In this column, I cite a report that Sen. Obama had attended services at Trinity Church on July 22, 2007. The Obama camapaign has provided information showing that Sen. Obama did not attend Trinity that day. I regret the error.
YOU may have already begun to suspect that the reason why the above wasn't simply inserted parenthetically into the piece at the appropriate place was that the "citation" accounted for the entire column, or at least that portion of it that wasn't given over to grousing about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
The source, by the way, was Ronald Kessler, modestly identified as "a journalist who has written about Wright's ministry", but who is in fact the Ronald Kessler who is the chief Washington correspondent for Newsmax and the author of seventeen books, including The CIA at War: Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror; A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush; and Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady, which is, so far as I can tell, the only one of the seventeen that would really have benefitted from the Inside he's slapped on most of his other works, generally somewhere around the colon. In fact, Inside Laura Bush's Colon is a book I'd be proud to own. At any rate, in his defense we might note that Kristol could have had no way of knowing that Kessler might be telling a somewhat slanted story, and we ought also to give him props for not identifying the source as "Michelle Malkin".