Thursday, October 11, 2007

ThinkProgress Uncovers McConnell Smearmail

ThinkProgress has dug up the email Mitch McConnell staffer Don Stewart sent out as part of the Graeme Frost smear campaign. It is reprinted after the break. While ThinkProgress aims it's guns directly at Stewart and McConnell, it is interesting to note that CNN picked up on one of the emails talking points apparently without doing its own fact checking. In the email Stewart asks "Could the Dems really have done that bad of a job vetting this family?" According to ThinkProgress

CNN’s John Roberts reported: “Some of the accusations [against the Frosts] may be exaggerated or false. But did the Democrats make a tactical error in holding up Graeme as their poster child?” A CNN political analyst then placed the blame squarely on the Democrats’ shoulders:

I think in this instance what happened was the Democrats didn’t do as much of a vetting as they could have done on this young man, his situation, his family. […]
Talk about blaming the victim. So far everything about Graeme and his family has checked out. The only person who hasn't done much fact checking is John Roberts or maybe the alleged CNN political analyst. What the hell, John got his talking point and he is sticking to it.

The McConnell smearmail
Seen the latest blogswarm? Apparently, there’s more to the story on the kid (Graeme Frost) that did the Dems’ radio response on SCHIP. Bloggers have done a little digging and turned up that the Dad owns his own business (and the building it’s in), seems to have some commercial rental income and Graeme and a sister go to a private school that, according to its website, costs about $20k a year ‹for each kid‹ despite the news profiles reporting a family income of only $45k for the Frosts. Could the Dems really have done that bad of a job vetting this family?