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The Stages of Rumordom

From Mickey Kaus via Andrew Sullivan, a very astute observation of the life of a political rumor:

1) Too horrible and shocking; it can’t possibly be true.
2)
It’s not true.
3)
You can’t prove it’s true.
4)
Why are you trying to prove it’s true?
5)
It’s disgusting that you’ve proved it’s true.
6)
What’s the big deal anyway?

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