April 7, 2008 8:34AM

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Here’s the chronology:

  1. Someone tells Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) an anecdote. 
  2. Without checking to see whether it’s true, she repeats it on the campaign trail. 
  3. Turns out, it might not be true
  4. She agrees to stop repeating the anecdote.

A fine example of the perils of letting anecdotes guide public policy [$].