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Press finds cesspit irresistible

by Andrew Brown

Posted: 13 Jun 2014 @ 12:14

TWO things this week to illustrate how little facts count against the power of story. The first and most egregious is the claim that 800 babies' corpses had been disposed of in a septic tank behind a home for fallen women run by nuns in Ireland.

This originated in The Irish Daily Mail, but was picked up and repeated as fact by The Washington Post: "Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers" was its headline, under ...

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