Yet another hard-Left pseudo-journalist demonstrates his lack of interest in the facts. Today’s Dave Weigel Award (or Michael Kruse Award, or Rachel Slajda Award — so many honorees to choose from, so hard to decide) goes to Politico’s Ben Smith for this bit of Pulitzer-worthy fantasizing: “Dept. of infiltration,” January 20:
One of the strangest moments in this year’s civil war over CPAC was the charge that it had fallen under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and of sharia, something rather convincingly rebutted by new [sic] of an event tited [sic], “The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks.”
The event is a movie premiere, hosted by mosque opposition leader Pamela Geller and her partner Robert Spencer. It will be followed by “a question and action and strategy session on how to stop the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero.”
The only catch here is that our movie premiere is not a CPAC event, it’s an independent event held during CPAC. As Pamela says, “CPAC is not holding this event. I am, with Spencer. Our dime, our film. I do this every year to inject some relevance and honesty about the jihad to clueless and compromised CPAC that is hugely attended by good Americans unaware that Keene and co. has sold them out.”
But did Smith bother to check? Did he call Pamela Geller? Did he call me? Did he call CPAC? Pshaw! This is the New Journalism, 100% Fact Free!
UPDATE: Chastened by being called out, Smith gets it right on his second try.