Like so many others? From Powerline:
I wrote here about the supposed hate crime that has roiled Harvard Law School: someone put small pieces of black tape over the portraits of black law professors that hang in Wasserstein Hall. This incident is somehow related, we are told, to the fact that the law school’s crest includes three sheaves of wheat, taken from the arms of a man named Isaac Royall, a slaveowner who donated money with which the law school was founded 200 years ago …
Almost all campus hate crimes turn out to be hoaxes, and this one probably is too. That argument is made by a group of Harvard Law students who have anonymously set up a web site called Royall Asses. The linked page is titled: “Relax: It Was a Hoax, Not a ‘Hate Crime,’ at Harvard Law School.” Other pages include “What the Royall Asses Did”, “The Evidence Inculpating the Royall Asses”, “Who Are the Royall Asses?” and “Chance of Harvard Law ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax is 99.99%”.More.
Reality check: Working for many years as an editor, I learned something useful: True stories tend to be somewhat irregular. False stories often have a cookie cutter feel to them that, taken in numbers, should attract suspicion. Just for example, the racist teens in Toronto, when I lived there, tended to be punks, not upper middle class private school types – which is, of course, how a bad SJW novelist would portray the problem.
So what’s really interesting is how many media feel it is their duty to “believe” the story, as if credulity were a virtue. It is, of course, a virtue, if one’s true function is actually PR and not investigation.
See also: See also: Melissa Click, the “media prof,” has resigned