Whopper of the Week: Al Gore.

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Aug. 2 2002 2:40 PM

Whopper of the Week: Al Gore

Man's gotta eat, doesn't he?

"He has prior obligations he can't break."
Jano Cabrera, spokesman for Al Gore, explaining to Will Lester of the Associated Press why Gore would not be attending a Democratic Leadership Council meeting at the New York Hilton, which drew most of the other likely candidates for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. The AP article was published on July 22.

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"[Y]esterday, right about when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was wowing the DLC audience with an impassioned riff against GOP charges that the Clinton/Gore years were an 'economic binge' period, the Note has learned that Gore was down the street having lunch at the Regency Hotel."
Mark Halperin, Elizabeth Wilner, and Mark Ambinder, in the July 30 installment of "The Note," ABC.com's daily political tipsheet. The distance from the Regency to the Hilton, "The Note" observed, is 0.8 miles.

Got a whopper? Send it to chatterbox@slate.com. To be considered, an entry must be an unambiguously false statement paired with an unambiguous refutation, and both must be derived from some appropriately reliable public source. Preference will be given to newspapers and other documents that Chatterbox can link to online.

Whopper Archive:
July 26, 2002: Princeton admissions dean Stephen LeMenager
July 19, 2002: James Traficant
July 12, 2002: Maryland Lt. Gov. candidate Michael S. Steele
July 5, 2002: Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
June 28, 2002: WorldCom
June 21, 2002: Terry Lynn Barton
June 14, 2002: Tom Ridge
June 7, 2002: Former FBI Deputy Director Weldon Kennedy
May 31, 2002: Ari Fleischer
May 23, 2002: Condoleezza Rice
May 17, 2002: Robert Mueller
May 9, 2002: Karl Rove
May 3, 2002: Gen. Richard Myers
April 25, 2002: Donald Rumsfeld
April 18, 2002: George W. Bush  
April 11, 2002: The Rev. Robert J. Banks, archdiocese of Boston
April 5, 2002: George W. Bush  
March 29, 2002: Major League Baseball
March 21, 2002: Billy Graham
March 14, 2002: INS commissioner James W. Ziglar
March 8, 2002: Robert Zoellick and the U.S. steel industry
Feb. 28, 2002: Al Sharpton
Feb. 22, 2002: Olympic skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne
Feb. 14, 2002: Kenneth Lay
Feb. 8, 2002: Enron spokeswoman Peggy Mahoney
Jan. 31, 2002: Monsanto
Jan. 24, 2002: Linda Chavez
Jan. 17, 2002: George W. Bush
Jan. 10, 2002: Simon & Schuster
Jan. 4, 2002: The Associated Press

(Click  here  to access the Whopper Archive for 2001.)

Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His  book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.