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DC Media and Ford’s Theatre’s Schizoid Personality

Our Twitter search page has been pointed at the #OReillyLincolnErrors hashtag ever since a state of national emergency broke out and we learned that Ford’s Theatre will not be selling Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Lincoln.

But wait! If you really, really want to buy Killing Lincoln in the place were Abraham Lincoln was actually killed (or just shot, we think — we’d check O’Reilly’s book for the answer but…), just walk upstairs. Politico (which got exclusive details from O’Reilly late yesterday), WaPo, TBD, HuffPost, WCP and NBC Washington all brought us recent stories saying that while the book is out at the National Park Service’s museum in the basement of the theater, Ford’s Theatre Society decided to sell it upstairs in their gift shop. We can only imagine how confused and frightened visitors must be by the inconsistency.

Interestingly, each of these stories has been updated since being originally posted (except HuffPost‘s which was was posted early this morning, long after the others). We smell a very clever PR person at work making sure everyone knows Killing Lincoln is only a flight of stairs away. According to NBC Washington, WaPo’s original story by Steven Levingston, who broke the story, was updated at some point, too, but doesn’t actually give readers any notice of that fact.

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates put it best in a late-night tweet now trending at the top our search page: “… Because there’s no real way of knowing when the Oval Office was built.”

– JUSTIN MCLACHLAN

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