February 14, 2007

countdown-ww-gaffney.jpg Frank Gaffney of the Washington Times gets the gold on Countdown for Worst Person in the World for using a fabricated quote in order to attack the "traitorous" Senator Carl Levin and advocate for his hanging.

Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.

-- President Abraham Lincoln

A quote that, as of today, despite being well-known to be false, still sits atop his article uncorrected.

(John Amato: So let me get this straight, a right wing blogger faithfully reprints a made-up "quote" so he can use Lincoln to smear the Democratic Party and gets pissed because Roger Ailes was so mean? Calling for the hanging of people seems to be A-OK with this fellow, Terry has more...)

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Glenn Greenwald picked up on this yesterday and went to town. He'll be on Alan Colmes' radio show tonight with, who else, Frank Gaffney. Should be entertaining. For local listings and a live stream, go here.

I think this ties in well to the whole Edwards "blogger scandal" that really puzzled me. When you have people like Michelle Malkin and Bill Donohue -- two of the most reprehensible members of the right-wing noise machine -- lecturing people on how to be civil and responsible, it's sometimes hard to comprehend how the story got legs in the first place. (Well, when you have a national journalist like Terry Moran reciting your attacks verbatim, I guess that can only help.) As Greenwald explains, people like Gaffney -- who use fabricated quotes to justify levying treason accusations against US Senators -- will suffer no consequences (nor widepread media attention) for his despicable remarks, yet bloggers like Marcotte and McEwan are raked over the coals for writing some posts that anger people like Bill Donohue. It's perplexing.

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