Friday, May 02, 2008

Jonah Goldberg on Tuskegee on National Review Online

The other problem here is that nobody knows anything about history anymore, and consequently think they know what happened years ago. The Tuskeegee Institute study was certainly wrong but it wasn't what it's been turned into.

Wright says the U.S. government “purposely infected African-American men with syphilis.” This is a lie, and no knowledgeable historian says otherwise. And yet, this untruth pops up routinely. In March, CNN commentator Roland Martin defended Wright, saying, “That actually did, indeed, happen.” On Fox News, the allegation has gone unchallenged on Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor. Obery Hendricks, a prominent author and visiting scholar at Princeton University, told O’Reilly “I do know that the government injected syphilis into black men at the Tuskegee Institute. Now we know that the government is capable of doing those things.”

To which O’Reilly responded: “All right. All governments have done bad things in every country.”

The other problem is that O'Reilly is an idiot who also thinks the 82nd Airborne committed the Malmedy Massacre.


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