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June 26, 2006

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Carol Herman

Do cannibals use seasonings when they eat their own? Or do they shout out "BAM" ... and stick napkins on their shirt fronts?

Did TNR hurt itself, trying to run away from the moonbats? You wonder if their circulation doesn't drop off now. Or if it picks up?

Ya know, back in the innocent days of the 1970's, ya needed Nixon's dirty tricksters to cook up stuff like this.

Now, ya just gotta marvel at how outlets become the story. And, to think, once, there used to be dreams about making it to the front page. At the thrill of being in the headlines. It all seems so far, away, now.

Meanwhile, ya got Emeril's recommendation to "take it up a notch."

What surprises me most, is that I don't even care about the emails. Have you noticed that, too?

keatssycamore

That third email is as 'real' as the those TANG documents still are to Dan Rather. They were just misattributed to a guy with a word processor.

Bad journalism, by Jason Leopold or Jason Zengerle, is bad journalism. Your thinking up of 'charitable explanations' for such is funny given what I normally read on this blog regarding 'journalism' (or maybe those media critiques were just schtick to you, so much of the criticism seeming to depend on whose ox is being gored).

Rick

Boy, Kos sent out a really long directive on this (non) issue, didn't he? Glenn certainly springs way up there when Dear Leader says "jump."

What (Else) Would A Cultist Do?

Cordially...

crosspatch

His source mis-attributed the questionable email to Gilliard. I suspect the other sources initially vouched for it because they had seen the email too. They probably have a copy of it in their mail application. It probably just didn't originate from Gilliard.

The only story in this sub-plot might be in who actually sent it. Only the sources know for sure, and it appears that the only one that voluteers information has gone silent. It appears the other two will confirm things, but wont volunteer things. Drama.

Barney Frank

One thing that is not at all clear to me is, had Zengerle initially gone to Gilliard, would the story have been any different?
Gilliard's original reaction was that Zengerle was indeed using Gilliard's words. If JZ merely asked him for confirmation that he had said this without mentioning that it was in a Townhouse distribution he may very well have had the statement confirmed by Gilliard. And if he had there would be no diversion for the left to even be squawking about. Kinda funny when you think about it.
Whether journalistic ethics were violated is a legitimate question. Whether it would have changed Zengerle's story if they weren't is another.

ed

Hmmmm.

So, how did Zengerle get ahold of three copies of the same fake email?

Is Beyerstein smoking crack here or have I missed something in this discussion?

Just when did JZ get *three copies of the same fake email*? I thought there was only one copy of one fake email, or one copy of one misattributed email.

But *three*?

Would someone mind cluing me in as to WTF this person is talking about?

keatssycamore

ed,

From everything I've read, you have described it accurately. I don't know what Beyerstein could be talking about.

Rick Ballard

"Whether journalistic ethics were violated"

Journalistic ethics are too malleable to ever be violated. Can a chimera be violated?

Let's pose a hypothetical based upon the existence of the chimera - Zengerle has proferred both explanation and apology along with a promise for further explanation based upon the response of his source. He fabricated nothing and has done what is possible to do.

Have his actions to this point violated any of the chimerical journalistic ethical standards regarding discovery of error?

boris

It's not as if JZ could expect to get away with publishing an email from X he knows is not from X when he knows X knows he knows X's nose would get out of joint and go public and blow up in his face. 'Snot rational is it?

It's just making a stink about a nearly irrelevant detail that got muffed. So it wasn't from X and now everybody knows it. Big Deal. Kos is still busted.

crosspatch

Is Beyerstein smoking crack here or have I missed something in this discussion?

Just when did JZ get *three copies of the same fake email*?

The point being that if the reporter got a copy from one source, and two other sources confirmed it, then there must be THREE copies, no? One for the original and one for each of the two other confirming sources.

Pisistratus

Why don't you just accuse Greenwald of stealing the strawberries and be done with it?

Molon Labe

ed,

Zengerle said he had three sources for the emails...which the nutroots automatically took to mean that all three sources had separately sent him the emails.

