NY Daily News invents Blago facts

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As we've seen for the last week, the Blago/Obama story is much more interesting when the press invents facts. Today it's the Daily News' turn:

Aides to the President-elect acknowledge Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Obama's incoming chief of staff, did talk to Blagojevich about the Senate seat and even handed over a list of candidates acceptable to Obama, a fairly common exchange in politics.

False. According to all available information, Emanuel talked with Blago's staff about filling the seat, not with Blago himself. Considering that the press seems to be hanging the entire Obama "scandal" around Emanuel's possible contacts with Blago, the fact that the Daily News mangled the key point is sort of important.

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