Tuesday we posted what seemed like a very strange column by Joe Conason. It turns out that’s because it wasn’t his column.

“Rand Paul’s Plan to Save the Cities” seemed to deviate from Conason’s progressive point of view, but we’ve been running him for years and we weren’t about to censor him for taking a libertarian turn in one piece.

Today, Conason and his syndicate informed us that he did not write the column. We’re not sure what happened. The column was sent with Joe’s byline, so clearly there was a mistake.

Our apologies to Joe, who took a beating, as Christopher Moraff put it on Twitter.

Apologies also to our readers, for unintentionally misleading them and closing their comments, along with the column, lest we mislead any others.

Update: We’ve learned that Joseph Farah was the author of the column in question. Apologies to him, as well.

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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