Google is a brilliant invention. And it’s popular. In fact, it’s even become a verb. You now “Google” something. But, apparently, not if you’re Rachel Maddow, who slammed conservatives for a fake story calling for a Palin-led American invasion into Egypt on the website Christwire.org. But Christwire.org isn’t a real news site — it’s a satirical one littered with fake stories.

The story, “As Egypt Descends in Chaos, Should Sarah Palin Support a US-Led Invasion?”, drew the ire of Maddow on last night’s program, as she used it to mock conservatives such as Palin for their far-out ideas:

The video has since been scrubbed from MSNBC’s website. And to her credit, Maddow recognized the flub via Twitter:

Maddow Falls for FAKE Story About Conservatives & Sarah Palin

To be fair, Christwire has duped other news outlets in the past, as John Hudson over at The Atlantic Wire points out. But as he also points out, a quick “Googling” of the site’s name would have shown that.

But the best comment probably comes from Business Insider: “This is pretty lamestream.”

Not surprisingly, Christwire.org responded with a follow-up story. It seems necessary, considering the circumstances, to point out that it’s satire.

UPDATE:

It’s worth pointing out that on Saturday Palin joked about how long it would take for her to be connected to Egypt. She bet a month. Looks like she was wrong.