- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 16, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Nobles. Former Mayor Tony Williams, who chased and caught a thief in downtown Washington. On Thursday afternoon Mr. Williams was taking a walk when he saw a man grab a package from a UPS truck and take off along busy K Street N.W. Mr. Williams ran after the thief and finally caught up with him in time to confront him for taking the package. The thief was so surprised all he could do was say, “You used to be the mayor.” The thief promptly handed over the package, which contained computer parts.

Mr. Williams continued to pursue the man so he could put him into the custody of the local police. But the police were not within immediate reach, and Mr. Williams decided he had to let the man go.

For his heroic and athletic effort, former Mayor Tony Williams is the Noble of the week.

Knave. Eitan Gorlin and Dan Mirvish, who posed as blogger Martin Eisenstadt to disseminate false information. The two men invented the fake blogger Martin Eisenstadt as a senior fellow at the non-existent Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. They then used the fake blogger to dupe such news outlets as the Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Huffington Post and MSNBC into using false information in their stories. Most notably, MSNBC reported that Martin Eisenstadt, described as a former adviser to John McCain, claimed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that Africa was a country instead of a continent.

MSNBC issued an on-air correction on Monday. Network spokesman Jeremy Gaines said: “The story was not properly vetted and should not have made the air.” The two men have embarrassingly misled other media, too. Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones magazine incorrectly reported that a casino had been built in Iraq’s Green Zone. Said Mr. Stein: “Kudos to the inventor of this whole thing. My only consideration is that if I had as much time on my hands as he clearly does, I probably would have figured this out and saved myself a fair amount of embarrassment.”

For deliberately disseminating false information and misusing the blogosphere, Eitan Gorlin and Dan Mirvish are the Knaves of the week.


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