Instead, one source sent the emails and two others confirmed them. Typical and prudent journalistic practice, IMHO.

Clearly, they leapt on this assumption since it could easily be glossed over for maximum umbrage. Sort of like arguing with a child or passive-aggressive spouse who carries on based on an intentionally misheard remark.

corvan

I seem to recall that there are allegations that there are journalists on this super secret Kos list. I'm wondering why jounalists are a memeber of Kos's secret little club, and if they have been following Kos's instructions regarding the stories they cover. Will anyone from the Super Secret Order of the Al Shihah Temple of the Kos address that, please?

Tom Maguire

Bad journalism, by Jason Leopold or Jason Zengerle, is bad journalism.

Pretty muddle-headed - all mistakes are equal in impact, intnet, and so on?

I have no trouble believeing there is a non-malicious explnation for Zengerle; Leopold, a bit harder.

Jimmy's Attack Rabbit

I'm sure the significance of this will be apparent in 24-48 business hours.

Semanticleo

Maguire;

I am quite sure you have a good excuse for
your convenient absence when Greenwald spend
about 30 minutes commenting on;

"Glenn Greenwald's Career In Comedy"

No doubt you were out scaring up game for
your next 'weasel' sandwich.

Or is there a more 'malicious' interpretation?

keatssycamore

No, Tom, not the mistakes. They aren't equal. The bad journalistic practices are what are equal. If it weren't for bad journalism, we wouldn't have stand around discussing which mistake is worse in intent and impact. We'd get it right instead, or it wouldn't be reported. No?

Semanticleo

BTW;

When, and if, you snarkily reply, include
amongst the proofs that you are not a pusillanimous buffoon, that you have challenged Greenwald to a 'live' debate.

BumperStickerist

I have it on good authority that Tom Maguire had drawn himself a bath, added salts, and enjoying a nice soak and a glass of Corbett Canyon wine during the 30 minute period Greenwald was doing Kos's bidding.

.

and by 'good authority' I mean "BUSHAWOL" level 'good authority'

.

Human

Nope, no integrity here.

Peace.

corvan

Really, honestly, which journalists and bloggers are members of the Kos illuminati and how have they covered this dust-up? Can't anyone from Greenwald's site address that? How have these super-secret under-cover speakers of truth covered anything on which Kos has issued talking points?

Semanticleo

From Greenwald's post today. His comment about Maguire. "Little Instapundit' does
as "Big Instapundit" says.

"Maguire writes with the same cowardly method that his hero Instapundit uses -- he never actually affirmatively says anything, only implies it and traffics in innuendo so that he can deny it later --"

boris

There is a difference between a minor error in a true story ... Greenwald's email was authentic and Kos is busted ...

And whole cloth whoppers like the Rove indictment and the TANG memos.

Oh I see, they're not actually "equal" but they ARE morally "equivalent".

boris

same cowardly method

Yeah, posts facts as facts and speculation as speculation, and knows the difference.

boris

That requires more than semantics.


corvan

Really Cleo, I'm serious. Who's with the in crowd? You can tell us. We won't tell anyone else.

Semanticleo

corvan;

If truly srious; define your terms.

IOW....WTFAY

topsecretk9

Corvan

I seem to recall that there are allegations that there are journalists on this super secret Kos list. I'm wondering why jounalists are a memeber of Kos's secret little club, and if they have been following Kos's instructions regarding the stories they cover. Will anyone from the Super Secret Order of the Al Shihah Temple of the Kos address that, please?

I second this...since the subject has shifted to journalistic ethics...and all.

topsecretk9

--"Maguire writes with the same cowardly method that his hero Instapundit uses -- he never actually affirmatively says anything, only implies it and traffics in innuendo so that he can deny it later --

Via Greenwald...via? TOWNHOUSE LEADER KOS's original email:

... Note how Glenn Reynolds is fueling it with his typical passive aggressive, "I don't think it's a big deal, but let me provide links to everyone who thinks this is THE BIGGEST STORY EVER!"

This is hilarious. Seriously, is their an original thought from the left?

