There is also a major problem with claim that Hicks was a "self-described Marxist." To make that claim Olson is saying that Prof. Hicks has self-labelled himself a Marxist. On what evidence did he do that? Since Olson now admits that Hicks is not, in fact, a Marxist, self-described or otherwise he is tacitly admitting that Hicks NEVER described himself as a Marxist. If that is the case then the only way that Olson could claim Hicks had done so is if Olson knowingly made up a false accusation against Hicks. One can quite honestly believe someone is a Marxist, who is not. But one can't say that someone is a "self-described Marxist" without having read, or heard, the person in question describing himself as a Marxist. Since Olson clearly never heard, or read, anything Hicks said to describe himself as a Marxist that leaves only one conclusion: Hicks made up the accusation without a shred of evidence.
I suggest that these sites not only owe a major apology to Dr. Hicks but that they take responsibility for letting out a smear that may never be contained. In other words, I suggest the honorable thing to do is pay compensation, perhaps in the form of a contribution to Dr. Hicks' Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship. Given that Mr. Olson and his group started the lies I suggest they fork over $50,000 along with a front page apology and admission that they didn't research the accusations they made. I suggest that Mr. Breitbart's site contribute $100,000 given that they did more to spread the false claims than anyone else. The two radio stations ought to contribute in the range of $20,000 each and the sad little Republican group in Wisconsin, might at least donate $1,000. Conservatives talk a big game about taking responsibility. And they are quite fond of heavy penalties when one does wrong. Here is a chance for them to take responsibility for their own misdeeds and for the harm they inflicted on a innocent person.
However, if I were you, I wouldn't wait for them to do so. Typically they only want to be able to force other people to live up to their standards. When they fail, they have all sorts of excuses as to why their own indiscretions should be ignored.