Earlier this week, US Weekly picked up a satirical story about Sarah Palin calling Christina Aguilera an ‘airhead.’
Turns out they weren’t the only ones. Time also fell for it. Yes. Time magazine. From their post:
Was Christina Aguilera’s Star-Spangled Banner slip-up enough to provoke war? Conan apparently thinks so. And you thought Sarah Palin went overboard by commenting that she wanted to deport the singer?
That ‘wanted to deport’ link goes to a CurrentTV.com post titled ‘Palin says she’d deport Christina Aguilera for botching the national anthem,’ which is taken from the same satirical source that US Weekly fell for.
It appears the governor didn't much appreciate the blunder...
Fox Nation is reporting that Governor Palin emailed Time to have them correct the record, as well as apologize to both Aguilera and Hannity for their false story. She wrote:
"Subject: Great job, MSM!
Jay - pls tell your bosses there at Time Magazine thank you for the invitations to attend the upcoming functions. I'll sure put a lot of thought into those invitations.
Then, have your editors retract Time's most recent ridiculous lies about me supposedly giving Sean Hannity a radio interview wherein I supposedly talked about Christina Aguilera (that I slammed her for her Nat'l Anthem mistake, and called for her deportation, etc). You guys were fooled into running a fake story that even US Weekly pulled and apologized for their blunder. Total lies - and you guys (once again) even put quotation marks around things I have never uttered. Then, Time needs to run an apology to Christina along with the retraction. (Add Hannity in your apology, too...those good folks don't deserve to be in a caustic, untrue story about me.) Thanks much - keep up the great work, Time Magazine."
You can read the entire Fox Nation piece here
Update: Please note that Jay Newton-Small is not the individual responsible for writing the original article at Time Magazine. She is the Editor at Time who Governor Palin contacted in order to ask for a retraction and the apologies to Aguilera and Hannity. She helped correct the record, and now the Time article states:
And you thought Sarah Palin went overboard by commenting that she wanted to deport the singer? (CLARIFICATION: Palin did not, in fact, say this. It was a tongue-in-cheek link to an article that was intended as a joke.)
Please do not go after Jay Newton-Small. She got the record corrected after another writer's screw up. She has been very fair with Governor Palin, as you can see in this article she wrote about the speech at the Reagan Ranch last week.