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Monday, January 15, 2007

Michelle Malkin (gasp) proven wrong

It all has to do with a photo of John Kerry sitting at a table at a military base in Iraq.
A photo of John Kerry eating breakfast "alone" in the U.S. Embassy mess hall in Baghdad was circulating in the right-wing blogosphere, touted as evidence that he was shunned by the troops. The left-wing blogosphere's initial response was to question the authenticity of the photo due to the erroneous date/time stamp on the photo (caused by the photographer failing to set the date on the camera) and the presence of the flags of Britain and Portugal in the background (which other photos and personnel on site have confirmed are really there--and the Portugal one will be removed since Portugal no longer has personnel in Iraq).

Michelle Malkin supplied evidence of the authenticity of the photo (but failed to recognize that it disproved her claim of Kerry being snubbed) by locating another photograph with Kerry, wearing the same shirt, sitting and eating with the troops. She then harshly criticized those who argued that the photograph was a fake, throwing out charges of "hysterics" and "moonbattery."
It's even made Snopes. (You can see one of the photos there, as well the details about why the photo was real.)

So the question is when, if ever, will newspaper editors figure out that Malkin is not a responsible figure? Or do they already know this and simply keep printing her columns anyhow? You expect this sort of thing from the hoi polloi of the internet tubes, not the sanctified Op-Ed pages.

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