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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 01:40 pm
Thanks to Arkansas Times columnist Ernest Dumas – a more wonderful name I could not invent – the magical fake turkey of legend continues its eternal flight:
David Hackett Fischer’s new history, Washington’s Crossing, affords a sorrowful comparison between the first George W, who crossed the Delaware, and the second, whose closest exploit was to cross the Tigris to be filmed serving a fake turkey to the troops.
Dumas is serving lies to his readers. The editors at the Arkansas Times and the Memphis Flyer – where Ernie’s column was reprinted – either didn’t notice, or didn’t care. An email to the Times may be useful, but when people are still getting simple matters such as this wrong more than 12 months after the event, they’re probably beyond help.
UPDATE. More from Earnest:
William Jefferson Clinton (1946-) was the 40th elected governor of Arkansas, 42nd president of the United States and the most buoyant political figure in American history … a number of controversial pardons that he issued in the hours before leaving office caused his standing to plummet. But in four years his popularity had returned and voters ranked him among the outstanding presidents.
Sure thing, Ernie. The turkey is fake and Clinton is outstanding and buoyant. Right.