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

Historian

June 6th, 2011
2:29 pm

Sarah, please, please, please run for President!

Tealiban Party

June 6th, 2011
2:30 pm

Gee, was Katie Couric in the audience during her appearance on the Freedom Trail? Palin claimed on Fox News yesterday that this was another “gotcha” shoutout question.

Give me a break! GO BACK TO YOUR IGLOO and quit dumbing down America!!!

Dazed and Confused

June 6th, 2011
2:34 pm

Based on Sarah’s account, the British were going to be taking away our arms by ringing bells? Do ringing bells make guns dissapear?

Old Dawg

June 6th, 2011
2:37 pm

Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery … George Orwell, the 20th Century’s greatest prophet!

How anyone can consider Palin for anything more than garbage collector is beyond me. It doesn’t matter which party a candidate represents, at least they should know our history, constitution and legislative concepts. Sad to say, Palin flunks those tests day after day.

Time to pack up the bus and drive home to obscurity!

Sarahs Right

June 6th, 2011
2:38 pm

57 came from John Kerry’s wife, Heinze.

*Palin watched Revere’s whole ride from her porch, so she knows how it went down.*

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:38 pm

conservatist? you def belong in palin’s court. you make up words just like she does.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:41 pm

and you should run as her vice prez if you are truly comparing obama and palin. heck, you could run as prez if you compare palin with anyone and think she is brighter, you betcha. run palin run.

Aquagirl

June 6th, 2011
2:42 pm

Madea, did you not read this headline? “Zombies take over Henry County highway” http://www.ajc.com/news/henry/zombies-take-over-henry-968755.html

Maybe you should have researched a bit before racing to post your pimp job of Sarah that relies on a headline, because most of the population understands headlines are to attract attention and the actual story may be a bit more complex. How silly will you feel when the living dead invade and dig out your brain? You could have been nailing up the doors and windows instead of flapping your cake-hole for such a hopeless cause.

On the bright side, your Alaskan quitter should be safe from the zombie outbreak. They only go after brains, y’know.

Liberal/Conservative

June 6th, 2011
2:43 pm

Sarah, if you don’t run for President I will be sorely disappointed. Please run.

BenB

June 6th, 2011
2:47 pm

It is obvious that Palin’s supporters (not to be confused with the athletic type) are as ill informed as she is.

Lord Help Us

June 6th, 2011
2:48 pm

Re: “Terrance” at 1:55 p.m.
Sarah is the new Voice of the Lord? I think He might disagree with you on that one, Terrance, my boy.

Tom in the Great NW

June 6th, 2011
2:56 pm

Maybe the Palin fans can go back and change her birth certificate to read “born with brain” instead of “born without brain”!

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

oh no, dj– not the ‘n’ word—newwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwt?! if palin was put in one pan of a scale and newt was thrown on the other pan– and the act was to determine which one would do the worse job of leading the American public–the poor scale would dump them both off and die of laughter.

Madea

June 6th, 2011
2:57 pm

.Remember when Palin said “Party like it’s 1773″ and you libs proved that you didn’t know when the Boston Tea Party happened? Keep going…

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

wadeva madea, any sane person knows the true phrase is “party like it’s 1999!” go back to your movie!!

Madea

June 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

And love the title of this blog: “News to Me”

Square Peg

June 6th, 2011
3:00 pm

Lord Help Us

June 6th, 2011
3:09 pm

Listen, my children, and you shall hear, of the Midnight Ride of Palin Revere. “The British are coming,” she said with a cry, “Now let’s party on down, and here’s why: Them guns we got stored, ain’t no King gonna get. And the Lord, He has said, I’m the best candidate.”

Lynn

June 6th, 2011
3:19 pm

I can’t tell you which version is right – but I can tell you her version is the one I was taught in public school. Though it would not shock me to find out a government school “taught” me yet one more thing that turned out to be wrong, if she is wrong it would be more of an indctment of education in the United States than it is of Sarah Palin.

I can tell you one thing, though – if she is ever proven right no one will apologize for calling her an idiot over it… too busy envying her for her wealth, power and fame.

And just to cut this accusation off – no, I am not a Palin supporter and I would never vote for her. I’m just not blinded by hatred.

chris

June 6th, 2011
3:24 pm

If this is the best the Republicans can do for the 2012 ticket, they are in trouble. How many Republican candidates have already committed to running? They are all so preoccupied with getting rid of that Black guy. It just burns them up inside. So much so, they would put an idiot like Palin in office, just to spite everyone who voted for Obama. Not gonna happen. This is one American who is tired of the great dumbing down happening in our society. Obama 2012!!!!

Bill

June 6th, 2011
3:24 pm

Anyone that supports an illiterate quitter like Sarah Palin also believes in the Easter bunny and calls soap opera actors by their characters names.

Gareth Andrews

June 6th, 2011
3:25 pm

And why not?

Our textbooks are littered with the influence and bias of conventional/contemporary wisdom.

ENOUGH

June 6th, 2011
3:25 pm

Enough! Do NOT MESS with HISTORY. I don’t want to see her degree, I want to see her College Transcripts. Bottom line, she’s NOT SMARTER than a NEWBORN

kuadf

June 6th, 2011
3:25 pm

i want to see if mr. mathis leaves off the “g”, on words ending in “ing”, when quoting the potus

Jow

June 6th, 2011
3:26 pm

She may have a point. If you adjust this for inflation, take into consideration 0.01% error marging, the new Transformers 3 movie may be a good one to see…

Palin for President… and me for Fresident.

