I really believe that the biggest problem in this country is willful ignorance, particularly on the right. At this site, you can see debate — between those who support Obama and the Congressional Democrats and those who feel neither is doing the best job.
But on the right — if a politician’s statements don’t fit reality, well, then, reality must be wrong.
Palin — who proclaimed that what that led her to her Paul Revere idiocy was a gotcha question — cannot admit error, and instead has doubled down, saying she is right. So, since Palin says she’s right, her legions of followers have determined she is, and are rewriting source material to match what she said.
This has set off a debate between the wiki editors and the loons about what is appropriate. The wiki editors are saying, “you can’t just add stuff in that has no support in sourcing.” And the loons are saying “a prominent politician said it, and a TV station said it too, so it has to be included.”
Of course the “TV station” cited was simply running a report on Palin’s idiocy, but these folks have decided that amounts to support of her argument.
So, how to deal with it when all the sources say one things, and Caribou Barbie says another? You say exactly what they say about evolution versus creationism: you teach the controversy.
That’s right — Palin’s fans are now arguing that the facts of what happened with Paul Revere are now in dispute, since historians say one thing and bubblehead said another.
It is quite astonishing to me. Rather than simply say “uh, Sarah…sorry, but you misspoke there,” the real world has to be changed in the minds of these people. This is what happens when you have people who are encouraged to believe that education is suspect (scientists don’t know what they’re talking about — they’re just libruls, so ignore what they say about climate change and evolution), that anyone with advanced schooling is an elitist ( I don’t, but wish I had that kind of education) and that schools should be teaching all God all the time.