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charlie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-25-06 05:53 AM
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18. They fuxxored themselves on this issue
when they departed from their just-the-facts oeuvre and made their intial assessment largely a polemic against Michael Moore, instead of just dealing with the rumor. A snippet from the original article's close:
Some folks play fast and loose with the facts when they've an axe to grind, however, and in Moore's case his axe is "the dastardly Republicans and how they're responsible for every ill ever visited upon the USA." In this case, inventing a bin Laden jet that secretly flew out of the country while the rest of us were barred from the skies, and peopling it with folks who were spirited out of the FBI's grasp by a U.S. president intent upon paying back some unnamed (but darkly hinted at) favor, is a handy way of reinforcing the stereotype of Republicans as callous and greedy politicians whose paramount values involve money, not people.
Of course, this invited a tide of angry letters, especially when some points of their analysis turned out to be as incorrect as they claimed Moore was. Page revisions followed, including changing the original charge they were debunking, and eventually they posted an apology to Moore himself. As you can see, the page is now dry and neutral as can be, nary a mention of Moore, but bits and pieces of the original "hit" piece are preserved on other web sites.
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