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Sean Davis on the Seriousness of Fabricating Quotes

"Why Is Wikipedia Deleting All References To Neil Tyson’s Fabrication?" at The Federalist (September 18, 2014)

These are not ticky-tack fouls. In the world of publishing and public speaking, quotes are evidence. Quotes are to journalism what data are to science. If they’re not real, they’re irrelevant. It doesn’t matter how juicy and revealing they are if they never happened. Fabrication is the cardinal sin of publishing.