Less than a week later, John Kerry?s campaign manager was interviewed on National Public Radio. ?Well, the difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party,? Mary Beth Cahill told Juan Williams on March 12, ?is that the Republicans have an echo chamber where they?re able to start a rumor on a Web page, move it on to the radio to right-wing radio commentators, get it on to certain supposedly public affairs shows which have a complete Republican slant and start a noise, which is pretty scurrilous. It?s become an accepted part of the media.?
Just two days later, Williams did some name-dropping on Fox News Sunday. ?I was talking to Mary Beth Cahill this week,? Williams announced. ?She believes the right wing, and the supporters of President Bush, have the ability to start a rumor on the Internet. It gets them into the right-wing radio and to Rush Limbaugh and the like. And then it suddenly gets repeated all over the TV discussions shows, and suddenly, then it?s taken as legitimate by mainstream media, mainstream press.?
Imagine that. It took just eight days for a political lie from a Hollywood celebrity to be picked up and circulated on NPR, which we know is controlled by liberals, and Fox News, which we?re told conservatives dominate. And the truth didn?t even have its pants on yet.
Now it does. Sorry, Barbra.