Glenn Greenwald dissects the "credibility" of the right-wing blogosphere. And, somewhere, I'm sure Kate McMillan is wondering how any of that applies to her.
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST! If I hadn't seen it myself, I wouldn't have believed it. Look here ... an honest-to-God, right-wing retraction:
Via InstaPundit, the intrepid reporter whose site insinuated that the photo of John Kerry sitting alone in a chow hall in Iraq was itself bogus, has now verified that the photo is real, but the absence of troops in it is misleading:
Specifically, it turns out that Kerry was at that table to conduct an off-the-record breakfast discussion with two reporters, so there would have been no reason whatsover for troops to be sitting with them. In fact, Kerry and the reporters even sought out empty seats, I’m told.
And he backs it up by talking to the reporters involved. So it turns out that Kerry et al sought out the empty table to have a private conversation. That makes sense to me, so I hereby retract calling Sen. Kerry “lonely.” He wasn’t lonely. I apologize for the error...
But that said, again, I retract calling Sen. Kerry “lonely” and regret the error.
What the hell? A blog post from the Right containing the words "apologize" and "regret" and "error?" What is the world coming to?
BY THE WAY, while giving credit for integrity to the author of the above retraction, it's still fair to suggest that he deserves a good towel snap to the nads.
To have suggested that John Kerry, based on that photograph, was "lonely" or was being shunned by the troops wasn't merely a "mistake" or an "error." Given that no one originally knew the context of that photograph, to have drawn any conclusions whatsoever was simply dishonest.
This wasn't just an "error" -- it was your typical right-wing sleazefest based on a single photo whose provenance was entirely unknown at the time. But, still -- props to the blogger above for having the ethics to admit to the colossal fuck-up.
IT'S LIKE THEY SAW HER COMING. From Media Matters: "Warbloggers refuse to admit their errors in making fraud allegations against AP." Hee hee. Sound like anyone you know?
Lord, but this just never loses its entertainment value, does it?