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October 21, 2005


This sounds a lot like the "...sex orgy staged by of a bunch of pot-smoking young Republicans at a D.C. convention" story made up by Stephen Glass. (link http://slate.msn.com/id/2074/ )

Just to hold one bit of it up to your too-good-to-be-true detector. Who do you really think could be convinced about something by mentioning "bisexual orgies"? Who thinks you can convince someone about something in that way? And isn't it just too perfect that he says it with a thick drawl?

I don't doubt that there is some truth to this article by Benjamin Wallace-Wells, but it seems cartoonish to me.

Please wave your too-good-to-be-true detector over it once, and see if it flashes red or green.

I'm nominally with Dean T on this, Brendan. I find the notion that there's bitter, dirty in-fighting among college Republicans very credible -- the TNR piece, for example.

But this is almost comical. First, it's supposed to be the training ground for future genius political strategists....and then it amounts to a bunch of frat boys calling each other "gay"? These two things are not the same.

I was a member of the College Republicans when I was at the University of Florida and I can assure you nothing like this happened. Maybe things have changed, but I'm skeptical to put it mildly.

I don't know if you follow the comments in your old posts, but...

Benjamin Wallace-Wells just did an article
-wells.html which caused complaints by KOS http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/12/22/16121/850

It looks like the story was embellished to make a better story. From KOS's complaint: "This isn't a hit piece. If anything, the errors make me sound more impressive than I actually am."

The errors make it a better story. Given the above too-good-to-be-true College Republican article, I doubt that those errors are mistakes.

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