Marc Ambinder reports Bill Kristol’s NYT column today contains “a major, prejudicial error.” Kristol asserts that Obama “was in fact in the pews” when pastor Jeremiah Wright blamed the “arrogance” of the “United States of White America” for much of the world’s suffering. Kristol’s “source” for the claim is a story reported by the right-wing publication Newsmax. Ambinder writes:
The error is in trusting the source without checking.
The truth is that Obama did not attend church on July 22.
He was on his way to campaign in Miami.
(Here is some video evidence.) This was before he signed an agreement forbidding himself from campaigning in Florida.
Sadly, this isn’t Kristol’s first error. He misattributed a quote in his first column for the paper.