Pointedly Strobel says the hostages arrived home the same day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated.
In 1980, I was a freshman at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and working on the student newspaper there, an every-other-week journal with attitude called the Empath. One of our staff members had a father who was in the Air Force - not only that, he was (if memory serves), director of the flight line at Andrews Air Force Base. And so, on the day that the American hostages at long last came home, the day of President Ronald Reagan's inauguration, I and a few of my colleagues had a front-row seat to history.
Only problem - Reagan was inaugurated January 20, 1981 but the hostages didn't arrive home for several more days. Strobel is conflating Reagan's announcement at the inauguration with their arrival. Jimmy Carter flew to Wiesbaden Air Force Base in West Germany to greet the hostages the day after the inauguration, January 21, 1981. The hostages actually flew to Andrews AFB on January 27, 1981. Also, note that Strobel mentions "1980"... the hostage crisis ended in 1981.
Minor issues? Absolutely, very minor. And I wouldn't bring it up, except for Strobel's history of getting important things wrong. See below.
Previous posts on Warren Strobel getting important things wrong:
- McClatchy's Strobel and Landay busted in a lie -- and McClatchy's own web site provides the evidence
- Are 2 McClatchy reporters guilty of fabrication? Warren Strobel and Hannah Allam assert a claim not supported by the public record
- McClatchy reporters accused of distortion... author of Pentagon institute report says McClatchy misrepresented the report in a story...
- McClatchy's Warren Strobel called "gullible"
- McClatchy's Warren Strobel misleads readers...
UPDATE: Harsh words for Strobel in comments:
This guy is not trustable. He is both a liar AND a lazy cheat.. This was not a typo. Mr. Strobel screwed up a first person observation. He doesn't care enough to get a simple, checkable fact right. He is not to be trusted...