Right-Wing Downing Street Rumor Discredited

The conservative blogosphere, desperate to discredit the Downing Street Minutes, is abuzz with the ridiculous rumor that London Times reporter Michael Smith — who broke the DSM story — used to work for Mary Mapes at CBS. The extremely popular site Little Green Footballs breathlessly asks:

Is British reporter Michael Smith, who broke the Downing Street memo story…the same Michael Smith who was hired by Mary Mapes as a CBS assistant producer in the Rathergate scandal?

The rumor is repeated on right-wing blogs here, here, here, here and here.

It took me a grand total of one phone call to CBS to see if this rumor was true. The answer is no. The Michael Smith who used to work for Mary Mapes is not the same Michael Smith who writes for the London times.