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National Review does something right, sues Cory Booker

The National Review is suing Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, and good for them. National Review editor Rich Lowry announced the suit today, against Booker, the City of Newark, and the Newark Police Department. They are looking to obtain records pertaining to a murder Booker claims to have witnessed.

The background is T-Bone, the man Booker invoked when he wanted rich audiences the get a feel for the harsh reality of life on the streets, through "composite" characters that acted and talked like all the horribly written black gangster characters from "The Sopranos." T-Bone, Rutgers history professor Clement Price told the National Review's Eliana Johnson, was made-up.

Price considers himself a mentor and friend to Booker and says Booker conceded to him in 2008 that T-Bone was a “composite” of several people he’d met while living in Newark. The professor describes a “tough conversation” in which he told Booker “that I disapproved of his inventing such a person.” “If you’re going to create a composite of a man along High Street,” he says he asked Booker, “why don’t you make it W. E. B. DuBois?” From Booker, he says, “There was no pushback. He agreed that was a mistake.” Since then, references to T-Bone have been conspicuously absent from Booker’s speeches.

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