The speed of lying

Like a cancer it grows.

First, suspect website FrontPage Magazine publishes an anonymous posting from a Marine chat net supposedly by a “retired Marine Master Sergeant who was in S-2, 3rd Bn, 1st Marines, Korea in 1954.”.

Although this urban myth has been debunked at snopes, an obscure blogger picks up on it, and adds to the mix by linking to POW/MIA scammer Ted Sampley of whom John McCain once said:

“I strongly caution reporters who may be contacted by or are interested in Mr. Ted Sampley and the various organizations he claims to represent, and his opinions on the subject of Senator Kerry, or any subject for that matter, to investigate thoroughly Mr. Sampley’s background and history of spreading outrageous slander and other disreputable behavior before inadvertently lending him or his allegations any credibility.

“I am well familiar with Mr. Sampley, and I know him to be one of the most despicable people I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I consider him a fraud who preys on the hopes of family members of missing servicemen for his own profit. He is dishonorable, an enemy of the truth, and despite his claims, he does not speak for or represent the views of all but a few veterans. The many veterans I know would think it a disgrace to be considered a comrade or supporter of Ted Sampley.”

Then Glenn Reynolds, who checks out sources like Bill Janklow slows down for stop signs, runs with it.

…and that’s how lies get spread.

The point being, Reynolds should at least do a minimum of research before posting, as opposed to his standard UPDATE: “Whoops. My bad.” if he want to remain credible.

He does want to be credible, doesn’t he?

(I see Oliver Willis already did the legwork on this. Damn. I could have been reading Non Sequitur instead)

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