Fake Steve Scalise racism story shopped to blogger by vengeful Scalise opponent.

Not much to add to this story, except for two things:

  1. The Hill should probably start telling its readers soon that Steve Scalise actually talked to a local residents’ association, and not a white supremacists’ group. Because the Hill’s readers are of the type that will hear about it anyway, and they might start wondering why the Hill hasn’t.
  2. …Rumormonger Gilda Reed lost by fifty points, huh? But didn’t want to use this story because of all the supposed racists in Steve Scalise’s district. It will shock precisely zero of you that Dr. Gilda Reed is an academic and Democratic agitator of long standing in Louisiana: she was last seen trying to save Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu4%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard4% from herself – unsuccessfully. She’s also demonstrating what I’d call a galloping case of the paranoid jitters if I was any sort of medical health care professional; but I’m not, so I’m just going to note that I’m pretty sure that the Louisiana Republican party probably doesn’t send operatives out to burn down people’s houses*.

Actually… let’s talk a bit more about the second point, for a moment. Or perhaps a bit ‘around’ the second point. Might be fruitful.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: politicians and politicos and political hangers-on leak stuff to bloggers and other New Media types all the time. They’ll be happy to write the story for you, too – but if you just want to regurgitate the talking points, well, they will just live with that. Which is a judgmental way of saying that these people are a potential source for us; we just have to know how to use them properly.

Now, the original story as shopped to Cen Lamar (you can find a link to the story via the ‘burn down people’s houses’ link) had a great hook to it: an opposing-side politician with radical ties to a hate group. And no doubt Mr. Lamar felt gratified at the way that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Steve Scalise76%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard76%, in what is rapidly becoming obvious as an excess of caution, hurriedly apologized for then-state <span data-mcid="S001176" data-name="Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)" …read more    

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