The mainstream media (MSM) continue to ridicule and villify Sarah Palin for saying that Paul Revere also warned the British. Palin is factually accurate. The MSM are factually inaccurate. Here is a letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, dated 1798. The original of the letter, signed by Revere and in his own handwriting, is in the posession of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The text is available on the web to anyone interested. I have underlined the germane part. The following text starts on page 4 of the letter.
I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back, and orderd <sic> me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from, & what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes. He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative <sic>. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded <sic>, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately <sic> rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above.
Mainstream media propagandists who knew of, or have been informed of, the facts argue that: (1) Palin’s claim is false nonetheless, because she is too ignorant to have known of Revere’s letter. (2) Palin’s claim may be factually accurate, but it is “untrue” in a deeper sense because it contradicts U.S. mythology that is vital to patriotism.
I suggest that any nation whose newsmedia deliberately spread falsehood as “deeper truth” is doomed. I do not support Palin. I do support factual accuracy.
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Frank W. Sweet is the author of Legal History of the Color Line (ISBN 9780939479238), an analysis of the nearly 300 appealed cases that determined Americans’ “racial” identity over the centuries. It is the most thorough study of the legal history of this topic yet published. He was accepted to Ph.D. candidacy in history with a minor in molecular anthropology at the University of Florida in 2003 and has completed all but his dissertation defense. He earned an M.A. in History from American Military University in 2001. He is also the author of several state park historical booklets and published historical essays. He was a member of the editorial board of the magazine Interracial Voice, and is a regular lecturer and panelist at historical and genealogical conferences. To send email, click here.
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