Palin fans trying to revise Wikipedia’s Paul Revere entry

Revisionist history is as wrong as it is fashionable, but rarely is it as obvious as on Wikipedia, where legions of Sarah Palin fans are reportedly editing the Paul Revere entry to make it match the former Alaska governor’s version of the silversmith’s famous ride.

“And many years later, the Allman Brothers wrote this great song about the whole thing called ‘Midnight Rider’.” (Hat added due to comedy)

“And many years later, the Allman Brothers wrote this great song about the whole thing called ‘Midnight Rider’.” (Hat added due to comedy)

The list of edits is telling for an event that happened 236 years ago.

One edit was removed because a Wikipedian said the new info was “not backed by a reliable sources (it was sarah palin interview videos).”

Another shows a bit of bias against the former Republican candidate for vice president of the United States: “[A newspaper] may be a reliable source, but on this Palin clearly is not.”

The Paul Revere discussion page is basically a flame war.

A Wikipedia administrator writes “if you mention Sarah Palin you’re doing it wrong. This article is about Paul Revere, a historical figure who died nearly two centuries before Sarah Palin came to prominence. She has absolutely nothing to do with the article. I would expect to see contemporary sources and theories proposed by modern historians, but Sarah Palin is neither here nor there.”

For the blissfully unaware, Palin, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, seemed to be confused when asked in Boston about the story of Paul Revere.

Palin, on a bus tour, said Revere went on his midnight ride to notify the British that they shouldn’t confiscate American weapons.

Her actual quote was something like this: “[Revere] warned the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, by ringing those bells, and makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.”

Perhaps Revere was the progenitor of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which came about 16 years later, but I don’t recall that from the history books I’ve read.

Revere, according to history, rode through an area north of Boston in 1775 to warn residents that British forces were on the move. He didn’t really shout “The British are coming,” because, at that time, almost everyone in the area was considered “British.”

If nothing else, the U.S. public, and a few candidates it seems, will learn more about their country this election cycle.

183 comments Add your comment

anythings possible

June 6th, 2011
11:17 am

and while anything is possible, THIS SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THEM!
1st

Esther

June 6th, 2011
11:22 am

And she’s thinking about running for president? Are you kidding me? The story of Paul Revere is an elementary school topic.

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middleoftheroader

June 6th, 2011
11:32 am

She’s an idiot and covering her “noncandidacy” like this is ludicrous. She is blatant that she reads nothing, watches nothing, learns nothing…and this indicates her pattern her whole life. Her platform in Alaska was to get rid of corrupt officials and then she used her office for personal purposes (like trying to get her sister’s exhusband fired) and then realized that saying see ya to Alaska could make her rich. According her elder statesman status makes the GOP look even more out of touch with everyone but the radical few in their party. She is a gift to the independents and DEMs.

Longwalker

June 6th, 2011
11:43 am

If Palin would have wanted accuracy, she would have said that Revere was riding to warn the colonists that Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton were coming!

kgray

June 6th, 2011
11:47 am

I don’t understand why anyone gives this ignorant no nothing woman any press. She is ignorant and unintelligent and people who would seriously vote for her are IDIOTS!

Doug

June 6th, 2011
11:54 am

DW

June 6th, 2011
12:02 pm

WHAT AN F-ING MORON.

ATLDWP

June 6th, 2011
12:02 pm

All Fascists re-write history to suite their aims or back their leaders statements.

phoenix falcon

June 6th, 2011
12:03 pm

@kgray
not only would these fools vote for her, but they are giving her money. quick question……. what happens to all of the money she is collecting, when she does not run for pres? even she is smart enough to know that she is to stupid to be president.

Arminius

June 6th, 2011
12:03 pm

“Her actual quote was something like this: ‘ ”

Are you kidding me? If you’re going to quote somebody, it is your responsibility to get the quote correct. There is no excuse for this kind of garbage. Why use quotation marks while admitting that the words you’re quoting are not accurate?

Mezike23

June 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

So Paul Revere warned the British that the British were coming? Wow! Sarah Palin is truly an icon.

George Mathis

June 6th, 2011
12:07 pm

Arminius – The quote is accurate, but I deleted many umms, uhhhs and other pause words.

