It’s now 3 days since I informed Ellis Washington that the quote he used from Barack Obama to begin his latest Worldnetdaily column is fake and was never said by him but was said by a conservative columnist. It’s clear he has no intention of removing it since he told me in an email:
Remember a quote can be a paraphrase of one’s ideas and sentiments.
No, Mr. Washington, it can’t. We have different words for “quote” and “paraphrase” for a reason — because they do not mean the same thing. A quote is something someone actually said; a paraphrase is someone else’s representation of what they said — or in this case, what they imagine they might say. Anyone with intellectual integrity knows the difference.