The White House hyped the “success” of one of Chuck Colson’s programs, apparently without bothering to read the study (*) showing it didn’t work. [This essay in Slate (*) has some details I missed in my earlier post (*) on the topic.]
It looks as if the President isn’t the only person in the White House who “isn’t a fact-checker.” As long as the story fits the party line, why worry about whether it’s true or not?
Paul Krugman (you know, the one all the conservatives used to admire before he got so shrill and partisan) gives examples from the Treasury Department’s Tax Policy Office*; Fred Kaplan (*) explains how facts weren’t allowed to get in the way of planning for post-war Iraq.
There’s a great essay to be written about the second Bush Administration as our first truly post-modern Presidency.