Is This Real Life?
Back in 2009, Fox News management sent an email to employees threatening “warning letters to personnel files, suspensions, and other possible actions up to and including termination” for any on-screen errors. Despite their warning that “Effective immediately, there is zero tolerance for on-screen errors”, a segment this weekend about Sarah Palin being undecided on whether or not to run in the 2012 presidential race included an on-screen error some experts (my stuffed animals) are calling “schadenfreudelicious”. As seen in the video below, instead of airing recent stock footage of the former Governor of Alaska / renowned Paul Revere historian / published author / reader of many books and periodicals, Fox News displayed a picture of Tina Fey imitating Sarah Palin in a 2008 Saturday Night Live sketch. What god did I please?
We reached out to our nonexistent liaison at the Fox News desk for a comment. In support of their continued dedication to fact-checking things before they go to air, our imaginary contact forwarded us this important interoffice memo: