Edit: the award announcement and review. He’d won a prestigious award. The NYT has covered that with great fanfare for a book. But the award was rescinded, among other professional rebukes. The NYT was sluggish and quiet about that.
Think of the false tweets today that get thousands of retweets when the corrections get tens of retweets. It was like that only with lots of time in the middle. Ten years later I’d still find people favorably cite Arming America because they didn’t know it was the “fall from grace,” which is the title of the Yale Law Journal review and definitive source on the errors and what happened.