Pisistratus

Yes. And General Casey just stole it.

corvan

Top,

When you're right, you're right. Cleo, I want to know who the journalists on Kos's secret list are. That way I can compare their coverage of this matter to Kos's instructions and see of there is a correlation. I can do the same thing for their coverage of all other issues on which Kos has issued talking points. To me, journalists being members of secret organizations that traffic in political capital is very disturbing. Especially when they keep that membership hidden. I'm not saying that shouldn't join. Hell join what ever you want. But there is no reason to hide that membership is there?

Semanticleo

"Cleo, I want to know who the journalists on Kos's secret list are"

You're asking me?

HTFWIK? and I repeat....WTFAY?

Joe

Pissy, someone used a Queeg reference days ago wrt to Kos, please, try to keep up.

corvan

No, Cleo, I long ago learned not to ask people who know aboslutely nothing questions it is a waste of time. I was hoping, however that you would be helpful and refer the question to someone who has a brain and can use it.

Carol Herman

Is the questionable email a McGuffin?

Then who sent it, could be Lucy Ramirez.

Just like in the TANG fiasco for C-BS, I don't think people cared about the "provinence" of Dan RaTHer's "fake but accurate" story that pointed to Bush's misspent "yoot." The real truth is that it didn't matter. Throw out Lucy Ramirez, and it's as good as any story line you'll come up against. McGuffin's, according to Alfred Hitchkock were Red Herrings. Done on purpose to keep the story going, so that the conclusion would surprise ya.

And, ya know what? There are no surprises, here.

What Dan RaTHer missed is that he was unable to attract crowds of people to outrage. Unless, of course, you want to read outrage in what followed, when his story backfired.

We're watching former sites on the left disintegrate. With the first one being Kevin Drum's Cal Pundit; cat blogging and all. WHen it went belly up. And, all he did was try to point out a better candidate than Howie Dean. Instead, you had poor people (well identified as suckers), who through a total at $40-million dollars at Dean, because they thought he'd KILL Bush. Their motive? Oh, that wasn't nice. They were willing to use their credit cards (where fees ad up), in an attempt to derail the president's bid for re-election in 2004.

The only mystery being that they thought they were relevant. And, that they had a chance.

Semanticleo

Lots of lurkers or Johnny-come-latelys are being excreted spontaneously, and do doubt,
coincidentally.

Semanticleo

"No, Cleo, I long ago learned not to ask people who know aboslutely nothing questions it is a waste of time"

I'm somewhat flattered you think I have access. Now, do you mind telling me who's whispering in your ear? And thanks for the AdHom. It generally represents an admission of defeatism.

Rick Ballard

HTFWIK?

No one will be able to argue that point with you Miz Cleo.

BTW - It's "admission of defeat". Better get back to cracking the remedial ed books - Dean Wormer's watching.

topsecretk9

This
is tangentally related, and interesting look at Zuniga, Armstrong and politics...but I thought this ...

Shortly after that Brown, who's internet strategy was being directed by Armstrong bought a massive blog ad buy. The ads themselves were especially deceptive, picturing both Brown and Hackett's face on them and initially directing people to Browns fundraising site, until later changed to an actblue general election fund page - after many people complained about it. It was all a mistake was the claim....

...In an email exchange with kos, he played down the ad buy claiming that Hackett was going to be running ads in 2 weeks - there was no conspiracy. Hackett never did run any blogads. Did kos lie ? In the same email he also claimed that I had not neutralized Armstrong (I was pounding Brown in diaries i was writing at kos) and that Armstrong was "the best in the business", and was "now free to be even more aggressive"...

Semanticleo

It's "admission of defeat".

Mallard;

Thanks for the lesson. I am well aware of what I said. Try focusing on the Big Picture
occasionally. It might broaden your world-view. Just sayin'.

corvan

No one is whispering in my ear. All public record. Look over at the Commisar's place. Mona says that the Top Secret list is populated by journalists and political operatives (always a toxic combination) among others, and she seems to imply that she has been in contact with Mr. Greenwald (or someone in the know)about it. The comment is number 14. It is here, http://acepilots.com/mt/2006/06/25/the-plank/#comments.

corvan

The name of the thread is Gilliad-Gate.

corvan

Oops, that should be Gilliard-Gate.

