Is George Allen also dishonest?

As recently as a month ago, the senator expressly denied ever having used the "N-word."

Published September 25, 2006 2:53PM (EDT)

On Aug. 26, 2006, blogger Mike Stark bluntly asked Sen. George Allen whether he "had ever used the word 'nigger.'" Allen was clearly taken aback by the question and angrily denied having done so. He twice clearly said "no" when asked. His aides then told Stark that Allen would answer questions only from "professional journalists" and demanded that Stark leave the room. The link to Stark's site includes the audio recording of the question and Allen's answers. That day, Stark wrote on his blog about Allen's denial: "I have trouble believing that."

Today, Michael Scherer reports in Salon: "Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say that the Virginia Republican repeatedly used an inflammatory racial epithet ["nigger"] and demonstrated racist attitudes toward blacks during the early 1970s."

Unless those three teammates are all lying and all have simply fabricated their stories, it seems necessary to add outright dishonesty to Allen's growing list of serious character flaws.

By Glenn Greenwald

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