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Ollie North column under fire

North, contradicted. (Michael Conroy/AP)

Well, those quotations didn’t belong to either North or to Davis, but rather to Vietnam veteran Michael Norman, who’d put them down in his memoirs, These Good Men: Friendships Forged from War .

North said, hey, sorry, but I didn’t know that those weren’t Davis’s original words. As North told the story, he’d received the comments from Davis in an e-mail and proceeded to quote the guy in his column. An editor’s note said that the mistake occurred “through no fault” of North’s. Later, the column disappeared from

Now the backlash, again via the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi:

Davis told Norman earlier this week that North never asked him for the comment, despite what North wrote in his column. Davis also said he never intended or authorized North to publish the quote. What’s more, the comment wasn’t even about Memorial Day, despite North’s characterization.

Though Davis did e-mail those quotes to North, the missive was part of his practice of passing along thoughts “that are patriotic in nature or reflect on our experiences in combat.”

What’s North’s response to all of this? None. If you were North’s editor, what would you do?

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.
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