Friday, September 28, 2007

David Shuster was right about Marsha Blackburn. Will Glenn Reynolds and Red State post a retraction?

Seriously. Think really, really hard. Take your time. This is a hard one. (updated below) (updated again) (updated a third time)

When was the last time the wingnut bloggers were right about anything?

Shuster's apology [re: Marsha Blackburn] may have been premature. The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn., is where Bohannon lived in the months immediately prior to entering the Army. The Census Bureau places his home in Blackburn's 7th Congressional District.

He lived in Bon Aqua for "close to a year" immediately prior to entering the Army, said Tonya Taylor, 35, who permitted him to stay at her house while Bohannon was dating her daughter.

Bohannon grew up, was home-schooled and was buried in McEwan, which is clearly in the 8th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. But his last legal address was in Blackburn's district.

I look forward to seeing corrections/updates/mea culpas from Putz, Investor's Business Daily, Red State, the Corner, etc., etc., etc.


Patrick at Media Bistro asks a good question:
Why did MSNBC rush Shuster to apologize? And, more importantly, who made him do so? Or did Shuster and MSNBC just not have the info (or didn't do the research) that Scripps dug up?
MSNBC really screwed this up -- the way they hung Shuster out to dry is just pathetic. I had my doubts from the beginning that Shuster was wrong for the simple fact that it was the Red Staters who were immediately claiming he got the district wrong. Anyone with half a brain knows when the wingnuts break one way, bet the other. Clearly, the person who made Shuster apologize has never heard of Jamil Hussein.

Anyway, heads should roll. At the very least, Shuster should get that slot after Olbermann.

Mr. Abrams? No one's watching your show. Make it happen.


FishbowlDC hears that MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams asked David Shuster to apologize for Wednesday's Rep. Marsha Blackburn incident and even wrote the bulk of Shuster's on-air apology.

We also hear that an on-air explanation of this episode is not expected today, with MSNBC hoping to pretend the entire episode never happened.


From the Politico:

The controversy surrounding David Shuster's recent interview with Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) continued Friday, amid revelations that the last legal address the deceased soldier at the center of the back-and-forth—Pvt. Jeremy S. Bohannon—was in Blackburn's district after all.

(Does anyone have an extra yoke-cleaning kit for Shuster's face?)

But egg-face or not, Shuster is refuting claims that GOPers are boycotting his show, pointing to an appearance by Republican Sen. Bob Corker that occurred after the Blackburn interview.

"Our interview with Representative Blackburn was Monday. Republican Senator Bob Corker was on with me on Tuesday at 2pm," Shuster told us.

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