Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) Believes

Little Green Footballs has a scoop! They have an audio file of Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) accusing Karl Rove, if not the Bush White House, of planting the fake memos that discredited Dan Rather.

Probably the most flagrant example of that is the way they set up Dan Rather. Now, I mean, I have my own beliefs about how that happened: it originated with Karl Rove, in my belief, in the White House. They set that up with those false papers.

The audience member recording the event asked Hinchley if he had any evidence, and he first responded “Yes I do.” but quickly recanted in a followup question. I can see not understanding the question being asked, so we can give the Congressman a pass on that. However, the accusation is so outrageous that it will quickly become moonbat mantra. We've heard it before, but coming from a congressman's lips turns it into truth. The “Bush lied” mantra routinely comes from Senator Ted Kennedy, after all, even though he didn't seem to care that Clinton agreed with Bush on the presence of WMDs in Iraq.

This new item is quickly being taken up by others in the blogosphere, but the credit goes to LGF for breaking the story of an elected congressman that is just a little too far “out there.”

Update: Since I'm already drawing the ire of those on the left side of aisle, I'm reminded of Lilek's comment about a different tape:

recall, in the happy halcyon 90s, when Linda Tripp taped Monica? There was great ire poured on her for doing such a despicable thing. I wonder if the same parties will summon up an equal amount of dudgeon now.

All too often people play both ends against the middle, and I deliberately used the technique in my responding comment in the comments section. People who believe that Karl Rove is controlling anti-Bush operatives in order to get them to annihiliate one another are tin-foil hat crazy.

Update2: Even Wonkette thinks Hinchey is nuts.

God that Rove character is busy! Running White House hustler rings, cloning little Cheneys, making Hillary Clinton get bad haircuts, flying planes into the Pentagon…

Update3: Welcome Daou Report readers! I don't know why this posting in particular was suggested, but the real story is at Little Green Footballs, not here. Read the hundreds of comments on that post for extra added fun.

Josh Poulson

Posted Monday, Feb 21 2005 09:10 AM

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God forbid someone should have an opinion like that. What is this, Mao's Cultural Revolution, where people spy on each other? What LGF reported isn't a "scoop" or "breaking news," it's gossip. True, if Hinchey said it, he should have been more circumspect, but there is (mounting) evidence that Rove was connected to the memos, which may not have been fake. Take a look at Raw Story. Maybe Rove wasn't connected, but given his sterling track record in mounting third-party smear campaigns (beginning with doing dirty tricks for tricky Dick), I think it's asinine to dismiss the idea out of hand.


Posted Monday, Feb 21 2005 09:46 AM

Occam's Razor applies, I think. It's far easier to believe that a journalist with a known anti-Bush and anti-Republican bias, his producer with an even more pronounced bias, and a news organization with a history of edgy stories to have produced a hit piece based on shoddy evidence from an unvetted source than it is for me to believe that someone knowing all of the above would be able to engineer such a collossal screw-up from afar.

Their sources were shady and were tracked back to known anti-Bush personalities. There are still questions over how the DNC found out about this story so quickly. If I accept your theory of intrigue, then I suggest you have to accept my theory that Mary Mapes was feeding information directly into the Democratic machine for them to take advantage of. Of course, there's a simpler explanation for the DNC getting clued in as well.

National politicians of every stripe have dealt with smear campaigns on the giving and recieving end. I think that theories about Rove are desperation.

What “mounting” evidence is there of Rove's connection? Last I heard Burkett was still the lead suspect. Burkett is hardly the best candidate for a Rove operative. He's more likely a Travis County Democratic Party operative.

Josh Poulson

Posted Monday, Feb 21 2005 11:04 AM

Congressman Hinchley you are liar just like all of your comrades on the left. What the Speaker of the House needs to do is take your lying face in front of the Ethics Committee, and grill you then call for your resignation. For my money you are the lowest life of any democrat I have ever seen. All I can say to you if it had been me grilling you this evening instead of Shawn they would have had to carry you off of the set. You and most on the left are nothing but a bunch of sore losers and then you have become the worst enemy of this country. You are a low life liar at best. Now come to New Mexico and I will tell that to your lying face you scum bag

Daryl Bernhardt

Posted Wednesday, Feb 23 2005 06:40 PM

I'll allow your comment this time, Daryl, but I suggest more facts and less name-calling in the future. It will increase your chances of being heard.

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Feb 23 2005 09:59 PM

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