Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh was duped Friday by a fake quote attributed to the Columbia University thesis of President Barack Obama.
Conservative author Michael Ledeen posted the phony quote on his blog last Wednesday, and goes as follows:
“… the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.”
Producers for The Rush Limbaugh Show did not properly fact check the quote and rushed to the airwaves with the bogus text, which the conservative icon immediately used as a launching pad to berate America’s 44th president:
The original Obama thesis hoax was written in a blog post last August by Brian Lancaster at Jumping in Pools. Lancaster’s blog is satirical in nature, although he writes his articles in a straight-faced manner on current events issues that makes their falseness hard to discern at times.
Ledeen later acknowledged he was duped as well. “The hoax/satire was written in August, so it’s not connected to any current event,” he wrote in another blog posting. “I came across it on Twitter, read the blog, found it interesting, and posted on it. I failed to notice that one of the tags was ‘satire.’ So he got me, and lots of others. It worked because it’s plausible.”