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The Swiftboating of Upton Sinclair

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Jonah Goldberg, a man who finds CliffsNotes tediously long, admits that, well, he just wrote about something he heard about from this guy whose friend read something in some newspaper and, well, you know, it kinda gave him an idea for his LA Times column and, you know, the deadline was coming up and he still hadn’t finished watching all of the DVD release of Time Tunnel season 2 and…well, you know how these things happen:

SACCO & VANZETTI & SINCLAIR [Jonah Goldberg ]

Reuters has an interesting follow-up on the LA Times story about how Upton Sinclair was told Sacco & Vanzetti were guilty, but went on pretending they were innocent. It seems the full letter which implicated Sinclair is more complicated and there’s a new biography coming out which helps the pro-Sinclair crowd. The reporter for Reuters seems particularly interested in debunking my column which relied entirely in good faith on the LA Times story. The reporter may be right that I would have been better served if I’d read the full letter or had perused the as-of-yet unpublished book, but as neither of these things were available to me at the time, I’m not going to lose sleep over the issue. I’m not sure any of this is dispositive, but it’s worth noting that it now seems the case against Sinclair is less clear cut than the facts indicated at the time I wrote the column. However, I still think the record is pretty clear that Sacco & Vanzetti were guilty (though some claim Vanzetti was merely a conspirator-after-the-fact) and the larger point of that column remains perfectly intact. I’ll follow the story as it unfolds.

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