Rachel Maddow mistakes satirical blog as credible, uses it to bash GOP

Not everyone can pick up on satire and apparently that includes MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

On Monday’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Maddow blasted conservatives for criticizing President Obama’s Egypt policies, the Atlantic Wire reported Tuesday.

Upon attacking Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and former ambassador to the UN John Bolton, Maddow slammed fictional ChristWire.org writer Stephenson Billings. Maddow was unaware that Billings wasn’t a real person or that Christ Wire is a satirical blog that aims to highlight hyperbolic opinion and rhetoric.

Going “even further into the deep [end],” Maddow giggled as she read excerpts from Billings’ blog entry, which states, “The escalating crisis in Egypt could become a defining moment for Sarah Palin. Governor Palin needs to speak out publicly and forcibly for an American-led invasion to protect our interests in North Africa.”

On Monday evening, Maddow tweeted an acknowledgment that she had erred in citing the satirical Christian forum.

“The bad news about a free and open internet? Sometimes you get had by brilliant satirists. Christwire: 1 TRMS: 0,” Maddow tweeted.

Maddow isn’t the only media figure to have fallen for Christ Wire’s hoax. Last August, Huffington Post writer Katla McGlynn condemned a Christ Wire article for spreading “unfounded and offensive stereotypes about gay men,” although she also wrote, “We’re not sure if this is a satire or not, but from the looks of things no one really knows.”

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  • cat58

    The reason “no one knows” is because you have to have an intellect of which madcow, jarrett and most huff post idiots do not have. Maybe they should get together and all have a bottle of wine. MD 20/20 should be right up madcow and jarretts alley. That seems to be where they came from.

  • Robert_A_Hahn

    Most people on the left are sufficiently full of bigotry and hatred that when they see anything that reinforces their prejudices, they believe it. It’s like a little window into their souls. And they think they are so pure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Smith/100000793020486 Adam Smith

    Perfect reflection on the denseness of Maddow’s belief system that she sees a satire and accepts it as a reflection of her opponent’s reality. She is so ideologically driven she has lost all sense of reality.

  • Mainstream America

    I don’t know. I mistook this site as a satirical blog for the first fifteen minutes. I mean, Tucker Carlson, the disgraced TV anchor who was accused (wrongly [or so it seems]) of rape hosting a site that peppers propaganda with pictures and youtube links with headlines written in hyperbole, it just seemed too tongue in cheek to be believed. It’s so over the top. And the comments left on the blog posts! It’s like eavesdropping on the racist elderly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Nelson/100000172083764 Bill Nelson

    Madcow strikes again.

  • mamaduck27

    Note how she corrects herself on Twitter. Will she make a retraction on her program? I doubt it.

  • Jack Bauer

    In a related story, Maddow also ripped into British write Johnthan Swift for suggesting that the poor eat their babies as a method of alleviating their poverty.

  • Totzke

    sharp as a marble that Maddow!! That just made my day!!