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July 22, 2009

Claim: Obama's Secret Service Agent Fired; Supposedly Griped About Obama Family's Frequent Denigration of "Certain Demographics" in the US
Retracted: Just a Post on Live Leak; No Substantiation at All

Which demographics he found to be bitterly clinging to Bibles and/or Torahs, I don't know.

I'm sure curious though.

Big Correction/Retraction: Village Idiot and Christoph point out this story is unverified. In fact, it appears to just be a post by some guy with a fake internet handle.

I didn't realize that. I didn't know LiveLeak allowed community members to post stories unvetted. I assumed, incorrectly as it turns out, that if this was on LiveLeak, it was vetted, the same way Yahoo has some organization in place to post its stories.

In other words, I thought it was posted by LiveLeak, not merely on LiveLeak.

So this appears to be a big fat misfire on my part. I didn't realize how little there was here. Even if it had been LiveLeak-vetted, it wouldn't be rock solid (but I would have been inclined to post it), but it's not even that.

Apologies for the carelessness. Sorry about this.

I've changed the headline from "Hmmm:" to "Claim:," "Claim" being my usual way of signaling sketchy sourcing. However, in this case, I wouldn't have posted it even as a "Claim:" story if I'd been more careful and checked more into the details about who was posting this.

So, it's not really a "Claim" at all. It's just something an anonymous guy posted on the internet. I'm putting "Claim" in there not to save the post (it's an unsalvagabele error) but just to warn people earlier about the dubious nature of this.

What I'd really like to do is simply delete it, to prevent bad information from traveling further (and to spare myself embarrassment), but I can't, as there's this rule about not burying errors, even when (as is the case here) there's a pretty good reason to do so.

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