Thursday, June 30, 2005

Silly Green Footballs

Ten days ago, the "divorced from reality" Little Green Footballers wrote this about the Downing Street memos (link):

"Is British reporter Michael Smith, who broke the Downing Street memo story (after re-typing and destroying the originals), the same Michael Smith who was hired by Mary Mapes as a CBS assistant producer in the Rathergate scandal? Scylla & Charybdis notices the connection: Michael Smith Strikes Again."

In about a minute's time, Think Process made them look pretty stupid: (link).

"It took me a grand total of one phone call to CBS to see if this rumor was true. The answer is no. The Michael Smith who used to work for Mary Mapes is not the same Michael Smith who writes for the London times."

That, of course, followed previous claims that the Downing Street memos were fake because Michael Smith photocopied the orignals, typed them up, and then destroyed the copies. That silly right wing blog theory was discredited and laid to rest in so many places, including here, that's it not even worth repeating.

Today, the Little Green Footballers are at it again (link):

"The latest mind-numbingly silly cause celebre of the anti-war crowd is definitively laid to rest by Tony Blair: No Predetermination for Iraq War."

In an interview with the Associated Press, Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed that the minutes were being "taken out of context"; that he was "astonished" at the wall-to-wall press coverage (what channel is he watching?); and that the "decision was not already made."

Of course, not one of Blair's comments does anything to discredit the Downing Street memos. The only thing discredited are the "latest mind-numbingly silly cause celebre" of the pro-war (but too afraid and self-involved to enlist) crowd.

The memos are real, Little Green Footballers. Notice how Blair didn't attempt to deny their authenticity, as you all did for weeks. You look like clowns, now.

(Special thanks to Jeff Gannon for allowing me to use his trademarked line: "divorced from reality.")


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