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Fox News' Tina Fey-Sarah Palin mixup
The cable news network that employs the former Alaska governor accidentally subs in a photo of the comedienne imitating Palin
 
For the record, this is not Sarah Palin, but Tina Fey impersonating the former Alaska Governor. Unfortunately, FoxNews didn't catch that before it was used in a report.
For the record, this is not Sarah Palin, but Tina Fey impersonating the former Alaska Governor. Unfortunately, FoxNews didn't catch that before it was used in a report.
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The video: Sarah Palin may work for Fox News as an on-air consultant, but that doesn't mean the studio staff knows what she looks like. On Sunday, Fox plugged a report that Palin was "50-50" on entering the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination with a graphic showing not Palin... but comic Tina Fey portraying Palin in a 2008 Saturday Night Live skit. (See the video below.) According to Mediaite, Fox executives — already embarrassed by "a few Palin-related screwups over the years" — responded with a strongly worded memo announcing a zero-tolerance policy for such errors in the future.

The reaction: Given that "Fox News is infamous for falling for fake stories and making other overt flubs" says Lindsay William-Ross at LAist, this is hardly surprising. Though justified in getting mad, says Natasha Lennard at Salon, Fox News bigwigs should cut their minions a break: "Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression is uncanny." Anyone could have made the same mistake. Watch the goof-up that slipped through the cracks:

 

 

 

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