Thursday, April 07, 2005

Thanks for the Memo-ries

I don't want to be smug, but to all you citizen-journalists in the self-correcting blogosphere, what do you have to say to this?
The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night.

Brian Darling, a former lobbyist for the Alexander Strategy Group on gun rights and other issues, offered his resignation and it was immediately accepted, Martinez said.

Hey, but wait, I thought they were bogus! I read it somewhere!

Oh, but don't worry your little hearts, in a few hours I'm sure we'll be seeing "Brian Darling is a Democrat mole" posts on Free Republic, and then we can all muse ignorant on that. In the meantime, the respected members of Wingnuttia will move on to their next subject: the evil media's reporting of the truth on Tom DeLay.

UPDATE: And, not to be missed, is this lengthy, ungracious, whiny post by our favorite Blog of the Year. Try to spot "We were wrong" in the spilt words. Try real hard.

Also check out Americablog, for a nice Carnival of the Idiots. I hope you had the time of your life.

LATER UPDATE: The freepsters never let you down...
This isn't the first time something like this has happened - rogue staff...sometimes I wonder is some of them aren't plants

Great stuff.

MUCH LATER UPDATE: The whole "memo is fake" meme got started by a blogger named Joshua Claybourn and a credulous article in The American Prospect. I detailed the silliness here.

Obviously, Michelle Malkin has a fervent hope that no one go back and actually read what she has said on the subject. The "but I didn't call them 'fake' defense" is a supremely weak one from a person who continues to argue the rather fine point that the memo may not have been particularly widespread among GOP senators, and continues to attack the reports based on that thin gruel. Just read this post here, where she deems 'excellent' the 'reporting' on the 'fishy memo,' and links to people who are trying to come up with a name for the 'scandal', and other hilarities.
Will ABC News officials continue to stonewall, as Dan Rather et al. so famously did just a few months ago? Or will they come clean and promptly issue a correction? What about the Washington Post, which strongly implied in this article that Republicans were responsible for the memo? And what about all the other pundits, from Chris Matthews to Cynthia Tucker, who stated explicitly that Republicans distributed the memo--a statement that an anonymous ABC News official now says ABC News never reported?

You would think the MSM learned something from RatherGate. Apparently not.

A correction for what? Being accurate? Come clean from what? That they reported the story properly? If you don't believe the memos are fake, why would you be asking for a correction?

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