Press finds cesspit irresistible
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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