Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Best of the Web Today: 'Evidence Exists' - WSJ.com

Best of the Web Today: 'Evidence Exists' - WSJ.com: "That is for good reason, for they are two very different claims. Obviously one can know that evidence exists without possessing it oneself. Further, to assert that "evidence exists" is not necessarily a claim of knowledge. It could be a statement of belief or a mere surmise (or, for that matter, a bluff). And the awkwardly abstract description--"tying" Christie "to having knowledge"--suggests that the putative evidence being described is weak.

The Times's overhyping of what now seems a minor development in the bridge scandal turned into a big journalistic kerfuffle. "Within the hour," reports Margaret Sullivan, the Times's public editor, the lead was rewritten accurately. But "there was no correction or note.""

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