The Mitt Romney campaign released an ad featuring a few of the people the Obama economy has left behind. Within hours, Politico’s Maggie Haberman published a piece full of dirt on one of the men who appeared in the ad.
According to public records, a Jason Clausen with his birthdate was found guilty of “assault on peace officers and others” on Feb. 28, 2005. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, with 110 of those days suspended. He was given 730 days of probation and paid $845 in fines, records show. Iowa Department of Corrections records show he was on probation for “a serious misdemeanor” until April 3, 2006.
The records show Clausen had nearly 20 busts, tickets or fines, a number of them traffic infractions related to things like driving while intoxicated, or with a suspended license. Some were related to accidents, others to driving without seat belts.
Well, at least he didn’t lie about being unemployed! The guy who did that appeared in an Obama ad, but nobody went digging up his criminal record, they only took a glance at his facebook page. His name is Brian Slagle, and a search at Politico brings up zero stories about Slagle. So I guess Politico is only interested in researching people who appear in Republican ads.
Ace of Spades wonders if Haberman had a source.
The bigger issues is Haberman appears to have taken it upon herself to do background checks on people appearing in Romney videos. There are no links or sources in her piece so it’s either original reporting or she’s just running opposition research dumps for the Obama campaign.
The Other McCain took it further.
Permit me to say, from long experience, that political reporters get tips from all kinds of sources all the time. The identity and motives of the tipsters are often not known, just a voice on the phone or a pseudonymous email account. The facts are the facts, without regard to who reports them or why. But if this isn’t an oppo-dump, what is it?
The question is whether Maggie Haberman would protect the confidentiality of a Republican source who gave her such a cheap little piece of dirt about a Democrat, or whether her Opposition Research Stenography Service is only available to Team Obama.
Haberman has reported things that I have gladly linked in the past, and I’m sure I’ll link her again in the future.
She is a good reporter. But if, as I suspect, she’s pushed this tawdry cheap shot at the behest of PROFESSIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICAL OPERATIVES, perhaps next time they ship her a load of dirt, she would DO HER READERS THE FAVOR OF BEING HONEST ABOUT WHERE SHE GOT IT.
I won’t hold my breath.