… they’re not. Mark Paul of the Sacramento Bee [*] links to this truly appalling Dennis Roddy story [*] from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette about how Sean Walsh, the Gubernator’s chief media spokesman, skirted the very edge of the libel laws in sliming one of the women who accused his boss of sexual battery. The technique couldn’t have been simpler: Walsh just pointed the media towards the criminal recrord of another woman with the same name (though not the same birthdate).
Naturally, Drudge, Limbaugh, Fox, and a bunch of talk show hosts picked it up. Drudge took the accusation off his site, without a retraction, after it was shown to be bogus. The others have simply gone on to sliming their next victims.
I wonder if this story will lead any of Schwarzenegger’s fans in bloggerdom to change their minds. Mickey? Glenn? Andrew?