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Bin Laden is dead. Respond.

| May 05, 2011
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I wrote Ryan about this, but it still bothers me, so to vent publicly: the first sentence of the MLK quote is bogus (the rest is good). I gather Andrew thought that scare-quoting 'words' let him off the hook of journalistic integrity, but I just don't think readers are that smart. (Well, I'm not, put it that way.) I think we dishonor MLK if we don't quote, or even 'quote' him, correctly. just saying.

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Posted by Barry Evans on 05/06/2011 at 4:16 PM

Fair point, Barry. I did know that the quote - at least parts - were bogus before I hit "export" on this one. As you correctly assumed, that was the reason for "words" in quotes. I was attempting to cleverly chronicle this unique moment in time by countering absurdity with absurdity. I've failed before. No big. I could argue, in Jon Stewart-y fashion, that we're all in big trouble if we need to need to quibble about the journalistic integrity of a comic strip - I assume MLK's legacy won't be tarnished too greatly by this week's Seven-O-Heaven - but yeah, okay. It's cool. Just sayin'.

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Posted by andrewgoff on 05/06/2011 at 5:04 PM

"It's always darkest before it goes pitch black." By Alas.

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Posted by ALAS on 05/10/2011 at 4:18 PM

Nice piece from the Christian Science Monitor about how the supposed MLK quote appearing in this strip got mis-attributed across the web: http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2011/0503/How-Osama-bin-Laden-s-death-sparked-a-fake-Martin-Luther-King-quote

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Posted by Richard Engel on 06/09/2011 at 12:47 PM
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