The worst correction of a news story ever

It pains me to admit it, but I’ve had to write an occasional correction during my years of work in the news media. After all, mistakes will happen. But I’ve never written or, until today, even read a correction that can match the one published the other day by a major component of the right-wing noise machine. The Breitbart News Network, which is named for its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, had come up with a purported scoop calculated to call into question the impartiality and perhaps the integrity of U.S. Attorney General...

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Bill Clinton remains popular mainly because he loves politics, which most presidents don’t

In their abiding affection for William Jefferson Clinton, most Americans seem to forget that he was impeached by a Republican Congress a mere 16 years ago. You would think that such formal disapprobriation would leave a lasting political scar of disgrace. But you would be wrong. I’ve always considered it one of our nation’s great political ironies that Clinton’s approval rating, as measured by the Gallup poll, hit a high of 73 percent on the very day he was impeached. That was a higher rating than Ronald Reagan ever...

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Wall Street Journal says Bill Clinton is most admired president since Reagan

THIS REPORT is from the Wall Street Journal, no less, which makes one wonder how Rupert Murdoch feels about one of his papers coming up with  such stuff: Bill Clinton is by far the most admired president of the past quarter century, a new poll shows, underscoring how much he has done to burnish his profile since leaving the White House in 2000. Asked which president of the past 25 years they admired most, some 42% of respondents named Mr. Clinton in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Survey. That was more than twice the share that...

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Right-wingers falsely blame Bill Clinton for Navy Yard massacre

The wingnut website Breitbart. com offers THIS SLANT on Monday’s shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard: It hasn’t always been the case that only MPs can carry firearms on U.S. military bases. A mere twenty years ago, “gun free zones” made their way to these facilities under the watch of President Bill Clinton. According to a Washington Times editorial written days after the Nov. 5, 2009 attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, one of Clinton’s “first acts upon taking office… was to disarm U.S. soldiers...

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Mindful of a disaster in 1998, some Republicans warn against demonizing Obama next year

Some right-wing zealots in the Republican Party think they can make hay in next year’s mid-term elections by attacking President Obama at every turn. But there are others in the party who remember how a similar campaign strategy against then-President Bill Clinton was a flop in 1998. The story is HERE: His name won’t be on any ballot in 2014. Or ever again, for that matter. But plenty of Republicans are still eager to wage a midterm campaign against President Obama, convinced that the spate of recent troubles dogging his second term...

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