Bobby Jindal's Made-up Katrina Tale Was Just Standard Right-wing MO

[media id=7420] I don't know why conservatives should be upset that Bobby Jindal's Katrina story told on national television should turn out to have

I don't know why conservatives should be upset that Bobby Jindal's Katrina story told on national television should turn out to have been fake:

Jindal had described being in the office of Sheriff Harry Lee "during Katrina," and hearing him yelling into the phone at a government bureaucrat who was refusing to let him send volunteer boats out to rescue stranded storm victims, because they didn't have the necessary permits. Jindal said he told Lee, "that's ridiculous," prompting Lee to tell the bureaucrat that the rescue effort would go ahead and he or she could arrest both Lee and Jindal.

But now, a Jindal spokeswoman has admitted to Politico that in reality, Jindal overheard Lee talking about the episode to someone else by phone "days later." The spokeswoman said she thought Lee, who died in 2007, was being interviewed about the incident at the time.

Ben Smith at Politico had the "clarification":

A spokeswoman for Bobby Jindal says the Louisiana governor didn't imply that an anecdote about battling bureaucrats during Katrina directly involved the governor or took place during the heat of a fight to release rescue boats.

The spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, said the story Jindal told in his response to Obama actually took place some days later in Lee's office -- though still in Katrina's chaotic aftermath -- as Lee was "recounting" his frustrations with the bureaucracy to someone else on the telephone.

But really, conservatives can't be too displeased. After all, Jindal was just proving his right-wing street cred. Making stuff up? Man, that's the mark of a truly brazen wingnut -- one worthy of the Rovean Brotherhood.

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