Dept. of Hubris

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:

* The Lincoln-Douglas debates took place in 1858. They pitted Abraham Lincoln against…Stephen A. Douglas.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.