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!

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!!!!!!

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!

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.

[...] Palin fans trying to revise Wikipedia’s Paul Revere entry | News To Me with George Mathis [...]

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.