Friday, January 21, 2011

A Burro Hall Investigation

Here's a fun footnote to the recent madness in the Failed State of Arizona. Within a day of the shooting of Rep Giffords, Fox News moved a story saying the Dept. of Homeland Security had released a memo linking the shooter to a racist group called American Renaissance. Within hours, Fox had revised "DHS memo" to "a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS". By Jan. 11, DHS was well on the record saying the Fox story - like so many Fox stories, really - was utter bullshit.

But DHS has not officially provided any such information to any law enforcement officials, the DHS official says.

"We have not established any such possible link," the official says. We're sure she'll be same there.

The official cautions it's conceivable that a law enforcement official got unofficial info from a DHS official somewhere along the lines of what Fox reported. But he emphasizes that DHS has not even concluded in any official way that even the possibility of such ties exists. The official adds that it wouldn't be DHS's place to reach any such conclusion in the first place, since the FBI is leading the investigation.

And then ten whole days passed. And then today, for no apparent reason other than the fact that they are deeply, deeply stupid people, the patriots at ALIPAC demanded a Congressional investigation into "why the Department of Homeland Security sent a memo to the media containing false information implying that the Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, was motivated by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' religion and stance in favor of Amnesty for illegal immigrants!!!!!!!1!" [Emphasis added for comic effect.]

We can't tell if they feel the guy who shot the anti-SB1070 congresswoman was tarnished by the association with crypto-Nazi racialists, or vice-versa. But since Congress is busy trying to deny insurance to poor people this week, we figured we'd help out by conducting our own five-minute investigation and helping ALIPAC by setting the record straight. You're welcome.

Meanwhile, we see that Giffords is now leaving the FSoAZ for Houston. We're sure she'll be safe there.


Anonymous said...

If you were on Twitter, you would understand. Everything happens so fast, media start quoting other media companies, like a triangulation. And then it goes out of Twitter to the websites and TV, and then back to twitter. That's why Giffords was killed by @PBS, then she came back to life. All happened on Twitter.

Burro Hall said...

I admit my heart is probably too weak to keep up with Twitter, but I don't think these guys are demanding an investigation of something that was thoroughly debunked 10 days earlier because information was moving "too fast." They're simply not very bright, and they love to play the victim.