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New smear: Palin didn't know Africa was a continent or the three countries in NAFTA

[IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW]

An unnamed John McCain aide supposedly told Carl Cameron of Fox News - a tool if there ever was one - that Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent instead of a country. The aide also told him that she didn't know which countries were in NAFTA. Needless to say, this comes on the heels of a long line of smears against Palin, and it's almost assuredly a smear as well. She obviously knows about Canada, and she also obviously knows about Mexico. There's the slight possibility that she thought that some of the countries that are in Central America were in North America, but that probably isn't likely either. So, this doesn't even pass very basic scrutiny.

For those just dropping by, there's probably almost no chance that the allegations are true and someone is playing a game.

Unfortunately, it might be an effective smear because of the foundation that the mainstream media laid in order to help Obama become president; many of the things you "know" about Palin are actually lies planted by the Obama campaign and/or the mainstream media (as if they were that separate).

See this for the transcript of the interview, this or this for some thoughts on the palace intrigue aspects (noting that the second is just speculation), and this for the video.

What's especially worrisome about this from the standpoint of an informed electorate is that, at the same time that this smear is spreading, Obama supports a Bush trade scheme known as "NAFTA Plus" (the Security and Prosperity Partnership, spp.gov) that might be a precursor to joining the three countries of North America.

When coming out in support of that Bush trade scheme, Obama spoke in code. And, I have yet to see someone besides me and Obama himself discussing the fact that he supports that scheme. His editorial supporting Bush's scheme appeared in the Dallas Morning News, but no one else wants to discuss what he supports.

The visitor should decide which is more important: a smear, or a secretive Bush trade scheme. Then, take those pushing the smear to task. And, note that those calling Palin dumb are actually the dumb ones: they can't figure out that this is clearly a planted smear and they're just being useful idiots.

~~ Who's helping spread the smear? ~~

* The Huffington Post (of course) has it at huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/palin-didnt-know-africa-i_n_141653.html, and that has over 2200 Diggs (of course)

* Andrew Sullivan has completely bought it without any reservations whatsoever: andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/11/the-odd-truths.html
Can you trust anyone who'd be so gullible?

* Faiz Shakir of ThinkProgress also completely buys it:
thinkprogress.org/2008/11/05/palin-africa-continent/

* However, in a report oddly similar to the one from HotAir linked above, ksh01 of DailyKos implicitly throws some cold water on this by discussing the palace intrigue aspects:
dailykos.com/story/2008/11/5/194551/287/976/651932

10/20/09 UPDATE: The full story is still not known, but it appears that a real McCain staffer said the things listed above to Carl Cameron. Then, a prankster tried to glom onto the story, pretending that he was that staffer. However, at this point in time it appears that the prankster wasn't the one who told Cameron the things listed above.

This quotes him as saying it was "senior McCain staff" who "put this out", and from this:

The pranksters behind [Martin Eisenstadt] acknowledge that he was not, through them, the anonymous source of the Palin leak. He just claimed falsely that he was the leaker--and they say they have no reason to cast doubt on the original story. For its part, Fox News Channel continues to stand behind its story.

Politics · Wed, 11/05/2008 - 21:53 · Importance: 9

Thu, 11/06/2008 - 17:59
Mary

I heard that it was Mitt Romney people spreading the smears...makes sense if they consider her a threat to him if he runs in 2012.....BUT also heard they started this before the end of the election when their time would have been better spent trying to get their team elected...Not that it would have made a difference...when you can move the uneducated and clueless to vote based on false promises you pretty much have it locked up.

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 12:06
Fred Dawes
myspace.com/freddawes1776

Mary is right, but the fact is it was about race rule and not history or God or rights or anything like that it was all about race and in 2012 obama will have 100 million new people from south america and africa and will become a dictator not in name but in fact. just look at all the black and hispanic rulers of cities and states all keep power its part of the ideals of the third world person. Obama has no love for this country HE HATES YOUR FREEDOMS and will keep power just wait and see, the people police are being set-up now under the ideals of black/hispanic rules called gangs.

Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:54
Smitty

NAFTA is a moving target, our own government even denes there's a unification movement, its supposed t be nebulous and I think it presumes other central American & carribean coutries joining it. I think it you asked the authors of NAFTA what nations it covered you'd get several different answers.