November 13, 2008
David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a FOX News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent.
Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at the Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. Yet neither he nor the institute exist; each is part of a hoax dreamed up by a filmmaker named Eitan Gorlin and his partner, Dan Mirvish, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The article goes on to point out that Eisenstadt has pulled previous hoaxes, including putting one over on the Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and blogs for the LA Times and The New Republic.
I don't think MSNBC can call itself a news source anymore. I'm more inclined to think of it as a gossip rag.
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