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

Cletus

June 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

All that homeschool education seems to have done her good

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
12:58 pm

THIS JUST IN – Fiction-Pedia elected head of Republican Idiocy Committee

Bah Humbug

June 6th, 2011
1:00 pm

Sarah Palin. Please run, you are a Democratic God sent says Obama.

MH

June 6th, 2011
1:06 pm

Every time there’s a Palin interview, I’m reminded of Cliff Clavin on “Cheers”…. can you imagine a conversati­on between those two?

Madea

June 6th, 2011
1:06 pm

Boston Herald: “Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account… You betcha she was right!”
http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353

One Democrat

June 6th, 2011
1:07 pm

I look forward to voting for Palin in the primaries. I want her to win the GOP. My appeal to all Democrats let’s support her in the primaries. It will be entertaining to say the least.

Donna P.

June 6th, 2011
1:09 pm

“The truth is that Paul Revere never finished that ride that come to be named after him. Paul Revere was stopped by a British patrol on his way to Concord. He never made it!

In fact, he was riding with two other men, only one of whom succeeded in warning the Americans in Concord that the British were coming.

William Dawes also rode with Paul Revere that night. He, too, was stopped by a British patrol. He managed to escape, as did Dr. Samuel Prescott, the third rider.

Revere, meanwhile, didn’t escape until much later, and without his horse. He walked back to Lexington and made it there in time to witness part of the battle on Lexington Green.

Dawes, meanwhile, got lost in the dark and never made it to Concord.

Only Dr. Samuel Prescott reached Concord, where he delivered the warning, “The British are Coming!” And when the British came to Concord, the Americans were ready.”

ASB

June 6th, 2011
1:09 pm

What a disappointing article and a sickening response from AJC readers. What she actually said was historically accurate. It’s been backed by historians and by Paul Revere’s own writings. Because she didn’t regurgitate the 4th grade civics studies version everyone expected, you all jumped on her to attempt to validate you own baseless world view that she is wholly ignorant. Stop and think how this entire comment sections reflects, more than anything, your hatred of this woman and deep seeded WISH that she is dumb.

Donna P.

June 6th, 2011
1:10 pm

Sorry, I forgot to post where I found this information: http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/funfacts/paulrevere.htm

john

June 6th, 2011
1:15 pm

Not only is she stupid for thinking the purpose of Revere’s midnight ride was to alert the British, she’s even stupider for thinking she could plausibly reform her comments and rewrite history in an effort to cover up her ignorance. There may well be a liberal-media bias against her, but, geez, even if all one considers is what comes out of her own mouth, it’s obvious she’s one of the dumbest candidates ever to run for national office.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

newsflash, add observer as secretary.

L. Adams

June 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

So…. did the lamestream media throw Ms. Palin another gotcha question?

Every question that she stumbles on or appears to stumble on is a gotcha question. You betcha!!

Observer

June 6th, 2011
1:18 pm

Sarah Palin is right. Revere actually did consult with the British about their impending activities. He was a patriot, but he warned the British to back off.

Palin is right on this point. It isn’t trumpeted in Cliff’s Notes versions of history, but as a historian, I know that Palin is accurate.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
1:19 pm

THIS JUST IN – In first act as head of the Republican Idiocy Committee, Fiction-Pedia has nominated ASB for co-chairmanship.
ALSO REPORTING – FICTION-Pedia and ASB propose joint resolution to make American history “fit;” it is not clear at the moment what this means.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
1:22 pm

THIS JUST IN – Observer disregards “history”, claims expertise

Mad Dog

June 6th, 2011
1:23 pm

George Mathis is just another yellow dog democrat that stoops to photo shop pictures to ridicule. He isn’t as smart as Sarah Palin so he has to resort to ridicule of a smarter person to try to justify his lessor state.

bigboomNY

June 6th, 2011
1:26 pm

Why is this lady still making news… she is a retard… We knew that when she was on the ticket w/Mccain. Any Grade school child knows the story of Paul Revere….

