Spinsanity – Countering rhetoric with reason Paul Harvey repeats McCaslin misinformation (3/14)

By Brendan Nyhan

Radio host Paul Harvey read Tuesday’s Washington Times story by John McCaslin on the air today, repeating McCaslin’s false implication that Ken Lay stayed in the Clinton White House eleven times (Real Player audio). After reading the story, Harvey said, “This is the Clinton White House they’re talking about.” Though McCaslin retracted the claim yesterday, the myth has gained new strength as the result of his irresponsible error. In this case, it has now been widely disseminated (yet again) through Harvey’s extensive syndication network.

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