WideAwake

June 6th, 2011
3:27 pm

The dumbing down of Ameri”k”a one palin at a time.

No Excuses

June 6th, 2011
3:27 pm

Lynn, I attended a so-called “government school,” one in South Carolina, no less, but I certainly knew that Sarah Palin was completely wrong to assert that Paul Revere’s ride was to warn the British. And he rang no bells. Palin is an utter fool, and even a graduate of a “government school” can plainly see that.

Terrance

June 6th, 2011
3:28 pm

Even the National Review Online has turned on our Beloved Sarah!

Oh God, why hast thor forsaken her?!!

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/268933/what-sarah-palin-got-wrong-and-we-did-too-joel-j-miller

catlady

June 6th, 2011
3:38 pm

Just when we thought there was no one dumber than Bush, Sarah Palin comes to his rescue.

I believe Revere said, “The Redcoats are coming!” No, not the UGA band, Sarah!

Maybe Greg Allman will write a song for Sarah: “What I Don’t Know, Which is Plenty, I Will Make Up”

Fact

June 6th, 2011
3:53 pm

Paul Revere barely rode anywhere on his “ride”. Israel Bissell Rode much further and warned many more towns of the troops movements, but his name didn’t sound as good in the song as Paul Revere, so the story changed as time went on.

Tolstoy said, ‘History is a wonderful thing, if only it were true.’

Sarah Palin is still a moron.

chris

June 6th, 2011
3:56 pm

It’s a shame that people will blindly follow this woman and defend her stupidity.
She will lead this country into a path of destruction with her ignorance. Palin, please stick to reality shows and bus tours. It seems that’s what you are good at. Leave politics to the educated folk.

boots

June 6th, 2011
3:58 pm

Straw man – or in this case – woman. Obama is a socialist who is ruining this country’s financial and military standing, and the most our media can do is focus on Sarah Palin??? We are headed for a cliff, people, and we as a country had better wake up soon.

PearlJam

June 6th, 2011
4:03 pm

LOL, She just proved how stupid the MSM is. She has them pegged, she goes beyond Elementary History knowing she would get the media all confused, they go crazy think they have Palin in a gotcha moment, but only because they don’t know the story beyond 3rd grade books. Not they are the ones that look stupid.

DLink

June 6th, 2011
4:11 pm

http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/revere/
The True Story of Paul Revere

By Charles Gettemy published in 1906

Since people are having trouble with history, here’s a book on it. Go ahead and read you some history my fellow Americans :-)

Youhavegottobekidding

June 6th, 2011
4:11 pm

Oh to be in SP’s shoes. Young, cute, and Stupid as Hell but still getting paind for it.

She was not Accurate. Once he was caught he did tell the British he had warned the country side, but that was not the purpose of his ride.
That’s like saying that the purpose of a drunk driver hitting a house was to add extra ventilation.

Jai

June 6th, 2011
4:11 pm

She (and her ignorance) is the gift that keeps on giving!

Youhavegottobekidding

June 6th, 2011
4:12 pm

@boots Exactly what has Obama done to the economy and the military?

Youhavegottobekidding

June 6th, 2011
4:13 pm

@ Pearl Jam Please educate the masses and explain how she was right?

Real Talk

June 6th, 2011
4:17 pm

Joe
June 6th, 2011
12:20 pm
Put the meth pipe down. Win easily…that’s funny!

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
4:28 pm

Guys, this is not about Obama. Let’s stay focused! Palin is an idiot, but someone is in her corner. She says the most idiotic things and time stops, everyone scrambles to respond-BUT…history DOES NOT change! Run palin, run! You will win, you betcha. Btw, wonder how she feels about her daughter’s supposed reality show? Sarah and newt 2012!!!

Warrior Woman

June 6th, 2011
4:29 pm

All you Palin bashers do realize that historians say her version is correct, don’t you?

ramblingbuzz

June 6th, 2011
4:40 pm

Some people will believe anyone as long as that person supports their own biased political views.

left/right/whateva

June 6th, 2011
4:44 pm

I agree with the poster who wants to see her college transcripts. Let’s start w/ her high school diploma, though. Oooh, how about her birth certificate- not even the long one, just a genuine B.C. ‘Cause, I do not believe she is American. I do not believe she is human. She is a wind up doll created by the Russians to distract us from real issues. You betcha

Sarahs Right

June 6th, 2011
4:46 pm

Historians say her version is correct, and scientists say Creationism is scientific fact.

Hilarious

June 6th, 2011
4:49 pm

This is great…watching all the liberals squirm. You can’t handle the truth…so you try to demonize those with whom you disagree. Talk about one sided, have nothing to say..so you name call, crybabies….Hilarious.

Fact

June 6th, 2011
4:55 pm

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

Fact

June 6th, 2011
4:58 pm

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.

Babs

June 6th, 2011
4:58 pm

Why are we still talking about her? She is just looking for media attention and she is getting it. Not only can she rewrite history, she can make up new words to fit her limited vocabulary.

thebob.bob

June 6th, 2011
4:59 pm

The Twittish are coming, the Twittish are coming!!!!

Next we’ll hear about the Alaskan Revolution when General Seward led the revolt against the Russians and liberated Alaska from Communist domination!

FB

June 6th, 2011
4:59 pm

And Obama has never said anything stupid!! Give me a break!