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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 03:17 pm

Norman Mailer, writing at the Huffleblog, hints at sinister Rovian schemes:

If you want to discredit a Dan Rather or a Newsweek crew, just feed them false information from a hitherto reliable source. You learn that in Intelligence 101A.

Dan’s information didn’t come from a reliable source. It came from Bill Burkett, wackjob. Mailer, of course, is famous for his judgment of reliability:

When one of Gilmore’s prison mates, a man named Jack Henry Abbott, heard of Mailer’s new book, he wrote to the author immediately. This was the opening round of a bizarre story concerning a world-famous author who championed a convicted-killer-turned-writer behind bars. Encouraged by Mailer, a New York City publishing house became interested in Abbott’s letters as a book project. Mailer even lobbied for his new friend’s parole and convinced others to do the same. Of course, no one could say for sure what would happen when a man like Abbott was released back into society. But Mailer was emphatic. Abbott’s talents were of such importance, he assured, that it would be a crime to ignore it. “Culture is worth a little risk,” Mailer later told reporters.

Abbott soon afterwards stabbed a man to death during an argument over a restaurant toilet. In tribute, Susan Sarandon named her child after him.

(Via Damian Penny, who also has a George Galloway primer for fact-challenged reporters)


Posted by Tim B. on 05/19/2005 at 12:30 AM
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