Subject: Connolly, Ceci

Employment Status: Pundit, Hack

Charges: Filling the public airwaves and news print with lies.


Evidence: From the Daily Howler:

Connolly wants you to think that Gore is mimicking things Bradley says. Here is one passage that "proves" that:

CONNOLLY: Although Gore did promote campaign finance reform in Congress, it is Bradley and GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) who have most aggressively pushed the issue in the presidential contest. The two staged a joint appearance in New Hampshire last month vowing that if they won their сумамед they would reject all unregulated "soft money" from the political parties. That didn't stop Gore from announcing in an Iowa debate last weekend that if he and McCain are the nominees, they will turn down the party contributions.

The last statement showcases two of Connolly's skills—illogic and outright fabrication. Bradley and McCain did hold a meeting in which they pledged to eschew soft money. But that fact provides no reason why Gore shouldn't make the statement Connolly describes. There is no reason on earth why Gore shouldn't say that he would also reject soft money. In fact, Gore has said that he would do so if he faces McCain in the fall.

But Gore made no such statement in last weekend's Iowa debate. Gore didn't utter a word at that debate that resembles what Connolly says. Two different questions in the debate dealt with matters of campaign reform. Here is the only statement Gore made that concerns the topic in question:

GORE: Well, we basically agree on campaign finance reform. We support the same proposals. I feel like we could make the immediate progress I talked about earlier by getting rid of the majority of campaign finance that goes into these 30-second TV ads. But you know I support the McCain-Feingold measure, I support full public financing of federal elections, I refuse to accept any PAC contributions, I have the smallest average contributor in the Democratic race. I called 2_ years ago for both political parties to give up the so-called soft money and I honestly believe that we ought to try to revolutionize the way we go about our democracy by doing, in the rest of the country, what we see happening in Iowa and in New Hampshire, where people rely on going into living rooms more frequently. That's been a great experience for me...

This is the only reference to McCain in the entire forum. Gore said nothing that even dimly resembles the statement placed in his mouth. Gore did not "announce in the forum" that "if he and McCain were the nominees, they will turn down [soft money] contributions." Nothing dimly resembling that statement was uttered in the course of this event.

For the rest of this article and more examples and analysis of Ceci Connolly's professional misconduct at what used to be the Washington Post, please visit The Daily Howler's incomparable expose:

Our current howler (part I): Making it up

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