Monday, April 18, 2005

Schiavo Memo Obtusity.

The WaPo's (aka Washington Post) Howard Kurtz is still whining about the Schiavo Memo. Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin.

Kurtz states:
When controversy erupted last month over what ABC's Douglass and The Post's Mike Allen described as a strategy memo given to Republican senators in the Terri Schiavo case, some conservative bloggers denounced the document as questionable, even fake. Not all backed off after GOP Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida admitted an aide had written the talking points.

Michelle then responds:
Kurtz, Shafer, and Neal now focus exclusively on the authenticity of the memo rather than broader questions raised by bloggers about the accuracy of Allen's reporting. By contrast, the Post's ombudsman has admitted that the Post has not yet substantiated Allen's still-unretracted allegation that the memo was "distributed to Republican senators by party leaders."
Now there may be a conservative blogger somewhere (of this I have no doubt) who still has not admitted the memo to be written by a staff-member of a Republican senator but most have. Prior to the confession by Mel Martinez's aide there was plenty of reason to suspect the credibility of the memo. When that confession came the bloggers I read (and I too) admitted the memo to be what it was.

Howard Kurtz has yet to realize the memo was not what they supposed it to be: A memo written by Republican Leadership and distributed to all Republican Senators. That is the story, when the WaPo retracts those statements (which they did make and then later on surreptitiously removed from the story, much like Al-Pazeera's changing the boo-story) then the story goes away.