Who You Gonna Believe?

2 comments January 9th, 2008at 09:18pm Posted by Eli

Hey, remember when Fox News reported that James Carville and Paul Begala were joining Hillary’s campaign? Well, according to Begala, not so much…

I’ve been dealing with the media and politics for 25 years, but I’ve never had a more surrealistic day than January 8. Several times that day Fox News reported that I was joining Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It was a big story – at least until the stunning election returns.

The only problem was, it wasn’t true.

Fox News never even tried to contact me to verify their story, and when I contacted Fox, I felt like a character in a Kafka novel — or at least Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Fox’s Major Garrett — a good guy whom I’ve known for years — broke the story. My phone started ringing off the hook, and my email box bulged. There are still, thank goodness, a lot of real journalists out there….

After I told Fox it wasn’t true — and this is the surreal part — they kept reporting it anyway. In fact, Fox’s Garrett told me he’d “take it under advisement.” Take it under advisement? I realize I’m generally seen as just another liberal with an opinion, but this was not a matter of opinion, it was a matter of fact. Fox now knew their story was flatly, factually wrong, and they took it “under advisement.”

Apparently that meant repeating the falsehood with added detail: the “fact” that I had been on a conference call the previous day with the Hillary high command. Again, false. My worry is that if this is what one of Fox’s best and most respected reporters is doing, what are the hacks up to?

Begala then posts the actual e-mail exchange with Garrett. It’s amazing:

[Begala:] I know you’re swamped, and I hate to bother you on such a busy news day, but whoever told you I am joining Hillary’s campaign fed you some bum info. It’s just not true….
I’m not coming in as a volunteer, or as an adviser, or as a strategist or anything else. I have contributed to her campaign, and am convinced she would be a great President. But I am not joining the campaign in any form or fashion.
Again, I know how busy you are, but I’d sure appreciate you checking with me before you go with a story about me. This email is always a good way to reach me.

[Garrett:] I genuinely appreciate the e-mail.
I will take it under advisement.
And I look forward to discussing all aspects of the campaign with you in the future.

[Begala:] Just heard you say I was on a conference call with Hillary’s campaign yesterday. That’s not true. I was not on any conference call with Hillary’s campaign – and have had no contact with her campaign for months. No one from her campaign has contacted me — nor have I contacted them — and I am not joining in any capacity, paid or unpaid, official or unofficial….

I have a lot of respect for you, and I like you, but I’ve got to ask you again to check with me before you go with a story about me. Someone is misleading you, and it is not me.

[Garrett:] You know me well enough to know I am not trying to screw you.
You also know, or should know, that I’m careful and don’t have a reputation for pulling stories out of my ass.
I’m not now. The sourcing is strong, very strong, or I wouldn’t go with it.
I appreciate your e-mails and I redouble my efforts with each one I receive.
Please feel free to call me at any hour of any day.

So, basically, Begala tells him a flat no, and Garrett’s response is something like, “Well, that’s just your opinion. You only think you’re not joining Hillary’s campaign, but my sources know you better than you know yourself. I’ll double check with them just in case you actually know what you’re talking about, but I can’t promise anything.”

Hey, maybe Begala’s sleep-advising or has multiple personality disorder, and he really is working for Hillary without even realizing it OMG!

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  • 1. Cujo359  |  January 9th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Boy, that Begala sure is a shifty one, isn’t he? Caught dead to rights and he still denies he’s working for Hillary Clinton. My goodness, do they have to get photos of him in her office?

    I’m sure that with this fine product they probably could.

  • 2. wefreecanada  |  June 2nd, 2008 at 7:09 pm

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