Tom Maguire

No, Tom, not the mistakes. They aren't equal. The bad journalistic practices are what are equal.

Good point - didn't Dostoevsky write something about all happy news stories are the same, but all unhappy news stories are unhappy in their own way?

I'll take your point that a good editor can prevent all manner of mistakes, regardless of the actions of the reporters.

However - a reporter determined to spoof his editor probably (almost surely) can, for a while. Some good faith is required for the system to work. Which is why I put Zengerle and leopoled in different categories.

Semanticleo

Yeah. So what?

"she seems to imply that she has been in contact with Mr. Greenwald"

This is the meat in your 'burger?

Jeez. And I thought you might be with the
Rendon Group? Sheesh.

topsecretk9

Corvan

It is definitely a big aspect of this story that is being foreshadowed by one scrappy email...who are the journos, what payroll are they on and what do their employers think about their paid employees belonging to a secret email group with political operatives whose chief goal is to coordinate and strategize a

" a unified message... to discuss policy, issues, tactics and coordinate"

corvan

Top,

I agree. It doesn't seem to me that journalists should be coordinating unified messages or discussing tactics. I wish someone from the Star Chamber would explain. Someone with a clue...not Cleo.

corvan

Oops, that should be shouldn't be.

Ken McCracken

Well Tom, now you are spilling more ink on the provenance of this 'fabricated' email than on the deeply embarassing nature of the other authentic emails.

Seems like Greenwald's desperate ploy to salvage some dignity through misdirection and distraction might be working.

Gabriel Sutherland

Who described the members of "Townhouse" as "journalists"?

It was Zengerle, right? I ask because if it was somebody that was a member of the list then you can narrow that list of "journalists" to people that agree with progressive policy. Journalists that don't agree with progressive policy are just "wingnuts" or any other malleable characterization.

Corvan's link at Ace is to a post from a Mona that says Greenwald characterized the members as "journalists".

I'll wager that by journalists they mean Paul Krugman, Garance Franke-Ruta, David Brock, and Syd Blumenthal, et al.

noah

Who gives a rat's behind about Gilliard's e-mail anyway?

Neither Greenwald or Gilliard are worth a moments consideration in the real world as opposed the the astrology based community.

Get a life.

Semanticleo

misdirection and distraction might be working.

and the falcon hears the falconer......

topsecretk9

hmmm. Daou goes on Hillary's team...

http://daoureport.salon.com/synopsis.aspx?synopsisId=414d1caa-a172-4ac1-a55e-19c937ce3dc1

topsecretk9

Who described the members of "Townhouse" as "journalists

Gabriel...Kos characterized them as "partisan journalist" as if to erase the fact they are indeed "journalist"

...People talk about the need for the left to work together and have a unified message in the face of a unified conservative noise machine. So a google group was created called "Townhouse", and it included many bloggers and other representatives of the netroots as well as a large number of partisan journalists and grassroots groups. It allowed us to discuss policy, issues, tactics and coordinate as much as you can ever get a bunch of liberals to coordinate.

There was one big rule for this list, an important cog in the growing Vast Left Wing Conspiracy -- everything discussed was off the record....

Semanticleo

Vast Left Wing Conspiracy

You might want to consult your charts.

Is Pluto Ascending?

boris

Is Pluto Ascending?

Up Uranus

topsecretk9

Cleo

It's not my secret. Open up the cog.

richard mcenroe

22 Words! 22 Words!

Dear Glenn, the issues remain the same:

The "fiercely independent" lefty blogs coordinated their "fiercely independent" posts on Townhouse like Teenyboppers trading make-up tips on Live Journal.

Kos tried to take advantage of this and the "fiercely independent" left bloggers largely went along.

A "fiercely independent" star-twiddling stock swindler is still handling left campaign contributions.

