Fact Checking Media ‘Fact Checking’

AP is having great success with its “fact-checking” stories, Plum Line‘s Greg Sargent reports. I asked AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier about this, and he told me something fascinating, if not all together unexpected: Their fact-checking efforts are almost uniformly the most clicked and most linked pieces they produce. Journalistic fact-checking with authority, it […]

Gays in the Military: Other Countries Do It

Both Steve Chapman and Ilya Somin argue that, since other countries let gays serve in the military without harming unit cohesion, America can, too. Chapman: It’s not completely implausible that in a military environment, open homosexuality might wreak havoc on order and morale. But the striking thing about these claims is that they exist in […]

You’re Probably a Federal Criminal

Alex Kozinski and Misha Tseytlin explain in a book chapter titled “You’re (Probably) a Federal Criminal” that “most Americans are criminals, and don’t know it, or suspect that they are but believe they’ll never get prosecuted.” Having experimented with recreational drugs is the most obvious way that people (including at least our three most recent […]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dead at 89

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel laureate whose Gulag Archipelago trilogy made him perhaps the most visible Soviet dissident, has died from heart disease at the age of 89. CNN: “Russian novelist, former dissident, Solzhenitsyn dead” Awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 for “The First Circle,” Alexander Solzhenitsyn was considered a moral voice for Russia. […]