Shades of RatherGate: Captain Ed reports the Downing Street Memos aren't, um, you know, real.
Smith told AP he protected the identity of the source he had obtained the documents from by typing copies of them on plain paper and destroying the originals.So what he's saying is, the documents themselves aren't genuine, but the story is rock-solid? That the memos are "fake, but accurate?"
Every time you think the media have reached a new low in stupidity and mendacity, they find a way to go even lower. No wonder they're now the least-trusted institution.
Next we'll hear the memos are "insufficiently authenticated" but that everyone stands behind the unauthenticated story. Yup, because everyone knows Bush lied about the war, just like everyone knew Bush received preferential treatment in the National Guard, and everyone knows Kerry is smarter than Bush. The fact that there's no evidence for any of those assertions is immaterial, we know they must be true so we're going to go digging for the evidence to prove them, and by God we're going to find that evidence, even if it doesn't exist.
You see, this is why it matters that there are 5 times as many liberals as conservatives in journalism. Journalists are not scientists; they don't gather evidence and then draw conclusions. They draw conclusions and then go looking for evidence to prove them; that's just the nature of investigative journalism. So which conclusions they're trying to prove becomes very important, even if they are truly committed to objective, fact-based reporting. One would hope that despite going after mostly stories that serve a liberal agenda, they would at least dispassionately require a high standard of proof in all cases. But as we've seen, they often fail to meet even that lowered standard of neutrality; they not only report from a liberal bent, they do so eagerly enough that they'll often allow themselves to be duped with less-than-convincing evidence on major stories, while ignoring counter-evidence. As Orwell might have put it, in the eyes of journalists some facts are more objective than others.