And the "fiercely independent" Kos Moulitsas' loyalties seem to be tied damn tightly to moneys sent to his star-twiddling stock swindler buddy.

When you find something in those 22 Words! that discredit that, you just let us know, 'kay?

BumperStickerist

The other thing about semanticleotic thought is the importance of 'Buckhead' in the overall "These Memos Look Really 'Off'" story.

*I* thought the screenshots of the TANG Memos looked 'off' during the Sixty Minutes piece. To my non-typographical mind they were 'too perfect' for a typewriter, which was a gut reaction based on, you know, having typed a whole lot back in the day.

That 'Buckhead' was first to point out the iffy look of the memos doesn't mean that he would have been the only.

Moving back to the here and now, what's instructive is that the Left, as such, is attempting to copy something that doesn't exist, Rovian Mind Control Rays, and doing so poorly.

MagQueeg

and then "Old Yellowstain". I was
to blame for Zengerle's incompetence.

Greenwald was the perfect officer,
but not Macguire.

But the strawberries,
that's where I had them.

I proved with geometric logic that a
duplicate email to Zengerle existed.

I could have produced that email. They
were protecting some blogger ...

Naturally, I can only cover
these things from memory.

If I've left anything out,
just ask me specific questions -

- and I'll be glad to answer them
one by one.

[From the commenter formerly known as 'jerry']

PeterUK

Mad Queeg?

Gabriel Sutherland

Markos is still using the term "liberals"? I thought they were progressives now.

This really is awful coordination.

Furthermore, aren't there competing progressive groups? Are they really all aligned together? I find that hard to believe.

Groups splinter all the time. They see different directions in their future so they pursue them independently. Barry Lynn didn't like the ACLU's approach to religious liberty so he split to form his own group.

The Center for Reproductive Rights didn't like the ACLU's approach to abortion so they split to create their own organization.

The trend here is that existing organizations are not left enough for some people. New organizations are formed that take a left specific view of policy.

I like the netroots. I'm even willing to refrain from calling them by their well known fabaceaen cousins. But I suspect their are some folks that think the netroots must be dealt with and they're willing to throw the 2006 midterm election to do so. Netroots' wins don't help Hillary. Netroots' losses do.

Great Mencken's Ghost!

Bumperstickerist -- it's not that lefty mind control rays don't work; it's just that there's a real paucity of lefty minds. Kind of a target-poor environment, you might say.

Rick Ballard

Aside from the fact that Old Yellowstain Greenwald's pointing at the 22 words is the equivalent of the strawberries, you've got it about right.

Tom Maguire

Why don't you just accuse Greenwald of stealing the strawberries and be done with it?

Go regroup on the talking points, pissant - per Greenwald, we think he is paranoid, not vice versa.

(I admit to some confusion here - I thought it was Newsweek that was telling us that Kos was paranoid - but I haven't tracked every Greenwald-basher out there.

Semanticleo

Mr Sutherland;

The problem is not 'left enough', it's that the new kids in town have moved the 50-yard
line to the 30 and cling to the notion it is
th middle. But don't auger "Are they really all aligned together? I find that hard to believe.", as these folks are independent and
unscathed by dogma. They cannot unlearn what
they 'know'.

MagQueeg

Ah, Pisistratus got there ahead of me. Tommy, you're a looney toon.

Semanticleo

but I haven't tracked every Greenwald-basher out there.

Oh? Then what, pray tell, were you occupied with Saturday morning?

MagQueeg

What Would A Weasel Do?

Asked and answered.

Semanticleo

Mallard;

::Chuckle::

Per the plotline, Maguire would have to be Queeg, or 'Old Yellowstain'.

Movie Fan, eh?

ArC

So, Zengerle's "Gilliard" email was in fact not authentic -- contra your original assumption as best as I can glean from your highly elliptical first post on this subject -- and he can't or won't produce the source.

And yet you're frothing at the mouth about Greenwald's by now perfectly reasonable consideration of the possibility that Zengerle doesn't have a source for this bit, Tom. Nice.

topsecretk9

--Oh? Then what, pray tell, were you occupied with Saturday morning?

