Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, had some amazing stories to tell Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Tuesday. He might have even impressed viewers with the one about how his late wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, called President George H.W. Bush in 1988 to complain about the destabilizing influence of Osama bin Laden, with whom Bush was supposedly unfamiliar. But Zardari then shot his credibility to hell by following up with a story about how Lt. Col. Ollie North, ringleader of the Iran-Contra scandal, also warned about bin Laden in the late 1980s, in testimony to the U.S. senate. Very not true!
The North-bin Ladin story is an email hoax that began circulating right after Sept. 11, 2001, and was almost immediately debunked by North himself. (Scoff all you like, Americans, but email forwards also happen to be how Sarah Palin gets her foreign policy news!)
Van Susteren, however, failed to correct the Pakistani president, the Times' Brian Stelter notes in this morning's paper.
But give the on-air lawyer some credit: Van Susteren did post an ALL CAPS corrective email from North on her blog late last night, shown below. As Stelter said, "Hold your breath for the on-TV correction." And if you want to influence global leaders, skip the Fulbright scholarship and bone up on your viral email skills.