with the McCain campaign told Fox News that Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent. Fox News never said it was (the fictional) Martin Eisenstadt.



  1. Carlos Navarro wrote:

    In keeping with his campaign promise to reach across party lines, Barack Obama should name Sarah Palin ambassador to Africa, or maybe Latin America.

    Carlos the Carpenter

    Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  2. movie fan wrote:

    If Palin runs for President in 2012, at least she has name recognition going for her… she just has a lot of cramming to do for the next few years

    Friday, November 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Ham Sandwich wrote:

    You claim MSM fell for it hook, line, sinker.
    Since you posted the faux news video on Nov 5th. I suppose you fell for it too.

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    What the MSM fell for is Martin Eisenstadt claiming that he was the source of the story. Which means we don’t know if Palin was confused about Africa or not (she claims she wasn’t, of course).

    It is pretty confusing. When I first added the update, I wrote that I fell for it as well, but changed it when I realized that the NY Times wasn’t claiming that the original story was a hoax, just the attribution. I never repeated the hoaxed attribution.

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Permalink
  5. This news story proves that journalism is not dead; it just smells like it is!

    The only hoax here is that Martin Eisenstact from the Harding institute claimed to be the source of the ‘ContinentGate’ leak and MSNBC believed him, and ran with the story also. While Eisenstact was not the source of the leak, Fox news is sticking to its original story. Now MSNBC has eggs on its face, and KUDOS to Fox for maintaining its journalistic integrity.

    As a former journalist, I, Sarah Palin, think that MSNBC should be held accountable for this kind of shoddy reporting. MSNBC has a responsibility to inform the American people, and it is important that they not engage in the smear tactics and the diparaging of characters — that’s the kind of divisive politics that is so hurtful to our great nation. We need to progress this great nation that we all cherish, not undermine it by misrepresenting the truth about our dedicated, hard-working public officials.

    The true sources of the leaks have not yet been discovered, but when they are, Joe the Plumber will fix them, and we will make them famous. So, it wasn’t Eisenstact, but the truth will soon be revealed.

    This does not change the fact that I, Sarah Palin didn’t know what NAFTA is. I kinda still don’t. And also, I didn’t know that Africa is a continent and not a country. The truth, it seems, is stanger than the fiction; and if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times also — “the fiction is often the last refuge of the truth.”

    However, the truth remains that I, Sarah Palin, did not know that the NAFTA is a trade agreement between our country and Canada and also Mexico.

    Now, let me just say here that running for Vice President has humbled me greatly. I now know just exactly what it is that the VP does every day: deal with complicated things of which I know very little.

    While Martin Eisenstact will never work on any of my campaigns ever again, I sure hope that I don’t have to run against the next person who hires him.

    For more information about my insights and the knowledge that I have regarding domestic and foreign policy matters, just go to my website:

    and remember:

    Sarah Palin TwentyTwelve!

    You betcha.

    Friday, November 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm | Permalink