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The Fred Smears Have Begun

John on July 9, 2007 at 4:07 pm

fredjeri3.jpgEveryone is talking about this one by the NY Times Style page. The gist is that Fred’s wife, Jeri, is a lot younger and prettier than he is. Actually, to be fair, Jeri is traffic-stoppingly beautiful. Why that’s a negative for Fred’s campaign I’m not sure. The Times piece is only worth reading as an example of pure leftist hackery.

The more serious attack on Fred comes courtesy of the liberals at the LA Times. A group of Hillary supporters suddenly have detailed memories of hiring Fred to lobby on behalf of abortion rights back in 1991. Fred has denied it as has the person he was supposedly lobbying back in ’91. But as this Huff Post blogger points out:

DeSarno’s story to the LA Times is quite detailed, naming the Washington restaurants where her conversations with Thompson took place — dinner at Galileo and lunch at the Monocle — and recalling that at one meal, Thompson told her that Sununu had just given him VIP tickets for a White House tour for his wife and son.

In typical Republican style of attacking the messenger, the right wing blogosphere has accused DeSarno of being a left-wing activist who made the whole thing up.

In other words, the story rings true and Righty bloggers are a pack of drooling loons to doubt it. But something interesting is happening at the LA Times today that Huff Post hasn’t noted yet. They’ve started walking back the story. Allah at Hot Air has details:

The original paragraph:

At one of the meals, she recalled, Thompson re-enacted a cowboy death scene from one of his movies. She also remembered him telling her that Sununu had just given him tickets for a VIP tour of the White House for one of Thompson’s sons and his wife.

And how it reads now, at the same URL that I linked to Friday night when the story first broke:

Thompson kept her updated on his progress in telephone conversations and over meals at Washington restaurants, including dinner at Galileo and lunch at the Monocle, she said. At one of the meals, she recalled, Thompson told her that Sununu had just given him tickets for a VIP tour of the White House for a Thompson son and his wife.

The detail about the cowboy scene is up in smoke, perhaps with good reason: as Geraghty notes, Fred doesn’t seem to have acted in any westerns before 1991.

Oh, but the rest of the story, that’s all true. It’s only the details that were wrong. The LA Times has yet to issue any kind of correction or note of the change.

Down the memory hole!

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