Last Thursday, TOC engaged in a little instant nostalgia via an 2004 OpEd regarding Joe Wilson's lies about uranium, Niger and Saddam. This demonstrated that, once adopted by the MSM, certain Leftists tropes become the basis for "the story" and cannot be displaced despite overwhelming contrary evidence. "Joe Wilson lied" is the reality. "Bush lied" is the story.
In a similar vein, the Washington Post thoroughly embarrassed itself last week. In its eagerness to see conspiracy in the Bush administration, the Post confused Senator Carl Levin's polemics with a report from the Pentagon inspector general. Byron York sums it up here: Oops [Byron York].
Fact checking normally would include correctly attributing a source, don't you think? The Post's retraction is merely a more sophisticated version of Dan Rather's "Fake, but accurate." defense.
CNN weighs in with a report that the Democrats find it expedient to blame Doug Feith for being right. Powerline comments:
The Pentagon inspector general conflates CIA's intelligence failures with manipulation of pre-war intelligence. In so doing, he is able to ignore historical fact and the report of the Senate committee on Select Intelligence as Power Line: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Here's the history they're trying to rewrite this week Courtesy of Power Line Video