Carol Platt Liebau

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Turns out that a staffer to Florida Senator Mel Martinez wrote the infamous memo claiming that the Terri Schiavo matter a "great political issue for Republicans."

No one wants to kick a fellow when he's down. But what was this guy thinking? He reminds me of some of the staffers I knew on the Hill -- someone who wants to be a "wheeler dealer" so much that he loses the "forest" of what he's fighting for in the "trees" of supposedly "insider," too-clever-by-half maneuvering.

Color me wrong: I really thought that someone on the Dem side had created this -- especially when it came out that the bill number was wrong, that Terri Schiavo's name was misspelled, and that some of the language was lifted from a "religious right" website.

Color The Washington Post lucky: Mike Allen and the rest, it appears, didn't fall for a ruse. But it should certainly be an occasion for reflection, not triumphalism -- the way events went down, it became clear that The Post ran with a story without really having backed it up its sources factually. It worked out for them this time, but will it the next?

Perhaps there's a little something for all of us to learn from this . . .

1 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Yes we can. It's too easy to jump at the first sign of mistake by the other side. The fun part, though, is watching how libs are having a field day with this.

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