Sunday, January 01, 2006

More on the Library Liar

Young Cameron, a commenter on this post, might find this snippet interesting:

By contrast, the Sacramento Bee attacks the administration by repeating a proven lie:

Then there's the story reported in The Standard-Times newspaper in Massachusetts of a University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, student doing a research paper for a history class on fascism and totalitarianism. He requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's "Little Red Book" through interlibrary loan for a paper on communism. Two agents of the Department of Homeland Security later showed up at his parents' home in New Bedford, Mass., to interrogate him, telling him they were there because the book was on a "watch list" and the student had spent time abroad.

What else is on that "watch list"--Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto" or "Das Kapital"? Hitler's "Mein Kampf"? Other staples in the history of political thought courses?

This editorial ran yesterday, three days after the Standard-Times acknowledged it had been snookered by the story, which was never plausible to begin with.


Walter E. Wallis said...

The Palo Alto Daily slowly becoming Knight-Ridderized, also carried the story days after it had been outed.

Cameron said...

Stuff like this seems "never plausible to begin with", but is.

I know that news articles have been wrong. People lie. You've just got to know who the liars are.

Darren said...

This time, Cameron, the liar was the adult whose identity is still being shielded. Why do you think the school is protecting this guy? Do you think maybe it's because the university, a leftie organization, actually wanted the story to be true?

I do.

Darren said...

Also, Cameron, what does the O'Reilly/Coit Tower story have to do with this? I'm missing the connection. Or is it just a bad link?