--

didn't you have to abandon your post for a while with your 11 year old sat?

Seman...this really is a lame flank.

Gabriel Sutherland

Also, although I think Hillary wins from netroots' losses, Lieberman supporters may be worried about Lamont, and by going after a face that appears in Lamont's video ads, may be a tactic presently employed.

Scene: "Lamont hired this guy that says one thing and does another? Is associated with people that show up on SEC watch lists?"

We'll have to pay attention to see if Connecticut press covers this story at all. The primary is 8/8. The story has plenty of time to fight its way from the Internet to Ink.

PeterUK

"So, Zengerle's "Gilliard" email was in fact not authentic"

Wrongly attributed,it is quite likely authentic but the authorship incorrect,this does not cast doubt on the other two,no matter what Grima Greenwald says.
So Kos is busted.

topsecretk9

TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse ,TownHouse,TownHouse,TownHouse,TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse,TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse, TownHouse "

There are 22 new words...see HERE

Semanticleo

didn't you have to abandon your post for a while with your 11 year old sat?

No, that was PUK or Mallard.

And I didn't toss a fire-bomb and then run for the hills to avoid a direct confrontation with Greenwald, either. Abandon my post?? Indeed.
What temerity. TOPSEC; Do you have any defense for Maguire and his 'stab in the ass
then hide in the bushes' integrity?

PeterUK

Wrong again Cement,if this is the standard of your studies,better get practicing with that burger flipper.

Semanticleo

PUK;

If you didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent you.

topsecretk9

Oh, let's see...he had to mow the lawn, take junior to the little league game and stop by Home Depot for a new weed whacker spool and some miracle grow, cuz Mrs. Maguire asked, and oh better grab some masking tape and few washers, and then maybe a swing through McDonald's drive through...and then?... RACE to the computer to see if anyone noticed!!!!

MagQueeg

it is quite likely authentic

It's been three days. If the email was authentic we would have known by now.

Face it, Zengerle was pwned, Maguire was pwned and puk was pwned.

Gilliard, Greenwald, and some anonymous jerkoff winz.

maguir3 shopuldn't the title of this psot be "I was pwned! LOL!"

Rick Ballard

Peter,

A spatula would be a rather advanced tool for someone at that level of intelligence. A broom perhaps? A weeks training and Miz Cleo could probably understand which end goes toward the ground. A couple more months and she'd be able to use it. Not well, to be sure, but there really isn't anything that she will do well.

Barney Frank

I'm beginning to think that the lefties who are interested in an actual conversation are more repulsed by kooks like Pissant and Leo than the righties here.
Jeff and JimE and pollyusa usually seem to have the good sense to make themselves scarce when a school of hammer head snarks trolls by.

topsecretk9

I was pawned. I didn't know there was a secret email society. And, I didn't know Jerome Armstrong has his hands tied by the SEC because he hustled poor investors outta their money, You were too.

Semanticleo

Oh, let's see...he had to mow the lawn, take junior to the little league game and stop by Home Depot for a new weed whacker spool and some miracle grow, cuz Mrs. Maguire asked, and oh better grab some masking tape and few washers, and then maybe a swing through McDonald's drive through...and then?... RACE to the computer to see if anyone noticed!!!!

Dare I say it?..........Yeah, lame.

Semanticleo

I'm beginning to think

Everyone has to start somewhere.

Jane

I'm confused. Isn't the real issue here that Greenwald got caught promoting the secrecy of the secret kos kabal, and isn't all this noise an effort to deflect attention from said kabal?

BumperStickerist

Speaking of 'lame', semanticleo - did Tom hire you as his personal time management coach?

Because, clearly, you are teh master at using your time in a productive fashion.

Cheers.

Rick Ballard

"Hammerhead snarks"

I really like that. When I use it in the future I shall think of you, Barney.

Semanticleo

Mallard;

I have to admit you make me laugh. It's too bad I can't laugh WITH you.

