Public Editor

Famous “quote” from Sarah Palin actually inaccurate

An emailer objects to something in the letters column of today’s Opinion section:

He takes exception to this sentence: “(Sarah Palin) says she can see Russia from her home, and from Roberts’ home, he can see Maryland.”

“But the problem is, Palin never said that she could see Russia from her home,” my reader points out. “Tina Fey said that on SNL. Why would the Star publish a letter from a reader that contains something that is patently false? I may be making too much out of this, but it seems to me that the person in charge of selecting letters to publish should have the common knowledge that Palin never said this.”

That’s a fair one — though the letter-writer might just say he was making a joke the back of another. But I do get my emailer’s point about perpetuating a bit of misinformation, no matter how small. And there are undoubtedly plenty of people who don’t realize Palin never really said it.

It’s worth a correction in tomorrow’s paper and the letter has been reworded online.