…[A]fter SNL ran an amusing parody of Schoolhouse Rock to satirize Obama’s order on immigration reform, the Washington Post took it upon themselves to fact check a comedy show. As far as I can tell, this service was not provided after Tina Fey’s line “I can see Russia from my house” helped destroy Palin’s image. And that’s too bad, since Palin never said those words (despite what most Americans might think).
A similar example occurred the other day, when a Friday news dump indicated a trove of 30,000 “lost” emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s had been discovered by the Inspector General. This was from the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. The media mostly reported the news with a yawn, only sometimes noting Lerner’s refusal to testify, or to recall just how amazingly coincidental it was that her hard drive just happened to crash in the first place, or previous statements that the emails could not be retrieved and were lost forever, or the absurd notion that a government agency couldn’t logistically retrieve two years worth of “lost” emails.