September 2, 2008

NYT and HuffPo Reporters Get Sloppy with ‘McCain Didn’t Vet’ Meme (See Update)

It’s here at Pajamas Media, whose peeps did marvelous work getting this to the front page so quickly:

McCain Didn’t Vet Palin’ Meme Has Serious Holes
Slippery prose and outright errors in the NY Times and HuffPost.

Too good to check, I guess.

HuffPo reporter Sam Stein especially has some additional reporting, and almost definitely some explaining, to do.


UPDATE, Sept. 3: I have just confirmed with Greg Johnson, Managing Editor of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, that the paper’s archives have been online “for years,” and that they have been easily accessible.

Since the PJM piece was written in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 2, that could not be confirmed, and the article was written with qualifiers that archive accesibility may have somehow begun between the time of Sam Stein HuffPo column and mine. As expected, that’s not the case.

Sam Stein’s column therefore contains clear falsehoods that an organization with integrity would retract.



  1. McCain himself met her once in February and once last week, the day he decided on her. Doesn’t that seem odd?

    Comment by Mike — September 2, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  2. And don’t get me wrong, I would love to see the GOP go more the direction of Palin, reformists, populist, walks the walk, anti-surge, etc…, it just speaks to McCain’s rashness that he didn’t spend more personal time getting to know her.

    Comment by Mike — September 2, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  3. #1 and #2, I read somewhere that McCain had 25 people on Palin vetting, it’s been in place since late May or earlier, and he has possibly spoken to her a few times.

    But here’s a point more worthwhile — How many decisions will McCain have to make based on only having met a foreign leader once or twice?

    If this turns out to be a good call, this means that McCain may be a pretty good and quick judge of character — or in the case of foreign leaders, those characters.

    Who said I’m not an optimist? :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — September 2, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

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