Check this out: An aide to GOP leader Mitch McConnell has acknowledged in an interview with Kentucky's Courier-Journal that he actively sought to alert reporters to the wingnut smearing of 12-year-old SCHIP posterkid Graeme Frost:
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's spokesman acknowledged yesterday that he alerted reporters last week to questions bloggers raised about the financial circumstances of a 12-year-old boy Democrats had used to urge passage of an expanded children's health insurance program.
It has been reported already that an email from a McConnell aide went out to reporters telling them of the winger attack. But this appears to be the first time that McConnell's people are publicly acknowledging their role in trying to push mainstream reporters into joining the attack on young Graeme. Stewart acknowledged to the paper that he'd done this as "part of regular conversation with reporters." Read more...
Christy nails it, and I'll go one step further - given the ferocity of the attacks on Graeme and the Frost family -- this staffer should be fired and Senator McConnell should publicly apologize to the Frosts for his reprehensible actions.
Did Mitch McConnell mislead the media?
MCCONNELL: Is there an indication that your office was trying to push reporters to go dig into this background?
REPORTER: Then what was the deal with the email?
REPORTER: What was the deal with the email from your staffer?