Why is it that we never hear right-wingers quick to admit they are wrong. Powerline has refused to retract and admit they made a mistake. I think it's time we make them eat crow.
The latest story also confirms how absurd it was for ABC, the Post, and other news outlets to label the anonymous memo a "GOP talking points memo." We have no idea who the unidentified Martinez staffer is, but he apparently was not authorized to speak for his boss, and most certainly was not empowered to speak for the leadership of the Republican party. We'll try to track him down and get his story, but in the meantime, this story serves as an object lesson in how the mainstream media can take a dopey, one-page memo by an unknown staffer and use it to discredit the entire Republican party.
Powerline was the main talking point of this memo being fake. If they retract what they say then the spin should die that the memo is fake.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Amateur Conservative Blogger John "The Hindrocket" Hindraker, of "Powerline" Infamy, Forced to Eat Enormous, Gorge-Inducing Three-Course Crow Dinner
An ADVOCATE EDITORIAL
Remember that annoying little internet gremlin who "exposed" the so-called "Memogate" scandal prior to last year's presidential election, just in time to rally the conservative shock-troops for a narrow Republican victory in November?
The one who had curiously well-prepared, outrageously esoteric talking points ready-at-hand on a "scandal" no one had ever heard of, just hours after said "scandal" broke, leading some to believe Team Bush had actually fed him the story (and perhaps even "leaked" the disputed memo itself, in classic Rovian fashion)?
You recall, the "scandal" in which CBS News--which remained silent about George W. Bush's DWI conviction in the run-up to the 2000 election, only to carry the story too late to hurt the then-Governor--accidentally used fake documents to prove true a story the nation already knew to be true, to wit, that the President was Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from his low-impact, nepotism-begotten spot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, while poorer and less-connected American sons were dying by the tens of thousands in Southeast Asia?
Well, said gremlin--we mean John Hindraker of Powerline now, not the President, a different sort of creature altogether--has tried to again capture lightning in a bottle.
And it is a testament to the man's ingenuity, savvy, and heaven-sent creative genius that he's again claiming memos currently being touted by the Democratic Party are, in fact, fakes.
That's right, the same accusation, the same implication, the same indictment, and the same purpose, too: to make John Hindraker famous in X-con political circles--a darling of the Heritage Foundation lecture circuit--instead of an irrelevent also-ran in a pantheon of radical conservative bloggers which includes Hal Turner, Michelle Malkin, and the marginally-functional Ann Coulter.
The only problem is, this time he's gone and laid a giant goose egg.
That's right, a big, steaming pile of goat-poop.