On Wednesday, along with several other media outlets, UsMagazine.com erroneously published a story attributing quotes to Sarah Palin; in a supposed radio interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee was quoted bashing Christina Aguilera's botched rendition of the National Anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl.
In response, Palin, 46, set the record straight to UsMagazine.com on Thursday. "I had no interview with Sean [Hannity] and I have never bashed Christina," Alaska's former governor tells Us.
"In fact," Palin adds, "I've defended her by telling folks to back off the criticism of her mistake." (Aguilera, 30, famously flubbed the lyrics to the patriotic song while performing at Cowboys Stadium.)
Shortly after Thursday's story was published, Us learned that the Palin-Hannity interview never took place, and that the quotes were the invention of a website. We sincerely regret and apologize for the error.
Palin continued of the false report: "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?"