So AT was distressed (but not surprised) today to receive an e-mail today regarding the dining habits of Michelle Obama. As the Right-wing websites and radio talkers have it, the oh-so-snotty Michelle was staying at New York's Waldorf-Astoria (of course) where she ran up a bill of more than $400 on lobster and caviar (of course).
Good story if you are interested in bashing the "elite" Obamas. It just happens to be false.
Here's the retraction from the New York Post's "Page Six," where the original story appeared:
The source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug. She was not even staying at the Waldorf. We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it too.
Oops! Unfortunately for the Post, facts matter. That's not the case on talk radio and on the right-wing blogs, which remain largely fact- and evidence-free.
It's so much easier to smear the opposition when you can make things up.
Read the retraction for yourself here.