Rick Ballard

"I'm beginning to think"

Are not.

topsecretk9

--Dare I say it?..........Yeah, lame.---

OK Seman...you got me. TM does NOT have a life beyond the internets...now I am going to abandon the post because...I have to go to the store and buy bread-crumbs, milk, detergent and maybe, just maybe I'll grab a frapicino next store....BUT it's probably a lie. You've shamed me and now I must slink away...what ever you need to tell yourself Seman...you'll cling to TM hiding BUT can't come to terms that your leaders do the same to you - ahem Townhouse- ahem.

Barney Frank

Rick,

"I really like that. When I use it in the future I shall think of you, Barney."

Feel free to use it whenever there's blood in the water. Or, in the case of Leo, blood in the stool.

PeterUK

"If you didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent you."

Pedanticleo,you simply don't have the brains.

I must admit though,your ripostes have improved,still crap,but a slight improvement.

PeterUK

Rick,
Pedanticleo claims she has the same brush which has been handed down for generations,eleven new heads and six new handles,but the same brush.It is her only friend.

Semanticleo

Maguire;

Have you no shame. Look at what you've left your loyal locals with. 'He was out doing
'honey-do's'..They really can't imagine why
you would abandon ship at a critical moment.
Do you have any remnant or crumb you can toss to them in their hour of need?

Eric Anondson

We've watched the reality-based community redefine "was wrong" into "lied", now watch them redefine "misattributed" into "faked".

Tom Maguire

I'm sure the significance of this will be apparent in 24-48 business hours.

LOL. I wish I shared your confidence.

From SemantiClown:

I am quite sure you have a good excuse for your convenient absence when Greenwald spend about 30 minutes commenting on...

Am I having a software glitch? I kid you not - on my screen, the SemantiClown is actually wondering why I don't punch in every half hour at his beck and call.

Someone quoting thie hero, Greenwald:

Maguire writes with the same cowardly method that his hero Instapundit uses -- he never actually affirmatively says anything, only implies it and traffics in innuendo so that he can deny it later --

Pretty droll from a guy whose attack on Zengerle was titled "Does The New Republic have a new Stephen Glass in Jason Zengerle?"

That old "Hey, I framed it as a question, I never accused anyone" ploy knows no partisan boundaries.

But go ahead, Clown, tell us - did Greenwald accuse Zengerle of fabricating the email and lying about his sources or not?

Still more from the Clown:

...thanks for the AdHom. It generally represents an admission of defeatism.

My goodness, can we request a Self-Awareness Alert for Semanticleo?

Oops, that should be shouldn't be.

Corvan, I love that. But that shouldn't be should be, should it? Shouldn't it be shouldn't be, or shouldn't it?

That is the question.

Well Tom, now you are spilling more ink on the provenance of this 'fabricated' email than on the deeply embarassing nature of the other authentic emails.

Almost every aspect of this story is mortifying. But yes, the question of which journalists are swapping story ideas with Atrios, Kos et al is quite interesting. And IIRC, that had to come from Zengerle, who broke the list in the first place.

But I do *not* recall correctly - it was Kos himself who told us that, as noted by TS9.

Kos mentions "partisan journalists". Well, that could be David Corn and that ilk - the Nation crowd, Waas, whoever. Hard to see a lot of play in outing David Corn as having a lefty agenda. Still, it might be interesting to know what other journos.

Kind of a target-poor environment, you might say.

Ouch.

And yet you're frothing at the mouth about Greenwald's by now perfectly reasonable consideration of the possibility that Zengerle doesn't have a source for this bit, Tom. Nice.

"perfectly reasonable consideration of the possibility" - is that what you took from his title about Stephen Glass? It came across as more of a done deal in bits like this:

Zengerle caused The New Republic to print a completely fabricated e-mail and then falsely attribute it as one Gilliard sent to the Townhouse list.

Do you even know if that is true that it is "comnpletely fabricated"? What is the evidence?

And I didn't toss a fire-bomb and then run for the hills to avoid a direct confrontation with Greenwald, either. Abandon my post?? Indeed.

