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Federal Agents’ Visit a Hoax

John on December 24, 2005 at 11:22 am

Liberals have been known to do strange things to make a point. There was much outrage last week when a UMass student claimed that after requesting a copy of Mao’s Little Red Book through an interlibrary loan service, he had received a visit from the feds. A couple days ago, Wizbang pointed out that the story wasn’t adding up. Now we know why. The student has now admitted to making the whole thing up. [HT: Michelle Malkin]

This is not a minor hoax. The original story got huge international coverage:

In the days after its initial reporting on Dec. 17 in The Standard-Times, the story had become an international phenomenon on the Internet. Media outlets from around the world were requesting interviews with the students, and a number of reporters had been asking UMass Dartmouth students and professors for information.

It was highlighted on Daily Kos and nearly 300 people left comments about how scary and dangerous our government was becoming. To their credit the folks at Kos have retracted the story, though without acknowledging the volumes of paranoia that it generated from their readers.

Finally, as someone who is on the record as being very suspicious of another highly publicized campus incident, I’d also highlight one more line from this story:

Had the student stuck to his original story, it might never have been proved false.

I wonder if Professor Mirecki is paying attention.

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