Wrath of the Memo

Over at the Weekly Standard, Powerline's Hinderaker parties like it's September 2004:There is little danger that anyone will forget the "infamous" memo any time soon; the mainstream media will make sure of that. So far, mainstream news sources have not even acknowledged that the source of the memo is in doubt, let alone set forth the compelling arguments suggesting that, in fact, it might be a political dirty trick. This is a case where the truth, as the old saying goes, is still lacing up its shoes. What is he talking about, you may ask? Good question, because it took me a while to figure it out too, and I spend most of my time surfing through news. The answer is a Schiavo related memo that some of we bloggers posted about, once each, sometime around two weeks ago, and never brought it up again. For example, MyDD has put up 46 front-page posts since we had a quick bit about it eight days ago, and never mentioned it again.

Personally, I had completely forgotten about this memo until I saw a dailykos diary concerning Hinderaker's sweaty discourse on the subject last night. It actually wasn't much of a story to begin with. Google news only records 1,200 responses on Schiavo memo, including the original story when it broke into the news. Schiavo, by itself, has over 54,000 responses. Actually, now that I shift through those 1,200 stories, quite a few of them don't even talk about the memo in question. I can't believe how much effort the wingers are putting into disproving a total non-story. It's actually pretty funny to see them try to find something positive from the Schiavo debacle by trying to relive their glory days. When things aren't going their way, conservative bloggers turn to talking about memos.

Then again, I shudder at the thought that the memo might not have been real. My blogging career would be finished. I mean, we all really hung our credibility on that memo, I'll tell ya'. We wrote so many posts about it, and obsessed about it endlessly. Assuming we can remember what Hinderaker is even talking about when he delivers the final DNA evidence on the matter, I'm sure this will be the end of us all.

Next week, Hinderacker will prove that the vulgarity laced email he sent to a Minnesota blogger was a fake. After that, it's onto proving that Kevin Drum falsifies his cat blogging.

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Reminiscent of
the abusive husband model . . . Reeps aren't getting what they want, they're frustrated, they need somebody to blame. "C'mere, you dern liberal blogger, I'm gonna teach you a -hic!- lesson . . ."

I love the title of the article: "Fake but Accurate Again?"

I guess that means there's no denying that the Reeps see the Schiavo matter as nothing more than an excuse to grandstand.

by catastrophile 2005-03-29 04:21PM | 0 recs
Hindrocket doth protest too much
There's nothing there to give the "fake memo" story legs.  Right-wing bloggers would love to shift the focus from GOP extremists out of control to how the media and Democrats are once again trying to frame all that's Good and Holy.

Unfortunately, it's not going to happen -- because Hinderaker's "fraud points" are unconvincing, and because the simple fact remains that the GOP in general (and DeLay in particular) DID, in fact, behave cravenly for all to see.

Under those conditions, all Hindrocket can do is whine.

by jonweasel 2005-03-29 04:45PM | 0 recs
I was always suspicious of those cat pictures of his.  It all seems too convenient.
by MrSnrub 2005-03-30 03:51AM | 0 recs
I would imagine that it's an inside the beltway response to coverage from the Post that's getting blown up outside of the beltway too.

I recall the memo in several articles in DC papers (mostly the post) after the weekend session. The outcry Dems and GOPers make over inside the beltway things like that often spill out even though an analysis of the total reporting would show a relatively minor amount of the issue in question. Not so much how much was written about the memo as where it was written.

Just a guess though.

by fng 2005-03-30 11:58AM | 0 recs
"Only" 1200 Hits?
The memo received significant coverage in the major media and got quite a bit of play in the blogosphere. I think folks here would make a stink if Republicans were circulating a fake Democratic strategy memo, so saying this isn't any big deal is a bit unconvincing. Not sure what the origin of the memo is, but I think ABC could provide some information on why they believe it's genuine.
by SLinVA 2005-03-30 03:52PM | 0 recs
Heinrich, not Hindrocket
I swear, Wednesday Wineblogging is real!
by coeruleus 2005-03-30 06:26PM | 0 recs
I recall the memo in several articles in jewelry DC papers (mostly the post) after the weekend session.
by ojdjwww 2006-01-03 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Wrath of the Memo
Tonmi, my +1 for that!
 Best wishes,
by khimich 2006-02-14 11:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Wrath of the Memo
For a copy of the GOP's talking points on Schiavo that garnered so much attention over the weekend, go to DC's Inside Scoop.
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by galin 2007-10-08 10:26AM | 0 recs


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