Attention NYT: Palin Didn't Actually Say She Could See Russia From Her House

Everything Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin does is apparentlyjust a set upfor a punchline to the hostile Times, judging byWilliam Yardley's "Reporter's Notebook" from Palin's former mayoral stomping grounds of Wasilla, Alaska, on Sunday: "For Alaska, a Remarkably Tumultuous Year."

Politics and parody converge in the new Alaska. Right there on Wasilla Lake not long ago, in clear view of the former residence of Gov. Sarah Palin, two Russian pastors dipped seven Russian teenagers into the water as their mothers and fathers sang Russian hymns on a brilliant morning.

Tina Fey was not involved. It was a real live baptism ceremony for Emanuel Evangelical Church, one of a handful of churches attended by Russian immigrants here in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. It seems that if Ms. Palin could not, in fact, see Russia from her house, she might at least have seen its people.

"Really?" said one of the pastors, Anatoliy Senyak, when told that the home Ms. Palin lived in while she was mayor here was just across the water. He was amused at the comic potential of the moment, but quickly emphasized that his congregation did not get "physically" involved in politics.

For the record, Palin never said she could see Russia from her house. She did say this about Russia, in an interview with ABC News in September 2008:

They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

The person who made the "Russia from my house" comment was actually Tina Fey, a comedienne who portrayed Palin during a skit on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

I know its aninsult to your intelligence tospell this out, but apparently the Times needs reminding.