Barack Obama was indeed a professor at the University of Chicago's law school, the school said today. The Clinton campaign and the Sun-Times have said otherwise, but academic semantics back the onetime senior lecturer. The university said that title did qualify Obama as a professor—and the law school had even offered him a tenure-track position.
In other false-accusation campaign news, liberal blog Think Progress retracted its claim that John McCain plagiarized a speech from a US admiral. The site published the charge yesterday on a tip, without a response from the candidate, who had actually repurposed quotes from a speech he made in 1995. Politico’s Michael Calderone calls the blog’s poor judgment “remarkable.”