Tuesday, August 26, 2003

A reminder that falsehoods spread and matter

The Daily Howler brought this to my attention: The Untruth Hurts, Even Online.

A good point is to reply to false stories immediately, Republicans spread them to rally their base. They often used a tactic in the Clinton years and are now repeating the pattern of having one columnist use a false fact and then go more mainstream reporting "So-and-so said" without having themselves on record with the falsehood. You know, exactly like Bush attributing a falsehood to the Brits after his CIA said they believed it wasn't true. I think any attribution the GOP makes saying "so-and-so says" should be immediately believed to be false.

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