December 03, 2009

Anatomy of a Minitru smear

I can't figure out why anybody reads Politico. They started off with a smear of Teh Fred (and some firemen in a "silly hat:" story), and their record is iffy at best. They are less trustworthy than the NY Times, IMO.

So anyway, here they are in their "protect the Dems" (specifically "Protect Obamessiah") mode.
Mike Mullen disputes Donald Rumsfeld on Afghan troop request

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pushed back in a fact-checking dispute with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, asserting that the Bush administration rejected a Pentagon request for more troops for Afghanistan last year.

Huh, so Rumsfeld claimed that Bush didn't deny troop requests last year?
Wellllll, no. He said that Bush never did that while he, Rumsfeld, was there.

Later in the Politico lying hit-piece of a crap article
Mullen did not address whether commanders submitted unfulfilled troop requests under Rumsfeld’s tenure.

So in other words, they're admitting he didn't "dispute" Rumsfeld's statement, he didn't comment on it.
For the record, here's the story with the Rumsfeld written quote
Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response," Rumsfeld said in a written statement. "I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006."

So Rumsfeld specifically said between 2001 and 2006, Politico. political hacks of a particulary low caliber, try to make you think he's disputing Rumsfeld when he's absolutely not, which they actually note in the article.

But that's how Minitru works, they have a political smear job of a  headline that's actually disproven by the article itself.


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