Why Ask If You Already Know the Answer?

Reader Eric Baker makes an interesting observation:

What do Brig. Gen. William Turnipseed, Capt. George M. Elliott, and now Dr. Phillip Bouffard all have in common? They were all misquoted in the Boston Globe.
What’s more, there seems to be a pattern. The Globe quotes, the source objects, the MSM refers to it as a “recantation,” the Globe stands by its story and claims to be relying on what the source “originally said.” We have an identical situation with Sharon Bush (Kitty Kelley) and a similar set of circumstances with Maj. Gen. Bobby Hodges (CBS).
It’s almost as if interviewing these people was just a formality, allowing for the appearance of investigative journalism. In the meantime, they write whatever they wish. If the person quoted never speaks up, great. If they do, then just claim what the person says now is not what they were saying before and it becomes a kind of draw, which is really a victory for them. The public is now left with the impression that it’s unclear what really happened when there was never any evidence to support the allegation in the first place.

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