[...] these people vote? Palin’s idiot fan club works to revise history! Dear Heavenly Days. Someone save us from these morons! [...]

Night Raider

June 6th, 2011
1:27 pm

What a dumb broad. Everyone knows the colonists were notified that the British were coming, not the other way around. There was a signal from the belfry of old North Church: one if by land, two if by sea, three if by Twitter.

janeway

June 6th, 2011
1:27 pm

Are most of you just finding out what a dummy she is? This isn’t the first time she’s gotten history wrong. The gun-toters think she’s great. Are they as stupid as she is??

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
1:28 pm

mad dog, that is just ugly. george mathis cannot write about a topic unless the meat of it occurs. and btw- everyone is smarter than palin. she is doing pretty well making out like a bandit getting goobers like you to support her financially, though.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
1:28 pm

THIS JUST IN – Observer subpoenaed as “expert witness” for Republican Idiocy Committee hearings on making American history “fit”

Night Raider

June 6th, 2011
1:29 pm

@Observer: Revere “consulted with the British” and told them to back off. Give me a break. He was stopped and detained by a British patrol and he baffled them with BS about the colonists having an army of 500 that would arrive immenently. Since he wasn’t armed he wasn’t shot and the Brits let him go.

R. Goodden

June 6th, 2011
1:31 pm

Mr. Mathis is seemingly one of those whom the Los Angeles Times takes to task in today’s edition … for not knowing their history. When detained by the British in the course of his ride Revere actually DID warn the British that resistance to the growing revolt was futile, as correctly noted by the newspaper.

… Or does Mathis number the Times among Gov. Palin’s camp?

Dealmaker

June 6th, 2011
1:31 pm

The moronic apologist are now trying to rationalize her screw-up by claiming that the confession obtained from Revere at the point of a British pistol while being threatened with getting his brains blown out somehow substantiates her claim that he was ringing bells and shooting guns to warn the British. Palin is a disgrace. John McCain should never be forgiven for unleashing this charlatan on the gullible right wing fanatics in the country. She will lead them off a cliff where many innocent people will be hurt.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
1:31 pm

noooooo night raider, nooooo. observer is a qualified historian. we know this because he says so. observer is correct and all of history is wrong. run palin run!

Aquagirl

June 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

It’s frightening that some people want this woman to be president. But even more frighting Sarah cultists assert history expert Sairy was really trying to educate us as to the “true” reason for Paul Revere’s ride, and was tragically misunderstood by the unwashed masses.

Spin until you puke—-nobody is buying that crap.

The Real Politico

June 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

There will always be those who support anyone who agrees with their slanted view.
The facts be damn. That’s what we have here. These are the same people who said she was more qualified than Obama to be President in 2008.
Yeah, right…

North Over South

June 6th, 2011
1:34 pm

She’s an ignorant unintelligent moron and to stupid to be president what a ding bat

kkong

June 6th, 2011
1:38 pm

John McCain…I will never, ever forgive you for bringing the idiot into national prominence! And, I MEAN NEVER!

PR

June 6th, 2011
1:40 pm

Do you really expect Palin to say anything that makes sense. She is the poster child for airheaded bimbos. It took her 6 colleges to get a liberal arts degreee. She couldn’t even finish a 4-year term as governor of Alaska. She has no credibility. The national media needs to quit following her around. Ignore her and maybe she’ll get the message that we don’t want her in the race. If she runs Obama will be a shoo-in.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
1:40 pm

THIS JUST IN – Noted “history buff” R. Goodden claims 230+ year old documents “elaborate left wing forgery,” and carbon dates Los Angeles Times article to find that it pre-dates “phony historical documents.” Set to submit findings to “expert historian,” Observer.

Terrance

June 6th, 2011
1:41 pm

When you all find out that Sarah Palin is right about EVERYTHING, you will feel stupid and shamed.

I know her heart and her soul. She is a profoundly Christian woman who prays for all of us – even you heathen Democrats – and works tirelessly to free us all from the dependance upon Middle Eastern Oil. We need to rely on ourselves and only ourselves if we are to survive as a country. Relax folks, Sarah is here to save us all. Just listen to her.

