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June 20th, 2009

The sacking of Dan Froomkin by the Washington Post reminds me a remark attributed (IIRC) to Auberon Waugh on being told that Randolph Churchill had undergone the surgical removal of a tumour that turned out not to be malignant.

It is a marvel of medical science that they could first locate the one part of Randolph that was not malignant, and, having found it, immediately remove it

More from the ever-growing Wapo fan club.

* Whether or not Google makes you stupid, I’ve decided not to do Google checks of my recollections for items like this, where the exact accuracy of my quote doesn’t matter too much, and the contrast with the correct version might provide some amusement or enlightenment.

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  1. R J Stove
    June 20th, 2009 at 14:08 | #1

    Alas, Professor, it wasn’t Auberon Waugh who said this; it was Evelyn.

  2. jquiggin
    June 20th, 2009 at 15:31 | #2

    I suspected as much!

  3. Donald Oats
    June 20th, 2009 at 17:16 | #3

    Well, Google does at least provide a convenient way of checking half-remembered facts; so long as some intelligence is applied to filter the results appropriately, then Google is a positive not a negative.

    A few days ago I didn’t cross-check – a (hopefully) fairly rare event – and blam, one response to my post did indeed correct me. No harm in doing a Google cross-check; better than posting a mistaken recollection as I did.

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