Kelley Vlahos of Fox News called me last week to comment on the Downing Street Memo, having seen my story on the memo – Secret Downing Street Memo Fails To Sizzle. Several readers had queried me as to why conservative bloggers were not reporting on the story, and not wanting to disappoint I had a look at the story. It turns out that the story broke in the heat of the British election and had been promptly forgotten. Scant attention was paid to the memo in the major media, though it did merit three separate mentions in The New York Times prior to my article. My contention, and that of New York Times Washington Bureau chief Phil Taubman, the British government, and the White House, and others, is that there wasn’t anything particularly new to be learned from the memo. Given the lack of new information in the memo the collective yawn from American media outlets is hardly surprising.
My contention to Vlahos was that the story is not really about the memo anymore, but rather it’s about who was pushing mainstream coverage of the memo than the contents of the memo. She shared with me the reason the story was on Fox’s radar was because her editors had received a barrage of e-mail and messages demanding to know why the mainstream media were not covering the story. In that regard the lefty bloggers seem to have had at least some level of success, though credit probably belongs with Vlahos for researching and developing a story angle that she was able to pitch to her editors.
In the Vlahos article Jim Pinkerton, syndicated columnist and regular contributor to FOX News Watch, hits the nail on the head with this quote,
- “This is a test of the left-wing blogosphere.“
Even with the obedient help of chief Congressional moonbat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and the Congressional Moonbat Caucus the lefty blogosphere isn’t getting much traction with the story.
In the same week where the mystery of Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’ has been solved, its not hard to see why there’s so little interest media interest in the already played out Downing Street Memo story.
Note: As to my quote that the information was “fourth or fifth hand,” what I meant was that the memo was written by a staffer who recording the impressions of the M6 on his meetings in Washington with CIA (or other intel officials) who were characterizing the President’s thoughts. That’s hersay…