In response to the moderator-less debate to which Hillary Clinton challenged Barack Obama last week, Fox & Friends aired a segment that mentioned, appropriately, the Lincoln-Douglas debates. In the course of the segment, Clayton Morris joked about asking one of the show’s interns to find videotape of those debates.*
“And he looked at me and said, ‘Yeah, I’ll see what I can find!’” Morris laughed.
Hilarious. Silly intern! So ignorant of history!
Then, um, this happened:
Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.
* The Lincoln-Douglas debates took place in 1858. They pitted Abraham Lincoln against…Stephen A. Douglas.