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The (attempted) Swift Boating Of Murray Waas

Our man Flint---Mr. Murray Waas---the super sleuth investigative reporter from the National Journal---who did the best work on the Plame case bar none

Our man Flint---Mr. Murray Waas---the super sleuth investigative reporter from the National Journal---who did the best work on the Plame case bar none---is being hounded---not by Karl Rove or the Weekly Standard or even the White House, but an alt weekly in Washington D.C.

The culprit of this vicious attack is a mini-rag called the Washington City Paper in DC. Most recently, they became best known for the theatre critic who wrote a review of a play but never stayed past intermission to watch the entire show. I ain't kidding.

The attempted swift boating has nothing to do with journalism or politics, but rather because the editor of the paper uses his newspaper to settle personal scores and his own vendettas. Super silly and super slimy.

Wonkette has the latest garbage from this hack of a rag. The editor of the paper even went so far as to launch an investigation of the local bloggers after they reported about his years-long feud with their next door neighbor, the Wag Time Pet Spa. The editor’s wife was arrested for assaulting their neighbor—slinging something at the owner of the doggy spa. No, really.

The bloggers ain’t too happy about any of this either. One annoyed dude is DCeiver. This poor guy couldn’t understand why he was under investigation by Watergate-type Plumbers, er, reporters trying to out his identity:

I suppose I should be flattered that reporters from the Washington City Paper and Columbia Journalism Review Daily have been investigating this blog. But, really, I'm just confused.

This blog attracts -- on a good day -- 500 visitors max. And most of the visitors come via Google searches for "Britney Spears panties.

    All of this would be just good ol’ pure entertainment, but in the case of Murray, it was the harassing behavior and nasty comments about Waas being a cancer survivor that led him to have to disclose publicly the fact that he is---you know---a cancer survivor.

    One of the newspaper’s reporters took issue with the contention by Waas that he had a right to privacy, screaming at him:

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    “You told every single person you have had a conversation, `I had cancer!’ Don’t tell me it was a secret because you told every single person you have ever come in contact. Don’t you lie to me! You told people if you really didn’t want to keep it a secret, you shouldn’t have told. You wouldn’t have like passed it out like part of your business card.”

    Those are pretty good interviewing skills. Anyway, more shall be revealed about this hack attack in the coming weeks. Waas finally weighs in about all of this at the Huff Post.

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