ET

June 6th, 2011
12:07 pm

I say we get her to pick Dan Quayle as a running mate!
Our rally cry shall be Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum in 2012!

Accbiker

June 6th, 2011
12:11 pm

Please, please Ms. Palin don’t run for President. You will do more to destroy the Republican party than anyone in history – no matter which historian you care to quote (or paraphrase).

Over?

June 6th, 2011
12:14 pm

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Lemon Flavored Scabs

June 6th, 2011
12:17 pm

She’s hot.

dee

June 6th, 2011
12:18 pm

According to the Boston heral:

Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.”

Obvious

June 6th, 2011
12:18 pm

Kgray: don’t you mean “know” nothing? Now who were you saying is ignorant and unintelligent?

Joe

June 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

The only fools around here are the morons who voted & gave $$$$ to obama. talk about a ignorant fool. Carter looks brilliant in comparison to O-loser.

CW

June 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

It is said that “ignorance is bliss” – Sarah Palin must be the most blissful person on earth, because she’s damned sure the most ignorant!

Joe

June 6th, 2011
12:20 pm

The media keeps bringing her up becuase they know she could win, easily.

CmdrR

June 6th, 2011
12:20 pm

So much for the swimsuit competition. When do we get to the real heart of this election? The economy, the 3 wars, education?

Otherwise, let’s just make a Trump-Palin co-president ticket and be done with it. They’re both dumb as a box of rocks.

Kay

June 6th, 2011
12:22 pm

I’m an democrat and even I don’t believe any republicans can take this woman serious. The only fools that are giving her money and listening to her are prejudice rednecks who would vote for anything as long as they talk bad about that black president

Fiction-Pedia

June 6th, 2011
12:23 pm

If anything is ‘revisionist’ it’s the largely liberal wikipedia, who’s sole purpose appears to be to erase real history in favor of a preferred history, mainly to appease the lies and propaganda of the Left. Anyone who actually utilizes and/or relies upon wikiepedia for any real information is ignorant and deserves the lies they read. Wikipedia is NOT a reliable source of Truthful information.

Timbo

June 6th, 2011
12:24 pm

Please don’t shut her up. Let her continue to talk and show us just how stupid she really is. Run, please run. It will make our election even easier….Palin & Trump (in any order) is starting to sound really good…

The Ignorant Always Come Out

June 6th, 2011
12:25 pm

She is a perfect example of – it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. And the money she is collecting will go into her personal bank account and she doesn’t have to account for it unless she announces she is running. These fools are giving her money so her family can run all over the country having a good time. They didn’t have to open their mouths to remove all doubt – they just opened their pocketbook and removed all doubt. And what is sad about all of this – these people vote. She “gotcha” all right folks – right smack dab in your pocketbook.

mike

June 6th, 2011
12:27 pm

I will be glad when people can vote for her. It will be interesting to see how many goobers buy into her act.

ls1z28chris

June 6th, 2011
12:33 pm

I’m not satisfied that the Boston Herold article actually corroborates Palin’s account. According to Palin, Revere’s ride was intended to warn the British. According to the historians cited in the article who quote Revere, even Revere himself says that his ride was to warn the “Country,” a clear reference to the United States.

This is what he told the British when he was captured: “…there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

His intent is clear. His ride was to warn the country. The fact that the British were in earshot of the bells and gunfire doesn’t change the intent of his ride.

kgray

June 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

Obvious, you are a Palin supporter and thanks for the correction. Joe, we aren’t fools who gave money to Obama and yes we will continue to give him money; because, as it looks for the Republican party, you guys are SOL with your candidates.

TruthBTold

June 6th, 2011
12:36 pm

“If you don’t like the truth, change it because this is America!!! It doesn’t matter if my speeches don’t make sense most of my follows (sheep) just want to here me say ‘reload’ and make other stupid gun references. While I’m at it I’ll use improper grammar to communicate my erroneous thoughts and encourage you to carry a gun at all times because you’re an American” — Sarah Palin

Everyman

June 6th, 2011
12:37 pm

Are you f***ing kidding me Sarah?????

