FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
The dishonesty comes from both sides now: What words should a progressive use to describe this kind of conduct?
Last night, Steve Kornacki told Rachel Maddow about an exciting new photo. The photo had been posted many places, including at Salon. The photo showed Mitt Romney getting a shoeshine! Sitting right there on a tarmac!
What kind of man would do that?
In fact, the photo in question shows Romney getting wanded by airport security. This fact was reported yesterday afternoon by NPR, with a hat tip to a tweet by Alex Seitz-Wald of Think Progress. Maddow corrected Kornacki’s statement before last night’s program was over.
The photo doesn’t show Romney getting a shoeshine. But so what? It’s still up at Salon as we type, illustrating this piece by Joan Walsh. (Walsh does not refer to the shoeshine). Salon gives “credit” to the Ed Show. That site still has the photo up too, along with a bogus description.
As we type, it has been roughly eighteen hours since NPR ran its correction.
Is this sort of thing still worse on the right? We have no truck scale to measure such loads. But our side increasingly apes Sean and Rush. We think this is bad for progressive interests. We think it’s bad for the country.
We hate to be the ones to tattle. But very bad, very fatuous conduct is found on both sides now.