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      09-27-2012, 10:09 AM   #6
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Oh snap:

Here's the latest example of lazy journalism leading to blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods in the blogosphere, compliments of our friends at Gawker

Here's how Jefferson came to his conclusion that Ryan calls Romney "the stench": someone at Buzzfeed read the New York Times this weekend and noticed an article that quoted Craig Robinson, the former political director for the Republican Party of Iowa, as saying, "I hate to say this, but if Ryan wants to run for national office again, he'll probably have to wash the stench of Romney off of him."

Now, according to Gawker, "Rather than decry Robinson's comments or reaffirm his commitment to the Romney ticket since the Times story broke, Ryan has been running with it."

Jefferson based this claim on a Politico blog post by Roger Simon, in which he writes the following: "Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, 'If Stench calls, take a message' and 'Tell Stench I'm having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.'"

There's a reason Simon's claim comes across as absurd and satirical, and that's because it is -- in a clarification to Buzzfeed (not Gawker, which indicates that Jefferson didn't even bother to get the clarification first-hand) Simon writes that "Some people always don't get something, but I figured describing PowerPoint as having been invented to euthanize cattle would make the satire clear. I guess people hate PowerPoint more than I thought."

Just to break this down, this misinformation is the result of a Gawker writer reading Buzzfeed, where a writer read Politico, where a writer read the New York Times.

That's the Roger Simon referenced in the OP.

Oh snap.