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New York Times Tries To Factcheck Gary Johnson On Aleppo, Repeatedly Steps On A Rake Instead


On Thursday morning, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson flubbed a question about the Syrian city of Aleppo from MSNBC host Mike Barnicle.

“What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?” Barnicle asked, referring to the Syrian city subjected to fierce fighting in the country’s civil war.

And what is Aleppo?” Johnson responded.

You can watch the full exchangehere.

Smug online fact-checkers immediately kicked it into overdrive, seeing who could publish the most preening fact-check of Johnson first.Alan Rappeport of the New York Times quickly published the definitive piece for the paper of record excoriating Johnson for his ignorance. Unfortunately for Rappeport, his piece was also riddled with errors. Unlike Johnson, who was asked a question on the spot, the New York Timesreporter had the Internet, paid editors, and all the time in the world to help him avoid making a bunch of embarrassing errors.

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