LGF is a right-wing blog that traffics in lots of nonsense. And Saturday was no exception. It created an online buzz within right-wing circle when, through some supposedly nifty defective work, it raised the possibility that the Obama campaign might be behind a new website spreading misinformation about McCain's new VP pick, Sarah Palin.
Lots of LGF's right-wing blog friends jumped in, linking to the site and condemning the Obama campaign for pushing dirty tricks, while LGF excitedly updated the story all day. And that's why, as part of its round-up of blog reaction to the Palin pick, the Times' political blog, The Caucus, made mention of LGF's mini-investigation: "Some conservative blogs are undergoing an investigation of their own into who exactly is behind a Web site that mischaracterizes Ms. Palin's views about gay rights."
And that was how the Times blog post ended. What the Times left unsaid was that by mid-afternoon LGF's dubious charge had already been debunked, which LGF itself sheepishly admitted in an update: "There is apparently no connection between these attack sites and the official Obama campaign."
Question: Why didn't the Times put the LFG goose chase in context and note that all the hot air turned out to be yet another righter-wing blogger charade? After all, that was the news.
Steven Benen has the round-up.
Brooke Gladstone at NPR still has one: "They got in the way of the story because they made themsevles the story."
The media giant has deemed to be inappropriate a series portraits of U.S. soldiers back from Iraq which were supposed to greet GOP conventioneers in Minnesota next week.
During Obama's speech.
Times: "The choice caught Republicans by surprise, and - as designed by Mr. McCain's advisers - eclipsed Mr. Obama's acceptance speech that he had delivered the night before."
Obviously, that's what the McCain camp would like. But should the Times make the independent declaration that Obama's historic speech, viewed by nearly 40 million people, has been "eclipsed." We don't think so.
Marty Kaplan at HuffPost on Noonan's MSNBC rhetoric this morning. (FYI, her crack had Scarborough in stitches.)
"Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's"
Can't say Fournier's not loyal.
His WaPo column today is filled with GOP talking points about stadium columns and lots of Greek puns, all of which reflected the Beltway media buzz from Thursday afternoon; media buzz that was completely washed away by Obama's speech last night. But there's Milbank this morning, hauling it around like day-old produce.
Inside the press box.