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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:26 PM
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88. He was under no obligation to be talking nice about Kerry
Kerry sometimes was not so nice about Clark, either. However, Clark did not start or spread the Kerry-intern rumor as claimed. In fact, what he was talking about was a Philadelphia Inquirer article that was set to come out at the time, which I don't recall the subject of, but which was not the Kerry-intern scandal.

Chris Crawford then of MSNBC was victim of a leak in his office:

Within 10 minutes after Drudge posted the Kerry intern item, Crawford sent a memo to his superiors that said the story was "something Chris Lehane (clark press secy) has shopped around for a long time." According to Crawford, someone at MSNBC promptly leaked his memo to Drudge. But when Lehane called Crawford with a loudly indignant denial, the MSNBC columnist quickly issued a public retraction. He said:

"The comments attributed to me are from a private email to television news associates based on conversations with Democratic campaign operatives. I did not consider any of it confirmed enough to report or publish. I can only verify that Chris Lehane's rivals in other Democratic campaigns made these claims and I have found no independent source to confirm it. Which is why we did not go with the story. But then someone sent my email to others, which is the only reason it got into the public domain." In other words, there is no proof that Lehane circulated the rumor, let alone that the rumor has any basis in reality.



http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2004/02/13/drudge /






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