Clown, you may be under the illusion that I have some obligation to sit by my monitor agasint the day that Greenwald, you, or someone else may grace me with their presence. If you believe that, you really need to re-think your sense of self, and your sense of the blogging lifestyle. Get help.

If the email was authentic we would have known by now.

Why so, Jerry - do you suppose that the lefty Illuminutty who spilled this to Zengerle is in a big hurry to get TNR off the hook, embarrass Stoller, Greenwald et al, and re-affirm that the Townhouse leaks like a sieve?

Well, you might very well think so. But would a sensible person think so?

PeterUK

"It's been three days. If the email was authentic we would have known by now."

What from a member of The Peoples Central Committee"?

Semanticleo

blood in the stool.

Barnsmell;

I've named one of my hemorroids 'Barney',
as a tribute to your anal perspective.

Carol Herman

For Radar, what it does is separate signal from noise. And, it delivers the picture of incoming bombers. That was its original intent.

I gotta tell ya, I thought Jason Blair was over his head at the NY Times. I didn't think you needed a special list to separate out news gatherers from the slime that made things up.

And, Jason Blair's promotions; that he could even BE considered NY Times "timber" so to speak, spoke volumes about the left's idealism. Yup, they get caught. But nothing provides them with lessons. The stuff of "learning curves."

Here?

It seems there's really a cabal. WIth access to each others sites. So that there are things "created." By a group. Hoping to have an effect on the public at large. (Where no proof exists that they've been successful. From Dan RaTHer to Pflame.)

When Cal Pundit's site bit the dust, it seemed like an expensive price for Kevin Drum to pay. What was it that he tried to do? He tried as hard as he could to divest the left of it's moonbats. Instead? Wesley Clark's big entrance onto the democratic nomination stage was a BUST.

But Wesley Clark lost altitude with the PUBLIC AT LARGE. Not just the tin-foil-hatters. Let me tell ya this isn't "just about strawberries."

And, since Herman Wouk was among my favorite authors when I was a kid (blame it on Marjorie Morningstar). I read the Caine Mutiny for what it was worth. He protected Captain Queeg from RAGE. He said he wasn't to blame. Anyone who read the book knows what Wouk wrote. He said this country's military suffered, following WW1, because so many men left the military. To pursue their private lives.

A similar thing could have happened following Vietnam. BUT IT DIDN'T. In other words, without the Draft there's a better potential for our military to attract talent. Did the Clinton's attempt to destroy this pool of men? YES! Because they put Clinton Buttkissahs in line for promotions. (Which is why Weasley Clark wasn't liked by mainstream America.)

Great books really are books that address stuff beyond their own social circles.

Americans aren't mutineering now. If anything, just like the cold war was misunderstood by the CIA; so the Soviets collapsed in spite of our spies misdirections. The lay of the landscape is changing under the Internet's powers. The MSM is freaking out. And, the sites that George Soros paid for is not delivering much.

Will TNR stagger to its feet? It seems to want out from under the thumb of Kos. And, who knows? If the building collapses, as I expect collapses are in store ... It's FITZGERALD that's gonna be found under all the rubble. Libby's home free.

And, it turns out Karl Rove is really, really a nice guy! Which explains why he never came out to fight the thugs on the street. Or the MSM.

Cleo's a lunatic. On par for the left to shoot insults at others. What a silly fabrication for a gun.

As to WTF-AY ... It reminds me of Dan RaTHer's lack of understanding, when he told Mary Mapes (when they both still had their C-BS jobs) phuck'em'all. Well, sometimes, it's hard to tell when you're on the bottom ...

The goal posts keep moving. And, there's no score we can see. All we know is that Kerry was dellusional on election night 2004. He thought it was okay to go to sleep and not call the President with the usual "loser's phone call." Lost anyway.

And, there are a lot of bodies around of the previously employed.

And, above, I think it's CORVAN, who reminded me of Connie Chung's interview with Newt Gingrich's mom. Proving she had no taste, or truthfulness a long time berore she got sing her swan song. Yup. Thanks for the memories. A little out'da tune for a 60 year old. But it shows ya when there's no judgement ... it keeps on hanging on ...

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