NPR is teh suck
This morning on Weekend Edition, Daniel Schorr (sigh) framed the issue of the fired U.S. attorneys using the "Justice Department in disarray" trope. Unfortunately, the real issue, as Josh puts it, is that the administration has been using the criminal justice system to affect election outcomes. Schorr then characterized Monica Goodling taking the Fifth as "weird," which it is, but that was all he had to say. Can't somebody just say that the problem isn't how the firings got explained, it's that everybody at Justice is acting like they know that crimes have been committed? And that maybe our famously free and extremely well-paid press should be getting to the bottom of the story, instead of letting DFH bloggers like Josh Marshall (upon whom be peace) drive the story?
Then Daniel Zwerlding butchers the story of how McCain butchered his MySpace site.
Zwerdling said that designer Mike Davidson "hacked into McCain's site.
Not only would that be a crime, it's not what happened.
On his site, McCain used a very well known template that Mike designed, without attribution, as Mike asks. That's bad.
But when McCain included Mike's template on his site, he also included the graphics that came with Mike's template, and those graphics were still hosted on Mike's machine, where Mike had access to them. (Just like we put photos on Flickr, and then use IMG tags to display them here. And if we change the image at Flickr, it changes here.)
So, Mike changed the graphics that he was hosting. And McCain's site dutifully kept displaying them (and the changed views on hot lesbians that Mike added).
1. So, in no sense did Mike hack into McCain's site. The whole point of the story is that Mike didn't have to do that. Rather, Mike changed an image on his own site, that McCain was using.
2. McCain looks bad here because he was stealing Mike's bandwidth. Why should Mike be hosting images for the McCain campaign?
3. McCain looks worse because what he did, besides being unethical--stealing the template, stealing the bandwidth--he looks really, really, stupid.
NPR got the facts wrong, and because they got the facts wrong, they missed the implications.
But they all get to wear tuxedos and watch Karl Rove clown around at the White House Correspondents dinner! Sick....