In a June 7 editorial, The Washington Times stated that Sarah Palin's recent comments about Paul Revere were “correct” and that the “left does not revere history.” As Media Matters has noted, experts agree that Palin's account of Paul Revere's ride was “mostly inaccurate.”
From the Times editorial, headlined, “The media ride of Sarah Palin; The left does not revere history” :
It soon turned out, however, that Mrs. Palin's version of history was correct. While Revere warned the Americans that the British were coming, he also warned the British - not for their benefit - that the Americans were coming. When Revere was detained by British soldiers during his ride, he told them, in his own words, “that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be 500 Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.” As for the bells and gunshots, David Hackett Fischer - in the 1994 book “Paul Revere's Ride” - quotes a townsman saying that on that night, “repeated gunshots, the beating of drums and the ringing of bells filled the air.”
Tea Partyers and others who look to America's past for inspiration are appealing to the great national narrative that the left has rejected. In essence, we have become two peoples: one with a vision of America as an exceptional country with a heroic history, and another believing the country and its people are burdened by a multitude of original sins and populated by groups who are owed continuing and endless debts because of that corrupt past.