Getting it wrong

Power Line notes:

The New York Times’s Caucus blog reported tonight:

Sixty-one senators have now expressed support for repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, appearing to clear the way for passage if Democrats can bring the bill to a vote before the holidays.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is not “the military’s policy.” It is a federal law,10 U.S.C. Sec. 654. DADT was imposed on the military by Congress. This mistake is made by reporters frequently, but that does not excuse it. . .

As always, it is a mystery how such basic factual errors get past the presumed battery of editors that review articles and editorials in our leading newspapers.

I think Mr. Hinderaker is being rhetorical, because the mystery is easily dispelled if you drop the assumption of fact-checking.

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