Originally Posted by therealUT
Is it possible that he may have had a suspicion that whatever he released was only going to add more flame to the fire? Is it possible that then the fire got so big that he figured that he at least had to try to douse the flames, even if the attempt had an equal chance of of making the fire even larger?
that doesn't remotely begin to explain allowing his editor to go unchecked with info that he knew to be absolutely false. Hell, that was long before his was a national name.
The bottom line: as your original post points out, the guy will say anything and everything if it means political gain, regardless of reality.