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Right Wing Wingnuts Get it Wrong, Again

Hummel_figurine.jpgThe wacky right wing wingnuts are at it again, inventing facts out of thin air while desperately attempting to ignore the nose on their face. Glenn Greenwald exposes the soft underbelly of these drama-queen beasts from the right in this report.

The genius investigators in the right-wing blogosphere -- who serve as our Watchdogs over the Corrupt "MSM" -- made a major, major discovery this weekend. Last Wednesday, former CIA agent Larry Johnson published a Memo (.pdf) sent from the U.S. Mission in Iraq which advised troops and other military personnel in Iraq of a "theater-wide delay in food delivery" which would likely limit the available food supply.

As has been true for the last four years, right-wing bloggers simply shut their eyes and refused to believe that any news reflecting poorly on the Leader's War could be real. Just as was true for news reports of civil war and a growing Iraqi insurgency, this Memo just had to be a fake, so they declared it to be such.

The super-tough-(and-anonymous)-Churchillian-warrior "Ace of Spades" got the investigative ball rolling, declaring: "that document is fake" (emphasis in original). "Ace" then explained: "someone is attempting to gin up a rather minor convoy delay into something that threatens the feeding of our troops." These accusations were grounded in "Ace's" belief that an eagle in the corner of the memo was inauthentic, copied from a figurine. Upon finding the image online, "Ace" excitedly announced that he discovered "How The Retarded Forger Found The Image."

"Ace" then added an update citing as support for his conclusion of a "Forgery!" the "analysis" of that highly-impressive-document-expert Charles Johnson. Johnson -- in a post entitled "Fake But Accurate, Nutroots Edition" -- announced:

Ace of Spades exposes another probable anti-war fraud, an "internal memo" with a "military logo" that turns out to be ... a Hummel figurine.

Greenwald continues:

Johnson christened their exciting new "MSM" scandal "Hummelgate," and announced that "'Hummelgate' hits the Washington Post; they quote from the memo in this article" [here]. Johnson then issued a painstaking analysis of the .pdf properties as further "proof" of the document's fakeness.

All of that, needless to say, provoked a whole slew of braying, celebratory right-wing bloggers denouncing the MSM for their outrageous fraud against the Leader and the War. Leading the way was Charles Johnson's very own "news agency" Pajamas Media, which was last seen trumpeting the death of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an "exclusive" report which -- once it turned out that Khamenei was and is very much alive -- forced even Michelle Malkin's Hot Air to admit it was "a major embarrassment" for Pajamas.

This weekend, the Pajamas "news agency" published an item headlined: "The Fake Memo With the China Figurine On Top." The Pajamas News Agency "reported":

Ace is on the case, with some help from LGF. It's a Defense Department memo, and while the document is definitely fake, whether the specific information contained in it is accurate is up in the air. If the info was indeed wrong, then the Washington Post was fooled.

Curt's Flopping Aces announced: "Another Forged Document Fools A Lefty," and began: "Larry Johnson, that ViPer with a serious case of the BDS, is at it again peddling a forged document." Curt then proceeded to spew all of the sophisticated and insightful document analysis for which the right-wing blogosphere is so well-known, and then accused Johnson of "tak[ing] this obvious forgery at face value because it fits in with his own preconceived notions."

The sea of right-wing blog followers then washed ashore, with one proclamation after the next like these:

** "Hi-larious Ratheresque hijinx on the part of Larry Johnson, ex-CIA moron, discussed by Ace."

** "The Has-Been Media is also incredibly stupid and easily fooled, so long as they can advance their political agenda . . . Check out the link to the memo. It's laughable.

** This is hilarious. Seems Super Duper Spook Larry (Plame Flame) Johnson got duped by a faked intel memo.

Needless to say, the memo is authentic.


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Comments (6)

ke_future:

given the history of forgeries in recent years, and that the memo, as shown, didn't match typical official documents, and that the embedded date i the pdf document was 2 days after the date on the document, i'm not surprised they cried foul. it certainly was suspicious.

but they also owned up that they got it wrong.
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25652_Iraq_Food_Memo_Genuine&only

on another note, it seems that the food "shortage" is over. that this has happened before, and that all it meant was that some people had to go without yogurt or apples for a couple of days.

while it's kinda pathetic that we still have these bureaucratic bungles, i don't think this really rises to the level that that nutcase johnson is trying to make it.

by the way, i thought it had been pretty well debunked that larry johnson was ever an "agent" and was in fact an analyst of some kind.

ke_future:

and from ace of spades
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/228126.php

Time to rename his blog, Ke_future -- He's more like the Deuce of Clubs...

From the page you linked:

While Gleen Grenwald is crying vindication, it seems to me he's jumping the gun a bit. For one thing, among the possibilities I mentioned was that there was in fact a real memo, but the "memo" being circulated was not the actual memo itself, but a Microsoft Word created facsimile. I didn't want that to be the case -- I was hoping for full snookerage of the WaPo just for the embarrassment -- but it's a a little childish of Gleen to pretend that I denied that could be the case.

Did you follow that? He's squeeking like a mouse now, and he still can't find the cajones to say "I blew it - my bad".

All of these right wing lunatics sound alike. The cry about the biased MSM, and yet their own biases, coupled with their ineptitude, stupidity, goose-stepping loyalty to Boosh, and Liberal Derangement Syndrome, has them walking blindly through the minefields. They are wrong often, but only get slapped around like this when someone takes the time to debunk their bullshit.

"...I was hoping for full snookerage of the WaPo just for the embarrassment..."

Stop putting your head up your ass and you'll save yourself a lot of embarassment, you nutcake.

"by the way, i thought it had been pretty well debunked that larry johnson was ever an "agent" and was in fact an analyst of some kind."

Debunked by whom? Wake up and smell the horseshit, Ke. These right wing blogging nutcakes don't know what they're talking about, and make it up out of whole cloth often. If one of them "debunked" Johnson, I wouldn't believe them for a second.

ke_future:

umm are you calling me or AoS nutcake? just asking. oh, and for what cause should i feel embarrassment? other than my occasionally atrocious spelling, i can't think of anything that i have ever said here to be embarrassed about.

tho AoS didn't fall on his proverbial sword like you apparently wanted him to, i still think he owned up to the facts a lot better than most left-leaning sites. there are some out there who still think the TANG documents are real, after all. don't believe me? strike up a conversation about them with a typical poster at DailyKos.

what do you think? given the nature of the document he saw, wouldn't have you been suspicious of it's origins? i know i would have been, and i'm not a particularly paranoid person.

and like i said, i "thought". i vaguely remember somebody fisking larry's resume. but it was a couple of years ago, and i can't find the link atm. if i find it, i will post it.

"tho AoS didn't fall on his proverbial sword like you apparently wanted him to, i still think he owned up to the facts a lot better than most left-leaning sites. there are some out there who still think the TANG documents are real, after all. don't believe me? strike up a conversation about them with a typical poster at DailyKos."

A simple "I admit that I made a mistake" would have sufficed.

As to Kos' site -- by "typical poster" you're referring to the citizen diary-ists who create their own blogs and write "diarys" for the site, right? That's a far cry from this guy, who is a prominent right wing blogger, and yet despite his stature he can't fess up when he's wrong.


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