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  • 'Oopsies!': Us Weekly apologizes to Sarah Palin over using fake quotes

    Sarah Palin. (Reuters)

    Whoops!

    Us Weekly ran a story quoting Sarah Palin demanding that Christina Aguilera be “deported” over her botched performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XLV.

    The only problem: It never happened.

    The item “quoted” Palin trashing Aguilera as “a demanding beauty queen who’s clearly in over her head” and adding for good measure, “If I were president, I’d deport Ms. Augilera back to wherever it is she’s from and give Amy Smart a call.”

    The fake quotes originated from an Onion-like satirical web site, relaying a fictional radio interview between the former Governor of Alaska and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

    Other choice “quotes” from Palin that fooled Us Weekly included, “Here’s another case of an airhead diva going on TV, running her mouth off, sounding like a fool. She doesn’t understand something so basic about America, yet we’re supposed to tolerate her diva behavior?” and “Unemployment is at nine percent, yet we have to suffer through a performance by a foreigner with a poor grasp of the English language?”

    Us Weekly apologized for their mistake Thursday saying, “Oopsies…our bad!”

    “I had no interview with Sean [Hannity] and I have never bashed Christina,” Palin told Us. “In fact, I’ve defended her by telling folks to back off the criticism of her mistake. I was telling my kids right after her national anthem issue blew up that people needed to lay off her mistake. And then to read to that I condemned her?”

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