John Hinderaker of Powerline has a bad news/bad news post indicating that the insanity of our national media has taken a quantum leap upwards.
I wrote here about MSNBC’s campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin. That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC’s theories a step farther. Someone wrote–I think it was on Facebook–that Koch Industries had paid for Zimmerman’s legal defense and/or put up his bail money. Other liberals happily repeated the claim, to the point where Snopes deemed it a rumor worth addressing.
The bad news is that CBS News wanted to recycle that allegation; the good news is that they troubled themselves to check with Koch Industries, leading to an email exchange reproduced by John.
Do you think that if I started an analogous, equally groundless rumor about Barack Obama on my Facebook page, CBS News would be on the phone to the White House, looking for confirmation so they can use my rumor in their broadcast? No, I don’t think so either.
That suggests an interesting question - does anyone have recent (or not-so-recent) examples of rumors that emerged from the right and eventually went mainstream?
Off-hand, the Swift-boating of Kerry percolated for months before it caught fire. Jeremiah Wright was mentioned (by the Times!) a year before he became a national issue (at which point the Times went into the tank), and one might argue that it was only to resuscitate Team Hillary that Wright eventually got traction. Bill Ayers has received petulant, 'we're sorry to sully ourselves by reporting it and you by presenting it' coverage at best.
Is there anything from the right the media really leaped on with gusto? [A clarification - the PowerChallenge clearly speculated about "an analogous, equally groundless rumor"; the example sI suggested are hardly groundless, so I was making the gloomier point that even rumors with a good foundation get ignored.]
HOW SOON THEY FORGET! myiq2xu and his memory is exponentially better as well - Anthony's weiner.