Capitol Hill Blue Bashes Bush With Quotes From Someone Who Doesn't Exist

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    On their home page, they have:

    Capitol Hill Blue - Rational Reporting of Politics Without Partisanship

    Maybe that should say "Rather-style Reporting of Politics Without Partisanship"

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    Some of these quotes are:

    "President Bush tortured cats when he was a boy."

    and..this should look familiar...

    "President Bush said the Constitution was "just a g--d---ed piece of paper"

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    It seems Capitol Hill Blue "got burned" and printed a clarification and explanation:

    Most modifications were clarification of source material. Only 12 stories were removed from the archives. Although our review concentrated primarily on unnamed sources, we also uncovered some named sources who did not check out. Our investigation uncovered 83 stories that involved a "named source" we have quoted a number of times and who claimed to be (1) a retired political science professor and (2) a former official in both the Nixon and Reagan administrations.

    In 1998, our former editor, Jack Sharp, began receiving a regular, almost daily, email "newsletter" from a "Professor George Harleigh" offering quotes, observations and commentary on current political events along with permission to use those comments as we saw fit. "Professor Harleigh" claimed to be a retired political science professor from Southern Illinois University and offered, as backup, links to a number of web sites and news publications that quoted him or used material furnished by him. We checked the web sites and other news publications and found him quoted often so we began using his material in selected stories. Since 1998, we have used quotes from "George Harleigh" in 83 stories on our web site.

    Recently, we received an inquiry from Southern Illinois University saying they were trying to locate the "George Harleigh" who claimed to have taught at their institution but said they did not have any record of a "George Harleigh" or even a "Harleigh" ever teaching at the university's campuses in Carbondale or Edwardsville, Illinois. That inquiry led us to investigate further. We talked with other web sites that have used quotes from the same source and all, like us, received the quotes in an email newsletter format. The newsletter email currently traced back to a qmail account. We also posted inquiries on bulletin boards and other blogs. When we received today's newsletter we immediately mailed back and asked for additional information. We did not receive an answer and followup emails bounced back as undeliverable.

    This raised enough questions in our minds to remove any quotes by or references to Mr. Harleigh from the 83 stories, including one published today. None of the stories originated from information supplied by him and, in no case, were his comments the central focus of the story, so we did not feel the need to remove any stories or mofidy their original intent so they remain in our archives without the quotes from "Harleigh."

    (entire article at: http://www.capitolhillblue.com/content/2006/07/a_report_and_apology_to_our_re.html)
     
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    Wow, someone screwed up.
     
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    Note to self, never, ever read Capital Hill Blue.
     
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    You mean the bit at the about of the first link where the editor says that this is only the second time an event like this as ever occured?
     
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    So we're 99.99273% sure that he doesn't exist?
     
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    Pretty hard to be a professor of political science, with no professional affiliations. :laugh:
     

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