Let's face it...Y'all Got Suckered By Matt Drudge
by Andre Walker, Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 01:40:28 PM EST
"I find it interesting that in a room of such esteemed journalists that Mr. Drudge has become your respected assignment editor."
-Hillary Clinton spokesperson Phil Singer speaking at a breakfast this morning with reporters covering the campaign.
I know what y'all are thinking.
If what Matt Drudge said about Hillary's campaign was false, then why didn't she come out and deny it? The primary reason is that the Clinton Camp was damned if they did and damned if they didn't.
If Hillary had denied leaking the photo, the news story would've been "Hillary Clinton denies leaking Obama 'Muslim' Photo." If Hillary camp had kept their collective mouthes shut (which they did for most of the day yesterday), then the news story would've been (and it was, by the way) "Why hasn't Hillary denied leaking this photo?"
To borrow some words from TPM's Greg Sargent, Based on the strength of confirmed-fact-inventor Drudge's word and nothing else, the Obama camp attacked Hillary for dirty politics [...] By the end of the day, all the major news orgs were carrying this story [...] Even though no evidence ever emerged beyond Drudge's word that it had happened.
So let's just be honest here and face the facts...
...If you were one of the many people who jumped up and condemned Hillary to death based on something that Matt Drudge wrote, then you along with the Obama campaign and the mainstream media had the old "okie doke" pulled on you.
To put it very bluntly, you were hoodwinked, bamboozled and suckered by a known Republican. For that dubious honor, y'all deserve a round of applause for not thinking for yourselves.