The nicest thing about this basic three-step technique -- first, assume quoted opinions define facts, then pick the right people to quote, and wave
your hands to make any uncomfortable realities disappear -- is that it applies to everything from alien abduction to Windows security.
If you read a report sponsored by the Flat Earth Society in which an independent research organization found the world to be flat, would you believe
it? I'd guess not, but any reputable research organization hired to survey the society's membership on the question would have to come to that
conclusion -- and I don't think you could call the result dishonest.
February 5, 2004