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As some of you know, yesterday I posted a falsified article.  After discovering it's disingenuousness, I deleted it.  In all fairness, I'll post the rebuttal...

An Internet fraud

By Thomas Sowell

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Over the years, many statements have been falsely attributed to me, but this is the first year in which a whole column has been made up and circulated in a chain letter on the Internet, claiming that I wrote it.

Letters, phone calls and e-mails from readers around the country have asked me if I wrote a column saying that Barack Obama is not an American citizen. The answer is "No."

Many of my readers have been savvy enough to tell that the style of the phony column is not mine, but checked with me just to be sure.

What is puzzling about all this is that some people would take seriously a chain letter on the Internet saying what some columnist any columnist is supposed to have said, and would pass that on without knowing whether it was true or false.

Nothing is easier than to check someone's column as it appears officially on the Internet. Among the places where my columns can be checked on the Internet are the archives here.

What is also puzzling is why some people find it necessary to make up false statements and attribute those statements to someone else.

If they think that the person they oppose is wrong and why else would they oppose him? then why is it necessary to make up something, when they can just show that what he actually said is wrong?

Making something up is a confession of both intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

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kicker23 (7/17/2008)
Yeah, I commend you for owning up to it. But I hate when people delete threads.

In this case though, I think it was the right thing to do, after chef learned the article was phony he deleted the misinformation and published a full retraction, if only The NYT's would handle their foul ups as perfectly as he did.

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falconchef (7/17/2008)
As some of you know, yesterday I posted a falsified article.  After discovering it's disingenuousness, I deleted it.  In all fairness, I'll post the rebuttal...

An Internet fraud

By Thomas Sowell

tsowell.JPG

print_friend.gif

email_this_article.gif

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Over the years, many statements have been falsely attributed to me, but this is the first year in which a whole column has been made up and circulated in a chain letter on the Internet, claiming that I wrote it.

Letters, phone calls and e-mails from readers around the country have asked me if I wrote a column saying that Barack Obama is not an American citizen. The answer is "No."

Many of my readers have been savvy enough to tell that the style of the phony column is not mine, but checked with me just to be sure.

What is puzzling about all this is that some people would take seriously a chain letter on the Internet saying what some columnist any columnist is supposed to have said, and would pass that on without knowing whether it was true or false.

Nothing is easier than to check someone's column as it appears officially on the Internet. Among the places where my columns can be checked on the Internet are the archives here.

What is also puzzling is why some people find it necessary to make up false statements and attribute those statements to someone else.

If they think that the person they oppose is wrong and why else would they oppose him? then why is it necessary to make up something, when they can just show that what he actually said is wrong?

Making something up is a confession of both intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

Nice to see FC owning up but even nicer to see this gentleman call some bull out

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kicker23 (7/17/2008)
Yeah, I commend you for owning up to it. But I hate when people delete threads.

In this case though, I think it was the right thing to do, after chef learned the article was phony he deleted the misinformation and published a full retraction, if only The NYT's would handle their foul ups as perfectly as he did.

I know what you mean regarding the falsified article. I guess the way I look at it is it ought to be a shrine to recognize your screw-up, for all to see. It is certainly commendable for him to own up to it though, especially since he originally defended it. Most people would have just ignored the thread.
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kicker23 (7/17/2008)
Yeah, I commend you for owning up to it. But I hate when people delete threads.

In this case though, I think it was the right thing to do, after chef learned the article was phony he deleted the misinformation and published a full retraction, if only The NYT's would handle their foul ups as perfectly as he did.

I know what you mean regarding the falsified article. I guess the way I look at it is it ought to be a shrine to recognize your screw-up, for all to see. It is certainly commendable for him to own up to it though, especially since he originally defended it. Most people would have just ignored the thread.

Don't worry, bro... I've got PLENTY of screw-ups out there for all to see!!!

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