LET ME BE CLEAR – I AM SORRY.
I did what I caution everyone else not to do. I believed the Media when they reported that Ben Carson LIED about his acceptance to West Point, because it was inartfully written in his Best Selling Personal Biography.
BUT THAT’S NOT AN EXCUSE:
We are constantly being inundated with every form of DEMAGOGUERY we can imagine, and much of it we cannot. And as such, I write to everyone who reads this BLOG, not to believe anything until it is 100% VERIFIABLE.
I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED MY OWN ADVICE . . . and this is no excuse, but when I received the first notification from a trusted and reliable friend, I couldn’t believe it, but did, especially because of the way it was written and portrayed throughout the media.
Then . . . after doing “some limited” research, the “proof” seemed to be overwhelming that the story was true, and in my haste to include this sad story in my next editorial, which I was writing yesterday, I CREATED THE ULTIMATE OPINION WRITER’S SIN . . . I joined the mob. And for that I apologize.
THIS EPISODE WON’T MAKE ME MORE VIGILANT:
It’s not that I am not as careful with facts and information that I can personally be. It’s because I rushed to judgment based on what others said, which should never have happened.
If anything, it is both a wakeup call and reminder to all of us to be as vigilant as possible during these election campaigns, because FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE LIE AND EXAGGERATE . . . and there are no shortages of evil agendas and unrepentant liars, especially from the LEFT.
This has been a humbling experience for me, because I take an exceptional amount of pride in projecting personal HONESTY AND INTEGRITY in the things that I write . . . AND I LET YOU DOWN.
I cannot promise that it won’t happen again, because regretfully, perfection is not part of my DNA. But I will PROMISE that if I screw-up again, I will take ownership without excuses and make things right, just as I am attempting to do now.
Thank you for the great comments and emails.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov