"Consider the source" is a good rule in life, and even more so in the realm of news.
In recent days, Donald Trump stood in front of riled-up crowds and argued that both candidates should undergo drug tests before the final presidential debate Wednesday. Why? Because Hillary Clinton, he claimed, is taking performance-enhancing substances.
"I don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like take me down," he said. "She could barely reach her car."
He provided no evidence for any of this. In fact, he seemed to be purposely mixing up Clinton's debate performance with her recent bout with pneumonia. (In a much-viewed video, her knees buckled as she departed early from a 9/11 commemoration in New York.)
But here's how Roger Stone, Trump's ally and longtime dirty-trickster, described Clinton's second debate behavior, in a recent interview with Alex Jones, the syndicated radio host and proprietor of InfoWars, a website that thrives on far-right conspiracy theories: