Thursday, September 09, 2004

corrections according to Atrios

Atrios links to and quotes two posts about how the Whitehouse has withheld documents and then released them later. At the end of the 31-line post he gives a 1-line correction
...Kevin Drum says the WH documents were just copies of what CBS had sent them.
There is nothing to distinguish this line from the rest of the article. No "UPDATE" header to warn readers that this is new information that may contradict the rest of the post. A lot of readers are going to scan over that and miss it. You don't think that could Atrios's purpose, do you?

At least this is an improvement over his treatment of the booing story. He quoted this
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) President Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton ``best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery.''

``He's is in our thoughts and prayers,'' Bush said at a campaign rally.

Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
and never put a correction in the same post --a very popular post that probably a lot of people had linked to. Instead his grudging and half-honest correction is in another post
I'm happy to accept that Clinton wasn't really booed, though I do want to say that video/audio of the event would provide neither affirmation or refutation, depending on where the microphones were. Someone should, you know, call the reporter and ask why the hell it was reported if it didn't happen...
Of course no one following the link to the other post is going to see this. You don't think that might be his intention, do you?

Atrios just loves to use the L-word: "Liar" with respect to Republicans. He goes to outrageous lengths to use that word at the slightest excuse, with the slightest evidence. There is a good reason for this: Atrios is a liar. And one good way to blunt evidence that he is a liar is to devalue the term. If everyone is calling everyone else a liar, people lose interest in following up the accusations. That's why the left is throwing the word around with such abandon these days. They want people to be so tired of hearing it that no one will care any more.

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