ThinkProgress, Leftosphere get it wrong again; no correction so far [Karl]
Amanda at ThinkProgress leads the blog buzz with her story of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) belittling a US soldier in Iraq as a “two-bit security guard.”Ã‚Â The Leftosphere is on code red high dudgeon alert, mostly of the “imagine if a Democrat had said this” variety.
One problem:Ã‚Â itÃ‚Â appears that the person McHenry called a security guard was in fact a security guard, not a soldier.Ã‚Â While it is possible that even the “two-bit” reference is actually part of McHenry telling a self-deprecating tale about the guardÃ‚Â he was ticked at saving his life, most in the Rightosphere are noting that the reference, if fairly reported makes him a “jerk,”Ã‚Â that it “isn’t exactly a classy move” and that he “isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t off the hook.”Ã‚Â In contrast, it is fair to say that the Left does not typically cheerlead for private security contractors in Iraq.
The Leftosphere, at post-time, has not updated their posts to reflect Amanda’s apparent error.Ã‚Â ThinkProgress should have particular fun explaining themselves, given that they recently passed along a bogus claim that Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province are warning of a new disease they are calling Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blackwater FeverÃ¢â‚¬Â named afterÃ‚Â the controversial security firm.Ã‚Â However,Ã‚Â John Cole deserves special mention for admitting he considered that the story might not involve a US soldier from the outset, only to argue that he really does not care, because — if the roles were reversed — theÃ‚Â “right-wing outrage machine” would just perpetuate the Big Lie anyway.Ã‚Â Them are some fine standards he’s got.
Update:Ã‚Â Cole has the gall in an update to his post to maintain he is right about “you all” would react — immediately after quoting Ed Morrissey at HotAir criticizing McHenry.Ã‚Â Morrissey is criticizing both sides while Cole still refuses to tell his readers that Amanda apparently screwed the pooch again (except by quoting me without the Weekly Standard link).Ã‚Â Cole tells me not to worry about his standards.Ã‚Â In truth,Ã‚Â I don’t.Ã‚Â I merely observe how low they are.
Update x2:Ã‚Â In the comments, MayBee links to McHenry’s unedited video, which was made at the time of the attack, and which further suggests that the Left did some selective editing to create their selective outrage.
Update x3:Ã‚Â ThinkProgress has now updated its post to note their apparent error regarding the security guard.Ã‚Â But there is still no acknowledgement that the video they have posted was selectively edited to remove the self-deprecating context.Ã‚Â BTW, for those not clicking the links, Amanda’s two sources for this story were: (1) McHenry’s opponent; and (2) a website quoting the press release from McHenry’s opponent.
Update x4: Insta-lanche!