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Thursday, June 17, 2004

HOW MYTHS ARE MADE, PART TWO 

Jaw-dropping moment the second came as I was watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His guest was Robert Reich, who was flogging his new book, Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, the apparent premise of which is that liberals are smart and conservatives are dumb. Anyway, near the end of the interview Stewart made a crack that if we want more young people to vote (one of Reich's big beefs) we should bring back the draft. At this Reich perked up, repositioned his voice slightly toward the more conspiratorial end of the register, and claimed that because American troops are (purportedly) stretched so thin in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, the Bush Administration is quietly planning to reintroduce the draft.

This is false. We're talking False-with-a-Capital-F False. Read all about it here. What's more, the source of this canard is apparently one of those circulating e-mails that you and I delete without reading but that Robert Reich repeats on national television.

Tell me again which side is smart and which side is dumb?

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