The term “fake news” is no doubt over-used these days, but there is such a thing. Indeed, there is even such a thing as a “fake news” obituary. A prime example of distortion and false reporting can be found in the obituary this week of Deane Hinton.
Deane Hinton was a superb and widely-honored American diplomat. He died last Tuesday at age 94, and The Times accurately reported that “Mr. Hinton, a plain-spoken economist, served as the United States ambassador to El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, as well as Zaire and Pakistan, under four Republican presidents beginning in 1974.” I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Amb. Hinton when I served in the Reagan administration. Read more »