Rush Limbaugh has decided to start covering the Downing Street Minutes. He wasn’t interested in the memos when they were first revealed and contained damaging allegations about the pre-war intelligence on Iraq. But since right-wing rumor mongers have recently decided to take a shot at destroying the reputation of the British journalist (Michael Smith) who reported on the memos, he thought it would be a good time to weigh in.
Limbaugh: “I purposely haven’t talked about this Downing Street memo much because, frankly, it didn’t interest me. And, you know, if it doesn’t interest me I’m not going to talk about it. And the reason it didn’t interest me is because it was just another one of these ginned up things by the libs, and it looks like it’s got some similarities to Bill Burkett and the forged documents of CBS and Rathergate It seems to me this name Michael Smith, seems to me that there was a guy by the same name who worked with Mary Mapes at CBS during this whole Rathergate.”
As reported on ThinkProgress yesterday, CBS has denied that this is the same Michael Smith who worked for Mapes. But the right feels they are entitled to spread whatever rumors they want based on scant evidence. The good news is that Rush seems to be joining the call for the White House to be asked whether they in fact dispute the authenticity of the memos.