Remember the misleading story the Washington Post published just before last November’s election about soldiers’ attitudes toward the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy? That story ended up getting covered better than did the study itself (which conclusions were not quite what the WaPo said they were) and contributed greatly to Congress’ lifting the policy. Well, according to the Inspector General for the Department of Defense, the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff leaked the slanted version of the study’s results to the WaPo “to support a pro-repeal agenda”.
As it turne out, the study itself was a put-up job that the IG’s report said was “just for show”. Even so, it showed that more soldiers opposed the repeal of DADT than supported it.
We were conned by a rather amateurish show of political theater put on by a dishonest White House and their lapdogs in the meda. Regardless of your feelings toward DADT, I would think you’d be a trifle upset that your President and the WaPo couldn’t make their case without deceit.
The podcast post will be out a little bit later this morning. I’m proud of Episode 100. Steve Green and Ed Driscoll, my guests for the hour, were their usual gracious and ridiculously intelligent selves. We talked gaffes and Pixar and had a blast.
And now, links!
- The more we learn about Operation Fast and Furious, the more I believe we’re headed toward jail time for members of this administration. The most recent news about the ongoing scandal is that the ATF fired one of the chief whistle blowers who, before he went public about ATF misdeeds, had gotten evaluations well above average. Meanwhile, the MSM continues to run interference for the administration (via Instapundit).
- Really, the question “Why would Newsweek print a highly deceptive article about the Constitution” is rhetorical, but Patterico asks it anyway and delivers the Mother of All Fiskings.
- Yes, Pete, the media really is going to Weinerize itself again. This time, they’re going to run with a thinly-sourced story published by a Soros-backed media outlet that makes a mild-mannered Wisconsin judge seem like a violent woman-hating maniac. The progressives lost every fight they started in that state over the last few months and smear campaigns are all they have left.
- So public workers in Greece, angry that their gravy train may stop dispensing free goodies, are going to stop working for two weeks in protest? Yeah, that makes sense.
- If you want an example of how reckless federal regulatory agencies destroy small businesses with well-meaning plans, this story of baby cribs should do nicely.
- Seriously, people. Tar and feathers.
- If you’re a fan of the Washington Capitals, you probably already know this, but the team signed winger (and possibly center) Brooks Laich to a 6-year deal. That’s a very good thing. Laich is incredibly talented and a team leader. He’s the kind of player a championship team has to have.