by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math | Crossposted to Cogitamus
The Stranger's Eli Sanders retells a conversation with an Iowa bartender [emphasis mine]:
To think that the rest of the country is going to elect someone who’s in the minority in religion and in race just doesn’t seem realistic to me.
This is why it doesn't matter if the Washington Post's 'Obama Muslim Rumors have Truthiness and Lots of Believers' article was an intentional smear or not. It does tremendous damage either way, making it flatly irresponsible to reprint these rumors without adjudicating their truth value (the rumors, of course, are false). I'm glad several Post writers have come out and said they're unhappy with the piece. Hopefully the forces of light will prevail before the next truthy article hits the press.