Would Rush Limbaugh Believe in Bonsai Kitty Too?
As the New York Daily News notes in "Limbaugh falls for Obama thesis hoax - but is in no Rush to apologize," the conservative talk show host obviously lacked the media literacy to spot fake content on the Internet. Apparently Limbaugh's staff fell for a satiric version of what was alleged to be President Obama's undergraduate thesis at Columbia in which a young Obama was supposed to be defending a radical redistribution of wealth. What's amazing is to see is the gusto for amateurism and swagger in the original source, "Obama College Thesis: 'Constitution is Inherently Flawed," which appeared in a publicity-hungry Blogspot blog called Jumping in Pools.
What's also striking about the story is the rifts in the conservative blogosphere that it reveals. For example, in contrast to Limbaugh's refusal to issue a retraction, bloggers at the National Review quickly acknowledged their mistake. And in a recent posting, Jumping in Pools takes on conservative mega-blog Little Green Footballs.