The Politico Got Fooled by an Amateur Trick

| January 5, 2008 | Comments (3)

Looks like the Politico got taken.

Published reports that Fred Thompson soon will withdraw from the Republican presidential contest and endorse Sen. John McCain have been traced in part to Mitt Romney’s campaign, trying to stir up strife between McCain and Thompson.

Makes sense for Romney to want McCain and Thompson to mix it up in Iowa. It makes less sense to understand why the Politico got duped. Surely a rumor floated on the day before the Caucuses has to be considered a campaign trick and would merit some patience and good judgment.

I’m not a professional journalist and even I know that it’s highly unusual for a candidate to make noises about dropping out the day before an election. It’s a pretty amateur trick that shouldn’t have fooled anyone. The report from the Politico gave the story the air of legitimacy that it never should have had.

I’d be very interested in knowing how hard the Politico worked to verify the rumors and why they couldn’t get the very strong denial that National Review Online got the same day.

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  1. scottmc says:

    I heard the story being reported on KCBS radio in San Francisco 2 hours before it showed up on the Politico.com

    I know, I searched the web for 2 hours trying to find out if it was posted, and only found it on the Politico and then it was only 3 minutes old. KCBS got the story from CBS radio who quoted that it was from ABCNews. None of their websites mentioned the story…

  2. Stop The ACLU » Blog Archive » Rumors Of Thompson Quitting Traced to Romney Camp? says:

    [...] The Sundries Shack: Makes sense for Romney to want McCain and Thompson to mix it up in Iowa. It makes less sense to understand why the Politico got duped. Surely a rumor floated on the day before the Caucuses has to be considered a campaign trick and would merit some patience and good judgment. [...]

  3. Right Wing News - Rumor: Rumors Of Thompson Quitting Traced to Romney Camp? | Anne Arundel Maryland Politics - aapolitics.us says:

    [...] The Sundries Shack: Makes sense for Romney to want McCain and Thompson to mix it up in Iowa. It makes less sense to understand why the Politico got duped. Surely a rumor floated on the day before the Caucuses has to be considered a campaign trick and would merit some patience and good judgment. [...]

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