Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Israeli Rape By Deception Case: Responsible Blogging

David Bernstein at Volokh:
I didn’t express outrage that Sullivan repeated the story even though it was incorrect, I expressed outrage that he drew larger inferences from the story, inferences that would have been questionable even if it had been true, but seem downright embarrassing now. It’s one thing to repeat a “here’s an interesting and somewhat weird Israeli case,” and then discuss some relevant legal observations, as Eugene did, and another to repeat “here’s an interesting and somewhat weird Israeli case,” and then infer that this shows what a sick racist society Israel is. Even then, I pointed out that sometimes we all fall victim to the temptation to draw unsupported inferences from newspaper stories that we haven’t verified, but that a reputable blogger will issue a retraction or correction later. So far, nothing from Sullivan, Cole, et al.

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