And also, Michelle Bachman too.

Let the Big Dawg Eat

June 6th, 2011
1:42 pm

“Listen my children, and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. ‘No guns for the British,’ o’l Paulie was wailin. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Sarah Palin!

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
1:45 pm

terrance, i know, you drank some palin koolaid (sp?) didnt ya? betcha ya were sittin’ on her fron’ porch lookin’ @ russia @ the time, hunh? poor baby, no more koolaid for you! run palin run!!

Historian

June 6th, 2011
1:50 pm

Yes, Sarah, Paul Revere was warning the British. And the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery. And Richard Nixon did nothing wrong in the Watergate mess. And you, sweetheart, have a great chance to become President. You betcha! Keep it up, girl.

Toccoa Reader

June 6th, 2011
1:51 pm

She should simply be ignored.

lessmore

June 6th, 2011
1:52 pm

Stupid is as stupid does.

Newsflash

June 6th, 2011
1:55 pm

THIS JUST IN – “Christian Psychic” Terrance refuses “Koll-Aid”

Terrance

June 6th, 2011
1:55 pm

left/right: No Koll-Aid here. As a Christian, I know her soul and the light that emanates from her proves she speaks the truth. It is a shame you are blinded to her and her wisdom. Perhaps if you were a Christian – and subsequently not going to burn in the eternal fire – you would see this.

I pity you. Please find Christ before we are forced to heard you and your ilk into some sort of re-education program.

Jesus is Lord and Sarah is his new Voice to us all.

And also, Bristol too.

Elen

June 6th, 2011
2:00 pm

She has no clue. Next she’ll be saying that in spite of being headless he bravely rode on to warn the British.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:02 pm

dear koolaid terrance- before you can do ANYTHING with me, you would have to be able to do a better job with the English language, but- ohhh, right- you worship palin- so you are just doing the best you can. if my salvation was contingent upon either palin, Lord knows i would deserve eternal fire. fortunately, i believe Jesus is
God’s Son and that He gave His life to save me. i confessed my sins and asked Him into my heart and i have the Holy Spirit to daily guide me. you go right along with palin in your heart and bristol as your guide, koolaid boy, you will be just dandy, you betcha!! run palin run. and for the record, i KNOW you are not serious, please, please be a wonderfully facetious person!!

Mel

June 6th, 2011
2:07 pm

Dear Sarah Palin: Please run for President and pick Michelle Bachmann as your running mate. I need some entertainment. Thank you.

alamodefender

June 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

looks like wikipedia needs to update their revere story. revere warned the british that he allerted the colonists after he was captured,telling them that 500 armed colonists were waiting for them. he was trying to stall them to buy time for the colonists to prepare for battle. this from his own diary.

djculpepper

June 6th, 2011
2:11 pm

This woman is to to dumb to even open her mouth. She Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, and
Elizabeth Hasselbeck need to SHUTUP. THEY MAKES ME SICK!

Madea

June 6th, 2011
2:15 pm

George Mathis should have researched a bit before he raced to post this opinion piece and slapped a silly hat on the photo.

Did no one read this? Boston Herald: “Experts back Sarah Palin’s historical account… she was right!”
http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353

Historian

June 6th, 2011
2:17 pm

The light that emanates from Sarah Palin is the sunshine passing through her vacant skull and out her ears.

alamodefender

June 6th, 2011
2:18 pm

99% of the posters here,get ready to eat the best crow you ever had,historians are backing Palin on her account of revere warning the british that the colonists were armed and waiting for them. he did this to buy more time for the colonists to prepare.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:23 pm

“Historian
June 6th, 2011
2:17 pm
The light that emanates from Sarah Palin is the sunshine passing through her vacant skull and out her ears.”

ummm, yep, what he said, you betcha!! run palin run!!

conservatist

June 6th, 2011
2:25 pm

Nothing can be as blatant ignorant as the person who resides in the White House saying we have 57 STATES!!!!!!