From FireDogLake to the front page of the San Jose Mercury News . . . no stopping to fact-check.
Even relatively obscure right-wing blogs such as Patterico’s Pontifications, written by Los Angeles County attorney Justin Levine, have been favored with advance screenings. Levine reciprocated by declaring that the film is “free of political spin, politically correct whitewashing and partisan wrangling” and “one of the best made-for-televison movies seen in decades. … The Clinton administration will likely go ballistic over this film.” In its politically-spin-free way, Patterico pontificates, the film also “lays out viscerally powerful arguments in favor of the Patriot Act and airport profiling.”
Patterico’s Pontifications, a right-wing blog written by Los Angeles County attorney Justin Levine, said the miniseries is “free of political spin, politically correct whitewashing and partisan wrangling” and that “the Clinton administration will likely go ballistic over this film.”
Hey, at least they didn’t call me “obscure.”
And at least the newspaper is correcting the error. Per commenter aunursa:
The San Jose Mercury News issued a correction in today’s paper: “A front-page article Thursday about the controversy surrounding ABC’s “The Path to 9/11″ incorrectly identified Justin Levine. Levine is a guest blogger on the Patterico’s Pontifications Web site and works in radio.”
I see no correction at the FireDogLake post. They should be more diligent about corrections; after all, their stuff is going straight to newsprint without any fact-checking.