E&P: 'Wash Times' Fails to Correct Fabricated Abraham Lincoln Quote -- Now a Congressman is Using It
'Wash Times' Fails to Correct Fabricated Abraham Lincoln Quote -- Now a Congressman is Using It: "More than two days after an inflammatory quote used by a regular Washington Times columnist was shown to be fabricated -- it was attributed to Abraham Lincoln, no less -- the newspaper still has not removed it from the article, nor carried a correction.
That's one reason Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) cited the quote on the floor of the House today in the debate over the Iraq war 'surge.' He took it to be true, apparently. Rep. Young added, referring to Lincoln: 'He had the same problem this President has, with an unpopular war. The same problem with people trying to redirect the commander in chief.'
Young's spokeswoman, Meredith Kenny, said the congressman took the quote directly from The Washington Times column. 'Now that he's been informed these are not the actual words of Lincoln, he will discontinue attributing the words to Lincoln. However, he continues to totally agree with the message of the statement,' Kenny told The Washington Post.
On Wednesday, E&P and some political blogs pointed out that conservative Frank Gaffney, Jr. opened his latest column on Tuesday morning with this: 'Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.' — President Abraham Lincoln."