Okay, I’m a gleeful partisan, but this is too good not to share. Dave Weigel, “Daily Caller Cites 24-Year-Old Fake Princeton Newspaper to Attack the NYT’s Benghazi Reporter“:
…Three days into the new year, Johnson appeared again in the Daily Caller with an apparent scoop about David D. Kirkpatrick, the New York Times Cairo bureau chief who’d just filed a lengthy corrective history of the 9/11/12 Benghazi attacks. Never mind Kirkpatrick’s reporting; Johnson proved that Kirkpatrick had “show[ed] his naked body to all” while a student at Princeton 25 years ago….
Turns out, Kirkpatrick was busted for ‘public lewdness’ while in college (art class pranking & streaking), but the more outrageous claims Johnson cited were from a college parody paper. Johnson replied to Wiegel’s “So … what do college stunts during the George H.W. Bush administration says about Kirkpatrick’s journalism now?”:
… I am rather notorious for not understanding sarcasm or satire and I am deeply embarrassed by the whole article…
And some people say the Daily Caller has never printed a single factual statement. Haterz!
… As an aside some people are arguing that I was trying to discredit Kirkpatrick’s controversial reporting on the Benghazi attack which is false. I simply wrote up the story because his name was in the news. I have no idea if what he reported was accurate…
Well, Mr. Johnson, if you’d stopped after “I have no idea”, even your meanest critics would’ve conceded your accuracy!*
* Incidentally, this falls under the “sarcasm or satire” rule.