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October 28, 2009

Multiple Layers of Painstaking Fact-Checking Oversight: Newspaper Claims Scalia Says He Would Dissent in Brown v. Board of Ed., Which Banished "Separate but Equal" Schooling

He actually said he would have dissented in Plessey v. Fergussen.

The case that blessed the separate but equal doctrine.

Sort of important to get the name of the case down correctly.

This is exactly equal to a man saying he's opposed to serial murder, but being quoted as favoring the hobby.

Whoops! Plessey, Brown, close enough for media work!

Althouse notes the quote has gone viral -- like the made-up Limbaugh quotes.

But I can't really blame lefty bloggers for assuming that a newspaper can get a simple quote right -- they are alway assuring us they can, which is what makes them so much more authoritative than bloggers, who just make stuff up and invent quotes and never check a thing.

But the truth is: The media gets very little right at all. Even the most basic stuff, they blow. They're no merely biased and partisan, but hapless and incompetent at what is, at the end of the day, a fairly simple job.

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