A great bit of fact-checking by Clif at Sadly, No!, identifying the numerous untruths in Jonah Goldberg's latest syndicated column.
Even better, the Pantload was caught in a lie, and is now engaged in a cover-up. The Pantload has tried to deep-six the original version of his column, and has posted a new version with his lies amended and this note appended:
Correction: An earlier version of this column stated that the Tuskegee study was launched "under the New Deal." FDR was not sworn-in until 1933. I regret the error.
What the Pantload really regrets is that he wasn't able to scrub all copies of his slander from the internet. Here's what the pudgy pratt wrote before he got caught:
But why blacks remain the most reliable voters for the party of ever-expanding government power is something of a mystery. Indeed, it's worth noting that the Tuskegee study, launched under the New Deal, was symptomatic of arrogant liberal government. The study "emerged out of a liberal progressive public health movement concerned about the health and well-being of the African-American population," writes University of Chicago professor Richard Schweder. He adds: "The study was done with the full knowledge, endorsement and participation of African-American medical professionals, hospitals and research institutes."
Liberals like to invoke Tuskegee as if it's solely an indictment of what other people did, proof that we need more progressive government. But Tuskegee was in fact the poisoned fruit of progressive government.
Not a slip of the pen, or a typographical error, as the Pantload would have you believe. No. A deliberate, two-paragraph lie, based on a premise that is irrefutably false.
And who was President in 1932? Well, he was a member of the party of ever-expanding government power. (Hint: A wingnut welfare asylum is named after him.)
The Pantload called his column "Tall Tales About Tuskegee." And he's the teller of those tales.