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Was It Something I Said?

Following my updating of MBM Squirrel of the Day: “The Stench” I sent off the following e-mail:

To: Editorial Staff [The Moderate Voice] From: TC Lynch
leatherpenguin@gmail.com

Message:
Hey, Gandelman…Hiya!
The bracketed crap at the bottom of the second page wasn’t there when
the original post went up. If it was, it wouldn’t have lit me up. Even
the piece from “Buzzfeed” you cite is a lie, because Simon’s original
Politico piece went up on Tuesday, September 25; note though the Simon
column now states “Updated: 9/26/12 1:09 PM EDT.” That’s when the
bracketed bit was inserted.

You got played; you trusted the guy, for no real reason whatsoever.
Remove “Editor-in-Chief” from your title and replace it with “Owner,”
because you fell for something someone who respects the “editor”
mantle would never possibly fall for….

And invoking “blogger” as an excuse is just two-bit crap.

Have a nice day!

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MBM Squirrel of the Day: “The Stench”

Here’s today’s Make Believe Media (MBM) feeding frenzy, created seemingly from whole cloth, by Politico’s Chief Political Columnist Whore, Roger Simon:

“I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Mitt Romney off of him,” Craig Robinson, former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa, told The New York Times on Sunday.

That was actually the last line–‘the kicker’, if you will–in the referenced (but, curiously, not linked) NY Times’ article. Here it is, in its original context [all emphasis mine]:

If the Republican ticket loses in November, the rush by Mr. Ryan and other 2016 hopefuls to position themselves for the Iowa caucuses “is going to look like Best Buy after Thankgiving,” said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa. “I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he’ll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him.”

Kinda changes things, don’t you think? Simon dives deeper:

Coming from a resident of Iowa, a state where people are polite even to soybeans, this was a powerful condemnation of the Republican nominee.

This is something this Staten Island resident calls “hacktastic bullshit.” Craig Robinson was not offering a “powerful condemnation of the Republican nominee.” He was gaming out what Ryan’s chances in 2016 would be if Romney/Ryan lost in 2012. He was saying that, in his opinion, Ryan would have a tough time in the 2016 Iowa caucuses if he entered as a member of the previously losing GOP ticket, which is news to exactly no one.

That’s it; he wasn’t say jack about present-day Mitt.

But Simon wasn’t through:

Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”

Simon claims Ryan has been pulling this “Stench” shtick on the bus since… when? Craig Robinson’s use of the word entered the mix on Monday; Simon filed his screed (very) early the next morning. Ergo, Simon is intimating Ryan had been using this Mitt diss before the Old Gray Lady’s story dropped….

Right?

“Marching around” cannot possibly mean–if it happened at all–that he only started using it on Monday, unless we are to believe reporters on the Ryan campaign bus had heard the VP candidate slagging his running mate in such a way before Robinson’s quote was published, and yet they all sat on it. That’s just too ludicrous a scenario for anyone following the campaign coverage to believe to be true.

Simon’s “reported” claim seems a complete fabrication; an utter lie.

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