Thursday, March 24, 2005

Speaking of Santorum

Our own little Keystone State fake memo situation?

It's Rathergate all over again, and the same vigilant entities that brought about to the collapse of CBS News could now also cause heads to roll among Democratic Senate leadership staffers and further shame multiple news organizations that would appear to have fallen for another document hoax.

Very quietly, Senate Republican leadership aides to both Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Mitch McConnell, as well as the Senate Republican Policy Committee, have been using the Senate recess break to reconstruct the purported distribution of a document that media outlets, including ABC News, the New York Times and a number of regional newspapers, identified as Senate "GOP talking
points" on the Terri Schiavo fight that unfolded over the weekend.

"There is a process here for documents like this that are passed around down on the Senate floor, which is where the media claimed that the 'talking points' were being distributed last Thursday," says a Republican policy committee staffer. "There was a lot of stuff going on Thursday, but a document like this one was not being distributed. As far as we know, the only documents being handed out related to votes on a series of amendments being pushed through before the recess. Schiavo wasn't part of that package."

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However, Republican leadership staffers now believe the document was generated out of the Democratic opposition research office set up recently by Sen. Harry Reid, and distributed to some Democratic Senate staffers claiming it was a GOP document, in the hope -- or more likely expectation -- that it would then be leaked by those Democrats to reporters. In fact, the New York Times stated that it was Democratic staffers who were distributing the "talking points" document.

Hat tip to
Grassroots PA, where they've been on this for a couple of days now. I'd like to take this opportunity to flip a big old metaphoric bird to both parties for politicizing the hell out of some poor woman's horrible fate. These people would exhume her corpse and take it on a traveling roadshow in late October if they thought it might solidify their position with the constituency. It makes me ill.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Marie said...

Hi Publius. I totally agree with you about the politicizing of this issue. It makes me sick. I watched a portion of the Congressional debate on C-Span. I can't remember exactly who it was, but someone stated that they thought Terri should "appear" before Congress.

5:50 PM  

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