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Look at All These Rumors, Surrounding Me Everyday

- March 5, 2010

The rumor du jour, that John Roberts was about to resign for health reasons, stems from a joke played by a Georgetown law professor on his class, according to Above the Law. The joke served a pedagogical point about informants and their sources. The whole thing is a fascinating tale of how quickly misinformation gets disseminated and taken as fact.

Meanwhile, in my American politics class next week, we’ll be discussing the presidency. If any rumors about Barack Obama’s physical well-being emerge at, say, 2:30 pm on Tuesday, I know nothing about them.

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