Palin goes four words without lying in "Time 100" blurb on Beck

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Time released today its round-up of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Fox News' own Glenn Beck made the list, earning himself a mini-profile written by his Fox News colleague Sarah Palin. I'll reproduce Palin's contribution below, but only up to the point where the lying starts:

Who'd have thought a history buff

And stop.

Okay, maybe it's not a "lie" per se, but my understanding was that "history buffs" are people who love and respect history, not people who use history as a weapon against their political opponents. I also always assumed that "history buffs" trafficked in accurate retellings of our past, and didn't do things like wrongly claim the Revenue Act of 1913 was unconstitutional, or say that Soviet genocide under Stalin was "erased" from history, or claim that Teddy Roosevelt was "anti-Constitution," or misinterpret the Constitution and end up praising a provision that protected the slave trade. But that's just me.

Wait, actually, no -- it's not just me. It's me and a bunch of honest-to-goodness historians who think Beck's view of history isn't exactly convincing or accurate.

Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin
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