As we have previously noted on this NBA website, we all make mistakes from time to time and in this day and age of the Interwebs, even the Wall Street Journal can.
Earlier today, writer Dorothy Rabinowitz penned a piece regarding a REELZ documentary about the John F. Kennedy assassination and meant to attribute a reference in the piece to author Bill James. However, Dorothy’s piece (either by autocorrect error/human error) attributed it to LeBron James by mistake.
Below is how the text appeared in the article:
The film builds on the theorizing of a ballistics expert who concluded, in the 1960s, that the third bullet, the one that shattered Kennedy’s head, had been fired accidentally by a Secret Service agent riding in one of the cars behind the president. The thesis would become the subject of a book, “Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK.” It was published by St. Martin’s Press (1992), which would in due course make an out-of-court settlement when the Secret Service agent in question, George Hickey, filed suit.
That’s not to say the theory hasn’t convinced some people. Including, apparently, Malcolm Gladwell, famed social scientist well known for his ability to arrive at hard conclusions based on no scientific fact. Mr. Gladwell has indeed reported, in a 2012 online exchange, how he came to see the convincing wisdom of the Secret Service agent explanation by reading Lebron James, basketball star. Mr. James had praised the theory in his own book. Case closed.
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