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Lies, Damned Lies, and NPR

Kathryn: The website that you linked has video of the allegedly “racist” statement made by Santorum about black welfare recipients in Iowa. It is abundantly clear from that video that Santorum did not speak the word “black” in talking about welfare. He had a verbal stumble, where his mouth got out in front of him. What he said was something that sounded like “bli,” and he quickly corrected himself to say “people’s lives.” It was the sort of verbal flub that you make 100 times a day. For it to be reported as a racially charged statement by Santorum — apparently originating with NPR — is libelous. It unequivocally was not.

Here is the video. The readers can judge for themselves.

Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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