Milbank’s lone racist turns into a Mob

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post now makes McCain/Palin responsible for every word spoken at a rally by any attendee and the New York Times expands it even further:

Milbank’s lone racist at the rally soon became a group or a mob of people shouting racial epithets. A New York Times editorial Tuesday “The Politics of Attack” misquoted Milbank’s Post column, claiming that one person shouted “Kill him” and “others shouted epithets at an African-American member of a TV crew.” Many blogs followed suit: “Crowd at Palin Rally Hurled Racial Epithets at African American on News Crew,” read the headline at Pensito Review. This was too much for Bob Somerby, the left-leaning blogger at the Daily Howler. Calling Milbank “a highly unreliable chronicler,” Somerby taunted the Times for multiplying racists at the rally: “It’s the power of pluralization…One example becomes much more powerful when we stick an ‘s’ on the end. In this case, one epithet-shouter turns into a group. How many people were shouting those epithets? The editors let you imagine.”

via The Power of One by John Leo, City Journal 9 October 2008

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