Media Matters Dings Drudge for AP Error
Media Matters for America attempts to smear Matt Drudge by doing exactly what they accuse Drudge of doing, only worse:
Conservative Internet gossip Matt Drudge attempted to smear Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) by linking to an Associated Press report that falsely suggested that Kerry and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) “may have blown” the cover of CIA officer Fulton Armstrong.
Drudge went further than the AP in implicating Kerry. Omitting Lugar’s name, he titled the link simply “Kerry Blows CIA Agent Cover?…” The AP article, written by AP diplomatic writer Anne Gearan, reported that Kerry and Lugar both mentioned Armstrong by name during the April 11 Senate confirmation hearings of John Bolton, President Bush’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and falsely suggested that they “may have blown his cover” by doing so.
The blogosphere was all over this yesterday morning, with Michelle Malkin and others debunking the story while the Washington Post and others were falling for it. Charles Johnson and several other conservative sites also elided Lugar’s participation in this, for which I dinged them yesterday. But, as Kevin Aylward notes, “[Lugar’s] name hardly captures reader interest the way a former candidate for President does.”
Frankly, Matt Drudge does something several times of week worthy of scorn. But linking to an AP story and pulling out the juicest “fact” from it is not among them.