Fact Checking the Fact-Checker’s Fact-Checking
April 7, 2013 § 3 Comments
Perhaps Jim Fingal, the fact-checker engaged in the wrestling match with John D’Agata recounted in The Lifespan of a Fact is not so reliable as we assumed. Or at least that’s the conclusion of a few of Clint Barker’s Introduction to Postmodern Literature students who put together a website, The Lifespan of a Lifespan of a Fact, annotating the inconsistencies in the fact-checker’s work.
* Jim says that on the day before Levi died, theLas Vegas Sun published an article that referred to a possible ban against touching strippers, in response to John’s claim that lap dancing was temporarily banned by the city.
* This is incorrect because according to the Las Vegas Sun, it was a ban against the strippers touching the clients, not the other way around.
* Jim confirms that the Stratosphere is the largest building west of the Mississippi River in an 1989 Las Vegas Review-Journal article by John Galtant.
* I can’t get the article itself—the archives for that year only appear to be available on microfilm thousands of miles away—but I was able to find that the journalist is named “John Gallant,” not “John Galtant.”
Will it never end?
Probably only when we stop reading, so let’s hope not.