Fat Steve's Blatherings

Monday, April 18, 2005

"Accurate, but Fake"

      At the Volokh conspiracy, Randy Barnett writes about Jeffrey Rosen's New York Times Magazine piece, The Unregulated Offensive (registration required), and his, Barnett's, experience with the fact checkers.

      Barnett sums up the whole thing as "Accurate but Fake."  Barnett was interviewed for the story by Rosen.  The fact checkers did an excellent job of making sure that the quotes were accurate, and of weeding out some claims that were wrong (e.g., the number of states that had legalized cannabis for medical purposes).  But the main theme of Rosen's article is that there is a "Constitution in Exile" movement.  The funny thing is, all the people supposedly a part of it say that they aren't part of the movement, and don't know anyone who is, and never use the phrase except when they're denying that they use the phrase!  Barnett also notes that, from the questions Rosen asked, Barnett knew the article would have a hostile slant on the supposed movement, which it does.

      So what we got is, the details in the story are right, but the story as a whole is completely wrong, and thoroughly biased.  Why does that not surprise me?

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED -- AND WILL BE!

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