Thursday, December 22, 2005

Media Nation: Did Ted Kennedy fall for a hoax?

Dan Kennedy over at Media Nation finds Ted Kennedy got hoodwinked by an internet legend, Media Nation: Did Ted Kennedy fall for a hoax?:
Ted Kennedy -- or, to be more accurate, Ted Kennedy's office -- has an op-ed piece in the Globe today about the Bush administration's war on civil liberties. It includes this:

Just this past week there were public reports that a college student in Massachusetts had two government agents show up at his house because he had gone to the library and asked for the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto. Following his professor's instructions to use original source material, this young man discovered that he, too, was on the government's watch list.

Think of the chilling effect on free speech and academic freedom when a government agent shows up at your home -- after you request a book from the library."
Dan links McCarth telling us it's hoax. The interesting thing is McCarth blogged yesterday with enough to make one hesitate to go forward with the editorial yet Kennedy's staff let it through the next day. Why let themselves get egg on their face? Or do they not read blogs? Or do they figure through enough false garbage and some of it is bound to stick?

2 comments:

John Ruberry said...

Bill, I wonder how much work Ted does. He's in his 70s, which in the 21st century isn't as old at it would have been in 1950. (Health care is better, for one).

However, Teddy has not been kind to his body, so he's likely an old-type of septugenarian.

(Home sick from work, hope this makes sense.)

Bill Baar said...

Yes, it does (and I hope you feel better).

One aspect to the original story was the kid who alledgedly had the visit from the FBI supposedly was corresponding with people in Chechnya (sp?) which would I think put you on someones watch list.

I'm on vacation today too but don't have time at the moment to lay all these stories out.

I am fascinated by the way blogs unearth this stuff.