The One Is Never, Ever Wrong
8:44 AM, Mar 16, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Talking Points Memo has a good story about President Obama's latest incident of historical illiteracy at a speech where he got both U.S. and world history wrong in the course of lecturing Republicans about being know-nothings. Here’s a sample, from TPM:
There's more after that—and keep in mind, this isn't Obama displaying his ignorance in off-the-cuff remarks. This was from a prepared speech—which means that a truckload of people reviewed it, edited it, and approved it. It's just that no one bothered to fact-check it.
But what's really noteworthy is the reaction of TPM readers in the comments section. Like Davis Guggenheim, they can't find anything—anything—to quibble about with this president. So instead of chuckling at Obama, they attack Talking Points Memo for being a bunch of "right-wing operatives" and the equivalent of WorldNetDaily.
Even by the standards of political Internet cocooning, it's an amazing spectacle.
Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
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