Yesterday at about 9 a.m., Georgetown Law Center professor Peter Tague told a class of law students that Chief Justice John Roberts would announce his resignation today due to health reasons, although he refused to tell them how he knew. Within the hour, he revealed that he had completely fabricated the rumor as part of his lesson on credibility and reliable sources.
“[B]etween the hour when the class began and when he revealed that he made it up, plenty of students texted and IMed their friends and family,” a student in his class told blog Above The Law. “[So] there’s a very good chance that the Roberts rumor that spread like wildfire on the internet was sparked by an eccentric law professor trying to make a point.”
Vox is just as disappointed as the next journalist-windbag that two major news outlets headlined with such a poorly-sourced story. But what fascinates us even more was the speed with which this made it onto Radar. Above The Law looked at the timestamp on the Radar post and found that astoundingly, it took only ten minutes for the rumor to leave Tague’s mouth and wind up on their site.
Via Above The Law