Tuesday, February 27, 2007

In the Ministry of Truth

There's been an odd phenomenon unfolding over at the Huffington Post.

This morning, the HuffPo had a post about the attempted assassination of Vice President Dick Cheney while in Afghanistan.

Michelle Malkin has a PDF file of the 437 mostly batshit crazy comments left at HuffPo before they closed the thread. You can visit her site for examples.

While so many moonbats unhinged that the Vice President wasn't killed today is nauseating enough, the story takes a more bizarre twist. Pajamas Media explains that the Huffington Post didn't just close the thread, they manipulated it to try to make the moonbats look less treasonous than they are.

Over the last few hours, the more than 400 comments appended to the Huffington Post’s news item on the attack in Afghanistan on a base being visited by Vice-President Dick Cheney have been expunged from the site. At first the comments were closed, then gradually shrunken and for a short time completely expunged from The Huffington Post as the heat on the Cheney hate fest built up over the day.

From around 2:50 PM, all the comments to the original thread were missing, but of late some have turned up at the new item that occupies the same address, “Over 20 Die in Attack Aimed at Cheney.” The current page shows a marked difference from the original page. Where the original headline read, “Cheney ‘Targeted’ Deadly Afghan Blast,” the current head now reads, “Over 20 Die in Attack Aimed at Cheney.” This may well be a headline that is better informed as the reporting of the incident evolved over the day....

The comments now visible are evidently cherry-picked out of the original thread to give some sort of “tone” to the thread that it did not originally possess. It is really amazing what you can do to history with just a few strokes of the keyboard.

Now it is one thing to close comments, another thing to erase them, but something else altogether different to actually “edit” the thread to give a false impression. That seems to be what has been done here. To what purpose and on whose orders is not known.

I was not a Bill Clinton fan. Nor am I an Al Gore fan. But I can't believe the moonbats have sunk to this all new low. Wishing the Vice President dead? What is left after you've sunk to that level?

Jeff Goldstein dissects Glenn "sockpuppet" Greenwald's apology for the moonbat hate fest.

Interestingly, Greenwald argues that rightwing bloggers had to "dig deep" to find these hateful comments. But, like everything else that falls from Greenwald's mouth (or fingers, I suppose, in this case), it is patently untrue.

I looked at The Carpetbagger's Report and the very first comment is this:
OHIOAN: Am I a bad person for being disappointed that he didn’t get shot in the face [with shrapnel]?

And a few comments down, there's this:
ED STEPHAN: Gee, just like back when he got five deferements from service in Vietnam.

I have no way to verify, but I must admit this smells as staged as everything else the Bush Crime Family does.

So, there you have it. No digging involved. You have one lefty commenter disheartened that the V.P. wasn't assassinated and another accusing the President of staging the event. But don't question their patriotism!

UPDATE: Patterico has an excellent post eviscerating Glenn Greenwald as the hypocritical know-nothing he is.