The Memory Hole
Stephen Moore at National Review Online seems not to understand the way the Web works. When he’s caught in an absurd error or nailed on a misleading statement, he just alters his web columns without acknowledgement. A month ago, he was promoting “brilliant supply-side academics” like “Brian Wesbury of Chicago” as alternatives to Greg Mankiw on the Council of Economic Advisors. When I pointed out that Wesbury was not, as Moore implied, an economist at the University of Chicago, but a spokesman for a bank there, Moore edited the post to delete the word “academic”.
Now, Kevin Drum at Calpundit has caught Moore out making the basic error of adding percentages instead of multiplying them. And what do you know. Kevin reports that NRO has stealthily fixed Stephen Moore’s column. Unfortunately the fix makes nonsense of his article, which promises to show a tax rate of 70 or 80 per cent, when the corrected calculation only makes 60.
If he’s quick enough, Moore can get away with this kind of thing before the Wayback Machine or Google archives catch him. But the blogs recording his trickery won’t disappear. And next time I cite him, I’ll be sure to take a copy of the page before he changes it.
Update Brad de Long joins in the fun, pointing out yet more examples of flagrant dishonesty from Moore and the National Review team.