Realist

June 6th, 2011
12:37 pm

I think she works for the Dems. Now way she is this dumb! Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
12:38 pm

run, palin, run! life is a box of…misquotes! i am pretty smart, so i know i am not missing anything here– she stated revere rung the bells to tell the british they were not taking away the colonists’ arms. revere’s letter supposedly states after he was captured! he admitted to the british…. run, palin, run! you make campaigning so….funny! lmcbo

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

THIS JUST IN – Republicans are not intelligent
ALSO REPORTED – Water is wet

Melody

June 6th, 2011
12:39 pm

Now, how many colleges did she go to, for one degree?????

AVM

June 6th, 2011
12:40 pm

What a distraction to the national discussion we ought to be having. Regardless of whether Palin is right or wrong (mostly wrong, I would assert) her ability to divide the country on the most minor of issues shows that she is unfit to be President. But, if conservatives insist on her running then it will be their downfall (and financial windfall for her, as I suspect what this bus tour is all about).

AmericanHistoryX

June 6th, 2011
12:42 pm

I’m by no means a Palin fan, but her answer was actually closer to the truth than the fable that has been told since we were kids. This from the Boston newspaper:

In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.”

Sarahs Right

June 6th, 2011
12:44 pm

Sarah knows what REALLY happened because she watched Paul Revere’s ride from her porch.

Realist

June 6th, 2011
12:46 pm

I’m conservative and this lady is AWFUL. Did anyone notice that all the people she backed last year LOST? I sure did. She is the #1 reason Deal is Georgia’s governor. She backed that other lady in the primary.

Pedro

June 6th, 2011
12:50 pm

@Doug, thanks. Seems that the Palin haters will stick to their guns (figuratively speaking of course) regardless of the historical backing. I can’t wait for the next Tina Fey mockery of her. Most of the haters actually think they are really watching Sarah being an idiot. That in itself would be hilarious if it weren’t for the fact that they also can vote.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

CORRECTION – “Almost all” republicans are unintelligent

Kyle

June 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

You want to talk about fools lets talk about you anti-Americans that would still vote for this idiot thinking you are still going to get something for nothing. You will get more of the same and what you deserve….Unemployment. They will give you just enough to get by so you will vote for them and good luck with that crap. I live paycheck to paycheck but I’ll be the first to say it always has been and always will be about money and if your are waiting on the Government for that well then I can easily see why would vote for Obama again.

Realist

June 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

Here is a “Newsflash:” Newsflash is ignorant. Don’t generalize!

Fiction-Pedia

June 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

No one is dividing the country. It divided itself, and WILL fail miserably, precisely because you people actually care about this one non-issue and ignore the real culprits (about 98% of the corrupt congress)….And you worry about whether Odumba$$ is being investigated because he’s black, because you’ve been trained and engineered to think myopically, and that Odumba$$ and the rest of congress would be incapable of ignoring, and summarily dismantling, the Constitution.

I laugh in yopur general direction. I hope you people are prepared for what’s coming….soon, because it’s not going to be pretty. Riots, mass arrests, mass killings, martial law, and the true end of all liberty and normalcy. You will truly be “RULED” by a tyrant…and you will look back at the past and wonder why you were so unable to see the obvious.

shanti

June 6th, 2011
12:53 pm

Yet again she proves she’s a F****** git. Please do NOT let her anywhere near the White House.

Mitzymy

June 6th, 2011
12:53 pm

Sarah is just going around the country to make money since she has no job. She does make 7 figures from being on Fox, that’s why she won’t say if she is running for president or not. But that is why Mike Huckabee did not run. Fox pays them real good, and Huckabee would rather have a steady 7 figure income and build a mansion in Florida than to take a chance on running for president. Sarah is so dumb that I don’t know why she is news. The reporters following her bus said that she would not give them her agenda or where she was going. They just had to follow the bus and stop when she stopped. She probably didn’t have a set agenda as to where she was going. She has been making money on her looks every since she came on the scene, because that is all it is. There is no substance to evaluate.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
12:53 pm

americanhistoryx=wrong, get a real life. sarahs right, love it, love it, love it!!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

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Clinton "Skink" Tyree

June 6th, 2011
12:56 pm

The media reports chapter and verse of what Sarah Palin says and somehow that reporting is called “the lamestream media” playing “Gotcha” journalism.

Sarah Palin’s ability to make up history on the fly, to fabricate it and rewrite it would qualify her for a position with the Texas School Book Commission.

Run, Sarah, Run! The primaries are going to be quite a hoot!