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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 09 2007,23:55   

Quote (argystokes @ Mar. 09 2007,19:28)
Oi! It's a real news story, I'm surprised you hadn't heard it when it happened a couple of years ago.

Yes, the facts about Hwang are true, but about 1/3 of the way through Patrick's post, we see:  
“What lessons can be drawn from this?” asked Professor McKeown. “First...
and the quote continues through the remaining 2/3 of the post.  Who is Professor McKeown, and who is quoting him?

Answer:  McKeown is fictional, and he's being quoted by the fictional Max Thaler in a fictional news story published in the fictional Beaumont College Alumni News.  It's all in chapter 7 of Crichton's novel, _Next_.

Not only did Patrick fail to mention that his report of McKeown's speech is copied verbatim from another source, but it turns out that McKeown doesn't even exist.  That's just plain wacky, even for OE.

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