Joe Smith

A. Joseph Ross
Thu Jul 6 01:04:20 EDT 2006

On 5 Jul 2006 at 11:20, Donna Halper wrote:

> I tell my students this all the time.  Just because a "fact" is
> repeated over and over, doesn't make it true or even accurate, since a
> mistake can get repeated in cyberspace for years.  KDKA is allegedly
> the "first radio station in the world" according to many who prefer
> publicity over truth, and a google search for KDKA will find that
> "fact" repeated endlessly.  I am not criticising google or or
> any other non-scholarly search engines, but the reliability of the
> information has NOTHING to do with how many times something is
> repeated.  I still can't find evidence that Joe Smith was at WMEX, no
> matter how many people say he was.  If Joe says it', I'll be more
> inclined to agree.  But his testimony to the Payola committee said he
> was at WILD and then he went off to the record industry.

And I'll bet you won't find anything on Google about the Joe Smith 
that someone nominated for Vice President at the 1956 Republican 
National Convention, as an anti-Nixon protest. 

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