The Washington Post hires far-right Weekly Standard editor Andrew Ferguson to “review” Al Gore’s book The Assault On Reason. And what does the guy do? In the first line of the review he writes, “You can’t really blame Al Gore for not using footnotes in his new book…” to imply that Gore made up an Abraham Lincoln quote. Ferguson (and the editors) misses that Gore’s book has endnotes! No one even checks whether it is a real Lincoln quote! And all this gets into print in the Washington Post!
And there’s more. Tom Schaller writes about it in TAPPED. Go read.
Update – Eric Boehlert at Media Matters, The media’s assault on reason,
But such is life for Al Gore when dealing with the Beltway press, where his vociferous critics cannot be bothered with the simplest fact-checking task, while oblivious media outlets such as the Post print up the errors.
Of course the thick irony here is that Gore’s book laments the state of our crumbling national dialogue, yet it’s the press that often deliberately dumbs down and interrupts our “conversation of democracy.” Gore doesn’t often explicitly connect the dots in his book, but the press remains a culprit throughout.