Michelle Malkin Vents the Reuters Scandal; the Left Vents Poison Gas
Michelle Malkin's latest video Vent is an entertaining summary of the Reuters Fraudulent Photo Scandal. No new information for those who have been closely following the expose in the blogosphere, but Michelle presents the information in an attractive, compelling video format. She has become the conservative blogosphere's Katie Couric. (Sorry, Michelle, I couldn't resist.) Her strongest point is that the blogosphere is the world's greatest detective service for fraud and forgery.
Interestingly enough, exposing the truth seems to be a preoccupation of the right side of the blogosphere only. The right-center blogs, led by Power Line and Little Green Footballs, but with contributions by many players, previously exposed that a CBS News/Dan Rather story, claiming that President George W. Bush had dodged his National Guard Service, was based on fraudulent memoranda.
In contrast, in the left-wing fever swamp blogs, conspiracy theorists do their best to obscure the truth, even if it means slandering the reputation of a private citizen. LGF points us to this story in the Pittsburg Post Gazette. It relates how left-wing conspiracy theorists, in their zeal to prove that the United States Government either was complicit in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, or else faked the crash, are harrassing and slandering a private citizen who took a photograph of the smoke plume rising from the crash site, behind a tranquil Pennsylvania rural landscape. "Taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, seconds after United Airlines Flight 93 plunged into a nearby field, the eerie photo was, and still is, according to the FBI, the closest thing it's got to an image of the crash itself. "
Wife and mother Val McClatchey, who took the photo, now finds herself besieged by lefties who brand her a fraud, an FBI dupe or worse.
The right side of the blogosphere has a photo of a smoke plume (in the Reuters Beirut photos). The left side of the blogosphere has a photo of a smoke plume (in Ms. McClatchey's photo). The right proves convincingly that the Reuters photo is a fraud. The left turns somersaults in a ludicrous, mean-spirited attempt to show that a undoubtedly genuine photo is a fraud. How each side approaches the truth regarding its own smoke plume photo says everything one needs to know about the current state of American politics.