This controversy about Rush Limbaugh reminds me of something.
Someone wrote a book attributing to Rush things he never said.
But now these things are quoted by others as if the quotes were true.
Suddenly the false quotes have a life of their own.
Similarly, Pius XII was slandered in books with unsubstantiated accusations.
Then other people quote those slanderous books as if they were accurate sources.
This is a common technique.
I am sure you can cite your own examples.
Tell a lie loudly and often. People assume it’s true.
UPDATE 16 Oct 1619:
Yep… it finally happened. Look in the comments.