Spinsanity continues its quixotic quest to clarify the situation regarding the NEA and its suggested lesson plans for 9/11. At this point, I find it almost cute that Brendan Nyhan attempted to raise the issue of the inaccuracy of the original story with Washington Times managing editor Francis Coombs. I truly mean no disrespect to Nyhan. For the most part, I think he is correct in his assessment of the damage done to the NEA, how that damage occurred, and the role such occurrences play in creating political and media myths. I disagree with him in one respect: I think the inaccuracies of the original story have far more to do with reportorial and editorial incompetence than with political bias. As one who understands the construction of political myth, Nyhan should understand that this situation may never be corrected (although I applaud him for trying). We will be hearing about how un-American the NEA is, based on an erroneous interpretation of the lesson plans, for years to come.
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