The battle over the midnight ride of Paul Revere refuses to die, four days after Sarah Palin told a Boston television reporter that the Revolutionary War hero “warned the British that they weren’t going to take away our arms” by “riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells.” While the Internet, political-media critics, and The Daily Show — which created a specific Twitter hashtag for her — pounced on the former Alaska governor for her misstatement, the Wikipedia website for Paul Revere has become a battleground as some users, presumable Palin supporters, have attempted to edit the history to better accommodate Palin’s description of events.
On Sunday, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked her (video below), “You realize you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?” but Palin stuck to her guns. “You know, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” she maintained. “Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, ‘Hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have.’ He did warn the British. And in a shout-out ‘gotcha’ type question that was asked of me, I answered candidly and… I know my American history.”
Is Palin getting a bad rap for merely not being an expert on Revere’s heroics, or would she get a C- from your seventh grade history teacher?