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

Jai

June 6th, 2011
4:59 pm

What doggone histornians says she’s correct? The ones that are on Wikipedia trying to change history to fit her dim-wit version. Let’s see her “long form” high school diploma!

Alatsea

June 6th, 2011
5:04 pm

She needs to keep riding on her bus to glory. WOW what an idiot.

Square Peg

June 6th, 2011
5:06 pm

http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353

Jai, read here. I’ve seen a few other sources too.

Palin was correct.

Mad Dog

June 6th, 2011
5:07 pm

Palin has a degree in journalism. Just like the writer of this article.

Oh Please

June 6th, 2011
5:29 pm

I don’t care if you can point to a few statements wherein Revere MAY HAVE “warned” the Brits that they were gonna get their asses kicked HE IS KNOWN FOR warning AMERICANS that the British were arriving – by sea or land – with laterns not effing bells. PERIOD. She is an IDIOT. Just deal with it.

Siege

June 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

“Um, like 1 historian said what she said was sort of correct.”

‘Sort of correct’ is still wrong. If I answered a history question ’sort of correct’ on a test it would still be marked as wrong.

“…and scientists say Creationism is scientific fact.”

Really? Scientists have finally discovered scientific evidence for Creationism? When did this happen?

Oh Please

June 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

This is a repost from FACT because it is DEAD ON!!!

What she said is confusing, idiotic rambling that happens to remotely resemble what actually happened.

It is a stupid statement that implies Revere was out to make lots of racket to warn the British of the impending fight they were up against. That’s not what happened, as per Revere’s own words.

He was sent to warn the colonists that the British were coming (to arrest certain people and take weapons stockpiles). He only “warned” the British after he was captured and talked about what he was doing.

If you look at the historical record and what Palin said and conclude they are one in the same, you are an idiot.

Todd Koto

June 6th, 2011
5:35 pm

…and Obama thinks there are 58 states in the U.S.

mark

June 6th, 2011
5:51 pm

Drill here drill Now. I guess her fans thought she needed a lobotomy.

That small town in Alaska has lost it’s town idoit again. I heard she was on a bus to some where. I can not believe the people who like/ send money to her.

Repoman

June 6th, 2011
5:55 pm

Sarah Palin is no genius, but she is smart enough to rake in a fortune. I don’t think she would be taken as a serious presidential candidate for 2012, but she will have a large degree of influence nonetheless. She has a fair amount of charisma, but does not usually fair well when she’s not reading off a teleprompter. Who cares if she maligns the facts? She’s still more interesting than the Kardashian bimbos (BTW, they’ve made a fortune also).

middleoftheroader

June 6th, 2011
5:55 pm

Revere was sent, with 2 others, to let the MAss. militia know it was time to fight. When he was stopped he tried to scare the British off. He did not ride through the streets screaming and shooting to warn off or scare the British or brag about our superiority and gun power. Palin once again shot off her mouth and now people are bending the truth to make her look less like an idiot who doesn’t know the most basic 3rd grade story. And you know what, this has nothing to do with Obama. You tea partiers will be hard pressed to find anyone in any party with such deep foot in mouth disease as Palin except for Bachman. You embrace her, you embrace all her stupidity too!

Bob

June 6th, 2011
6:01 pm

Seems like Doug at 11:45 just pointed out who the dumb ones are…..Palin was right all along. Hmmmm…..yep, keep trashing her all you know it alls.

Bob

June 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

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.”

Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British.

(Who’s the dummy now? ) Seems like Palin was right once more. Just like when she said you could see Russia from her backyard. Right again. She just keeps showing who the losers are.

The water between Alaska and Russia is called the Bering Strait. In the strait there are two islands, Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Little Diomede belongs to the US and Big Diomede belongs to Russia. They are about 2 miles apart, so you can see Russia from Alaska.

Palin 2 Left Wing Haters 0

Peter

June 6th, 2011
6:22 pm

I think Sarah wins on this road tour if nobody mentions recently released “Blind Allegiance” or the trove of 1/2 governor e-mails the public will see. She wants this distraction from substance.

I don’t see her as a legitimate candidate but she loves the attention. If elected we will be fortunate that she doesn’t serve full term.

seadog14

June 6th, 2011
6:27 pm

This is why “Wikipedia” is not considered a reliable source. Sarah, you actually have to READ adult history books to get the full view. But, being raised in Massachusetts, and that being a required part of our elementary education, we would have been marked WRONG with an answer like that. This woman (said loosely) gives females a bad name.

Madea

June 6th, 2011
6:36 pm

ghostcommander

June 6th, 2011
6:40 pm

GodofHellfire

June 6th, 2011
6:57 pm

What a great day for the Democrats. Obama’s policies are going South. Weiner apologizes to Breitbart. Breitbart goes “Billy Mays” and says, “But wait, there’s more!” Liberal media concocts Sarah Palin “controversy” to overshadow Demos’ Weiner’s conflagration. Huma the Beard won’t beard no mo’. Every liberal columnist required to write snarky tripe about the Hon. Gov. Sarah Palin and then they got caught in her trap, arguing with Paul Revere’s diary. Look it up with the Massachusetts Historical Society. I really shouldn’t piss off Georgia Democrats, they have a history of donning white sheets and pointy hats and lynching blacks and white Republicans.

Harold

June 6th, 2011
7:30 pm

In this one statement, accurate or not, Palin has proven herself to be out of touch with America, probably from living on the other side of Canada for so long. She is practically a Russian. She lives closer to the Kremlin than to Washington DC!

dh5876

June 6th, 2011
8:18 pm

…does google (i.e., and many other such search engines) still work? I seriously wonder why someone with Ms. Palin’s alleged “credentials” does not check all of the available resources before sticking there proverbial “foot in their mouth”!!!!!

martha white

June 6th, 2011
9:36 pm

It’s really hard to find this page. It isn’t linked from the home page of ajc.com now. Wonder why they buried “News to Me!”? Maybe George Mathis has learned something new. Thanks to Sarah!

stud11

June 6th, 2011
11:53 pm

The town of Columbus, Ohio has a larger population than the entire state of Alaska…if the mayor of Columbus Ohio walked away from his elected position after serving less than half his term, does that mean the mayor is qualified to be POTUS? Heck no ! Can you say quitter?

Nightthorn k'Vala

June 7th, 2011
1:21 am

Sarah Palin is very good at learning soundbites, but outside of her few learned cues she just starts spewing any stuff that comes into her tiny little brain whether it makes sense or not. She doesn’t think, doesn’t read, and cannot fathom that she can be wrong about anything. Do we want someone this stupid, from the left or the right, as our Commander in Chief? Our President has to be a person of thought AND action, dealing with all kinds of people of all kinds of thoughts and beliefs in all kinds of situations. Folksy, cute, and charming as Sarah is, folksy, cute, and charming won’t cut in on the world’s stage. You betcha! *wink*

Markus

June 7th, 2011
1:49 am

Wow, this woman is just stupid enought to become our next president!

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Fingers

June 8th, 2011
2:33 pm

Wow. These are the people who would vote this iceberg idiot into the White House? I’m going onto Wikipedia right now to see if they’ve tried to revise Africa into a country.

Highlander

June 8th, 2011
3:39 pm

I’m not a Palin fan, but she is still more intelligent than our current president, who thinks the USA is made up of 57 states! And don’t forget – teachers are mostly all Democrats, so it’s no wonder everyone is stupid.

left/right/whateva

June 9th, 2011
8:10 am

highlander, isnt it time for you to lose your head? there can be only one– and you are not that one! everyone is not stupid, but you certainly are.

KITTY

June 9th, 2011
9:57 am

I’m still trying to figure out wth she has fans? Must be a group of people with absolutely nothing better to do.

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Crabby Grandma

June 13th, 2011
4:24 pm

do you suppose the people of Alaska, her parents and the Re[ublicans are ALL morons? It would appear so.
she should be hog-tied and haave her mouth covered with duct tape!

paul

June 16th, 2011
10:43 am

Everyoine was British then. Paul Revere was British, so was George Washington and every other colonist. So Paul Revere did not say ” the British are coming”

so Sarah Palin was right when she said that Paul Revere warned the British, because EVERYONE was British subjects then.

Omid Jamdar

June 29th, 2011
6:37 pm

I find it pretty ironic that a politicians who was former governor of alaska and ran for vice president and is now a presidential candidate does not know the history of the might Paul Revere? To me that is shocking and really embarrassing.