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Oops—Jacob Weisberg And Accuracy
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September 23, 2011, 11:27 PM
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In Slate, Jacob Weisberg (who co-authored a book with Larry Summers` mentor Robert Rubin) is very upset about Ron Suskind`s book that claims, based on interviews with Larry`s rivals for Obama`s attention, that Summers intellectually bullied Obama:
Once again, [Suskind`s] work is strewn with small but telling errors. Here are a few: The Federal Reserve is a board, not a bureau (Page 7); Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was previously president, not "chairman," of the New York Fed (Page 56); he was, however, an undersecretary of the treasury, which Suskind makes a point out of saying he wasn`t (Page 172); Horatio Alger was an author, not a character (Page 54); Gene Sperling didn`t play tennis for the University of Michigan, because he went to the University of Minnesota (Page 215); the gothic spires of Yale Law School, built in 1931, are not "centuries old" (Page 250); Franklin D. Roosevelt did not say of his opponents, "I welcome their hate" (Page 235). What FDR said at Madison Square Garden in 1936, was "I welcome their hatred." That nuance wouldn`t matter if it weren`t such a famous line, but getting it wrong is the political equivalent of an English professor misquoting Hamlet`s soliloquy.
Weisberg`s article has this appended:
Correction, Sept. 22, 2011: Because of a production error, the article originally featured a photograph of former Treasury Secretary Paul O`Neill with a caption identifying him as Ron Suskind.