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Will Lieberman Apologize?

Posted by MEC on April 10, 2008

Remember when Joe Lieberman’s campaign web site crashed just before the August 2006 primary election, and he promptly accused his opponent, Ned Lamont, of sabotage?

Federal investigators have officially concluded what sensible people figured out almost immediately: It was incompetence that brought down the web site, not an attack.

“In short, the server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured,” according to an Oct. 25, 2006, e-mail included in FBI documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. “There was no evidence of (an) attack.”

That’s a good metaphor for Joe himself: overutilized [by cable talk shows] and misconfigured in his politics.

Don’t expect Joe the Joke to acknowledge that he was wrong. He seems to be sticking to the original story even after it’s been completely discredited:

“We were told by our Web site administrator that there was clear evidence of an outside effort to disrupt our site, and that the administrator was so certain that the site had been attacked that he was willing to swear to it in a legal affidavit,” Dan Gerstein said.

And that’s a metaphor for Lieberman himself, too. Shift the blame so you don’t have to acknowledge that you might have been wrong.

8 Responses to “Will Lieberman Apologize?”

  1. Even better:

    1) If Lieberman or any of his people are known to have kept pushing the “Lamont did it” line after the FBI told them it was proved to be bogus, Lamont can sue their tuchuses — and should.

    2) Emptywheel reminds us that the somewhat more serious matter of the $367,000 slush fund that Lieberman set up still needs to be investigated.

  2. Stormcrow said

    Yeah, I caught this yesterday.

    The actual email was dated Oct. 25, 2006. Not three months after the initial charges made by the Lieberman campaign.

    Here is the link to yesterday’s story at the Stamford Advocate: FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site.

    I love how it took the Stamford Advocate a year and a half, and FOIA requests to the the offices of state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor, to finally learn that the FBI had investigated and found Lieberman’s bullshit to be … well, bullshit.

    I also love how the corporate media is handling this. Enter the strings “lieberman web site attacked” into the Google search engine as an inexact query, and you’ll note that the only legs this story has is at leftie blogs, and sites like HuffPo.

    Unimpeachable paragons of unbiased reportage, like MSNBC and CNN, apparently don’t seem to consider correction of the massive defamation of the Lamont campaign they were parties to in early August of 2006 to be “newsworthy”.

    Don’tcha just LOVE living in a country with a free press??

  3. A-yep.

  4. Charles II said

    Give the advocate credit, Stormcrow… they actually did what a free press does.

  5. Stormcrow said

    Oh, yeah, they did.

    But the Advocate isn’t a venue with a national readership.

    They weren’t the outfit that slandered the Lamont campaign, either.

    I linked to the MSNBC and CNN stories from August 2006 deliberately.

  6. MEC said

    Unimpeachable paragons of unbiased reportage, like MSNBC and CNN, apparently don’t seem to consider correction of the massive defamation of the Lamont campaign they were parties to in early August of 2006 to be “newsworthy”.

    I bet $10 that if Ned Lamont runs for the Senate again, this story will be revived — but only the accusation, not the exoneration.

    Any takers?

  7. Stormcrow said

    * snork *

    MEC, we may be old, but we’re not dumb. LOL

    Now, for that sort of betting proposition, you might want to approach supporters of Nader’s recently announced candidacy this year. Given Ralph Nader’s known regard for personal integrity above and beyond all other virtues, you might find some takers amongst that group. :)

  8. Michael said

    Will Lieberman apologize?

    No.

    Next question?

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