Still Crazy After All These Years
Or at least after one year. And maybe it isn't crazy--just, mentally challenged. Mary Mapes still doesn't get it:
Within a few minutes, I was online visiting Web sites I had never heard of before: Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, Power Line.
This is the first hint of her cluelessness. The fact that she'd never heard of these sites before shows how insulated she was. Free Republic has been around for many years now, and was instrumental in bringing out many of the Clinton scandals. It's one thing to say (as I'd expect a hard-core Democrat to) that they have no credibility, but to claim ignorance of their very existence?
They were hard-core, politically angry, hyperconservative sites loaded with vitriol about Dan Rather and CBS.
Contemplate the possibility, Mary, at least for a moment, that said vitriol was justified and prompted by your vicious partisan hit pieces and shoddy journalism.
Our work was being compared to that of Jayson Blair, the discredited New York Times reporter who had fabricated and plagiarized stories.
Hey, this isn't fair. At least Jayson Blair didn't fabricate actual evidence. And of course, given that they're "hard-core, politically angry, hyperconservatives," there's no need to pay any attention to what they say, right, even if they are smart lawyers, and that in the case of Charles Johnson, proprieter of Little Green Footballs and web site designer, he has forgotten more about typography than Mary is ever likely to learn or (on the available evidence) be able to comprehend?
All these Web sites had extensive write-ups on the documents: on typeface, font style, and peripheral spacing,
"Peripheral spacing"? I think that she means proportional spacing. This demonstrates again, just how little she has learned from this experience, when she doesn't even seem to possess the reasoning skills to understand the arguments against her.
...material that seemed to spring up overnight. It was phenomenal. It had taken our analysts hours of careful work to make comparisons. It seemed that these analysts or commentators---or whatever they were---were coming up with long treatises in minutes. They were all linking to one another, creating an echo chamber of outraged agreement.
Maybe because they had facts and logic on their side?
I was told that the first posting claiming the documents were fakes had gone up on Free Republic before our broadcast was even off the air! How had the Web site even gotten copies of the documents? We hadn’t put them online until later. That first entry, posted by a longtime Republican political activist lawyer who used the name “Buckhead,” set the tone for what was to come.
And I was told that Mary Mapes is incapable of comprehending the distinction between Eastern Time, when the show was first broadcast, and Pacific Time, three hours earlier, when the first posting appeared on Free Republic (during the show)!
I think there's a lot more basis for what I "was told," than for what Mary was told. Of course, she could be carefully parsing. It may be that she knows that the Free Republic posting didn't occur until after the show aired, and is just trying to establish a conspiracy theory for those dumber than her, using the circumlocution "I was told," rather than stating it as simple fact. It seems implausible, though, because it's frightening to contemplate someone dumber than her.
There was no analysis of what the documents actually said, no work done to look at the content, no comparison with the official record, no phone calls made to check the facts of the story...
Well, she's finally admitting it.
Oh, wait! She's talking about the bloggers! My irony meter just shattered the glass, and bent its needle into a pretzel.
...nothing beyond a cursory and politically motivated examination of the typeface. That was all they had to attack, but that was enough.
Well, some of them (unlike you, apparently) were smart enough to call the fax number on the memo, and determine that it came from a Kinko's in Texas. And though there was in fact analysis of what the documents actually said, which also helped torpedo them, it was in fact enough, Mary. It's hard (perhaps impossible) to prove that a document is authentic, but it only takes one solid strike against its validity to show it to be inauthentic. And the fact that you still don't understand that, or understand basic logic at all, is why you are now out of a job, and should never have had that job to begin with.
This isn't merely "stuck on stupid." This is turned all the way up to eleven on stupid.
Gee, I feel another satire coming on, to celebrate the anniversary.
time to broaden your circle of friends.
Thanks for posting this. I think we should continue to remember this...until the end of time. This whole incident shows just how far the left will go to destroy their political opponents...and, just how bad they really are at it.
Remember, the left all think of themselves as a bunch of geniuses.
And that all the rest of us simply need to be educated to their brilliance.
Their continued stupidity is kinda funny...and sad.